Apr 2, 2024 - Food and Drink

Gilly's sports bar to debut for Tigers' home opener

A view of couches inside Gilly's with large windows looking out onto the street.

Gilly's Clubhouse at 1550 Woodward Ave. Photos: Courtesy of Gilly's Clubhouse

Gilly's Clubhouse, a Dan Gilbert-backed sports bar, opens downtown on Friday for the Tigers' home opener.

The big picture: Gilly's and a lower-level bar called Saksey's are intended to honor the spirit and legacy of Nick Gilbert, Dan Gilbert's son who co-created the concepts. Nick Gilbert died last year at age 26 from neurofibromatosis.

What to expect: Gilly's will start its tailgate party at 10am Friday, alongside other bars and venues downtown that will be getting in on the action.

  • Gilly's also plans to host watch parties April 25-27 for the NFL Draft.
Two views of Gilly's, one of the bar and one of a giant TV lit up around the edges.
Two more views of Gilly's.

The vibe: The sports bar's offerings include a massive 120-square-foot TV, vintage interior design details and artwork from Detroit-based Davariz Broaden and Tyrrell Winston, per a news release. Nick Gilbert's brothers Grant Gilbert and AJ Gilbert helped with branding, merchandise and staff uniforms.

  • The menu is wide-ranging, from coffee and fresh-pressed juice to burgers, wings and grain bowls.

If you go: 1550 Woodward Ave. downtown. Hours are 11am-midnight Sunday-Thursday and 11am-2am Friday and Saturday.

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