The Eastside Tavern Mt. Clemens Oldest Bar. A Historic Blind Pig
The Famous Eastside Tavern Bar
Mt. Clemens oldest bar. A historic Blind Pig left over from Prohibition. A real basement bar. The Eastside Tavern has a long and colorful history. A basement was dug out under a small farmhouse near the Clinton River over a century ago and the locals used it as a gathering place to visit with friends and enjoy cheap beer.
How It All Started
With the passage of prohibition and the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1919, the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors became illegal in 1920. This made the secret basement bar an ideal location to sneak a drink without the feds knowing your business. The bar supplied the community with a good time throughout Prohibition until the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment.
The basement speakeasy bar was named “The Eastside Tavern” in 1933. After the rezoning of Mt. Clemens in 1981 the bar was grandfathered into the town’s charter and made official. The bar holds the oldest liquor license in the county. It is still hidden under that small white farmhouse with a sign near the front covered stairway into the basement and the parking lot next to the house.
Front Entrance to The Basement Bar
The Bar is one of the Detroit area best best-kept secrets. It still hides away under a private residence like it did during prohibition. The 15×30 space is a small bar and a few tables. Watch the low ceilings for anyone much over six feet tall. If you want a seat to watch the band on Saturday nights you better get there early.
Eastside Tavern Can Cozy
The Eastside Tavern also received a 1919 historic marker.
The “basement bar” holds the oldest liquor license in Macomb County. The tavern features wood paneling, Tiffany lamps, and a cozy feel. Many friends have come throughout the years to play cards and enjoy the good food, drinks, and even live music tucked away in the corner.
The Bird Is The Word
Eastside Tavern Frank with The Bird Mark Fidrych
There are several photos throughout the tavern of old-time regular, Mark Fidrych (aka “The Bird”) who pitched for the Detroit Tigers from 1976-1980.
Eastside Tavern is currently owned and run by 4th generation family member, Heather DeBruyn
(who is Frank’s daughter and Jacob Highfield’s great-granddaughter). Heather took over Eastside when Frank passed away in 2017. Heather is doing an awesome job keeping the tradition alive at the Eastside Tavern and hopes to pass it on to her two daughters one day.
Bartender for Monday Funday Khatina Breiss and Screamin Scott WCSX
The Menu Is Unique And Tasty
Eastside Tavern Menu
Philly Cheese Stake at Eastside Tavern
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Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been a part of the Detroit airwaves for over 29 years with 26 at WRIF and 3 years as a morning show host at Z-Rock.
When he’s not out on the streets, you can find him in his game room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also devotes time doing local charities with his, "Screamin Angels"; and for 15 years with Rock 4 Tots charity.
“CHIT” is his local cover band for 10 years all over the Motor City in local bars and has graced the main stage at local festivals like Arts, Beats & Eats warming up for national acts like Cheap Trick, Guess Who & even Salt & Peppa. Screamin’ is the lead singer and also plays cowbell & lead triangle