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[Eat & Drink ArtPrize 2010] Bar Divani

Number Four, one of Bar Divani's most popular cocktails.

Number Four, one of Bar Divani's most popular cocktails. /Denise Cheng

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Price: $-$$$
Open everyday except Sunday starting at 4 p.m.

Happy hours

  • Monday, all day
  • Tuesday-Saturday: 4-7 p.m.

Ladies' Night on Thursdays


To plan other stops along your ArtPrize eatery hop, refer to The Rapidian's eat and drink guide.

Draped windows, brocaded seats and barricades of wine. At first glance, the cool and moodily lit Bar Divani seems like the type of place to be seen, a spot for haute cuisine and hauter cocktails. Come at the right hour and you can enjoy it all without the haute price tag.

Centered on the glossy zero-block of Ionia SW among seedy bars, a by-the-slice pizzeria and a specialized pub, this eatery is actually frequented by people of all different lifestyles who are ready to take advantage of the happy hour deals. Draught beers are a dollar off, domestics are half-priced, wine is discounted by $2 and select martinis are tagged at $6. Certain small plates, lifted from their appetizer menu, are also half the price. The deals are even better for ladies on Thursday nights.

Bar Divani's menu is a smorgasbord of ethnic flavors and twists, including Hawaiian, Southern, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, French and Italian. From their slew of flat bread choices, my favorite is the mushroom flat bread (read: thin-crust pizza). This and many of their appetizers are enough for one person's meal.

Bar Divani also has a menu of signature cocktails, referenced by numbers. Number Four is very popular: A martini glass with a few frozen grapes that the server brings to the table and drowns in vodka, triple sec and white cranberry juice.


ArtPrize artists

Bar Divani will be the ArtPrize home to eight artists who will exhibit in both the main wine bar and the gallery. Owner Rimple Nayyar had wanted bigger, two-dimensional pieces that would complement some of the sandblasted brick façades in the eatery. He mentioned Jay Hancock's work, Je t'aime, which couples well with Bar Divani's mostly French-influenced fare.

Other ArtPrize artists include:

Bar Divani may offer ArtPrize food and drink specials, to be determined as the event approaches.

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Looks like they're closed Sundays, but could you include closing time for the rest of the week?


I'll re-enquire and see if they now have special hours for ArtPrize on Sundays. As for closing times, they don't say. It's just "till close," which you could probably  read as "pretty late."

I would imagine close is the standard Michigan 2am.