The Skip cocktail lounge is now open for all seasons

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Alley way cocktail lounge the Skip is back permanently after a cold-weather hiatus.

The Belt alley hangout opened in downtown Detroit last spring on a seasonal basis, but owners have installed a weatherproof roll-up door to allow for year-round service.

The $9 cocktail list has been revamped, but still includes a signature old fashioned that was on last summer’s menu. Cool off with a frozen Irish coffee, frozen cucumber margarita, or sip a Skip gin and tonic infused with lemongrass, lime, galangal (a spice) and cardamom.

The Skip also has 23 canned beers starting as cheap as $3 and shot specials for $6. One shot, the Bangarang, has strawberry-infused tequila and Aperol.

The Skip is a sister restaurant of popular dinner and drinks destination Standby, which was the only Michigan business named a 2017 James Beard Award semifinalist for Outstanding Bar Program.

This summer Standby chef Jesse Knott will run a food cart to feed hungry Skip drinkers, and there will also be a live music series. The owners of the Skip and Standby also acquired a liquor license for the entire Belt, so look for the party to spill out into the alley.

The Skip is located in the Belt alley between Grand River and Gratiot and Library and Broadway. It’s open 4 p.m.-midnight Tues.-Thurs. and Sun. and 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri.-Sat. Visit

(313) 222-2402

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