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When the Day Goes Dark | Nightlife in Metro Detroit

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As Kid Rock immortalized, "there ain't no party like a Detroit party 'cuz a Detroit party don't stop." Bad English, yes, but a really, really good time awaits in metro Detroit no matter your late-night partying preferences.



MotorCity Casino Hotel Soundboard

Find your way to MGM Grand Detroit's Axis Lounge. The day-to-day calendar here features resident bands playing everything from jazz and Motown to modern pop. At Greektown Casino-Hotel, do a little bar hopping right on the premises at the Fringe, Trapper's and Rock Bar and Lounge. And if that's not satisfying your needs, just hit the streets of Greektown, where a number of bars and nightclubs ⎯ Firebird Tavern, Exodos Rooftop Lounge, Pappy's Sports Bar & Grill ⎯ line the main thoroughfare. Psst ... MotorCity Casino Hotel has its own concert hall, Sound Board, as well as V Nightclub, known for its high-energy DJs spinning dance music with ease.



Mark RIdleys Comedy Castle 2

Looking for belly laughs. 'Nuf said. Metro Detroit has clubs for lovers of stand-up, improv, ensemble comedic performances, etc. Check out Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle in Royal Oak for some of the best stand-up in the area. Go Comedy! Improv Theater in Ferndale has a pulse for improvisational and sketch comedy.  Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck offers a variety of funny. City Theatre inside downtown's Hockeytown Cafe is also known for having a number of comedy shows on its marquee.



Cliff Bells

Cliff Bell's downtown is known for live jazz nightly. Can't help to mention its awesome brunch on Sundays, too. At the Dakota Inn Rathskeller in Detroit 
you can dance, sing the Schnitzelbank and eat kartoffelpuffer (aka potato pancakes) at an authentic German bar.  Greektown's classic party spot, Niki's Lounge, always has a dance floor that's humming. Downtown's Vicente's Cuban Cuisine has totally amazing food and salsa dancing Friday and Saturday nights.



Lucky Strike bowling

With a ball in one hand and a martini in the other, bowling has never been so trendy. Get yourself to Lucky Strike Entertainment in Novi or Emagine Entertainment and Star Lanes in Royal Oak and find out for yourself. Make your way to Magic Stick to chalk up your pool cue and get ready for some raucous rock at the same time. Mix socializing and sports at Punch Bowl Social in downtown Detroit, where ping-pong, shuffleboard, giant Scrabble and private karaoke rooms join forces with great food and drink.



Detroit Experience Factory tours

The Detroit Bus Co. has a Drunks Of Antiquity: The Historic Bar Tour. It stops at some of Detroit’s oldest, most notorious and most interesting bars, where stories and a few pints are shared along the way. The tour runs most Friday and Saturday evenings. City Tour Detroit has a Holiday Lights Bus Tour on select days during the month of December that'll give you a look-see at some of metro Detroit's best holiday light displays. It begins around 6 p.m. and has you back by midnight. Motor City Brew Tours has a lot of day-trip tours that hit a number of the area's best pubs and brewhouses, but some are multi-day extravaganzas, too. Check out Feet on the Street Tours & Events and Detroit Experience Factory for more daylight options.


District Key

(DW) Dearborn/Wayne
(DD) Downtown Detroit
(GN) Greater Novi
(M) Macomb
(O) Oakland

Detroit Districts map 


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