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See Detroit from your bar stool and pedal around the city


How would you like to see Detroit from your bar stool?

You can. Check out the new HandleBar Detroit.

This 16-person, pedal-powered pub on wheels will take you and 15 of your friends around the city. You’ll stop at areas of interest … bars, restaurants and so on. It’s on Gratiot Street across from the Z Garage and will be your designated driver … I mean pedaler.

Don’t have 15 friends you want to take along? That’s OK. Just find five. The minimum recommended is six.



Opening day is October 2. The cost for a two-hour tour for 16 is $400 Friday/Saturday and $300 Sunday-Thursday.

Here’s what you need to do. First, bring your own food and drink (beer and wine only). Don’t forget the cooler and water bottles for wine, snacks, etc. No glass is allowed. If you bring glass it must stay in the cooler unless the bike stops.

OK, now you’re set. Crank up the music and enjoy. There’s a stereo on board with a headphone jack so you can hook up your iPod or iPhone and be the DJ for your favorite tunes. There’s also an FM/AM radio on board if you want the HandleBar team to choose the music.

HandleBar Detroit does birthdays, bachelorette/bachelor parties, corporate outings and any other excuse you have to get together and have fun.


Stephen and Brian Lindsay on the HandleBar

Remember one thing … there are 10 pedaling seats so if you are in one of them you’re going to get a little workout. The other six can veg if it’s a “full bar.”

HandleBar Detroit is the brain child of two brothers from Ludington, Michigan. They are both mechanical engineers. Brian Lindsay works for Toyota. His brother, Stephen, works for Rolls Royce. They love what they do but also always wanted to be entrepreneurs.

“This was a great opportunity,” says Brian Lindsay. “It was perfect and it was a case of why not?”

The brothers started their venture in Indianapolis to expand the outdoor opportunities in the city and have fun along the way. They have six bikes in Indy and will have two in metro Detroit … one downtown and one that will operate in Royal Oak.

The bikes are made in The Netherlands by two other brothers, Henk and Zwier Van Laar, who own Fietscafe (bike bar in Dutch).

Have questions? Check out the website.

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12 comments on “See Detroit from your bar stool and pedal around the city

  1. This pedal pub looks like a lot of fun! I've seen these in other cities around the U.S. and I'm so glad to see it finally come to Detroit. I've heard from friends who have tried it in other cities that it's an awesome one-of-a-kind experience. Can't wait to check it out in Detroit for myself.

  2. How much is the Pedal Pud if you only have six people and for how long. This is a wonderful idea, GREAT THINKING!

  3. Detroit is one of the most spectacular cities in the US. I've been to Detroit, but haven't taken that bar stool. I would definitely want to take it the next time I visit there. Thanks for letting everybody know about such an exciting thing.

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