When I first moved to Detroit, I hoped to find a bar near me (AKA, within walking distance) that I could become a “regular” at: the kind of place with good deals, good people and great drinks.
It didn’t take long to find Craft Work.
Nestled in the heart of the West Village — which, in recent years, has become quite the millennial hot spot — Craft Work has worked its way into my heart with its delicious drinks and phenomenal happy hour deals. Without a doubt, it’s my favorite happy hour in the city, offering not one but two happy hours: a traditional (from 4-6 p.m., Monday through Friday) and a late-night happy hour (starting at 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday). One could, if ambitious, hit both in the same day (and wouldn’t spend much doing so).
Double Happy Hour
The happy hour menu includes both drinks and food. Patrons can choose from $6 select cocktails, $5 glasses of wine, $4 drafts, and $3 can and bottled beers. My personal favorite is the St. Germaine cocktail. Fizzy, light and lemony, this cocktail seems innocuous enough; but have more than one, and you’ll be feeling a bit unstable on your walk (or Uber) home.
If you’re hungry and don’t keep kosher, Craft Work’s happy hour also offers a wide selection of vegan, vegetarian, and meat and seafood options, from daily tacos to half a dozen oysters from their raw bar to a Big Mack Ave burger.
To say that Craft Work has become a staple in my Detroit life may seem overly enthusiastic (I have been known to be slightly melodramatic at times), but how can I resist such a consistent and delicious happy hour deal? The vibe is low-key and relaxed, the staff helpful and kind, the food delicious and the drinks strong. What more could you want out of a happy hour?
So, the next time you’re looking for a quick drink or bite to eat, swing by Craft Work. Chances are, you may find me there, St. Germaine in hand.