Standby

4.7
314 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
A good bar is one that suddenly transports you, one where you can really take a load off. To our team, that means a thoughtfully created craft cocktail bar where our customers feel just as comfortable ordering a shot and a beer as they do ordering a Negroni. Our vision was to create a hideaway of sorts. The entrance is through an alley into an old elevator shaft, the space is dimly lit and designed to offer a little refuge from your day to day.

We are excited to use modern and innovative techniques within our beverage program to bring new flavors and experiences to the glass. But we know that there are some things in life that should never change, so rest assured you can feel safe in the arms of all of the old classics you’ve come to love. Our equally dynamic menu will feature locally sourced fare that will complement our bar program.

Come for the drinks. Stay for the food.

James Beard Semifinalist - Outstanding Bar Program - 2017 & 2018
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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places to eat and drink in Detroit!

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JU
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative cocktails, really good food different from standard things you find in Michigan. Only problem we had was, that every time someone would come in from outside, a cold breeze reached our table (it's winter, it was probably 15deg F outside), even though we were seated almost in the middle of the restaurant.

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MC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful. Friendly staff that can have a conversation; they provide a guiding light with the extensive drink menu if you're unsure what to get. Always pleased with drinks and dinner.

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AQ
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

place is so so so dope, we’ll definitely be back #detroitvseverybody

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SL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, the portions were bigger than we expected, great drinks, warm, attentive service and a great vibe. We loved Standby and can't wait to go back!!!

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F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really loved this place! Service was exceptional, drinks unique and carefully crafted as was the food. We shared the salted beet salad, squash ravioli (which has a much nicer title than I have given it) and short rib tacos. The layers of flavour and unique ingredients made each one a dining pleasure. The ambience is incredible and blends perfectly with food and beverages.

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KK
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time. Looked at the menu online and was intrigued. Erin was our server,and was excellent, even tho she claims she is Slytherin, but other staff were great too. Cocktails were solid, staff know what they are doing. Apps were excellent and mains delish. Very healthy portions ie substantial DO NOT come to Standby and try to order a Bud or even a diet coke for that matter. They serve authentic straight up cocktails, wine and a minimal beer list. I will absolutely go back and will recommend to others. Sat in corner near window and door. A little drafty when the door opens but its winter in the D.

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JP
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Though Standby can get loud, the drinks are really unique and fun. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and are very helpful whether you know a lot or very little about different alcohols. Some of the food I’ve gotten there has been good, some has been fine. Overall, it’s a great place to go downtown. Highly recommend.

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JB
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went here after a show and thank goodness we had reservations. It filled up quickly! The food was AMAZING! The only issue was trying to get back out, because there were people standing in the aisle, since there was no more seating at the bar.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love love love Standby. Honestly one of my favorite places in Detroit. Their Burger is amazing and you can tell they use top ingredients. Get an extra side of burger sauce for your fries. The drinks are delicious but, if your tolerance is high. Just get one and get drinks elsewhere. (To get a bang for your buck). The ambiance, especially at night is great. Music blasting, definitely a good spot to grab a bite before partying downtown. If you have friends visiting make sure you bring them here. All 7 of my visitors enjoyed our stop at Standby!

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DT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here several times and the food, drinks and service are always fantastic!

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MB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love, love, this spot. I celebrated my birthday with a few friends here. I made a reservation and was a few minutes late but it wasn't a problem. They still had my table and were very accommodating. The staff was extremely attentive to each guests upon seating. Our drinks were not only pretty but taste delicious as well. The food is always on point. I have never had a bad experience here. Great place to have a cocktail and appetizer or dinner. You can't beat the customer service, food, ambiance and overall experience.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

Experience started off great. Great service, great vibe and food was pleasing. Then the bill came and it all went completely down hill. My bill was $39. But my card was charged $39 nine (9) times. Over $350 and what I got was a come back Monday if my funds haven’t been returned. Had it not been for my lady. I wouldn’t of left that place without my funds in hand. Started off great. Ended bad.

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a
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and drinks were excellent. Dress warm though, every time the door opens there is a big draft throughout the restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience/great vibe

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FA
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, as well as the drinks and the service. Highly recommend the chicken wings and short rib tacos!

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SK
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The music in this small place was only playing some bass heavy beat. It was too loud to really talk to anyone without yelling in their ear.

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RR
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Creative and thoroughly delicious food that was served by non-enthusiastic entitled servers in a quaint, cozy atmosphere that was so loud my date and I couldn’t communicate across the table from each other.

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BH
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent vibe. We liked the crowd, service and food! Great spot with intimate feel and awesome bar.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Standby will always get good reviews on my watch. We bring in family when they visit from out of town. I know exactly what I’m going to get in terms of service, food, atmosphere, and quality. Everything was amazing and the food and drinks are delicious. I will continue going to Standby and introducing others to their fantastic establishment. Keep it up!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere good food and drinks

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P
Toledo
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was New Years and we stopped in for a cocktail and appetizers. The place was cool, swanky and all decked out like Studio 54. Great time and staff was fun!!

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ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice waiting staff, food came out quick, great beverages. Definitely would come back again!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great drinks. Excellent food.

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GK
Detroit
50 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here before a play at the Opera House. Perfect location - parked in Z Lot and walked. Our drinks and meals were great. Staff was attentive and friendly. This was not our first time here, and won’t be our last!

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r
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Mussels were amongst the best we've ever had! Fabulous drink! Great server!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lots of fun with the shared plates.

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ET
Detroit
36 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks, food, service were superb. We will definitely go again.

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C
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived at Standby just as they were opening at 5 p.m. There was already a line forming. The space is small but quite intimate! With our Open Table reservation we were seated immediately. We told our waiter, Josh, we were newbies to Standby so he took his time getting to know what our drink preferences were. Josh recommended drinks, he did not disappoint!! We ordered the cheese platter for our snack, it was divine! Great variety if cheeses and a wonderful apple compote to compliment the brie/blue cheese. My husband and I split the Winter Salad and the Lamb Ribs. Hands down....best lamb ribs EVER!!! SO TENDER! Everything is so fresh, and so uniquely put together! For dessert Josh recommended another hit.... the Matcha Cream Puff...HOLLER!!!! So amazing with distinct flavors! I also had a delish after dinner drink, Su Su Subio (spelling?) . We were so impressed with our service, the ambiance and the food!! We cant wait to return and try their burgers! Thank you Standby staff, chef and Josh for a memorable experience!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and drink. Great vibe! Will definitely be going back!

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s
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Snagged an Open Table reservation for a Saturday night. Having a reservation definitely seemed like the way to go - this is not a large place, and therefore, not a lot of room to wait for tables/stand around the bar. Service was great; our waitress was attentive and our water glasses never emptied. Between my husband and myself, we tried 4 different cocktails (two whiskey, two gin) that were all amazing. Our waitress's drink recommendations were definitely on-point. We got the cheese and charcuterie plates and the lamb ribs - one of the best meals I've had in Detroit. I also liked the drinkware, the location, the artwork, and the fact that while being seated, they offer to hang up your coat.

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AL
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time dining at standby! It’s definitely a really cool atmosphere! The drinks never disappoint! If you’re looking for a spicy filling dinner the bison bolonese did not disappoint!

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LC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Best Fish & Chips I've had. Wings were so-so. Beer: IPA very good, as was white wine selection by the glass

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VH
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Service was great!

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CM
Detroit
35 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Super high energy hipster spot. The volume level is high and all the spaces are filled. The menu was nice and the food was delicious! I was impressed at the amount of food we got for the money (we actually couldn't eat all of it :=)).

Service was simple but attentive. This is a hot spot for sure and has its niche. it's not a quiet, romantic tasting menu kind of spot - but it is good at what it is - hip, happening, hoppin'

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Best margarita I’ve ever had

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d
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the best cocktail bar in Detroit! And the menu changes just enough to keep it interesting every time.

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ZH
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at Standy. Great atmosphere, drinks are always on point and everyone enjoyed their meals and appetizers.

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AK
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Fun place, great drink menu and snack/appetizers. Music was loud making conversation difficult but still good atmosphere.

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CM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Food was great. Cool vibe. But it was SO loud we had to yell. On a Tuesday at 5:30??! We asked twice for it to be turned down.

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