Soak up the last of the summer at this beach bar in downtown Detroit

Enjoy live music and other special events in Campus Martius

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Imagine sitting in the sun with your toes in the sand, sipping on a refreshing drink... Now this may sound like something you’d be doing in Miami’s South Beach, but you can actually do it in the heart of Detroit.

The place is called BrisaBar and it is the new restaurant that opened up this year in Campus Martius. The downtown park has hosted a waterless beach for years, but it is now home to an entirely outdoor eatery. BrisaBar has a large covered bar decked out in bright pink with hanging florals and greenery walls to be on theme.

The tropical bar is a part of the Iconic Collection, a restaurant group that also owns PARC, Anchor Bar, and 220 Merril in Birmingham. They have been longtime partners with the Downtown Detroit Partnership and worked together to bring a taste of South Beach to downtown Detroit.

Speaking of taste, let’s talk about the food. Their menu is full of sharable dishes and light bites as well as some seafood entrees. Popular appetizers include the honey chile chicken wings which are covered in a sweet yet spicy sauce. If you are looking for something refreshing, check out their cucumber and avocado salad which is made with a bed of romaine, red onions, and feta cheese, and finished with a citrus dressing. In terms of mains, their Key West shrimp tacos are a favorite, as are their mini lobster rolls which are made in the Main-style, served cold with a lemony mayo.

They also have a full-service bar, and you can sip your drinks in the sand, or on their deck.

Since the venue, is completely outdoors, once the weather changes, they will shut down for the season. Follow them on their website for the most up-to-date information.

For more information, watch the video above.

About the Author:

Michelle Oliver is a multimedia Journalist for the 10 a.m. lifestyle show, "Live in the D." She is known as "the food girl" because of her two popular food franchises, Dine in the D and Find Your Fix. Michelle also covers stories on homegrown businesses, style, and other fun things happening in the D.