1. Weiss Distilling Co
OK, so it’s not exactly like the underground rave scene from “The Matrix Reloaded,” but stepping through the elevator airlock behind the quiet retail area of this new Clawson distillery into the tangerine glow of its speakeasy-style bar inspires a similar WTF reaction. No need to do a double-take. You are, in fact, simultaneously at one of the hottest new bars in metro Detroit and hanging out in the once-sleepy suburb of Clawson. It’s just that the cool kids have arrived and they’re all here drinking Weiss’ Michigan-made vodka, floral-forward gin, Jamaican-style rum, and corn-powered moonshine, all dressed up by a seasoned bartending staff that includes a few veterans of The Oakland and Detroit’s Standby. Try the Sunflower Swoosh for a halva-inflected riff on a Ramos Gin Fizz. And don’t be afraid of the tropical Passiflora cocktail. The mysterious ingredient listed only as “PPLG” stands for papaya, passion fruit, lime leaf, and green tea — a combination so good it should one day be recognized by its esoteric acronym. Reservations highly recommended, especially on weekends.