Seldom Blues: Sometimes you feel like blues, sometimes you don't
Smooth, sophisticated, upscale & fashionable. Seldom Blues is a Jazz Club located in the GM building (Renaissance Center) overlooking the Windsor and the beautiful Detroit river. Just imagine yourself having a romantic interlude with Bogie or Ingrid Bergman. Then fast forward to the 21st century. It really is a stylish, nouveau supper club. You may be familiar with two of the owners - Detroit Lion Robert Porcher and Jazz Musician Alexander Zonjic - Both doing great things for the city of Detroit.
This is a great "grown up" spot for an evening out. You can enjoy a great meal & great music in a modern supper club. Their specialties are steak and seafood and they have a large variety of appetizers and salads. Prices for entrees run from the teens to the high 40's and lunches are reasonable.
Dress Code: Reservations are recommended and guys must dress the part - no jeans for men. Snappy casual works fine for the ladies. But don't you want to dress to impress? It's part of the experience. Besides, you are SO beautiful!
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Food and Dining
Get your martini on here!!! Glorious, elegant Art Deco!!! In my opinion, it's tops. Anywhere. They really did things right. Great deco color scheme, dramatic lighting and fixtures, silky smooth leather seating, and a great deco mural featuring the Penobscot and Fisher Buildings. Youl'll never want to leave.
Music is played at a tolerable decibel and you can actually have a converstation. They also have a big screen that can be pulled down for games. Beautiful hot spot to mingle & make merry in an eclectic crowd.
Dress Code: Dress to Impress....Jeans allowed, but look nice.
ATLAS GLOBAL BISTRO: KICK BACK WITH THE PLAYERS
Atlas Global Bistro is THE place to go for great food among interesting people. The bar/restaurant itself is right on Woodward Ave. with tons of windows for watching the traffic go by. Its a modern atmosphere but still feels warm. The food has influences from mexico to the mediterranean. If you like sushi at all, try the sushi style tuna appetizer. Unbelievable - and you can eat it with a fork! Sit at the bar and you feel like it has been waiting for you for years. You're sure to meet some friendly, down to earth folks and maybe some of Detroit's heavy hitters.
Dress Code: casual but nice
THE DETROIT BEER CO.: BREW & BUDDIES
Detroit Beer Co. Has a laid back friendly atmosphere and friendly staff. Wood and brick dominates. Its somewhat popular with the after 5 crowd, its a great lunch spot and a good night spot if you are looking for a place to eat and a good time minus the dance clubs. I think they have some great beer. Detroit Beer Co. has 2 sisters - Royal Oak brewing co. & Rochester Mills.
Dress Code: Come as you are!!!
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TOM'S TAVERN: GET THERE IF YOU CAN!
The first time I was invited to Tom's Tavern I said, "where?!" and I giggled with anticipation when I pulled into the dirt parking lot. But this place is a TREASURE! Its been around since the days when 7 mile was a dirt road and appeared first as a chicken coop. An immigrant to America bought it in the 20's and sold sandwiches from the front and rumor has it, illegal activities were sold in the back. Colorful stories of the age of prohibition and beyond haunt the place. Well, concrete was poured on the floor and it slants quite a bit, but the bar stool legs are cut so you wont fall off. Old-timers and executive types mingle here in this haven from the rat race.
Dress Code: What you like.
BAKER'S KEYBOARD LOUNGE: IF YOU LOVE JAZZ THEN YOU MUST KNOW BAKERS!
If you know even just a little about jazz, then you should know Baker's. It's THE oldest running jazz club in the WORLD and the performers here read like a who's who list of the jazz world. Need I say more? Everynight they have live entertainment and they serve dinner & lunch.
ST ANDREWS: DETROIT ROCK CITY
St Andrews hall is a must for new music/ alt. lovers. Its got a cool kind of gritty underground feel and is an intimate setting - room for about 1000 in the hall and maybe a few hundred in the "Shelter". This place has been around for a while and is somewhat famous. Depeche Mode has played here as well as bands such as Jane's Addiction and Limp Bizkit. Visit here and you may catch the next big thing. P.S. sometimes techno
Old Shillelagh: St. Patty's Day's finest
Located at the edge of Greektown, this Irish pub brings in the best of the town's partiers. A great place to be on St. Patty's day, they have live music, good food and fairly priced drinks. Also has their own shuttle to the sporting events, in which plasstic cups of your drink of choice are permitted.
Dress Code: No specific dress code.
Detroit Casinos: Try your luck!
Detroit is the home to 3 casinos. Motor City, located off the Lodge freeway, Greektown which is smack in the heart of the Greektown district, and MGM Grand, also located off the Lodge freeway just south of the Motor City. Ample parking in their own structures; Greektown has validation.
Dress Code: No specific dress code.
Fifth Avenue Downtown: Live music and a ballgame
Located upstairs and inside the Comerica Park ballpark, This large bar holds two good sized rooms. One room is home to a barrage of live music, and the other is more of a relaxing area with pool tables and couches with a TV. Large fully stocked bars can be found inside each of the 2 rooms. Parking can be validated inside the bar and the lot is right across the street, lit and fenced in.
Dress Code: Decent casual clothing; no tattered clothes or shoes. Ballcaps permitted.
Times Square Detroit: A different atmosphere
Two rooms hold two different types of DJs and music. Also has an oxygen bar in the "chill room." Parking is ample, in a large lot across the street belonging to a restaruant, for a nominal charge.
Dress Code: Club attire, no tattered jeans or tennis shoes/ball caps.
Bleu: Don't come here broke!
Bleu is an upscale and extremely fun nightclub for those who enjoy dancing to electronic music. Usually on Friday nights a special international guest DJ will be booked, and on Saturday nights the resident DJ is there playing top 40 and mainstream dance music. The place is huge, and houses a large stocked bar in back, along with two more bars on each side and one more upstairs in the VIP section. The DJ booth is set up in VIP and there are also 2 more VIP booth sections on either side of the enormous dance floor.
Dress Code: You may wear jeans as long as they are dresssed up. The majority of the crowd dresses in dressy or upscale club attire, and no tennis shoes or ball caps. Women may wear hats as long as they are fashionable. Just keep in mind this place is quite expensive, so be prepared to drop a bundle when you walk through the door!
Valet only, unless you feel safe leaving your car on the street.
Altered State: Transformation
On Saturday nights, Detroit's State Theater is transformed into Altered State, the city's largest and longest running night club. You will mostly hear mixes of alternative and hip hop music, with DJ's spinning in the lobby as well as in the main room. You may also move up to the 2nd floor for a more chill-out type atmosphere.
Dress Code: No dress code, although tattered clothing may bring a frown to the door man's face and he may not let you in. Jeans and T shirts are OK.
Envy: Another upscale place
Envy is a bit along the lines of Bleu, however, not as large. This one has 2 floors, with a small VIP section on the second floor just to the side of the stairs. Both floors are equipped to hold their own DJ as opposed to the same sounds filtering thorughout the entire club. Drinks are pricey, however you may park in the lot next door or across the street, rather than strictly using valet. Keep in mind, Detroit is notorious for greedy lot owners to hike up their prices during special events.
Dress Code: Club attire; no tennis shoes or ball caps. Nice jeans MAY be worn but you won't see very many people wearing them.
5th Avenue Billiards (original Royal Oak location): Live Bands n' Billiards
This is one of the best live music venues in town where you can catch both regional, local and national acts blasting out the tunes. Generally it's cheap to get in the door $5 or $10 at most. The drinks are a pretty good poor... but not too cheap. There's lots of pool tables up and down. Trendy crowd. The music's upstairs.
Dress Code: Trendy hot sexy clothes. Jeans are cool too
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