As a patron left the Bosco and sauntered to his designated driver’s car he exclaimed, “I love this bar! You have to appreciate the Bosco!”
While it’s not always wise to emphatically agree with someone who’s had a few too many drinks, it’s more than okay to agree with that sentiment.
Located next door to the Magic Bag, the Bosco has offered some of the chicest digs to some of the trendiest residents of metro Detroit for the last seven years. Beautifully decorated and impeccably clean, it is what every lounge-type bar strives to be.
The Bosco, the brainchild of Daniel and his brother Jeremy Haberman, was named after their Detroit middle school playground.
“My brother and I went to a Detroit Public School in the Cass Corridor for middle school,” Daniel Haberman says. “The playground was an abandoned lot called, ‘the bosco.’ The name also means ’forest’ in Italian which fits as it matches the trees and other natural design elements of the lounge.”
Dress to impress. This is not some dive you can just stroll into. Don’t be surprised if you see a few gentlemen pulling a Barney Stinson and “suiting up.”
Before heading out, you may want to check out the Bosco’s You Tube page and watch their video about their “no exposed chains” policy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyClEGnHc6s). It’s not only informative, it’s entertaining, too. You can also show your love for this trendy hot spot on your sleeve. Literally. At thebosco.com, you can purchase Bosco apparel.
“The Bosco creates a casual hip vibe,” Haberman says. “It is a very comfortable place where people can be as social or private as they like.”
The flirtatious atmosphere at this scenester locale is about as infectious as the beats pouring out of their speakers, and “the crowd was a previously unseen combination of personalities, lifestyles, and professions.”
The Ferndale spot is equipped with many comfy seating areas and stools at the bar, but one of the best features of this place is the courtyard with its soothing waterfall and heat lamps.
"It's a very social atmosphere," says Lewis Hickson who works security. "A lot of people come here to start their night or end their night."
When patrons walk out of the Bosco, Haberman wants them to “feel like they’re in on a secret and always will feel comfortable stopping back in.”
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Just like its flawless interior design, the bar is a class act. The bartenders are constantly on the move to make sure your drink needs are met. The Bosco offers a variety of wines with glasses ranging from $6-$9.50 and bottles from $24-$38. Sake is also on the menu, with a hakutsuru (300 mL bottle) going for $10.
Drink specials are Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Come in on “Passport Tuesdays” and get $2 premium well drinks all night. Just show your passport as I.D. at the door. “Fancy Wednesdays” offers half price house wines.
The Bosco not only is the bar that gives you premium mixed drinks from $7- $9.50, but it’s also the bar that gives back. A portion of the sales of the drink “Pink Cocktail” (made with Svedka citron and Clementine) goes to The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.
“Our music is best described as Detroit lounge mostly because we created the category with our compilation CDs ‘the bosco prime cuts vol. 1 and 2,'” Haberman says. “We play a mix of music that includes some hip hop (non top-40), funk, soul, reggae, rock, afro-beat, Brazilian baile funk, and more.”
Tuesday through Thursday offers up various DJ’s who set the soundtrack of the evening. DJ Brian Gillespie makes his appearance on Tuesday. Wednesday offers up United Audio Workers. DJ John Arnold makes his presence known on Thursdays. The rest of the week offers up a mix from electronica to hip hop. If you like what you hear on Friday and Saturday, their website also sells mix CD’s of a sample of the music played at The Bosco.
"This is definitely a haven for DJs and good music," Hickson says.