Time will tell is Detroit’s newest cocktail bar at Milwaukee Junction


New bar openings have been somewhat thin over the past two years, not thanks to the global pandemic. But located in a tiny storefront at 6408 Woodward in the booming Milwaukee Junction neighborhood is Time Will Tell, a jewelry box-sized cocktail bar that opened in March.

Time Will Tell is the latest place to come from the Detroit Optimist Society’s hospitality group, the folks behind a slew of other acclaimed bars and restaurants, including Wright & Company, Sugar House and Bad Luck Bar.

Owner Dave Kwiatkowski says much of the space’s aesthetic was influenced by the dark wood, mirrored back bar – salvaged from the former 7 Brothers Bar in Hamtramck. The result, a sort of vintage ’50s neighborhood bar vibe, but instead of the wood-paneled walls typical of Midwestern dive bars, Kwiatkowski takes care to make the place cozy with light pink and green floral wallpaper. , a long carpeted booth matched along an exposed brick wall, two small white stone tables and a retro jukebox, loaded with a mix of classic hip-hop albums and other retro albums 80s and 90s. The vibe is different from some of the hotel group’s other properties, many of which rely on dim lighting, minimalist design, and higher price points on menus.

“We want to have a little more fantasy here and have a little fun,” Kwiatkowski says.

The interior of Time Will Tell, the fancy new cocktail bar in Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction neighborhood.

A lighted jukebox placed in front of an exposed brick wall and next to a pink and green upholstered booth and a houseplant.

The jukebox of the Time Will Tell, a new cocktail bar in Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction neighborhood.

The bar program is managed by Sugar House alumnus Jake Miller, who began planning the bar with Kwiatkowski in 2019. The menu features playful cocktails with a particular focus on tequila, mezcal and rum – like the Hiatus Cowboy, Miller’s take on an old-fashioned one made with Espolon reposado tequila instead of whiskey, mole syrup, bitters and grapefruit – plus a brief list of craft beers and wine by the glass . Most menu items are $10 or less and none are over $12. When guests receive their checks, they’re usually tucked away in an old book like a paperback version of Agatha Christie. Rendezvous with Death.

Kwiatkowski says Time Will Tell took years to prepare. He signed the lease for the space in 2019 (the building is owned by development company The Platform), but by the time the bar got zoning approval for a liquor license, it was February 2020 , just before the pandemic actually shut down state-owned businesses. . After months of construction delays, the spot was completed in March 2022.

Part of a wooden back bar with a mirror, set against a wall with pink and green floral wallpaper, and a vase of white flowers, along with a votive candle.

The back bar of the new Time Will Tell cocktail bar has been salvaged from the former 7 Brothers Bar in Hamtramck.

Four drinks, three in glasses, one in clay pot, snack bowl, menu and bar surface, pink and green floral wallpaper in background.

Some of the cocktail and snack offerings at Time Will Tell, a new bar in Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction neighborhood.

Time Will Tell is located in an area of ​​Detroit that is experiencing a growth spurt in terms of dining establishments. Up the street on the east side of Woodward is Yum Village and the award-winning Baobab Fare. Across the street, Supino Pizzeria opened its second location in early 2021, and not far down East Grand Boulevard, upscale Italian seafood restaurant for special occasions Oak and Reel opened in 2020, and Freya – a restaurant with a vegan tasting menu – and its sister bar Dragonfly opened in late 2021.

“I think it’s the more the merrier, because we go, you know, to Yum Village, have a drink and have dinner or walk down the street and maybe go to Supino,” Kwiatkowski says of the increasing density of dining and entertainment options in the Milwaukee Junction area; he compares it to the growth recorded in Corktown, where the flagship Sugar House of his hotel group is located. “There are other places to go [here]. If people are willing to spend a little more time parking and figuring it out, you can cross the street or go around the block.

With a few months already under Time Will Tell’s belt, Kwiatkowski has his sights set on northern Michigan. He recently bought the closed Garage Bar and Grill in Northport with plans to reopen it. He and a crew are heading to the Leelanau Peninsula to renovate the space in the coming weeks.

Time Will Tell is at 6408 Woodward and is open 5 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Saturday.

6408 Woodward Ave, MI 48202
(313) 505-7077


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