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211 Ultra Lounge Fried chicken so good, it's worth messing up your cocktail dress

211 Ultra Lounge

211 W Congress St., Detroit, MI 48226
  • Neighborhood: Downtown

Tags: lunch, downtown, happy hour, 211-ultra-lounge, two-eleven, bars

Smooth white leather booths, sleek wooden floors, a bar stocked with top shelf libations. You might think that we’re getting ready to hit the dance floor at a hip downtown club. But today, we’re here for lunch.

The name 211 (pronounced two-eleven, not two-on-one), comes from the address of this ultra lounge at 211 W Congress St. It’s located on the same block as the London Chop House, Blue Star Cafe and the Bean Bar.

Stop by 211 on a Friday night and you’ll find a vibrant, mature crowd of gentlemen in collared shirts and ladies wearing point-me-toward-the-dance-floor cocktail dresses. It’s not a huge space, which means the lounge fills up quickly, but you don’t feel smashed in.

The bar is open until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and the kitchen stays open until 3:45 a.m. When those late night cravings hit or you need to refuel after dancing the night away, 211 is here for you. It’s not just a late night spot, though. You can also get lunch and dinner here.

Two-Eleven’s menu offers everything from upscale steaks and seafood to casual bar bites like wings and spaghetti. There’s something for everyone. It’s the more casual, non-fussy items on the of the menu that we like best. You can’t go wrong with a basket of fried chicken and a side of fries. They’ll even give you ranch dressing for dipping. At first it feels a little strange to be scarfing down fried chicken in a cocktail dress, but you’ll get over that feeling pretty quickly. When you get a basket that’s fresh out of the fryer, it’s seriously good.

They tone down the clubby atmosphere for lunch and Happy Hour, when the music is more relaxed and the lighting is a bit brighter. There are ten big screen TVs where you can catch the game. Even so, eating lunch at a nightclub feels like something we’d only do on Opposite Day. It’s kinda worth the awkwardness for that chicken basket, though. If you’re here for lunch and the weather is nice, a better option is to take your meal to go, then head down to the Riverwalk or Campus Martius.

Happy Hour lasts from 5-9 p.m. every weekday, with different specials depending on the day. On Tuesdays you can get $1 tacos and $3 beers. They also have some pretty tasty chicken fajitas for $2. Wings are 50-cents each on Wednesdays.

Food and drinks are all half priced at 211 until 11:30 p.m. on Fridays. A live DJ keeps the crowd rocking until the wee hours of the morning on the weekends. There’s usually a $5 cover before 10 p.m. but the price jumps to $10 after that.


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