Year founded: Nancy Whiskey’s liquor license is from 1902, and the bar boasts that it’s the oldest continually operating liquor license in Detroit. The building is actually a few years older, having opened as a general store in 1898 before turning into a saloon.
Interior: Standard unpretentious Irish bar, with walls covered with signs advertising beer and whiskey — including an award for selling the most Tullamore Dew in America — and old photos. Look for the shot of former owner Nancy McNiven-Glenn posing with a Tommy gun during the filming of “Hoffa.” Music: An Internet jukebox plays a lot of Irish music and classic rock, but R&B, blues and Motown bands take over on weekends. Signature drink: Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey. First-time visitors to the bar are given a free shot as a welcome gift. Draft beers: Guinness. (Well, it is an Irish bar.) Worst day: An electrical fire in October 2009 destroyed much of the first floor, and kept the bar closed for almost a year. Restoration became a community effort: A regular who teaches wood-shop class at a high school built the bar counter; the daughter of another regular painted the pressed tin ceiling.