The Ghostbar, located on the third floor of The Whitney in downtown Detroit, is a truly unique and historic spot to grab a drink. It holds a special place in my heart. My husband and I had our wedding photos taken here and it was magical. This most recent time, my friend Ashley and I dropped in for some nightcaps after dinner.
The Whitney, now a restaurant and staple of Detroit History, was once the private residence of Detroit lumber baron David Whitney Jr. in early 1900. The architecture by Gordon W. Lloyd and construction dates to 1894. The building relishes in the beauty of English Aristocracy in every square in the air. The lifeblood of electricity flowing through the building was installed by Thomas Edison himself. While in residence, Whitney dedicated the third floor to the family’s art gallery. Today, the mansion has been carefully restored to its original splendor, with The Ghostbar being one of its most impressive features.
The bar’s name is inspired by the many ghost stories and paranormal activity that have been reported in the mansion over the years. As you step into the bar, you are immediately transported back in time with its elegant chandeliers, antique furnishings, and stunning views of the city. The atmosphere is both romantic and mysterious, with a touch of vintage glamour that is sure to leave a lasting impression. The extensive cocktail menu features creative drinks, including some that are exclusive to The Ghostbar, like The Witching Hour Martini and The Whitney. Whether you’re looking for a cozy spot for a date night or a unique place to grab drinks with friends, The Ghostbar at The Whitney is a must-visit historical spot in downtown Detroit.