3930 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-831-3830
Dive bars provide a link to the past you just can't get from a squeaky-clean white box. But few bars have the history lacquered on as thickly as the Old Miami. Adorned with memorabilia from the Vietnam War from its days as a vets bar ("Miami" = Missing in Action Michigan), it's also loaded with more Detroit memorabilia than you can shake a coney dog at. And if the comfy couches, pinball machines, brass elephants on the bar, and live music weren't enough, check out the paradise that is the back yard on a sunny day.