The Cadieux Cafe in Detroit is a Belgian-themed pub that has been around since its days as a prohibition-era speakeasy. Today, guests (including Anthony Bourdain) flock to this modest corner bar for feather bowling, Belgian bar food, a wide beer selection, live music and more.
The dining and bar areas at Cadieux are adjacent to two indoor feather bowling lanes. I recommend starting the night off with a bite to eat. The mussels are the house specialty and can be served up several different ways. There are other Belgian favorites such as roast beef, beer stew and pomfrites. Don’t forget to ask about the daily specials.
Cadieux offers several special promotions such as all you can eat mussels on Mondays, jazz night on Tuesdays, karaoke on Wednesdays, and jazz and soul Sundays. You can also snag $8 pitchers of beer after 10pm Monday through Thursday.
As I mentioned, Cadieux Cafe is famous for feather bowling. If you aren’t familiar, feather bowling is similar to bocce except that the pallino (small target ball) is replaced by a feather sticking out of the ground. And instead of bocce balls, you roll larger wheels that are similar to a wheel of cheese. The game can be played by any number of people, broken into even teams. Scoring is based on which team’s wheels lay closest to the feather.
For full details on scoring and how to feather bowl, click here. But have no doubt, this game is sure to be a hit with groups of all ages. Lane rental is $25 per hour per lane Sunday-Thursday and $40 per hour per lane on Friday and Saturday. The lanes are reserved for league play on Tuesdays after 8pm and Thursdays after 7pm. Call ahead to reserve a lane – they book up fast, especially on weekends.
Cadieux Cafe is located at 4300 Cadieux Rd in Detroit. The kitchen is open Sunday through Thursday from 4pm to 11pm, and 4pm to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The bar is open until 2am every night. For more information call 313-882-8560.
Have you feather bowled before? Let us know your tips about Cadieux Cafe in the comments.
Here is a Vine of my recent trip to Cadieux Cafe!
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