Best Nightlife

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Detroit nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Detroit Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

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 is adjacent to the...  Read More

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 are Friday's martini specials...  Read More

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 scene, the curved bar makes...  Read More

Grosse Pointe
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 cafe is a local favorite. It...  Read More



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 room to indulge in premium...  Read More

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 jazz as you treat yourself to...  Read More



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 sexy – a perfect match for...  Read More

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 come with friends, and the...  Read More

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 humidor. Anyone can enjoy their...  Read More

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 much-loved establishment in...  Read More