Best of Detroit 2013
Spend the Night - Reader's Choice
Reader's choice for nightlife in Metro Detroit
Published: March 20, 2013
Best Bar for Karaoke in Macomb County
Kit Kat Klub
55140 Romeo Plank Rd., Macomb; 586-781-3171
Just a little joint off on the side of a subdivision out by the corner of 25 Mile Road, apparently this is where they whoop it up, karaoke-style, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Look them up online. They have kind of an interesting Google image problem.
Best Bar for Karaoke in Washtenaw County
Best Musical Open-Mic or Jam Session
36 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti
This Ypsi venue has several smaller spaces inside, which makes it kind of ideal for those just beginning to perform. Situated in the heart of Depot Town, just off the train tracks, Woodruff’s has made admirable efforts to foster a regular rotation of engaging weekly programming, including its open-mic and karaoke nights.
Best Happy Hour for Drinks in Wayne County
1128 Washington Blvd., Detroit
The drinks are wonderful, the beer menu is loaded with more flavors than most wine menus, and the interior is stylish and usually crowded with a who’s who of downtown Detroit. But maybe it’s the affordable menu of bar bites that puts happy hour at Roast over the top.
Best Happy Hour for Drinks in Oakland County
Big Rock Chophouse
245 S. Eton St., Birmingham
Big Rock Chophouse oozes northern lodge appeal, with a variety of rooms in which to dine, including an outdoor patio. The lively atmosphere is complemented by skillfully crafted menus. In addition to the restaurant is a large brew house with custom-designed, state-of-the-art equipment.
Best Happy Hour for Drinks in Macomb County
32976 Gratiot Ave., Roseville
Really, Macomb County? Choosing Hooters for Best Happy Hour is like choosing Red Lobster for Best Seafood. Oh, that’s right. You did that last year.
Best Happy Hour for Drinks in Washtenaw County
120 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor
Grizzly Peak has the feel of a restrained hunting lodge that enjoys its own history more than its kills (you’ll find a mounted buck or two, but the exposed brick interior tends to remain neutrally bare). But the award-winning beer is the real centerpiece, featuring several on-tap Weissbiers and ales during the summer months. Some specialty brews go fast — call for detailed offerings.
Best Fetish Party or Fetish Night
Noir Leather’s Hellbound
When it comes to a pedigree in kink, nobody’s runs deeper than Noir Leather’s Keith Howarth. So it only makes sense that his store’s fetish night would be the best bet for the leather set.
Best Club Night in Wayne County
Bass Down Low at the Works on Thursdays
1846 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-961-1742
Brought to you courtesy of those bangin’ people at DetroitDubStep.com, namely DJs Matt Clarke and Jon “Calico” Davis, Bass Down Low serves as both an eclectic night of great music for existing connoisseurs of dubstep and techno, and a fine introduction to what is currently a thriving Detroit scene for curious newbies. Clarke and Davis absolutely know their stuff, and their own sets delve deep into the darkest corners of what dubstep has to offer, while offering up an impressive array of guest DJ’s too.
Best Club Night in Oakland County
Best Electronic Club
15 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac
Elektricity has been an exciting addition to Metro Detroit, while making a substantial mark on the rising popularity of everything EDM. The 18 and up club has been the landing zone for the top international and domestic Electronic music DJs for the last two years. And it also opened its doors for the Redbull Thre3style competition last year, where hip-hop DJs battled and competed to move up the ranks. The club has a future as the hub for weekend fun and DJ’s everywhere.
Best Club Night in Washtenaw County
Factory at Necto on Mondays
516 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
Mondays at gothic night at Necto, with alternative dance from DJ Jinx, as well as synthpop and industrial, running sometimes back to the 1990s and 1980s, with Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, etc.
Best Lesbian Bar
1641 Middlebelt Rd., Inkster
If there is any place you plan on going to spread your rainbow wings and get down on the dance floor, Stiletto’s must be it. It has won Best Lesbian Bar for a couple years now, and it’s because the two room bar allows you to mingle and flirt, while also enjoying some of Detroit’s best and fun drag shows. If that’s not worth a gander and a little time, I don’t know what is. And for the straight men or women that may creep in, don’t worry, they have fire escapes.
Best Strip Club
20771 W. Eight Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-541-7000
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