Detroit NightlifeWhether you're up for dancing the night away, trying your luck at a casino, kicking back to some jazz or seeing a side-splitting comedy show, you'll never run out of fun things to do on a night out in Detroit.
Feeling lucky? Three casino hotels offer unique gambling experiences as well as various dining and entertainment options, all within luxurious AAA Four Diamond hotels in the downtown area. Greektown Casino (555 E. Lafayette Ave.) has some 3,000 slot machines in its recently renovated casino. Upscale shopping and dining venues greet you as you enter the casino at the MGM Grand Detroit (1777 3rd Ave.). Motor City Casino (2901 Grand River Ave.) is designed to reflect Detroit’s automotive history.
If you geek out over a great cocktail, head to Standby (225 Gratiot Ave.), where libations are created in a "lab" complete with a centrifuge and liquid nitrogen. A snack and dinner menu contains locally sourced fare. The Sugar House (2130 Michigan Ave.) has an extensive list of spirits and a seasonal menu of original craft cocktails along with all of the classics. Small plates and snacks are served, as well as alcohol-infused ice cream and chocolates.
If you're looking for places to go for laughs, get to Go Comedy! Improv Theater (261 E. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale) for improvisational comedy by professional and amateur performers. Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle (310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak) was reputedly the first comedy club in Michigan when it opened in 1979 and showcases up-and-coming and established comedians, as well as occasional surprise guest appearances by well-known names in the business. Willis Show Bar (4156 3rd Ave.) opened in 1949 and was a popular jazz club until closing in 1978. Reopened in 2018, it retains unique details such as an Art Moderne ceiling and a main stage behind the bar featuring burlesque, cabaret and comedy shows.
DJs spin Top 40 dance music at Delux Bar & Lounge (350 Monroe St.), a lounge with a menu of specialty martinis and cocktails. Detroit is the birthplace of techno music, and TV Lounge (2548 Grand River Ave.) serves it up in style, along with house, hip-hop, R&B and a great selection of libations.
Purportedly Detroit's oldest jazz club, Baker's Keyboard Lounge (20510 Livernois) has presented major and local jazz acts since the 1930s in an intimate, Art Deco-style venue with excellent acoustics. A lunch and dinner menu includes soul food favorites such as fried chicken, catfish and barbecue ribs. Opened in 1935, Cliff Bell's (2030 Park Ave.) is another of Detroit's oldest jazz clubs, renovated and reopened after being closed for many years. Enjoy live jazz performances in a lavish Art Deco venue with a dinner menu of creative New American fare.
In-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. All hotels must meet the same basic requirements for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality to be AAA Approved. A rating of one to five AAA Diamonds tells members what type of experience to expect, from no-frills to highly personalized.
A 6 percent tax is levied on lodging and automobile rentals.
Detroit Receiving Hospital/University Health Center, (313) 745-3000; Harper University Hospital, (313) 745-8040; Henry Ford Hospital, (313) 916-2600; St. John Hospital and Medical Center, (313) 343-4000; and Sinai-Grace Hospital, (313) 966-3300.
211 W. Fort St. Suite 1000 Detroit, MI 48226. Phone:(313)202-1800 or (800)338-7648
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Car rental companies may be found at the airport. Hertz, (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.
Amtrak stations are at 11 W. Baltimore Ave. in the New Center area and in Dearborn at 21201 Michigan Ave. in the John D. Dingell Transit Center. Train service to various parts of the country is provided; phone (800) 872-7245.
Greyhound Lines Inc. serves Detroit. The terminal is at 1001 Howard St.; for information about fares and schedules phone (800) 231-2222.
Taxis operate on a meter system. The basic charge is $2.50, plus $2 per mile (no extra charge for additional riders). The largest companies are Checker Cab, (313) 963-7000; City Cab, (313) 833-7060; and Metro Cab, (734) 997-6500.