The Best Brighton-Howell Area Hangouts & Happy Hours

January 18, 2019 | Story by: Amelia Ritter

It’s Friday and you’re looking to catch up with friends to celebrate the end of the work week. Or maybe you need to find the perfect spot for a date night or a girls’ night out? Being right off the freeway and featuring over a dozen hotels makes the Brighton-Howell Area the perfect spot for your next hangout! Here are the top five places to meet up with friends or out of town family that will guarantee you a good time!



Take a step back in time as you enter this basement bar and walk into a speakeasy atmosphere. 2Fog’s offers a selection of gourmet appetizers, mouth-watering burgers, new twists on classic entrees, a myriad of custom cocktails, and sweet selection of tasty desserts. Drinks like the Bee’s Knees, Michigan Mule, and Blame It on the Aperol make 2Fog’s the perfect place to meet and strike up a conversation. Before your visit, be sure to check out their Facebook page for the current week’s specials.


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Bringing a little bit of southern fare to downtown Brighton, every trip to Bourbons feels comfortable and cool. Bourbons is the spot for brunch in the Brighton-Howell Area, featuring Bananas Fosters Waffles, beignets, and short rib eggs benedict, among other delicious options. Meet your friends there from 3pm-6pm, Tuesday through Friday, for the happiest of happy hours in their bar and lounge area, where you can enjoy a small but flavorful menu of $5 options.


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Zukey Lake Tavern

Though they specialize in summer fun, Zukey Lake Tavern brings delicious food, refreshing drinks, and entertainment all year-round! Enjoy tropical drinks on their rooftop deck, offering beautiful views of Zukey Lake and a fun and relaxing atmosphere in the form of a Key West theme. In the summer, you can dock your boat and soak up the sun on the roof with friends! In the colder months, meet up for Tex-Mex fare, deep pan pizza, and classic tavern munchies. Zukey Lake Tavern has daily specials like Lobster Tail Tuesdays and Prime Rib Thursdays, which make it the perfect spot to relax, unwind, and hang out with friends.


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The Pound! Bar & Grill

Weekly specials, live music, happy hours that last the whole day long, and brunch are just some of what makes The Pound! Bar & Grill a perfect downtown hangout. Enjoy one of their specialties- buffalo mac & cheese, Baja barbacoa tacos, or a salmon platter- just to name a few! You and your friends won’t be disappointed when you meet up for brunch, which features a 20+ ingredient you-build-it Bloody Mary and mimosa bar! Whether you’re meeting up for weekly trivia, a game-day, or a celebration to the end of another long work week, you’ve earned an evening out at The Pound!


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The Silver Pig Bar & Oyster Room

From the same owners as Diamonds Steak & Seafood and Cello Italian Restaurant, The Silver Pig Bar & Oyster Room is an intimate setting for meeting friends and catching up over craft cocktails, wine, brick oven pizzas, and freshly shucked oysters! You get the opportunity to try a little bit of everything you have a taste for with their unique menu of small plates. There’s something for everyone at The Silver Pig, as they feature a separate menu for both gluten-free and vegetarian options. They guarantee a good time, whether you are ordering a spun sugar drink right to your table or trusting the chef to make you a personally crafted mystery pizzaiola!


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What is your favorite Brighton-Howell Area meet-up spot? We want to know! Tag your photos from your favorite celebrations, game days, or nights out with #LoveLivCo for the chance to be featured on our social media channels or blog!

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2Fog's Pub

2FOG's Pub, 118a West Grand River Avenue, Howell, MI, USA

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Bourbons, 440 West Main Street, Brighton, MI, USA

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Zukey Lake Tavern

Zukey Lake Tavern, 5011 Girard Drive, Pinckney, MI, USA

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The Pound! Bar & Grill

The POUND! Bar & Grill, 139 West Main Street, Brighton, MI, USA

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The Silver Pig

The Silver Pig Bar & Oyster Room, 102 South Michigan Avenue, Howell, MI, USA

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