The alley-side lounge is operated by the same team behind Standby restaurant, which recently hired new chefs

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The latest update to Detroit’s artful alley way is the Skip, an open-air cocktail lounge located in the middle of the Belt.

The Skip will officially open Thursday with frozen drink offerings including a cucumber margarita, plus shots and beers that range from Pabst Blue Ribbon to Anderson Valley’s Briney Melon Gose. The Skip’s menu also offers five types of boilermakers (beer with a shot) and craft cocktails, including a spin on an Old Fashioned with rum, pineapple and chocolate bitters.

The Skip will be open 3 p.m.-midnight Wednesday-Saturday and noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Its official address is 1234 Library, but folks can access it through the Belt Alley between Broadway and Library streets. Look for the Shepard Fairey mural decorating the bar’s back wall.

Eventually the Skip will offer Latin American street food and expanded seating on the gray cobblestone alleyway.

The Skip is helmed by partners Anthony Curtis, David Goldman and Joe Robinson, who is is behind the bar program. The group also owns hip restaurant Standby, which opened in the Belt in late 2015.

Upon opening Standby received praise for its menu from chef Brendon Edwards. Last week, however, the partners announced a change in the kitchen. Edwards was replaced by chefs Jesse Knott and Lindsay Salminen.

Last week the two chefs debuted a smaller and more affordable menu to accompany Robinson’s massive cocktail list. The small plates range $9-$15 and include chicken liver mousse, shrimp escabeche, a whiskey mushroom tart and curry braised lamb.

Standby is open daily 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

mbaetens@detroitnews.com

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