Best Sports Bar in Detroit

Detroit has long been a hockey town (hence the nickname “Hockeytown”) so the options are plentiful.  Although it’s hard to narrow it down, we’ve created a list of what we feel the three best sports bars to visit before, during, or after a Detroit Red Wings game. Although the list is numbered, it is too hard to say which is the best so see for yourself.

3) Hockey Town Café – Located next to Detroit’s Fox Theater, Hockey Town Café is one of the city’s leading sports bars to visit before, during, or after a Detroit Red Wings game. Although it’s not necessarily an unknown venue, it’s a Detroit staple and definitely worth mentioning. According to The Detroit Free Press, Hockey Town Café is “The best place in town to catch the faceoff, kickoff or tip-off.”

Appetizers start at $6.95 and entrées begin at $9.95.

The Hockeytown Café is located in Foxtown in downtown Detroit, next to the Fox Theatre at 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201. 

2) Cheli’s Chili Bar – Owned by former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios and located directly next to Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, this Detroit sports bar is a must-visit for the avid hockey fan. On event days, people come in from all of the Detroit suburbs like Clinton Township, Farmington Hills, and Ann Arbor. It’s not uncommon to see various NHL stars and sports figures from the area having a drink and catching a game.

Appetizers and entrées are fairly priced and the drinks are plentiful.

Cheli’s Chili Bar has two locations.
In Detroit it is located in Foxtown / Theater District in downtown Detroit, next to Comerica Park at 47 E. Adams
, Detroit, MI 48226

In Dearborn it is located at 21918 Michigan Avenue, 
Dearborn, MI 48124

1) Anchor Bar – Although much smaller than the previously mentioned sports bars, some would argue that Anchor Bar is the best place to go before, during, or after a Red Wings game. It’s historically known as the bar that the media frequents due to its close location to Channel 4 news and the Detroit Free Press Building (See the wall of photos of deceased journalists that frequented Anchor Bar hanging behind the bar) but it is a hit for locals who want great food in Detroit (try the burger–it’s amazing), good drinks, and a hockey game on one of the seven televisions. This bar is a must-visit.

The menu begins at $3.50.

Anchor Bar is located just steps away from the Fort / Cass People Mover stop at 450 West Fort St. #100, Detroit, MI 48226

Although we have broken down three of the best places to catch a Detroit Red Wings game while you’re in Detroit, nothing beats Joe Louis Arena. If you’d like assistance with getting tickets–whether its regular season or Red Wings Playoffs tickets–don’t hesitate to let us know when you book your transportation with Athens. We’ll be happy to help.