I don't often go to chain establishments as I prefer local bars and restaurants, but the Detroit Hard Rock keeps me coming back again and again and again. I come here for happy hour before Wings, Lions, or Tiger games. You can park at the Compuware lot, Hard Rock validates your ticket, and provides you a shuttle ride to the game for free (with any purchase). That means you can come in for a drink at happy hour, about $2, and your parking and ride to the game is covered! Best deal in town! And at that price, I usually stay for several drinks before paying stadium prices of $8+.
They usually even have a couple of taps of local Michigan craft beer on draft, which I really appreciate and is rare for chains like this. While there last week it was Saguatuk's IPA and Short's Soft Parade, and the Soft Parade was full pint glass pours for $2 at happy hour prices! Fantastic!
Also, the bartenders are friendly and quick during the pre-game happy hour crowds that come here. You don't have to wait for minutes on end hoping they notice you. They move at lightning speed and are extremely attentive to people getting up to the bar. Much appreciated!
They typically play a variety of great music, mostly Rock and Pop of the last few decades, and show the music videos to match along the TVs. (Awesome music video nostalgia!) And really helps to get you pumped before the game!
One time I left my Lions tickets at home (doh!) and the girl at the gift shop promptly helped me by having me forward my tickets to an email address there and they were able to reprint out tickets for us and totally saved the day!
I usually just come here for drinks so never tried the food but it always looks good.
I can't recommend and speak highly enough about this place, as its served me very very well over the years as my go-to spot before the game! Why tailgate, when you can come to this magical place? Thank you Hard Rock Detroit for providing me with many very enjoyable pre-game experiences over the last several years. You truly do rock hard!
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