Union Street Traverse City MI
There’s a corner of Downtown Traverse City that packs big vibes in a small space. Union Street is home to a tantalizing trifecta of hot spots for dining and drinking.
7 Monks Tap Room
We hit up this popular watering hole for drinks and apps, a favorite of our Executive Chef Nick Murray. It’s a pub atmosphere, with a large bar for seating, as well as long and short tables to encourage chance encounters.
There are 46 beers, along with several delightful ciders and wine – yes wine! – on tap. For pub fare, we sampled the nachos, pretzel bites and wings. Sriracha wing sauce is house made and super spicy.
With regular live music, 7 Monks is a happening spot. So get there early … even on weeknights.
Just next door and downstairs from 7 Monks, this swanky bar dubs itself a throwback … and it delivers. You’ll feel transported to a prohibition-era speakeasy, where barely-there lighting lets the crafty cocktails shine.
An extensive list of rare bourbon, gin, rum, vodka, scotch and tequila caters to the connoisseur.
Four craft cocktail creators are mixing them up into unique drinks you won’t find anywhere else. They are literally on fire, illuminating the dimly lit space with flaming beverages.
Whether you like your liquor straight up or lighted up, Low Bar earns high marks.
Union Tap & Grill
We stopped in for lunch, but they also serve dinner Tuesday through Saturday, along with an impressive Sunday Brunch. Bar and table seating flank the exposed brick walls, with high tops by the window overlooking Union Street. At the centerpiece of the patio lighting is a chandelier made of Patron bottles.
Daily Social Hour is 3 to 6 p.m., featuring drink and food specials from the restaurant’s selection of local wines, craft beers, seafood, steaks and sliders.
Innovative small plates include Meatloaf Cupcakes and Drunken Mussels, best served to tipsy customers. Big plates feature ribs, steaks, catfish and a decadent mac and cheese.
It’s a pleasant surprise on a corner that offers nothing less.
So go ahead. Take a trip around the block.
– Ashley Kahn Salley
Lead Storyteller, Innisfree Hotels