At the end of April, I participated in an organized run that was not your typical race. Instead of sprinting toward a finish line, we were running to and from bars in Detroit!
This run, the sixth annual iteration of the Chug-A-Lug, is what brought me to Bookies Bar & Grille on a Saturday afternoon.
Bookies was the third stop on our five-mile run, which started at Nancy Whiskey in Corktown and continued on to 100 Places in the D favorite The Old Miami.
Surprisingly, after the first leg of running, which was about 1.5 miles in length and pretty rough for me (I’m not a runner), the second leg from The Old Miami to Bookies (which was about a mile) felt like a breeze. My muscles were loosened, and my body was warmed up by exercise (and likely adult-beverage imbibing).
Walking into Bookies, I appreciated the main bar area and its mash-up of sports-bar/fancy parlor aesthetics, with flat-screen TVs and team flags coexisting with gilded chandeliers and a high ceiling.
After ordering drinks from the bar, the friend accompanying me on the Chug-A-Lug adventure and I went up to the bar’s rooftop patio, where we spent the rest of the roughly 45 minutes allotted to this stop. The patio gave picturesque views of the city and was a great hang-out spot in the 50-something-degree weather – which felt downright balmy to us Michiganders emerging from the throes of lingering wintery weather.
While I didn’t eat at Bookies, I see that its food menu is loaded with tasty-sounding appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and wraps. The Buffalo Chicken Tots appetizer (described as “half pound of tots topped with Monterey cheddar cheese, buffalo chicken, ranch, and chives”) sounds especially intriguing, as does the Tavern burger with its fried onion strings, cheese, bacon, barbeque sauce, and pretzel bun [cue the drooling!].
2208 Cass Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201