The city of Detroit may not be on your list of places to visit, in the USA, in fact, it is mostly famous for its high population and crime rate. But apart from this, it is a lively and energetic city. You should say thanks to the entrepreneurs and artists who have turned many of the buildings into interesting and beautiful cafes and museums. It is not Disneyland but not everyone wants to visit Disneyland, do they? Because of Detroit’s beautiful cafes and eclectic atmosphere, you will enjoy yourself in the night, too. You can also take a long romantic walk, along the riverfront.
Here are some of the best things you can do at night, in Detroit:
1. The Actor’s Workshop
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The Actor’s Workshop was first opened in 1984. After its opening, the city evolved from a town to a vibrant and youthful community. The studio is located on Washington Avenue. You can always find its classes full, as it is attended by stage actors who want to break into commercials or films, as well as models and narrators, who aim to learn on-camera acting techniques.
The Actor's Workshop
Address: 25129 Dequindre Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071
Website: The Actor’s Workshop
2. Detroit Symphony Orchestra
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The DSO performs throughout the metro Detroit area, both in its paid neighborhood series and free community concerts. Its main performance center is the Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, in Detroit. If you are going with your family, you can catch everything from Hayden to Mozart and the orchestra will be sure to entertain even the younger audience members. Before the show, you can enjoy a beer, wine, soda or cocktail.
You can book online tickets and parking passes, for the adjacent parking garage.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Address: 3771 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Website: Detroit Symphony Orchestra
3. Abick’s Bar
Abick’s Bar is one of the oldest bars in Detroit. In 1919, it became Abick’s Bar and, like most bars of its time, the photos on the wall make it look was a mostly male-dominated scene. They also allow you to bring food in, and there’s a whole back section, with big tables. Its historical charm will be a complete surprise for you. It is one of the coolest examples of great architecture and a fun atmosphere, in the area.
As you enter the bar, the bartender welcomes you with a friendly “hello” and tells you the history of the bar. They also have a cigar room, so if you love cigars then this place is for you! Abick’s also makes sure that nonsmokers enjoy themselves.
Address: 3500 Gilbert St, Detroit, MI 48210, USA
4. Go Comedy! Improv Theater
This is a comedy theater that specializes in improv and sketch comedy. It is a complete laugh from the moment you walk in until you leave. Their all-star showdowns are usually very fun - although, each night is different. Usually, the shows start in the evening, from 6 pm and you can book your tickets online, on their website. Go early if you want a spot in the parking area, or else pay for metered parking, across the street. You can enjoy beer and/or shots, during the show.
Go Comedy! Improv Theater
Address: 261 E 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220, USA
Website: Go Comedy! Improv Theater
5. Fox Theater Detroit
The Fox Theater is the crown jewel of Detroit. It has played host to some of the best and biggest names in show business and was opened in 1928, as a flagship cinema, in the Fox Theatres chain. The purpose of this theater was to replace the Fox Washington Theater, near Grand Circus Park. It was purchased by the Ilitch family, in 1987 and went through an 18-month, 12 million USD restoration, to return it to its original grandeur. The multi-storey tower features 18-foot (5.5 meter) letters, spelling out “FOX”. It casually holds concerts and special events, including the Rockettes and “Sesame Street Live”.
Fox Theater Detroit
Address: 2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Website: Fox Theater Detroit
6. Grey Ghost Detroit
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It is the leading edge in food and competes in more established culinary circles. You can enjoy good food at the Grey Ghost and even if you don’t have a reservation, they will make sure they get you seated within 30 minutes. Its customer service is top-notch and the ambiance is great with a chic upscale feel. If you get the chance to have dinner at the Grey Ghost, you must try fried bologna, served on an aged cheddar jalapeno waffle. It is clearly a meat-centric restaurant, but you can be rest assured if you don’t eat meat, there will be something delicious, for you.
Grey Ghost Detroit
Address: 47 Watson St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Website: Grey Ghost Detroit
7. Cafe D’Mongo’s Speakeasy
Cafe D’Mongo’s Speakeasy is a legendary Detroit cocktail hangout. For a very long time, it has been a favorite haunt for stars, like director Quentin Tarantino and actor Ryan Gosling. It features dim lighting, music inspired decor and classic prohibition cocktails with a Detroit touch. Its famous D’Mongo’s Signature Cocktail is the Detroit Brown made with Vernors, whiskey, and bitters.
Cafe D'Mongo's Speakeasy
Address: 1439 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Iridescence features spectacular views of the city skyline. It is Detroit’s premier fine dining experience and has been awarded AAA’s 4-Diamond rating, year after year. In 2016, it was rated a coveted “Recommended” by Forbes Travel Guides. It focuses on dishes prepared with intense local flavors and a relaxed and broadly appealing menu. Iridescence provides the ultimate culinary experience.
Address: MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
9. The Lush Brush
The Lush Brush was inspired by two Lincoln Park women who wanted to go into business. It offers painting sessions nightly and is available for private bookings, like birthdays and bachelorette parties. Much like its name, the studio has a refrigerator, so that you can bring and drink alcoholic beverages, while you paint. Classes usually start at 7 pm.
The Lush Brush
Address: 3406 Fort St, Lincoln Park, MI 48146, USA
Website: The Lush Brush
10. Emagine Royal Oak
At Emagine Royal Oak, you can kick back and enjoy a movie in the luxurious power-reclining seats, with full back and foot rests. It also offers you feature seating, which means you will have most comfortable movie watching experience. Each theater has huge screens, so you are immersed in each movie.
Emagine Royal Oak
Address: 200 N Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067
11. The Redford Theater
The Redford Theater has served as an entertainment venue since it opened, on January 27, 1928. It is owned and operated by the Motor City Theater Organ Society (MCTOS) and it consists of a biweekly movie series, that ranges from silent films to films from the 40s through to the 90s. The theater is also available for rental by community groups, who wish to produce their own shows.
The Redford Theater
Address: 17360 Lahser Rd, Detroit, MI 48219, USA
Website: The Redford Theater
12. Detroit Film Theater
It will be a wonderful experience to visit this theater. It has been a beacon of culture for the Detroit area, for over a century. If you’d like to have a snack or a meal before or after the film, you can have it in the cafe, located in the larger DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts). You are not allowed to bring any snacks or drinks.
Detroit Film Theater
Address: 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
Website: Detroit Film Theater
13. Riverside Arena
Stepping into Riverside is just like stepping back in time to a middle school skating party, with flashing lights, on the rink. For an open skate, there are many opportunities. There is a little practice area, off in the corner, where you can get a chance to find your skating legs if it’s been awhile since you have been on wheels.
Address: 36635 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150, USA
Website: Riverside Arena
14. Ford Drive In
The Ford Drive In is a great date night spot, in Detroit. They still have speakers that hang on the side of your car so you can tune in to the radio station. You can also bring your pets in with you. The screens are very big and they also have a concession stand, with your typical popcorn, candy and soda.
Ford Drive In
Address: 10400 Ford Rd, Dearborn, MI 48126, USA
Website: Ford Drive In
15. Thunderbowl Lanes
Thunderbowl has been the bowling center of choice for both pros and amateurs, since 1962. If you like bowling, then this place is for you! The prices are also the cheapest around. You can bowl a 250+ on their bone-dry lanes.
Address: 4200 Allen Rd, Allen Park, MI 48101, USA
A perfect night out...
So, here you can see some of the best places you can enjoy at night, in Detroit. These stops are all wonderful, with their rich history that will help you enjoy a night out, with your friends and family. Go and plan your weekend, in Detroit.
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