When the Day Goes Dark | Nightlife in Detroit

Concert at the Magic Stick, Detroit
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 nightlife preferences.
1 Night
3-6 hours

Entertainment, Nightlife


Detroit, Beyond Detroit, Oakland



With a ball in one hand and a martini in the other, bowling has never been so trendy. Neither have these other indoor activities you can find in the D.

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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.
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Detroit’s casinos offer so much more than just gaming. Bars, restaurants, lounges, and concert venues are sure to light up your night as well.

  • Find your way to MGM Grand Detroits 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.
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More than just your average Detroit tour, these options cover topics that are more appropriate during the evening hours.

  • 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.
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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

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    Magic Stick
    4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
  2. 2
    Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle
    310 South Troy St., Royal Oak, MI 48067
  3. 3
    City Theatre
    2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
  4. 4
    Go Comedy! Improv Theater
    261 E 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220, United States
  5. 5
    Planet Ant Theatre
    2357 Caniff St, Hamtramck, MI 48212, United States
  6. 6
    MotorCity Casino-Hotel
    2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
  7. 7
    City Tour Detroit
    , Detroit, MI 48226