Stuck in a work rut? Another business meeting or conference coming up soon? If your next travel destination is Detroit, it may not be all bad news. Consider yourself lucky – you will be heading to a place that somehow still awaits to be discovered and where the locals definitely know how to combine business and fun, work and pleasure, finding the right balance along the way.
Trendy venues in downtown core offer the best nightlife in Detroit, with everything from delicious cocktails and gaming options to sweeping rooftop views of the city – so there is something for everyone to choose from. Get ready for some serious fun!
The Best Nightlife in Detroit
1. MGM Grand Detroit
This luxury resort-style casino is the ultimate entertainment destination in Michigan and won’t disappoint even the most demanding customers. Developed by MGM Resorts International, one of the world’s most respected hotel and gaming companies, MGM Grand Detroit is the first-ever Las Vegas-style destination in a major metropolitan core. It features more than 4,000 slots and video poker, more than 90 table games, celebrity chef restaurants, and the only resort-style spa in southeast Michigan. Last October, the casino opened a new smoke-free gaming area, Crystal Clear, that include slots and the first nonsmoking table gaming in the city.
MGM Grand Detroit is home to Wolfgang Puck Steak, a fine dining establishment that is the only Forbes Four-Star restaurant in Michigan, so make sure to check it out.
Axis Lounge is a perfect place to relax, have a couple of cocktails and listen to live music from Motown to jazz to modern pop.
Spend some time at Topgolf Swing Suite – an immersive experience offering a comfy lounge with multiple virtual screens and a wide selection of exciting arcade games.
2. Greektown Casino-Hotel
This urban casino located in the heart of Detroit’s historic Greektown is one of the must-see attractions in the city. The property features more than 2,800 gaming machines, 61 table games, a poker room, and several bars and restaurants. Just recently, Greektown Casino unveiled seven new eateries. Don’t miss Noodle Art, Japanese cuisine with a modern twist, and its trendy bar serving excellent cocktails.
3. MotorCity Casino Hotel
MotorCity Casino is where it’s at. With more than 2,700 slot machines and 59 table games, you better press your luck. Check out the Sound Board schedule for an array of shows and entertainment options.
MotorCity Casino Hotel is located near Midtown Detroit and Little Caesars Arena, perfect for a night out in Detroit after a Red Wings or Detroit Pistons game. Check out MotorCity’s unique dining options, including Iridescence and the Assembly Line Buffet.
4. Jazz Cafe at Music Hall
Often referred to as Detroit’s best kept secret, Jazz Cafe brings the finest in music and atmosphere. Once you walk in, you will be transported to a room that has been home to various musicians, artists, and Broadway performers, from Jeff “Tain” Watts to Elaine Stritch to John Sinclair. Sit back, relax, and let the magic of jazz music take you for a journey you will never forget.
5. Bleu Detroit
Bleu Detroit is an upscale nightclub with one of the best sound systems in Detroit.
It is a perfect spot if you would like to meet new people and dance the night away. Bleu Detroit features live music and DJs spinning electronic and hip-hop music.
Dress to impress and indulge yourself in top-shelf liquor varieties and premium champagnes throughout the night.
6. Exodos Rooftop Lounge
One of Detroit’s original rooftops. It is the only year-round, indoor/outdoor lounge in the city and has been featured as best rooftop in Detroit Hour magazine and just recently, in Detroit Metro Times (Best of Detroit 2018 – Reader’s Choice).
The venue is popular on weekends (be prepared to wait in a line!) and attracts a young trendy crowd. Colorful lights create a unique atmosphere and the music is always outstanding.
Stop by Exodos after work for happy hour (daily from 5 p.m – 9 p.m.) or on Friday night for live acoustic music by local Detroit artists (from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.).
The newly launched menu features delicious entrees, appetizers and salads with a Mediterranean twist. Rooftop terrace is definitely one of Exodos’ main highlights, so don’t miss it this summer.
7. 3Fifty Terrace
Opening its doors again for the summer season during Memorial Day Weekend 2018, 3Fifty Terrace is the place to see and be seen.
Here you can mingle , sip one of your favorite cocktails, and enjoy 10,000 sq. ft. of unique rooftop space.
3Fifty Terrace is located within walking distance of notable Detroit landmarks such as Comerica Park, Ford Field, The Detroit Opera House and The Detroit Athletic Club.
Amenities include an expansive granite top bar, 23 VIP booth sections, and well appointed restroom facilities with attendants. Summer nights just can’t get any better!
8. Level Two Bar & Rooftop
Detroit’s premier sports bar and rooftop, Level Two, is the perfect place to meet for happy hour or to dance the night away every weekend.
It features an indoor and outdoor multi-level area with two full bars where you can find over 40 bottle beers, eight beers on draft, premium wines and champagne, and an extensive Scotch selection.
The lower level outdoor area is open year round, covered and heated, so you can visit this place even when it rains. There are 11 large screen televisions and free WiFi available for the guests. And if you ever get hungry, Level Two offers a great selection of snacks, pitas, salads, gourmet burgers, sandwiches, and a couple of delicious entrees as well.
9. Centaur Cocktails & Small Plates
Located on the southwest corner of Park and Montcalm, directly behind the Fox Theatre, Centaur Cocktails & Small Plates is a stylish Art Deco lounge featuring two floors, two regulation-size pool tables, innovative martinis, cocktails, and late night bites.
DJs spin an eclectic mix of upbeat lounge music both Friday and Saturday nights. Centaur Bar opens early on Sundays for home Lions games. You can sit back, relax and watch the game on their large TV. How convenient!
Happy Hour specials (available from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.) include half price cocktails, $5 martinis (they have over 25 kinds) and $6 sangrias. Cheers!
So next time when you are in Detroit, make sure to take advantage of the city’s nightlife attractions, because after all there’s more to life than work.
Looking for things to do during the daytime? We have more things to do in Detroit.
- MGM Grand Detroit
1777 Third Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-465-1777Highlight on map | More Details
- Greektown Casino-Hotel
1200 St. Antoine St., Detroit, MI 48226313-223-2999Highlight on map | More Details
- Aretha's Jazz Cafe at Music Hall
350 Madison Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-887-8501Highlight on map | More Details
- Bleu Detroit
1540 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-974-7799Highlight on map | More Details
- Exodos Rooftop Lounge
529 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-962-1300Highlight on map | More Details
- 3Fifty Terrace
350 Madison Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-687-4350Highlight on map | More Details
- Level Two Bar & Rooftop
535 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-420-1990Highlight on map | More Details
- Centaur Bar
2233 Park Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-963-4040Highlight on map | More Details