OT: What's your favorite Ann Arbor bar?

Submitted by BTB grad on May 1st, 2018 at 2:02 PM

Sitting at work nostalgic about AA and also wishing I was at happy hour. Naturally led me to this topic.


For me it's Dominick's. A sunny afternoon with a constant buzz in hand in the backyard of Dom's is about as happy of a setting for me as there is. Bill's Beer Garden is a close second. I just love the outdoors + drinking combo if you can't tell.


What's your favorite Ann Arbor watering hole?



May 1st, 2018 at 2:10 PM ^

great choice. I frequented south u  trio of Charleys, Blue lep and Brown Jug probably too much when I was in school, always a good time (except for the time i knocked a tray full of beers off a waitresses hand). 


May 1st, 2018 at 3:33 PM ^

I liked them, but they messed up my beer pitcher orders so often (and by giving me cheaper beer than what I ordered) that I'm convinced it was being done on purpose.


May 1st, 2018 at 2:25 PM ^

I worked at Arbor Brewing Company and they had a very strict rule about having a drink on the job. So, on our breaks we’d go down to the Del Rio and say that we work at ABC and are on break, they would give us a free drink.

M Ascending

May 2nd, 2018 at 7:46 AM ^

Sunday night jazz at the Del was the best free music in Ann Arbor; and their library of recorded music on the wall (mostly cassettes) was the largest I've encountered. 

But, my favorite bar was Mr. Flood's Party (where the West End Grill now sits).  It was the epicenter for hippie/townie culture in the 70s and 80s, and my band was the house band every Friday Happy Hour.  Tiffany lamps; peanut shells covering the floor; huge picnic tables where you could meet new people every night.  Hated to see it close in the 90s.


May 1st, 2018 at 2:23 PM ^

Still not over Habana closing tbh

Undergrad years - Ricks/Skeeps/Chucks in some order depending on the scene I wanted
Grad - Babs/Last Word/Jolly Pumpkin's Rooftop 
Most overrated - Mash (don't @ me)


May 1st, 2018 at 2:24 PM ^

There was nothing really to it as far as build out and the Irish theme was easy. Pre Conor O’Neill’s. Always had a good time there!


May 1st, 2018 at 2:57 PM ^

Did you stand in front a live game of darts or something? There has to be a good story involved here. 

It's so hard to pick a favorite in Ann Arbor, but the 8 Ball, as one of Ann Arbor's last surviving dives, has to be right up there. My wife and I still go there on occasion.