- 535 Monroe, Detroit, MI
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- 4 p.m.-2 .m. Tues.-Sat.; all home games; special events
Status: As you meander down Monroe Street, you may notice a new sign among the flash and glow of Greektown’s bars, clubs and restaurants. Level Two Bar & Rooftop, an upscale sports-themed establishment, opened in December above Plaka Café.
“It’s kind of like a hidden gem right now,” says managing partner Michael Zografos.
It took about a year to turn the small area atop Plaka into a 150-person bar. Crews raised the roof and extended the back of the building to create a multilevel patio with an impressive view of the Greektown Casino.
Gear: “Our intention was to build a high-end sports bar,” says Zografos, but “we want everybody from a suit and tie to flip-flops.”
The crowds generally determine the dress code. On game days, you can expect to see people in jerseys, jeans and T-shirts emblazoned with team logos. But given the variety of high-end and casual establishments elsewhere in Greektown, you might encounter Level Two patrons in anything from cocktail attire to shorts and tank tops.
Mood: A neon glow filters into the bar through an expansive wall of windows, which overlook the action on Monroe. A marble bar top and dark wood floors illuminated by the soft glow of candles help set the upscale mood Zografos hopes to create.
Most of the customers are walk-ins. John Reiter, 25, of Wyandotte and Lauren Seal, 26, of Trenton stopped by recently while seeking a place to have a few beers as they ambled through Greektown.
“It looked cool, so I thought we’d check it out,” Reiter said as he settled in at the bar with a pint of Sam Adams.
Sheila McAllister and her husband were spending the weekend at the Atheneum Suite Hotel when they heard about Level Two while walking through Greektown.
She especially liked the two-level patio, which has a bar, a DJ booth on the upper level and a gas heater that provides just enough warmth to make smoking outside in February tolerable.
“I can’t wait to come back here in the summer because in the summertime, it’s just going to be awesome with the whole feeling downtown here,” McAllister said.
Zografos is similarly enthusiastic about the location of his establishment.
“Greektown itself is a great spot to be,” he says. “It’s becoming a hot spot, especially in the summertime with all the bars and restaurants.”
Pick me up: The current menu, which includes salads ($8-$10), small plates ($8-$19), burgers ($8-$10) and flat breads ($8-$10), is temporary, says Zografos. He plans changes over the next few weeks and will introduce dinner options. Food is served until midnight on Friday and Saturday and until 10 p.m. on other nights.
There are eight beers on tap, including Molson and Blue Moon, and more than 40 bottled brews, including Great Lake Burning River, Atwater Dirty Blonde and Beck’s Sapphire.
Entertainment: Typical of most sports bars, clusters of large, flat-screen TVs tuned to various sporting events line the walls and bar area. Level Two offers dancing and DJs spinning Top 40 hits on Friday and Saturday nights.