309 S. Center St., Royal Oak; 248-545-2235
Royal Oak changes, but Gus's stays the same. Except for the lack of cigarette smoke and the wealth of Michigan brews on tap, it could still be 1984, the year the place opened. The bar's staying power is largely due to the hard work of many, including co-owner Barbara Stone and manager Sue Burrows, who calls it "the only place that has any true character in Royal Oak — and characters!" As for that old-school juke, the songs are mostly selected by barkeep Patrick Tierney, who has worked at Gus's for an amazing 26 years.
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