225 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 313-736-5533; standbydetroit.com
Before he joined forces with chef Brendon Edwards to found downtown's Standby, we knew magical things could happen when Joe Rob was behind the bar. We helped judge a cocktail contest a few years ago and Rob won handily. Sure, Rob can make your classic cocktails, but he loves the freedom to be creative. And at Standby, drinkers can sample dozens of his creations, made with whiskey, rum, agave, gin, and more.