If you’re looking for a bar that mixes Detroit iconography with midcentury modern (along with a dash of west coast garnish) you’ve found it in Hammer & Nail.
Located in the old Carpenter’s Union building on Woodward across from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Hammer & Nail’s drink menu runs the gamut from the crafty to the accessible, venerable, inexpensive beer.
So the other day we talked to the General Manager, Rick Paulger about what the history of the place is, what their thoughts were bringing this concept to Detroit, and how they’re doing so far.
Also, the fact that they use real cherries in their drinks. Most cherries you get at bars are actually manufactured and not technically food.
We also tasted a few drinks, courtesy of Hammer & Nail, to get a feel for the menu.
We rarely approach a new place with the idea of it is “good” or “bad” (unless they truly deserve it), but more along the lines of “if you like X, you’ll like Y.”
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