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The Sugar House

Cocktail Bar, Bar, and Speakeasy$$$$
Corktown, Detroit
91 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • favorite bars in detroit
  • good for dates
  • bourbon
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  • Jason
    JasonDecember 28, 2014
    If you are able, ask for a seat at the bar. You get your drinks much quicker than if you sat at a table. As a bonus, you get to see the bartenders make all of the drinks up close and personal.
  • Eater
    EaterMay 28, 2014
    Its star spirit is rum and its cocktails are self-described as “traditional drinks of the Caribbean islands, classic libations of Prohibition-era Havana and exotic cocktails from legendary tiki bars." Read more
  • Danielle B.
    Danielle BaizJuly 19, 2012
    Didn't think places like this existed in the D..where you can find big hard back men talking sensually abt their hand-crafted cocktails. Surprised to see they had El Dorado in stock. Pure awesomeness.
  • Sofía S.
    Sofía SyntaxxJune 3, 2013
    Nick is amazing at his craft. His take on a traditional whiskey sour is out of this world! They take mixing to a new level here. Not only are the drinks visually appealing but they're strong too!
  • Janine W.
    Janine WardSeptember 3, 2014
    I almost always try to sit at the bar rail, it's a great show watching the bartenders, very interesting if you're into craft cocktails. Great atmosphere and service overall. Pricey but worth it.
  • Pat C.
    Pat ColdJanuary 12, 2016
    My favorite bar in Detroit. Next to Sloe's in Corktown. Cool and relaxed setting, competent bartenders, high quality drinks. I personally loved the blue blazer and the smoke infused cocktails.
  • Kerri M.
    Kerri MichelleFebruary 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Anything whiskey. Just tell the man what you like and let him work his magic. Add egg. Frothy goodness never tasted, or felt, so good. Hands down, very best craft cocktails in Detroit.
  • Jason
    JasonDecember 28, 2014
    The Stay Puff Marshmallow is served as a shot and is the only one on the menu. Its small but packs one hell of a punch. Not for the faint of heart!
  • Jose
    JoseNovember 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Good drinks and knowledgeable bar staff. Can recommend something if you feel adventurous. Like bourbon? Try an EFK, house smoked bourbon, served with a show. Not in the menu.
  • Ashley V.
    Ashley VenturiniAugust 9, 2014
    One of my favorite bars in detroit, I never know what to order so I just ask the mixologists to recommend something based on my tastes and they haven't failed me yet!
  • laura k.
    laura kovickDecember 13, 2014
    I have never had a drink I didn't love here! My best tip is to share a punch bowl with friends; you won't regret it, though you may not remember much!
  • Ian R.
    Ian RussellMay 19, 2014
    What a classic place to sit back and enjoy a fine bourbon or scotch!! The service was amazing!!!
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MengesNovember 17, 2012
    If you want a show with your drink get the EFK, formerly known as The Man Who Knew Too Little. Hickory smoked bourbon.
  • AskMen
    AskMenOctober 26, 2011
    You’ll love the drinks & you’ll love the attention & effort put into each concoction & come to respect the knowledge of those building them Read more
  • Joy S.
    Joy SantiagoFebruary 29, 2012
    Awesome place. Anything on the menu is their original recipie and isn't a drink you can get anywhere else. Oh- and they know their stuff!
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistDecember 13, 2011
    The blend of tequila, Cointreau, ginger, lemon & cassis known as the El Diablo will certainly make you feel like dancing with the devil. Read more
  • Kirsten A.
    Kirsten AlanaAugust 12, 2013
    Great seasonal menu but of four different drinks, my favorite was the Queen's Park Swizzle which is on the permanent menu!
  • Stephen H.
    Stephen HarlanNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The menu changes, but it doesn't matter. Sit at the bar and enjoy one of the best hand-crafted cocktails you'll find. Cheers!
  • Alyssa G.
    Alyssa GochNovember 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Absolutely love the Celebrations in the Sky, Waxed Apple, and Imperial Flip (bonus: made with Detroit Anthology Coffee)
  • IrmaZandl T.
    FANTASTIC cocktails, vibe, decor!!! Love this stretch of corktown.
  • Lisa Z.
    Lisa ZarzyckiFebruary 5, 2016
    Absolutely wonderful! On the advice of a friend, we brought colleagues from Mexico here. We had a blast! Highly recommend!
  • Chow Down Detroit
    Chow Down DetroitJanuary 1, 2015
    Get the truffle oil popcorn and the peanuts. Cheap and tasty.
  • Erynn P.
    Erynn PannellSeptember 23, 2013
    Superb cocktails and a pretty ambiance with a 1920's Speakeasy feel. The drinks are kinda pricey but potent.
  • Sloan S.
    Sloan StokasMarch 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Must order the Skeleton Key cocktail. Bourbon base cocktail you will not regret!
  • Joe R.
    Joe RoMarch 27, 2013
    Bring a flashlight to read the menu ;). But it's such a cute, cozy and rustic place!
  • Kim C.
    Kim C.December 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The selection rotates but you can't go wrong. Potent concoctions perfect for sippin' slow over lingering conversation.
  • Akshay P.
    Akshay PatilAugust 31, 2015
    Expertly executed cocktails, including some excellent flips and fizzes.
  • Dig Downtown
    Dig DowntownJune 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're a craft cocktail fan, feel free to order off menu. These folks are pros.
  • Brittney C.
    Brittney CampbellJanuary 4, 2015
    Juliet and Romeo. Off the menu and incredibly delicious!
  • Brandi D.
    Brandi DavieJuly 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    We can't think of anything else. This is an establishment that makes you feel incredible.
  • Dylan B.
    Dylan BoydApril 14, 2014
    Allow the mixologists to create something. Suggest a flavor or liquor and let them go.
  • Drew W.
    Drew WFebruary 1, 2016
    Great place to grab a drink. But be warned, they won't serve you without a seat.
  • Zahrah F.
    Zahrah FadelAugust 3, 2016
    99 options but try the classics. My Mai Tai was delicious.
  • Stacy H.
    Stacy HerbstreitOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Maple Fizz!! Don't be intimidated by the egg yolk it's yummy!!!!
  • Chase A.
    Chase AnsokApril 24, 2014
    The white truffle popcorn is the "Best Snack in a Classic Cocktail Bar"
  • Jocelyne N.
    Jocelyne NinnemanFebruary 9, 2012
    Ask Brandon for his specialty spicey ginger-orange Sazerac. If ur not a light- weight, and like REAL dranks. :)
  • Arminda K.
    Arminda KlierJanuary 12, 2015
    If you like whiskey, the taste of hickory smoke, and a touch of theater, I whole-heartily recommend the Smokey Old Fashioned.
  • Jason
    JasonDecember 28, 2014
    Try an Amaretto Sour with egg white... Delicious!
  • BareBones Detroit
    BareBones DetroitNovember 7, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask Dave for the Sunday Punch. Bring friends. Leave happy.
  • GQ Magazine
    GQ MagazineAugust 22, 2012
    Detroit's answer to the craft cocktail movement. Try the 'Where There's Smoke.'
  • Brian M.
    Brian MulloyNovember 28, 2011
    The Enhanced Rye Cocktail is one of the best Whisky drinks I've had.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CoxOctober 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Cider is gross. The Etienne DuPont is not really cider because it is amazing.
  • Johnny Lee J.
    Holding back final judgement. Was excited for first visit only to find we had to sign up for a waiting list. Even though there before midnight, never got the call back for open spot for 4. Suspect.
  • Ar H.
    Ar HiriartFebruary 29, 2016
    All cocktails including the smokey old fashion
  • Lady M.
    Lady MewJanuary 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I asked for a surprise, and the bartender brought me a "Boston Edison Creme." Yum!
  • David L.
    David LeszcynskiAugust 9, 2015
    What an amazing list of cocktails. Incredible.
  • Alyssa G.
    Alyssa GochNovember 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Banana's Hammock or Room Key. Get it.
  • janelle g.
    janelle guntherJune 5, 2012
    great cocktails, not insanely priced... feel fancy & thrifty at the same time!
  • Fran
    FranDecember 5, 2011
    Brandon makes a great "Smoked Turkey" (not on the menu).
  • Donn F.
    Donn FresardDecember 29, 2012
    The McClure's pickles are no joke. Clear-your-sinuses pickles.
  • Stacy H.
    Stacy HerbstreitDecember 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Dealers Choice: i asked for Creme de Violet....AMAZING!!
  • Mollie Rose B.
    Mollie Rose BarronAugust 4, 2013
    this place is awesome. one of my favorite bars in detroit
  • Edward H.
    Edward HodgeJanuary 26, 2015
    This is THE crafted cocktail house in Detroit.
  • Tanner H.
    Tanner HamiltonJanuary 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the E.F.K. Great drink and even better production.
  • Jason L.
    Jason LambertApril 14, 2013
    Smoked bourbon is amazing.
  • Heather S.
    Heather SzpondowskiOctober 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't let an egg scare you! The rootbeer flip is epic
  • Dig Downtown
    Dig DowntownDecember 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the pickled carrots to clean your palette. A refreshing hint of crunch and spice.
  • John P.
    John PanichAugust 7, 2013
  • Brandi D.
    Brandi DavieJuly 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Mix-ol-o-gists. I love this place. So awesome.
  • Anika G.
    Anika GossFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for the Old Fashion. The BEST!
  • Anne M.
    Anne McJuly 26, 2013
    The EFK is smoked deliciousness in a glass
  • Kim K.
    Kim KlineSeptember 27, 2012
    Best Bloody Mary I have ever had!
  • ☆ H-$$ ☆
    ☆ H-$$ ☆April 6, 2013
    Awesome 80s music...but they don't have any 2chainzzzz :/
  • Sam A.
    Sam AboonaJanuary 20, 2015
    EFK is my favorite.
  • Stella T.
    Stella TrunzoSeptember 8, 2013
    The perfect spot for a blind date.
  • Tony D.
    Tony DavisApril 28, 2012
    Not really for the multicultural crowd or any crowd larger than 4 people. And the staff is way too high on their own ish.
  • Gary P.
    Gary PhillipsMarch 14, 2014
    Best mixology in Detroit!
  • Leo K.
    Leo KowalykJanuary 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Just had a "Where there's smoke" holy sh*t, so good, not brushing my teeth tonight!
  • Sara C.
    Sara CMarch 30, 2013
    Great drinks!
  • Angela H.
    Angela HernandezJune 1, 2013
    No one is really nice here. Am I in Brooklyn?
  • Andree d.
    Andree de VillersAugust 19, 2014
    The cocktails are amazing
  • Jason E.
    Jason EDecember 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Cucumber fizz is delicious!
  • Richard S.
    Richard SessionSeptember 9, 2012
    The Southwest Solution is pretty good.
  • Stephen 'Goldie Wilson' R.
    Try a Brooklyn. Not on the menu. D-e-lish.
  • melissa
    melissaOctober 15, 2011
    try a Gin Basil Smash. perfect!
  • Josh K.
    Josh KeyesMay 2, 2016
    Seasonal drink menu
  • Karnetta S.
    Karnetta StewartJuly 26, 2015
    Drinks are fantastic!!!
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CoxAugust 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ladies night is Tuesday. 25% off and that's all night.
  • John M.
    John Manoogian IIIJune 5, 2013
    Say hi to Dave, the owner.
  • Brandi D.
    Brandi DavieJuly 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    That Yanni, he's a gem!
  • laura k.
    laura kovickDecember 13, 2014
    Moscow Mule, My Autumn Sweater punch bowl
  • thej*sauce
    thej*sauceOctober 7, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    house manhattan: balanced. up with cucumber (yep). embrace
  • Matthew W.
    Matthew WhitneySeptember 14, 2013
    Order the EFK
  • Tim S.
    Tim StetterFebruary 7, 2014
    Enjoy gin and dill
  • Jay M.
    Jay MiollaAugust 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Blackfoot Old Fashioned
  • Alex S.
    Alex SanchezJune 22, 2016
    All drinks
  • Audrey W.
    Audrey WalkerOctober 8, 2011
    Its cash only right now. No atm nearbye
  • Lindsay Y.
    Lindsay YeattsJanuary 15, 2012
    Everything tastes like bandaids
  • thej*sauce
    thej*sauceOctober 8, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    this is a no vodka zone
  • Samir N.
    Samir NazirSeptember 23, 2016
    never fails to impress
  • Bibi A.
    Bibi AbellaFebruary 14, 2014
    Es un hermoso sitio q se expecializa en tragos d hace 100 años d antiguedad... buen ambient y en verdad la combinacion d sabores es d muy alta calidad ;)
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