2233 Park Ave., Detroit; 313-963-4040; centaurbar.com
Bartender PJ Thomas took great pains late last year to assure us that Centaur is no cocktail lounge — "I hate the word 'mixologist,'" he told us. "It's just so pretentious." — And with Centaur's high volume of patrons, there's no time to fuss over fanciful drinks anyway. That said, Centaur bartenders can make any cocktail and boasts one of the city's best liquor selections.