Navigating your way through Detroit’s nightlife can be a daunting task, so the Weekendtrips team and I have put together a handy guide for you with some of our top picks. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for some fashionable or just a barn-burning good time. We have you covered from all angles.
(2030 Park Ave, Detroit MI0
Known for hosting one of the best Sunday brunches in town and its signature jazz nights, Cliff Bell’s is definitely a smart choice if you’re looking for something to do in the evening. CliffBells.com
Downtown Main Martini Bar & Grill
(201 West Main St., Brighton MI)
If you’re hungry, you can enjoy Livingston County’s first tapas restaurant featuring lots of sophisticated entrée choices. If you’re just looking for drinks, Downtown Main offers 80 different martinis, 90 beers from around the world and exceptional wine selection. There’s comfortable seating in the main dining room, an outdoor patio and a cigar lounge. Downtownmain.com
The Dirty Dog Jazz Café
(97 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms MI)
The Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe specializes in live jazz and sophisticated menus in an intimate, ole English pub setting. DirtyDogJazz.com
(4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit MI)
If you’re looking for a louder option, like to play a little 8-Ball and prefer hand-banging music to concerto, this is the spot for you. The Magic Stick makes almost every ‘Detroit Top Live Music’ venue listing and past performers include The White Stripes, Interpol, Kings of Leon, Sleigh Bells and Jack Johnson. On its side stage, the “Magic Stick Lounge,” up-and-coming artists are focused on. There’s also an outdoor roof top patio called the “Alley Deck” MajesticDetroit.com
(743 Beaubien St., Detroit MI)
Niki’s Lounge in Greektown features five different bars in one area. The location specializes in themed-events that range from both jazz nights to Old School parties on the weekends. Niki’s Lounge.com
Boogie Fever Lounge
(22901 Woodward Ave., Ferndale MI)
Boogie Fever takes you back in time to the 70s and 80s where platform shoes, butterfly collars and bell bottom jeans were all the rage. One of Detroit’s largest clubs, the venue features loud sound, video and lighting with a ‘Saturday Night Fever’-esque dance floor. Reservations are needed in advance. BoogieFeverCafe.