On the morning of May 6, 1971, two pool players at the 4th Street Anchor broke off their game, jumped over the bar and announced, “This is a raid!” Thus began the most cockeyed fight in Justice Department history. Hundreds of Detroit Police and FBI Agents assembled that morning at Cobo Hall to collect and indict 150 civilians and 16 Police Officers. Leo and Chickie Sherman were accused by the Feds of running a $40,000 a day gambling ring. Access to the basement bar was aided by the Detroit News, which owned the building, in exchange for scooping the Detroit Free Press. After 3 years of court battles, the entire case was thrown out because the Nixon Justice Department had forged wiretap authorizations. Lead FBI Attorney David Cook later became friends with Leo, and in 1996 held his retirement party at the Fort Street Anchor. He said, “If I knew then what I know now, there never would have been a raid.”
We’re creating an atmosphere that represents the same ole’ dive Anchor Bar has always been, but with a new take on stiff drinks and good eats.
Throw one back where some of Detroit’s most infamous people have partied. Whether you’re looking for a spot to host a tailgate before the game or celebrate a birthday, we can accommodate! With a capacity of up to 100 people, our space has all of the latest technology doo-dads to facilitate multimedia presentations. Oh yeah, plus you’ll get access to one of the city’s only full private bars (did we just bury the lede?). This’ll surely help kill time during a weekly conference call or celebrate the end of a long shift with buddies. Anywho, we’ll help you throw a party that Leo and friends would undoubtedly approve of. Contact Alyssa Fardell at (586) 215-2947 to reserve your space!
Come host your next Fundraiser with us at Anchor Bar! Get 10% back of the total bill while having fun and sharing a meal with friends and supporters.
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