3 Great Drinks in and Around Ann Arbor

By Shivana Maharaj
March 17, 2015


The Ann Arbor area not only produces some great libations, but showcases great mixology talent too. From gin to whisky and tequila, CSL offers three suggestions for a great drink in the area. Cheers!


Ugly Dog Distillery

Ugly Dog Distillery. /K&S Media.

Ugly Dog Distillery in Chelsea Michigan

“I chill both the glass and the bottle and just sip on it, I get the full flavour profiles [of the spirit],” advises director of operations Dewey Winkle of Ugly Dog distillery in Chelsea. The handmade, small batch vodka began as a hobby for Jon Dyer and Winkle in 2009 and has grown to critical acclaim. Ugly Dog produces flavoured vodka, gin, and spiced rum.

Isalita Ann Arbor Tequila

Isalita Ann Arbor Tequila tasting. /K&S Media.

Isalita in Ann Arbor Michigan

I’m sipping a flight of tequila and mezcal at Isalita, a Mexican style cantina and sister property to Mani Osteria & Bar. The guided tasting takes me from the smoky, almost antiseptic flavour of the Del Maguey Vida that easily pairs with the guacamole and chips that I am snacking on, to the sweet citrus and spice of the Espolón reposado that transport me straight to Mexico.

The Last Word Ann Arbor

The Last Word Ann Arbor. /K&S Media.

The Last Word in Ann Arbor Michigan

Named best new bar in the Midwest, the nondescript entrance feels like a modern speakeasy. The cocktail menu is divided into three sections: light, herbal/bitter and sweet. The bar also has a fantastic whisky selection– order a wise guy and a shot of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23 year old.

This article first appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.