A Better Bar Hop: History Meets Libations- West Side

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A Better Bar Hop: History Meets Libations- West Side


Since the invention of the mousetrap in 1897* folks have been trying to make a better one. We don’t know much about traps but we know and love old Detroit bars. To that end, Detroit History Tours is proud to offer A Better Bar Hop: History Meets Libation. You’ll traverse the great city of Detroit visiting four of the city’s “century club” bars: bars that have operated for 100 years or more. At each stop, you’ll be greeted by the owners, long time bartenders, and historians of these institution establishments. Included in the ticket price is a mid-tour dinner privately cooked for you by a grandma...we promise it won’t be your beloved Nana but let's face it when you’re drinking you want gram’s home-cookin'. Yummy local fare with non-meat options available but no additions/substitutions.  As your mother always told you: “Eat it ’s good for you.” Along the way, our duo of our guides will entertain you with stories of Prohibition, salon keeping, drunk pranks of the city’s past, and the recipes for some of the original Detroit cocktails.

At 142 square miles, Detroit is BIG and its legendary bar scene is even bigger. To make sure we miss nothing we’ve broken the hop into two versions. There is no overlap between the two except the starting and ending location, which remains constant. Each tour will visit four bars and enjoy dinner. Each tour will be chock-full of history, prizes, oddities, music, drinking, and fun. East Side or West Side we are glad you’re on our side for the Better Bar Hop: History Meets Libation.

PLEASE NOTE: SOME BARS ARE CASH ONLY. Please also note: No drinking on the bus

This tour is strictly 21 years old and over. We reserve the right to ID you if you look young (good for you), are young, or in anyway seem like maybe you’re two kids in a trench coat.

This Tour leaves from and returns to Thomas Magee's Sporting House Whiskey Bar (1408 E Fisher Service Dr, Detroit, MI 48207), in Eastern Market. Parking is free and located within the market area. The will offer some killer deals on food and drink for your pre-tour and post-tour joy. The guides will come into the bar to collect you, please arrive by 6:45 pm.


Dinner is included in the cost of your ticket.

All drinks are at the guests own expense.

Some of the bars are CASH ONLY establishments.

No alcohol is allowed on the bus.

We provide complimentary bottled water.

* The first modern mouse trap was called the "Little Nipper," a prototype for the standard spring-loaded snapping device you might immediately think of when asked to imagine a mousetrap, it was invented by James Henry Atkinson in 1897. It's simple: flat wooden base, wire fastenings, springtrap is the basic format of nearly every design. However, the U.S. Patent office lists over 1,200 patents for “the killing or disposal of mice”.

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