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!
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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.
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.
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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
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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