The Derby Bar was located at 113 E Ann St in Ann Arbor.


When I started with the police department, I rode with many veteran officers who spoke fondly of the “block” and the trouble which occurred there. The “block” was a series of bars in the 100 block of E. Ann Street. It was notorious for decades as an area known for rough bars, rough crowds and an ample supply of heroin and other drugs. Chief Krasny stated this about the block, “In the early forties and fifties a call to Ann Street tickled your spine a little bit.”