Spend the Night - Readers' Pick
Best Hip-Hop Venue
St. Andrew's Hall
Published: April 25, 2012
431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8137; standrewsdetroit.com
The Shelter is the bunker beneath St. Andrew's Hall where, at one point or another, every emcee and DJ in Detroit gets the chance to prove themselves in front of a bunch of rap-devoted Detroiters, many of whom help recognize the hip-hop elite and then do whatever it takes to support and grow a greater rap community. Rap battles still go down on the regular. If you don't know, know you know. It's bigger than hip-hop. It's an institution.