Lost River

Detroit, MI
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15421 Mack Avenue
Detroit, MI
Opened in June 2018
Wed-Sat 4pm-midnight
closed Sun-Tue
(313) 720-0673

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Lost River



by 34 people



Everyone You
Decor 7.1
Drink Quality 7.8
Drink Selection 8.2
Mood 7.7
Music 7.7
Service 9.1
Tikiness 7.4
Tilt 7.9
Vibe 7.7

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Humuhumu’s description

Lost River is a tiki bar, opened on the east side of Detroit in June 2018 by owners Karen Green and Matt Mergener. The space is dominated by a vibrant black-backgrounded mural of tropical blooms along one wall by Detroit artist Ouizi. There are hanging wooden lights by Bamboo Ben, and another wall is covered with fish nets and colored "float" string lights. A menu of both classic and original tiki drinks are served in tiki mugs.


April 7, 2022, 11:02 PM
A very intimate (tiny) bar with a great tiki atmosphere - even though they claim to be a tropical not tiki bar. The drinks are terrific and the drink menu is extensive. They're happy to make your favorites that aren't on the menu, and will even concoct delicious recipes if you give them an idea of what ingredients you like. The bartenders are pros who are very friendly and accommodating. They have a display case with memorabilia (mugs, menus, ashtrays, etc.) from Detroit tiki bars that are no longer in existence. I was shocked and amazed to find out about former Detroit tiki establishments that I never knew existed. There are continuous tropical themed (sometimes terrible yet great horror) movies being projected and tasty popup restaurants almost every day. It's definitely worth a visit - which will probably turn into many visits.
July 15, 2021, 7:09 PM
An excellent music selection and a projector with flicks playing (while we were there, it was a Japanese Godzilla movie and then an American greasers-in-Hawaii type movie). The drink menu was split between classics and originals, and my drinks were assolutamente delicious. The Zombie came complete with a nice fire show as some herbs were set on fire and Allspice was drizzled on top. The atmosphere was sufficiently dark and escapist to my taste. Service was great and the staff were very accommodating and chill. There was an Indian food truck park outside with delicious paneer wraps. Would recommend!
Lisa has visited Lost River.
October 3, 2019, 11:08 PM
Such a hidden gem. Hannah was bar tending and she really knows what sheís doing and is super nice and helpful. I had a great Mai Tai [what I always get first at a place Iíve not been before so I can compare them fairly] with lovely decor in the drink. They have a signature mug [props for that!] and a nice menu of standard tiki drinks. The best part is that each drink is served in a classic tiki mug with plenty of extra decor to add a very festive atmosphere. Just looking at all the mugs they use to serve in was a treat. Iíd love some type of bar snacks, even Chex Mix, just to have some nibbles, but thatís a minor point. I sat next to a couple of people from North Carolina who also seek out tiki spots when they travel, and since Detroit is still building its tiki audience this is a welcome spot that I highly recommend. Support tiki in Detroit! Donít let the outside fool you - basically a black front with a neon sign above the door, but nothing else that draws you in. Just a few tikis, or some string lights to call attention to it would be great. It has a very friendly, inviting vibe. All in all a great addition to Detroit!
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