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(FACING PAGE) COURTESY OF YANI MORAITIS FRYE / BAD LUCK BAR: COURTESY OF YANI MORAITIS FRYE

YANI FRYE, THE BAD LUCK
In visiting The Bad Luck, you clearly land on the good
luck side of the day. The tiny, 34-capacity bar has a
speakeasy vibe and entrance-you'll find the inconspicuous door in an alleyway between Griswold and
Woodward.
The first thing that catches your eye in the dimly
lit, award-winning interior is the back-lit wall of liquor bottles.
"What I feel the best bar would have-we have that
here. Anything from infused spirits to your everyday
olives, we have it all," says Yani Frye, head bartender
and partner at The Bad Luck. "We love rum. We have
three shelves of whiskey, four of rums, with different
varieties and regions and blends. We also love our
bourbon and rye." And their vintage and rare liquors.
But where Bad Luck shines brightest is in cocktails, from creative blends of ingredients to dramatic
presentations and drinks that delight the senses. The
hefty menu of 13 featured cocktails gives each drink
its own page and its own design. Each name is wickedly appropriate to the bar's theme, playing off of

imagery like tarot cards and astrology. You can order
"Past Lives," "Mysticism," "Goodness," "Death," or other mysterious cocktails.
The symbolism carries over to the striking visual presentations-a skull mug, a fiery pour, flaming
limes, a smoked drink under a bell jar, a printed edible garnish. The descriptions and presentations set
the stage for the multisensory experience to follow.
Various glassware and textures play to the sense of
touch. Aromatics play an essential role, as bartenders
utilize classic garnishes like citrus twists as well as
more unusual touches-such as custom food sprays
made by a local perfumery, Sfumato, lightly spritzed
inside the glass and on the napkin. Extras creep into
the drinks, like flavored salts, printed edible garnishes, and the candy cap mushroom in "The Crown" from
Bon Bon Bon local chocolatier.
Specialty cocktails aside, Frye adds, "We can and
love to do dealers' choice or fill special requests. We
have a little bit of everything."
Yani Frye, a Detroit native and a Tigers fan, stumbled upon bartending as a job when he realized that

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