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New bar gallery: Craft cocktails, retro cool and a free jukebox at emerging Detroit neighborhood

May 24, 2022, 1:08 PM

Packed house at the Milwaukee Junction addition on Woodward. See six more photos. (Photo: Time Will Tell)

A two-month-old craft cocktails spot in Detroit's Milwaukee Junction neighborhood earns kind words from Yelp reviewers.

Cozy niche near the entry (Photo: Yelp/Cassy J.)

"Gorgeous, intimate bar," "a really cool throwback" and "a unique experience" are among recent praise for Time WIll Tell, which Eater Detroit says has "a kind of vintage '50s neighborhood bar vibe."

The small bar on Woodward Avenue near East Baltimore Street is run by the Detroit Optimist Society, which also owns Wright & Company restaurant, the Sugar House and Bad Luck Bar.

Eater's local editor, Serena Maria Daniels, posts:

The vibe is a departure from some of the hospitality group’s other properties, many of which lean in on dim lighting, minimalist design and a higher price point on the menus. ... “We want to have a little bit more whimsy here and have a little little bit of fun,” says [owner Dave] Kwiatkowski. ...

The menu features playful cocktails with a particular focus on tequila, mezcal, and rum ... as well as a brief list of craft beers, and wine by the glass. Most menu items are $10 or less and none go for more than $12.

When guests are handed their checks, they’re usually tucked inside an old book.

The location, opposite the Baltimore Street QLine stop, is the latest attraction in an emerging neighborhood for dining and nightlife. 

(Photo: Yelp/Mj J.)

Here's more from guests at Yelp:

  • "Intimate, sleek, and inviting." -- Makayla S., Saint Clair Shores

  • "Top-notch bartenders. Atmosphere is gorgeous. ... Cool jukebox (free when we were there). -- Samantha M., Detroit

  • "Great service and amazing decor, but I definitely think they should expand their menu. It was fairly tequila-heavy." -- Anjelica A., Ann Arbor

  • "It has a speakeasy vibe and the decor is retro cool. ... We ordered a few cocktails that were fantastic. ... This is most certainly the new spot to be!" -- Mj J., Warren

  • "From the gorgeous barback to the color scheme and fun jukebox, the decor was perfect." -- Cassy J., Ann Arbor

Plan a visit:

  • Where: 6408 Woodward Ave., just north of East Milwaukee Street (opposite QLine Baltimore Street stop)

  • Hours: 5 p.m.-midnight, Wednesday through Saturday

  • Menu:

Gallery from business and guests:

(Photo: Yelp/Samantha M.)

Vintage barback is from the former 7 Brothers Bar in Hamtramck. (Photo: Time Will Tell)

(Photo: Time Will Tell)


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