660 W. Baltimore St., Detroit; 313-873-1739; northernlightslounge.com
About a decade before it became a thing to turn a nondescript city building into a stylish tavern, Northern Lights was here. This moody, atmospheric bar has it all: a vintage ambience, live entertainment, cozy booths, and a bustling bar with a good mix of drinkers. Additions over the last few years include an open kitchen on weekends and an appealing outdoor lounge. This is only the second year that the patio, formerly a parking lot, has beckoned al fresco diners. The brick-paved outdoor space seats 150, with trees and umbrellas for shade, and will be open when the weather breaks.