The Belmont: Experience Detroit Rock City
Ready for a wild adventure in Detroit rock?
Okay, so it's really in Hamtramck, but that's surrounded by Detroit.
I've only been here a few times but it's always an adventure. They have everything from punk to funk, DJs to rock stars. Usually a little more rock focuses though.
Sample weekly events:
Tuesday = Punk Fitness: a full Aerobic workout to classic punk and Detroit’s best indie rock
Wednesday = Rock & Roll Karaoke
Thurs = FREE CONCERT THURSDAY!
Last Sunday of each month, the ever tasty DJ Houseshoes makes things a little bit funky.
Dress Code: Dress like a rock star.
- Budget Travel
- Beer Tasting
BLEU ROOM: DON'T BE BLEU, GO TO THE CLUB...
The Bleu Room Experience is supposed to be Detroit's hot spot as far as clubs go. As far as the club design, maybe I'm hard to impress. Or maybe there's just so many fabulous people spilling beer in there that you can't appreciate the fabulousness of the club itself. Or maybe it's the sea of young men that like to stand around, bob their heads and look cool. They do get some of the best DJ's around and if you like to dance, or are into the club scene it will be hard not to have a good time.
You can dress up, but guys will feel comfortable in a T and a nice pair of shoes. Sure, some girls show a lot of skin, but leave that to the professionals. Don't wear your most fabulous outfit. It may get a cigarette hole burned in it and some drooling guy's drink spilled on it.
OHHH! how could I FORGET! Paris Hilton will be hosting a Superbowl XL party there. I bet you didn't know she is a big football fan. Or is it that the football players are a big fan of Paris? (just a joke, guys!!!)
COVER CHARGE: 5-10 bucks depending on the day/event up to around $30 for shows.
Dress Code: Women: dress up as much as you would like, but something comfortable is best.
Men: T's, Polo's are ok. Forget the wife-beater. A little style wouldn't hurt any! Lay off the hair gel, chachi, and leave the cross trainers at home.
Magic Stick: Part of My History
I used to watch the christmas parade from here when I was a little girl. Back then only the Garden Bowl was there (the oldest bowling alley in the country!) and my Dad knew the owners. The business is still in the same family, but since then they have grown. Upstairs from the Garden Bowl is the Magic Stick. This used to be a good place to see the White Stripes and you still have a chance to see some garage rock or other up and coming bands and national acts in the theater. There's not room for tons of folks, about 150-200 maybe. They have pool tables of course. The Garden Bowl is way retro and the Majestic Theater next door is a larger venue. In the same building are the C-Pop art gallery (very cool) and the Majestic Cafe. Have a good time!
- Study Abroad
GREEKTOWN, MGM, MOTOR CITY, AND WINDSOR: YES, WE HAVE CASINOS
I've been to all the casinos at least a few times and my preference is the Greektown Casino. Not because of payouts, I know very little about that. I just think that Greektown has the best ventilation, they have free cappuccino, a good band every night I've been there, lots of restaurants to choose from w/in walking distance and free convenient parking. Plus the people mover is in the building.
From personal experience, I've won $250-300 within 15 minutes at Windsor and MGM off of $10 (Yeah, I'm big time. Thats when I left)! Whenever I park at Greektown i spend around 5 bucks and win 20-40 and leave. Motor City is my least favorite. I think its stinky and smokey. There you have it.
Dress Code: Just don't wear anything too grubby. You'll see young women dressed nicely, older ladies in strechy jeans with belly bags, and young suburban men with baggy pants and too much hair gel (you know who you are). So wear what you're comfortable with.
- Business Travel
- Casino and Gambling
- Food and Dining
Greektown Casino: Greektown Casino
Gambling in a Tincan! This place is so tight in so many ways! Not only do the slot payouts stink, but there is about 2 feet between the rows of slotmachines! Even on a Sunday, this place is so crowded it is sick!
Also, even on a Sunday, the lowest minimum Black Jack table I could find was $10! There were quite a few nickel slots however, whom proceeded to steal $60 from my friend within a 2 hour time span. She did not get one decent hit for more than maybe 20 credits on several machines!
This was supposed to be a temporary sight till building on the river could begin, but to the best of my knowledge that deal fell through and has not been reopened.
While this casino was voted best casino in a poll, I personally preferred the Motor City Casino.
Dress Code: Anything goes pretty much, it is a casual atmosphere.
- Casino and Gambling
Steve's Place: Best Bukowskian Watering Hole
It is described thusly in the local indy:
"Christened after its elderly owner Steven Francis, Steve's Place has the appearance of a 1940s Robert Mitchum film projected onto an old screen. It could be the last bar on the last block on the last day at last call. The long-in-the-tooth bar is a Bukowskian reverie, an overlooked jewel in downtown Detroit."
I couldn't agree more. If you are looking for pretty people, look elsewhere. If you want to know what Detroit is, saddle up and have a draft beer and a shot of rotgut.
Dress Code: You need to be dressed. That's about it.... there is no dress code. Working class clothes recommended
Cliff bell's: swanky deco
this place is fantastic! features a art deco interior
full bar , cozy, classy, atmosphere.
witty bartenders, and the some of the best local jazz around . french jazz on fridays with free champange :) cover at the door is reasonable ive only been on fridays and it was under $10 .00
Tues - Fri: 5pm - 2am
Sat: 6pm - 2am
Sun: 8pm - 2am
Greektown Casino: Greektown
Greektown is located less than half a mile (800 m) from the Renaissance Center in the downtown area. It comprises only a few city blocks, with Monroe Street at the center. The neighborhood is a popular restaurant and entertainment district, having many restaurants that serve authentic Greek cuisine, as well as one of the city's three casinos, Greektown Casino. Certain buildings on Monroe Street are themed to resemble the Parthenon, Pegasus, and other forms of Greek architecture. Greek music is also played on Monroe Street throughout the day. Well known restaurants include The Laikon Cafe, Cyprus Taverna, New Hellas Café, Pegasus Taverna, and Pizza Papalis. The Detroit People Mover has a station at the Greektown Casino on Beaubien Street between Monroe Street and Lafayette Boulevard. The Greektown Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Dress Code: Relaxed, but not a shorts or flip flops sort of thing.
- Casino and Gambling
City Club: Punk/Goth Night Out
Located in the basement of the Ramada Inn in downtown Detroit off of Bagley Ave. The best Goth./Industrial night in Detroit. I have seen women dress in black wedding dresses, women wearing g-strings and pasties, and everything inbetween. If you dig in Depeche Mode, Sisters of Mercy and the like, then this is the club for you. A diner is located in the Inn as well, so as to help the late night cravings. This club has the best dance floor with 40 ft. ceilings on the dance floor and plenty of seating. Please see it, if you like the scene. I have spent many happy birthdays and new years there!
Dress Code: Absolutely anything goes.
MGM Grand Detroit Casino: A touch of Vegas
If you are the type of person who goes to Las Vegas strictly for gambling, you will find the MGM Grand Detroit Casino more than adequate. It is a full-size casino with the slots and table games your wallet can handle.
The Greektown Casino: A good place to lose your money!
The Greektown Casino is a full-size casino in the heart of Greektown. The casino operates shuttle buses from the major hotels. The main draw is its proximity to the many Greek restaurants. Park in the casino's covered garage, then pick a restaurant. When you are done, do a little gambling and get your parking validated.
Bleu Experience: Don't Bother
I paid for VIP tickets to see Above & Beyond. They still made us wait over half an hour in subzero weather. While waiting we were harassed by a homeless man. Once I got in they told me they wouldn't check my coat because it was full. However the girl told me, "I can make an exception if you pay $20." Are you kidding me? I had to carry my coat around all night or when I put it down had to watch it therefore I couldn't really dance. The sound system was not all that. I drove over three hours to see Above & Beyond and this is the way they treat me. I don't think so. If you are into trance do not go here. Go to see them in Chicago at Vision or Glow in DC.
Dress Code: Casual and club attire
Old Shillelagh: Dive Bar in Greek Town
I got dragged to my fiance's old time hang-out after the Tigers clinched the pennant this weekend. Typical dive, Irish pub. Packed after the game. The place to be on St. Patrick's Day. Be prepared to stand in line. They charge $5 cover last Saturday.
One nice thing is that there is a room in back with tables for those people who no longer want to be elbow to elbow with fellow patrons.
Dress Code: Business Hours
The Old Shillelagh offers shuttle bus service as a courtesy to all downtown Detroit sporting and concert events.
St. Andrews Hall: A lot more casual
St. Andrews is on the outskirts of downtown's Greektown district. A much more casual atmosphere, St. Andrews and it's 3 floors of fun hosts live performers (usually a rock band, but techno DJs are usually booked to spin during the Fuse In festival). Drinks are less expensive and it's sometimes easier to pay less for parking as opposed to some of the more upscale clubs that only park via valet. This is one of the oldest night spots in the city.
For those of you who have seen Eminem's movie "8 Mile," this is where the Free Rapping competitions took place.
Dress Code: No dress code. Most people in "club attire" will look overdressed. Jeans, casual shoes, and T shirts are what you'll see the most of. Not sure about ball caps though.
Buzz Bar: Catch a Buzz and some great local bands
This has become one of my favorite places to visit in Detroit. Downstairs is usually pretty chill - but sometimes they have a DJ. Upstairs though is my favorite. Any night of the week you can go check out some great local bands. Two of my favs so far are Midtown Underground http://www.midtownunderground.com/ and The Brother's Groove http://www.thebrothersgroove.com/ There is always a diverse crowd and a good groove!
Dress Code: No dress requirements - but I wouldn't go out in my favorite 'club' clothes. It's a laid back croud.