Queens Bar This casual neighborhood spot is just what Downtown needed
35 E. Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
- Neighborhood: Downtown
- Price Level:
- Outdoor Patio
- Cards Accepted
You won’t find any craft cocktails at Queens Bar. Or any vintage industrial knick knacks. There are no locally farm-raised meats or hard-to-pronounce ingredients on the menu.
That’s because Queens is not a new hotspot. It’s a casual neighborhood bar, which also happens to be new and also happens to be pretty awesome.
In an era when each new spot that opens seems hipper and trendier than the next, it’s nice to have a neighborhood bar where you can just let your hair down and relax. That’s not to say we don’t love those other spots; we do. Restaurants with imaginative menus that challenge our palates and lounges with intricately prepared craft cocktails are a pleasure to experience, and we respect the people who make such wonderful creations. We just can’t go there every day; that’s exhausting. Sometimes you just want to sip on a vodka and soda and take the edge off a long day at work. Queens doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not.
Just because this is a neighborhood bar doesn’t mean that it’s been casually thrown together. Great care was clearly taken in designing the interior, which is dripping with sleek light woods punctuated by metallic and black leather accents. A wooden U-shaped bar hugs the curves of the bar’s exterior, which spans the corner of Grand River and Farmer, next to the PuppetARt Theater. Decorative Art Deco fixtures throw warm glows of light across the room.
Our favorite spot to sit here is at the bar (where you have easy access to one of their friendly bartenders like Jessica). But you might prefer to grab a little cafe table by the window or slide into a comfy booth. When the weather’s nice, their patio is a lovely place to chillax with your favorite brew or cocktail and catch up with friends. They seem to leave the back doors (which open to the patio) open most of the time – when the weather allows – so even if you’re sitting inside you get a nice breeze and a breath of fresh air from outdoors.
There are no TVs at Queens. This is not a place you come to catch the game (although if we’re talking board games, then yes, go ahead and bring your favorite). It’s where you come when you want to kick back, to be greeted by a bartender who will remember that you like the Grapefruit IPA, and to catch up with an old friend.
Queens has plans to serve food in the near future – a full menu of appetizers, salads and sandwiches is in the works. For now, you can satisfy your rumbly tummy with chips and salsa or a basket of fries. They’ve expanded their beer menu since opening, with at least a half dozen brews on tap. And they always have a red and a white wine available by the glass.
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