If you’re a beer lover, Great Baraboo Brewing Company in Clinton Twp. is a must visit. Here, great food is matched with great beers. Great Baraboo Brewing Company is Macomb County’s first Michigan Craft Beer Brewery.
Signature brews include Kings Peak Caraboo Wheat, Shark Tooth Bay Golden Ale, Hoppy Heartland Pale Ale, Snake Eye Canyon Red Ale and Boston Blackstone Porter, Great Baraboo offers mini-samplers for the indecisive, which provide five-ounce tastes of each flavor.
The food menu is filled with selections from burgers, fish and chips, salads to the T-bone steak and BBQ ribs. Regardless of the meal, lunch or dinner there are plenty of options for everyone.
The atmosphere is very relaxed, and on different nights there are different options as far as entertainment from Trivia, karaoke and Ladies Night where they give away a coach purse. Sports are always on the televisions that line the restaurant along with Keno.
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The next stop on our historic tour of culinary Detroit is in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Corktown. Founded by metro Detroit’s vast Irish-American population, Corktown is home to many traditional Irish Pubs, none more steeped in tradition than the Old Shillelagh. So what characteristics do all Irish Pubs share? What makes a bar worthy of calling itself an Irish Pub? Despite the onslaught of bars around the city calling themselves “Irish Pubs” around St. Patrick’s Day, a true Irish Pubs must strictly follow a couple of strict rules.
- The “plastics” rule: If, around St. Patrick’s Day, a bar has any sign of green plastic shamrocks, green plastic cups or anything green and plastic for that matter, it is not a true Irish Pub.
- The “green beer” rule: Similar to the “plastics” rule, if, on St. Patrick’s Day, a bar serves any type of green beer that is not Miller Lite, the bar is not an Irish Pub.
Detroit's Old Shillelagh Irish PUb
With that said, few places in Detroit can proudly bear the name “Irish Pub”, but of those that do, one of Corktown’s favorites is The Old Shillelagh. John Brady and Charlie Taylor opened the Old Shillelagh in February 1975 and the pub quickly became a success. The third generation of Brady’s now runs The Old Shillelagh which has since been expanded to include a second floor. A rowdy hangout year-round, the pub is packed to capacity from open to close during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
Since its opening almost 35 years ago, the Old Shillelagh has remained true to its Irish roots by hosting authentic Irish bands, a large Irish (and non-Irish) clientele and, of course, corned-beef sandwiches. A trip to Detroit simply isn’t complete without a visit to The Old Shillelagh, whether you’re Irish or not., This traditional Irish Pub has phenomenal food, an incredible beer selection, a lively, fun atmosphere, great live entertainment 7 days a week and to top it all off, a fantastic friendly and attentive staff. It is one of Detroit’s true culinary gems.
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