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Detroit’s most intimate room

Just off Woodward Avenue is an unadorned alleyway that will soon lead to Saksey’s, which owners are claiming as “Detroit’s most intimate room.” This new cocktail lounge is named after the Detroit bar owned and operated by Dan Gilbert’s father in the 1970’s. Saksey’s will be in the lower level of Gilly’s Clubhouse & Rooftop, the sports bar that was the vision of Nick Gilbert, who passed away from neurofibromatosis in May 2023.  Saksey’s is the vision of Josh Lang’s 7OH2 Hospitality. The cozy, contemporary room boasts nostalgic reference points as guests are transported back in time through a bespoke alleyway entrance. The interior is designed by Jennifer Gilbert’s Detroit-based POPHOUSE and features lacquered woods, adventurous patterns and refined lighting. The exclusive dining area and bar have only eight tables and 55 seats, creating an intimate environment. “Saksey’s is designed to provide an experience that connects people,” Lang said. “I want guests to come in, try a little of everything on the menu, sit back and spend time with the people they love. Intimacy is a product of those you share it with. This room is built for intimate moments.” The cocktail menu is created by Eric Hobbie, who was named Las Vegas’s Most Intriguing Mixologist in 2019, and has won multiple national cocktail competitions. The food menu features sharable plates conceived by 7OH2 Executive Chef Adrian Estrada. Saksey’s is slated to open to the public in Spring 2024. 1550 Woodward Avenue, Detroit


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