Where to Have a Drink in Ann Arbor

When it comes to happy hour, Ann Arbor has you covered, from beloved university hangouts to up-and-coming craft cocktail bars.

By: Lish Dorset
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The Last Word

Look closely for a small "L W" sign and you'll be on the right track to finding The Last Word. Known for their carefully created cocktails, guests select tasty drinks from vintage books crafted into menus.

In Season

The Last Word is always glad to create a unique cocktail based on a guest's request. The menu changes seasonally.

Blue Persuasion

Curious to try a TLW regular favorite yourself? Get ready to make "You're My Boy, Blue. You're My Boy!" Combine 1.5 ounces of bourbon with 3/4 ounces St. Germain, 3/4 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 8-10 muddled blueberries. Shake and double strain the liquids over ice in a rocks glass. Complete the drink with a lemon peel garnish.


You don't have to travel to Spain to find the best sangria. Dominick's is known for their delicious sangria recipe; when the bar opens for the season, University of Michigan students and area residents know that spring has finally arrived.

Alley Bar

The Alley Bar's Liberty Street location has actually been a destination for serving drinks all the way back to 1880. While the drink preferences have changed over the years, the mentality for today's Alley Bar hasn't: offer a space that blends cocktail bars with upscale dives.

The Raven's Club

The Raven's Club is proud to offer what they call a "love letter to American whiskey" as part of their cocktail roundup. Mainstay and seasonal cocktails are available right alongside countless options of bourbons and hearty dinner entrees.

Cafe Felix

Cafe Felix makes you feel like you've stumbled upon a little bit of France in Ann Arbor. The classically inspired French Bistro on Main Street offers a robust wine menu that's paired with a food offering based on farm-to-table ideals.


For more than 30 years Ashley's has been a watering hole fixture in downtown Ann Arbor. Located on busy State Street, Ashley's offers good beer, good food, and best of all, good company.

Grizzly Peak

Housed in a century-old building, Grizzly Peak has been pleasing palates since 1995. Make sure to check out the brewery's current beer menu online for comprehensive tasting notes and history.

Arbor Brewing Co.

Arbor Brewing Company has been a pioneer in craft brewing since 1995. ABC was founded by husband-and-wife team Matt and Rene Greff and was the city's first, and Michigan's fifth, brewpub.