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How to Spend an Evening in Detroit

Posted on Thursday, March 09 2017 in Nightlife

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Detroit draws businesses and conference events like a magnet these days. While work hours may be spent in meetings, evenings remain open to explore the Motor City. With so many recent accolades to its credit, Detroit may be among the most welcoming cities for visitors. We've got insider tips on the best ways to make the most of an evening in Detroit.

Happy Hour in Detroit: Break out of work mode and you'll find just the spot to order up happy hour specials that can kick off a night on the town.

  • The Ghost Bar at The Whitney, a historic - and notoriously haunted - Detroit mansion is the setting for classic cocktails and upscale happy hour snacks.
  • Relax into a seat at Mudgie's for some of the city's best soups, sandwiches or go for a glass of wine.
  • Order sliders at equestrian-themed Green Dot Stables. You won't regret it.
  • Ponder the beer list at The Huron Room over lobster nachos. You can't go wrong.
  • Hit up newcomer, Parc, located right in the city center, and impress your co-workers with its decadent design and delicious happy hour dishes.

Sip serious cocktail culture: Detroiters are serious about nightlife. It may never be more evident than it is at some of the finest cocktail lounges and restaurants in town.

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Live Music and more: Skip out of the late meeting or trade your suit for something more casual and you'll find some of the best music in the city.

  • Cliff Bells offers big band chic in a relaxing setting.
  • On Friday nights, the Detroit Institute of Arts stays open late and spotlights world music and art demonstrations.
  • The new stage at Ferndale's Otus Supply sounds phenomenal and its menu means business.
  • Check out a new band - or old favorite - at El Club, Marble Bar or UFO Factory.
  • Take in a band and try your hand at feather bowling at Cadieux Cafe, a true Detroit establishment.

Movie night: When the weather just won't cooperate, a movie might do the trick.

  • Cinema Detroit and the Redford Theater offer out of the ordinary film fan experiences, whether you seek out rare independents or can't get enough of classics.
  • Come summer, be on the lookout for outdoor movies in the park at Campus Martius and at New Center Park. It's the perfect way to unwind.

Only in Detroit 

  • Take in a friendly game at The Fowling Warehouse.
  • Explore the Michigan beer scene from a pedal pub with Handlebar Detroit.
  • Rent a bike at Wheelhouse Detroit and ride along the Dequindre Cut, or cut in and join Detroit's enormously popular Slow Roll Monday nights at 6 p.m.
  • Staying awhile? Grab The D Discount pass and see more of what Detroit has to offer.

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Writer Stephanie Angelyn Casola frets when she can't make it to all the new Detroit hot spots fast enough! She owns the PR and events firm Prologue and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Photo credit: Detroit City Distillery, Gold Cash Gold