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Cliff Bell's

Cliff Bell's

Jazz Club, American Restaurant, and Cocktail Bar
Downtown Detroit, Detroit
  • Ahea S.
    "Great live jazz"(2 Tips)
    Emeka A.
    "Awesome drink, great food and an incredible happy hour!"(8 Tips)
    Christian H.
    "50 cent PBR drafts increasing 25 cents every 1/2 hour."(2 Tips)
    Kylie F.
    "great classic cocktails."(2 Tips)
84 Tips and reviews
  • jazz music
  • happy hour
  • cocktails
  • seafood
  • wine
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  • Eater
    EaterJuly 10, 2013
    Home to some of the finest jazz in the city, Cliff Bell's also features a serious meal menu. Mac & cheese and any of an assortment of meaty appetizers are a must. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Kylie F.
    Kylie FJanuary 19, 2015
    Cool as hell. This place has great atmosphere, great food and great classic cocktails. Great for a drink with friends or a classy date night with dinner and show. 💜💜💜
  • Elena N.
    Elena NadtochiySeptember 7, 2014
    Great place for a live funk, soul, jazz or blues. Very good food and service. Amazing atmosphere I was surprised to experience in Detroit. MUST visit place if around!
  • Vickie E.
    Vickie ElmerJune 8, 2013
    Beautiful venue, fine bar and as others noted, a fine happy hour. But not all the seats are great for seeing the stage. So unless you're 7 feet tall, check the line-of-sight before you sit.
  • James W.
    James WitmanFebruary 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Step back in time when you visit this amazing Art Deco jazz club. Check their website for a calendar of events and enjoy a fantastic drink from their cocktail menu when you arrive.
  • Douglas F.
    Douglas FlowersMay 22, 2015
    Happy hour menu is great. Kobe sliders and sweet potato fries. Great wine list by the glass. Very good service.
  • Todd W.
    Todd WeisrockMay 23, 2015
    More than a fantastic venue, food, atmosphere, this is a must have experience if visiting Detroit.
  • Dave E.
    Dave EngelApril 20, 2014
    Excellent food, "classic" drink menu and jazz. Try the Sidecar. It doesn't disappoint.
  • Barbara S.
    Barbara SmithOctober 29
    Like stepping back in time! Grab a drink at the bar and enjoy the live music. The bartenders were so friendly and fun.
  • Ross R.
    Ross RobertsonSeptember 1
    The seems like it would be an awesome place. The atmosphere is amazing. Their bar is really appealing too.
  • Sofia N.
    Sofia NordenstamOctober 11, 2014
    Beautiful place and great jazz. Get the Orchard Salad for your appetizer- enough for two and very tasty.
  • Christian H.
    Christian HannaJune 15, 2011
    Happy Hour is INCREDIBLE! Tuesday-Friday 4-7pm: 50 cent PBR drafts increasing 25 cents every 1/2 hour. $2 Domestics. $3 Crafts. $5 Cocktails.
  • Zahrah F.
    Zahrah FadelJanuary 4
    Don't miss the appetizers - burrata and crab cakes were incredible. Great, fun, romantic atmosphere.
  • @TheRogan S.
    @TheRogan Shaun Rogan CollinsMarch 20, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Always live music after 8pm! Some of the best musicians have & do grace the stage nightly.
  • Joss G.
    Joss GardnerNovember 9, 2013
    Katlynn (sp) is SUCH a great bartender, if you ever sit by the bar and want a drink, she's your girl!
  • Liz P.
    Liz ParkerApril 21, 2014
    The risotto is fantastic! Come during restaurant week too, $30 for a three course dinner.
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsMay 30, 2012
    Have a Ramos gin fizz at this mahogany-and-brass Art Deco masterpiece while live jazz wafts through the dining room. For more local tips, follow us on 4sq or check out
  • Amy L.
    Amy LebowskyJuly 22, 2015
    I NEVER have a bad time here. It's even more fun to throw on a pretty dress and drink old timey cocktails.
  • Paulette W.
    Paulette WatkinsMarch 1, 2013
    Atmosphere is great. Beautiful decor. Great music. Gourmet food not so good or filling!
  • Soul Train
    Soul TrainMarch 14, 2011
    Believe in the rebirth of swank! The cocktails are kicking and the live music dares you not to move and groove. Menu faves are gnocchi and calamari.
  • Drew F.
    Drew FreyJune 17, 2013
    Cliff Bell’s is named after John Clifford Bell, a well-known owner of city speakeasies during Prohibition.
  • Ashley O.
    Ashley OlsenJune 15, 2011
    Happy hour: Tuesday-Friday 4pm-7pm: $2 domestic drafts $3 craft pints 50 cent PBR drafts starting at 4 increasing 25 cents every half hour until $2.
  • Stephanie
    StephanieAugust 20, 2012
    Cover charge is steep but the atmosphere is unbeatable. Fine Jazz in a beautiful venue.
  • Suai
    SuaiDecember 15, 2010
    1.) Don't order a rum & coke. 2.) Try a margarita instead. 3.) Fries are great too. 4.) You must see Gerard Gibbs and his organ trio on Tuesday nights. :)
  • Micha
    MichaAugust 19, 2013
    Best Club in D. Good music, relaxed atmosphere, reasonable prices!
  • ✌🏿️Pril B.
    ✌🏿️Pril BatiniJune 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sunday Brunch is cool. $10 bottomless mimosas or bloody Mary's
  • Tim S.
    Tim SulimanJuly 3, 2013
    Veggie friendly. They have great classic cocktails, but don't miss the great beer list.
  • Mitzi L.
    Mitzi LawrenceJuly 6, 2010
    Be aware that you practically have to join the band on stage to find the ladies loo. Go to stage. Head up the tiny staircase on the right. Proceed up zebra carpeted stairs.Your reward: clean bathroom!
  • Emeka A.
    Emeka AguAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome drink, great food and an incredible happy hour!
  • Matt J.
    Matt JAugust 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Menu change! Try the watermelon salad for a peculiar blend of tastes.
  • Sue H.
    Sue HJuly 14, 2013
    My grandson and some of his friends from school are singing here tonight 7 14 2013 you are so jazzy Kenny , Jack and Emma
  • Erica F.
    Erica FoondleJuly 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best jazz club in the D! Watching my amazing son perform with the metro Detroit jazz workshop! Break a leg Kenny!
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CoxApril 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Do Sunday brunch. Get the shrimp and grits.
  • Nishant D.
    Nishant DixitMarch 15, 2012
    There is a beautiful restored Steinway on the former dance floor. Check it out between sets
  • Matt J.
    Matt JSeptember 1, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The Grilled Salmon with haircot vert almondine is GD delicious.
  • Nycole K.
    Nycole KellyApril 1
    Been here 5+ times
    Live music, great happy hour. Usually a cover after 7.
  • Matt J.
    Matt JOctober 6, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask for Carrie as your server. Sweetest woman in Detroit & she'll take care of you.
  • Robbie F.
    Robbie F.July 13, 2011
    Get the Sweet Delight drink from the cocktail menu. You won't be sorry!
  • Dana B.
    Dana BredewegJanuary 13, 2013
    Excellent food, great service. Ambiance is fabulous!
  • Stacey C.
    Stacey CiscoJune 14, 2010
    The Riviera cocktail is summer in a glass...Zap Toro world jazz at its best on Thursday night.
  • Beth B.
    Beth BondJanuary 13, 2015
    Music is wonderful. Food is fab.
  • Sue N.
    Sue NyeAugust 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Come early for "The Moth" on the first Thursday of the month.
  • Erica H.
    Erica HaistJanuary 29, 2012
    Music excellent, but again service sucks. Bar was good, just dont expect get a drink anytime soon after sitting down. Jason N is extremely rude- handed us the bill right after placing down our drinks
  • Jade D.
    They always bring in AMAZING jazz artists!
  • Karen F.
    Karen FoxJanuary 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great Jazz & Great Food!!!
  • Dexter Q.
    Dexter QuintoFebruary 24, 2013
    You must try the "Sweet Breads"? You have no idea.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CantrellNovember 3, 2011
    $.50 PBRs during happy hour! #PBRmeASAP
  • Jen W.
    Jen WilliamsJune 26, 2013
    Made Playboys best Bars.. If that isn't a reason to go- what is?
  • Bryan V.
    Bryan VargasFebruary 17, 2012
    Ambiance gets a 10. Food gets a 5. Service gets a 2.
  • Bright Lights
    Bright LightsSeptember 26, 2011
    Great happy hour food , got drunk , learned some biz stuff , siminar for creative corridor Read more
  • Jason H.
    Jason HJuly 11, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Have the fruit salad with vanilla bean creme fresh. Delicious.
  • Monsieur R.
    Monsieur RobertMarch 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Sunday brunch with friends is a must here.
  • Justin F.
    Justin FordOctober 9, 2011
    The shrimp and grits will change your life.
  • Tiphanie F.
    Tiphanie FerrellApril 1, 2014
    I love the music and the crowd.
  • Amonyet ( MAIA CROWN) E.
    MIKE MONFORD TRIO!! Every Tuesday 7-11pm! FREE ADMISSION!!!! See you soon :)
  • Royale M.
    Royale MJune 30, 2012
    Always make a reservation if possible.
  • Kadie H.
    Kadie HumphreysFebruary 22, 2015
    Great music & food
  • Joe G.
    Joe GSeptember 3, 2010
    The fries are top notch! A must try!
  • Todd S.
    Todd StevensDecember 7, 2013
    Great place for live music!!!
  • Amber H.
    Amber HuntMarch 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The sassy waiter from the WAB works here!
  • Cheryl H.
    Cheryl HardenbrookNovember 6, 2013
    Very cool atmosphere!
  • Ahea S.
    Ahea SwayzMay 10
    Been here 5+ times
    Great live jazz
  • Chris S.
    Chris StergalasFebruary 8, 2012
    Everyone needs some jazz in their life.
  • Dominic N.
    Dominic NanniDecember 15, 2010
    GO listen to some cool. smooth \jazz :D
  • Alan L.
    Alan LanguirandFebruary 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The gnocchi was awesome!
  • Nancy A.
    Nancy AndrewsApril 8, 2011
    If u get shutout for #themoth come back at 8:30 for second half
  • Giuliana
    GiulianaJuly 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Enjoy a Mudlark....amazing.
  • J S.
    J SingletonFebruary 2, 2012
    Get here super early!!! Seriously!!!!!!
  • ThatJJChampagne
    ThatJJChampagneDecember 14, 2011
    Great music and eats.
  • Derrick A.
    Derrick AshongOctober 26, 2011
    The Salmon is bananas.
  • Matthew F.
    Matthew FishJune 18, 2012
    Classy place with live entertainment
  • J H.
    J HApril 21, 2013
    Went here for Detroit Restaurant Week, server hanging over my shoulder while I got my card out? No bueno.
  • Sue N.
    Sue NyeJune 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Wine dinners= excellent!!
  • Kameya (kamkam) S.
    Kameya (kamkam) ShowsApril 12, 2010
    Friday Nigh Jazz and Dinner.Great food, atmosphere and music. Read more
  • Erin F.
    Erin FredericksOctober 6, 2012
    Watch out for guys that tell you where to park (they don't work here)... You'll end up ripped off, and with a parking ticket!!!! :-(
  • DETROIT:2012 !.
    DETROIT:2012 !August 17, 2011
    Supper Club...Jazz...great venue
  • Ashley Catherine W.
    Ashley Catherine WoodsNovember 6, 2009
    order a champagne cocktail. try not to spill it all over yourself while table-hopping.
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HillFebruary 5, 2010
    See The Moth StorySlam the first Thursday of every month!
  • David B.
    David BDecember 10, 2011
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LoganFebruary 9, 2014
    Great atmosphere, bad food and even worse service.
  • Rachel N.
    Rachel NAugust 4, 2012
    Horrible service. And not apologetic about it. Blamed the customer. Never going back!
  • Andy R.
    Andy RathburgApril 13, 2011
    Go see WTYN: Detroit Radio on April 18th!
  • Jorge J.
    Jorge JustJuly 25, 2009
    avoid the cocktails. the bartender has no idea what he's doing. order beer or whiskey--neat.
  • J. C.
    J. CelestinoFebruary 10, 2010
    Go to a Moth Story Slam. Held once a month. Read more
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