The Sugar House is going for a speakeasy vibe, but it's definitely more successful than the Ravens' Club, probably because they're only focusing on drinks. There's a lot of great touches - a hostess at the door, a great antique map of Detroit on the brick wall, a kickass chandelier, and beautiful wooden floors. An extensive seasonal drinks menu is definitely the place to begin, as many of the mixes are made in house. Because they're not accepting credit cards yet and I didn't have a lot of cash on me, I only had the chance to sample their Autumn Old Fashioned, figuring that it's hard to go wrong with Jim Beam Rye.
I daresay it was the best Old Fashioned I've ever had. Served with huge ice cubes, apple cider syrup, and Angostura bitters, it was smooth, rich, and definitely autumnal. Of course, there's beer and wine on offer too. I'm already trying to figure out how to plan a return visit so as to work my way down the drinks list.
The Sugar House, 2130 Michigan Avenue, www.sugarhousedetroit.com
W/Th: 5 PM - 12 AM • F/Sa: 5 PM - 1 AM • Su 5 PM - 11 PM