Best Detroit, MI Nightlife

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    10. 220 & Edison's

    Great for networking with members of the Motor City's young, hip business crowd, this suave downtown bistro-bar is a prime place to meet for a few drinks after work or some good "pre-theater" pasta (a movie theater...

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    9. Pulse Detroit

    Stylishly attired professionals regularly descend on this moodily lit, sleekly furnished lounge, making it their go-to spot for after-work decompression and nighttime fun. Its happy hour events are well-attended, as...

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    8. Got Rocks Diamond Crown Cigar Lounge

    Dramatic architecture and decor render Got Rocks a sensual place to relax, indulge in a perfect martini, and absorb the sophisticated ambience. Weekend nights, DJs spin lounge music. If you just want to check out the...

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    7. Cadieux Cafe

    Exhibiting Continental flair, Cadieux Cafe is a great place to grab some dinner and hang out for the evening. Thanks to big pots of steaming mussels and one of the area's best repertoires of imported ales, the homey...

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    6. Small's

    A prominent neighborhood presence, Small's is full of character, from its mahogany bar to its well-stocked jukebox to its architecture (the building was originally a bank). Typically, folks congregate in the front...

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    5. Baker's Keyboard Lounge

    The self-proclaimed "world's oldest jazz club" has been a city mainstay since 1934. Today, it keeps the tradition going with terrific music in an intimate space. Kick back and enjoy ever-so-smooth blues, bebop, and...

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    4. Centaur Bar

    This trendy spot is located in the historic Iodent Toothpaste Factory, and a statue of a centaur boldly juts out from the building corner, coolly announcing the lounge to all passersby. The crowd is sophisticated and...

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    3. Gracie's Underground

    An electric blue sign and a dark stairwell lead patrons below the street into this basement martini lounge. Soft orange and red lights cast shapes of cutouts onto the walls, creating a warm, sensuous vibe. Friends...

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    2. La Casa De La Habana

    For something a little different from the typical nightclub scene, stop by La Casa De La Habana. This cigar and martini lounge imports its own tobacco and hand rolls cigars that are put on display in the walk-in...

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    1. Bert's Marketplace

    For decades now, Bert Dearing Jr.'s place has been a haven for jazz-lovers and folks who want to kick back to mellow tunes and big servings of soul food. Enjoy a weekend filled with practiced, heartfelt sounds in his...

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About Detroit, MI Nightlife

As the home of Motown, Detroit knows how to play music, and its nightlife scene makes that fact patently evident. Some of the city's most venerable clubs, including Baker's Keyboard Lounge and Bert's Marketplace, treat folks to heartfelt jazz, pulling in famous patrons and aficionados alike. Adding to the appeal at these places is fabulous soul food, which is served hot and delicious and makes the music that much better. Flood's also lays claim to such a recipe for success, as does Seldom Blues, which throws in incredible views from its Renaissance Center perch. Even with the prominence of jazz, other businesses make sure that variety is available, and you can easily take in shows that focus on rock, Celtic tunes, world music, and more. Say you'd prefer to kick back with friends and have a drink or two. Detroit also makes that possible, thanks to places like Royal Oak Brewery and Motor City Brewing Works, both of which offer handcrafted beers and tasty food. Restaurants with good bar scenes also prove popular. A few of the best include Gravity Bar & Grill, Cadieux Café, and Got Rocks Ultra Lounge, a more elegant option than most. Pulse Detroit is also a terrific go-to place when you're in the market for upscale alternatives, as is Bleu Room Experience, which couples dramatic interiors with great dancing and makes sure that there are plenty of people to mix and mingle with in style. If you're dedicated to one-stop nightlife shopping, head to the Majestic Theater, which not only books concerts but also offers bowling, a café, a pool hall, and other lively pursuits.

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