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Booze trends come and go, but there's one thing that is consistent in cocktail culture: Drinks should be fun. 

The michelada at Detroit's El Salpicon is festooned with cocktail shrimp, cucumber sticks, hot sauce and spices. It screams "party time." This version of the Mexican beer cocktail employs the upside bottle of beer technique, rather than mixing the suds and juice together. 

Double up and get the michelada damazo, which has two beers dumped into it and is served on a plate with salsa and oysters. 

This casual, colorful restaurant and nightclub in the Springwells Village neighborhood of Southwest Detroit (8600 W. Vernor) is stacked with inventive drink ideas for large groups, like their charolazo, a $45 platter of Mexican beers (six Tecate cans, three Corona bottles and three Pacifico bottles) smothered with shrimp, limes, oysters and spices. 

The drinks are big and bold here, and so is a lot of the food menu, which is largely shrimp and octopus dishes (and mostly written in Spanish). 

Meals start with chips and ceviche and lime juice instead of salsa. Go big with a plate of langostinos Nayarit to share or the pescado zarandeado, a whole red snapper grilled and plated with limes, sauce and tortilla. Small plates include a seafood tostada, shrimp quesadilla, shrimp empanadas or more fish ceviche with crackers. 

El Salpicon has two dining areas and a nightclub with a full bar. This Saturday the restaurant will host Norteño Real, a young Mexican music group from Detroit. 

Call El Salpicon at (313) 914-2214. 

Just a stones throw down Vernor, LaTerraza (8445 Vernor) is another Mexican restaurant and nightclub with a focus on seafood and big, beautiful cocktails. They're also hosting live music this weekend. Saturday night the women of Texas band Las Fenix come to town to perform with La Nueva Alianza. Call (313) 834-1433 for more information.

mbaetens@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @melodybaetens

 

 

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