Having recently undergone significant renovations, the Bosco in Ferndale has certainly earned its newfound rep as the best decorated bar in town. Outfitted in backlit dark wood paneling, wooden booths and three-dimensional birch tree trunk walls, there's no other place quite like it. We particularly love – and we're betting you do too – the grassy ceilings and the fantastic new lighting. With a new martini menu as well as a great wine selection, the Bosco also offers live music every Friday and Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. Looking for something a little more exciting? Check out their High Energy Lounge every weekend after 11:30 p.m.Best Country Night Coyote Joe's
Considering this place is pretty much country themed, it's no wonder they have the best weekly hootenanny around. Featuring free mechanical bull rides and plenty of line dancing, you can bet the best of country music is always blasting throughout this Shelby Township bar. Don't just expect one day of the week to be great at this place either, with Free Party Fridays and Bachelorette party packages available for Saturdays, there's plenty to entertain and delight all weekend. at Coyote Joes
Best Dance Club Luna
Whether you go there to dance yourself or just to watch their girls, Luna is the best place in town to see some jiggle going down. Enjoy electro-pop, retro dance and themed dance nights featuring the infamous Luna dancers (in skimpy costumes, as you might imagine). On Sundays don't miss the Killer Flamingos, Detroit's most popular cover band. And drinks are always dirt cheap, meaning you'll be all loosened up and ready to dance all night in no time.
Best Pub Hamlin Pub
Hamlin Pub isn't just your run-of-the-mill chain of pubs. And, yes, while they have several locations in metro Detroit, you'll never go into one feeling like you're hitting up a lame neighborhood Applebee's. Outfitted with gorgeous décor and home to plenty of specials on both food and drink, you'll always feel like you're stopping into your favorite corner bar when taking a seat at any of their seven locations. In the mood for something new? Check out the newest addition to their empire of pubs. Hamlin Corner in Royal Oak is set to open soon, becoming one of the newest hot spots in the downtown nightlife mecca.
Best Pub To Have Opened In The Past Year Tilted Kilt
Do you like girls, beer and sports? Then you will like the Tilted Kilt. Because it is full of girls, beer and sports. The girls are dressed in tartan plaid miniskirts, the beer is on tap to the power of thirty and the sports are on their many flatscreen TVs located throughout the bar. This United Kingdom-themed pub (with a loose mix of British, Irish and Scottish influence) definitely appeals to the guys, but that isn't to say that the ladies won't also enjoy themselves (the male staff also don kilts, after all). The food is hearty comfort food and there is a wide selection of craft and imported beer, all in a comfortable setting with plenty of eye candy for all.
Best Bar On St. Patrick's Day Old Shillelagh
The Old Shillelagh claims to have the world's largest St. Paddy's Day party, and while that title hasn't been officially ordained by the Guinness Book of World Records, they sure as shit go through a lot of Guinness. Last year about 10,000 people came through the joint for their annual St. Patrick's Day party, sucking down shots of Jamesons, Irish car bombs, pints of Guinness and authentic Irish corned beef sandwiches. Doors open at 7 a.m. and the party stays strong all day.
Best VIP Area Bleu
As you may already know, Bleu is the best of the best when it comes to Detroit's EDM hot spots. Constantly serving up the world's hottest DJs to rabid fans, this downtown nightclub is also downright beautiful. And what makes the atmosphere so worthy of note? At least one reason is this club's flair for VIP treatment. There isn't just ONE VIP section, there are THREE, and you don't just get bottle service, but also a private top-shelf bar when you visit Bleu's second-floor VIP section that overlooks the entire venue. Want to be closer to the action? Rest and drink up in Bleu's two dance floor-adjacent VIP sections, where you'll be waited on by the most professional and beautiful of their wait staff.
Best Bar on a Friday Night Elektricity
For a night you won't regret, check out the phenomenon known as Elecktricity. This nightclub features the best of electronic music along with bright lights and dancers to get the party going. There's an event or artist performing every week, so there's always a reason to make this your go-to spot. Not only is Elecktricity a great place to go dancing, but it's also a great bar experience with three bars and awesome bartenders. If you want a VIP feel, get a booth and have access to the side stage and receive special service. To avoid waiting in line, get there early. This place is always jumping.
Best Dive Bar Painted Lady
Everyone loves a dive bar. Whether it's for the cheap drinks, the great beer selection or the crowd of non-yuppies, they're pretty much known to be the best place to drink outside of your living room. Luckily, the dive bars in metro Detroit are many and of those many, there must be a best. Painted Lady has earned its place topping the list of the best down-and-dirty drinking establishments by constantly providing us with Polish beer, great live shows and plenty of that Hamtramck atmosphere we love.
Best Martini Bar Centaur
Detroit's first true martini bar was Centaur, and it's still the best. Owner Sean Harrington has built up his little block of Foxtown over the years (with the Town Pump and Hot Taco flanking either side of Centaur), and this corner offers something for everyone – whether it's Tigers fans popping in for a drink before or after a game or theatre-goers looking for an upscale atmosphere to nosh after a show. Centaur draws in a bit of both, easily making it one of Detroit's most diverse bar scenes. From the grown and sexy crowd to the loyal baseball fans, there's always a good mix inside Centaur's three floors of fun. With dozens of martinis on their menu (only $5 during happy hour!) and an excellent selection of small plates stylishly served in towers until 2 a.m. daily, Centaur accommodates all of our dining and drinking desires.
Best Looking Wait Staff [Female] O'Toole's Royal Oak
There are many reasons why we love O'Toole's. Whether it's their great burgers, steaks, wings or beer, this place located smack dab in the middle of Royal Oak is also just a great place to take a seat and people watch. With huge windows, a great patio area and tons of flatscreen TVs, there's always something to entertain inside this Irish pub. And although those things we've just mentioned are certainly noteworthy, the most important thing to mention is the beautiful staff that tend to the pub's patrons. Without a single homely young lady in sight, the sexy servers of O'Toole's come to you with a complementary smile that makes them all the more beautiful. Attentive and visually perfect, their loveliness is only doubled by the great service they provide. There's a reason our readers voted them the most beautiful bar maids in all the land and it is with great pride we bestow this honor upon O'Toole's stunning staff.
Best Bartender [Female] Brie Clark
Brie Clark isn't just your regular bartender. Having been working behind the bar for the past eight years, Bleu's beautiful young server of beer and booze is an artist. With a ton of personal flair and a whole lot of style, she's been at Bleu for two years and has loved every second of it. Ms. Clark also makes sure there's never a wait for those beckoning her for a drink. She loves working at Bleu not only because it's one of the best venues in town, but also because she can dance to the music of her favorite EDM artists all night long.
Best Drink Prices Renshaw
Located in the scenic community of Clawson, Renshaw is one of OUR favorite places to get a cheap drink, so we weren't at all surprised when our readers agreed they had the best drink prices around. Home to daily specials like $2 22-ounce drafts of Labatt Blue and Coors light, they've also got a beer list even the haughtiest of craft brew snobs couldn't turn their nose up to. With local brews from New Holland Brewing, Arcadia, Rochester Mills, MIP, Frankenmuth Brewing and many more, they also have exotic brews from around the world. Our favorite? St. Bernardus ABT 12, a 10.5% ABV abbey brown ale brewed by monks in Belgium. Not only is it only $6 a pop, but you also won't find this beer anywhere else
Best EDM Promotor React Detroit
As ever, the electronic music scene in Detroit is one that cities around the world envy. And that's at least partially due to the amazing promoters we have working their butts off day and night. React Detroit is at the tippy top of that list, constantly booking the best acts around. From Borgore to Krewella and many more, partners Jason Wakefield and Nick Aldon and their devoted team have been bringing EDM lovers the best of the best at venues like the Majestic Complex, Royal Oak Music Theatre, Elektricity, The Crofoot and many, many more of our area favorites.
Best New Bar Concept - Imperial
We love the tacos, the salsas, the hot dogs and the Sunday brunch. We also love the selection of whiskeys, bourbons and tequilas. We love the outdoor patio in the back and the garage doors that open to Woodward in the summer. We love the warm respite from frigid temps and the libations that warm us on the inside in the winter. We love the tattooey staff and the tattooey patrons. We love the L.A. style with the Detroit attitude. In short, we fucking love this place.
Best Bar To Have Opened In The Past Year Clubhouse Bfd
DRAFT magazine just listed Clubhouse BFD among the nation's top 100 beer bars. If that isn't enough to convince you of how awesome this place is ... well, that's just stupid. Clubhouse BFD is not just a beer bar. It is a juried gallery exhibit of the brewing arts. With 40 taps and another 150-plus bottles, including some rare birds for VIBFDBD (Very Important BFD Beer Drinkers), Clubhouse is setting a whole new standard for area beer bars. And because all that beer needs a good basecoat, they've also got a stellar menu of beer-soaking comfort food (try the mac and cheese, for real).
Best Dance Club To Have Opened In The Past Year - Level Two
The hottest new dance club to open in the last year is the aptly-named Level Two, located literally on the second level above Plaka Café in Greektown, and it's so new that it's still got that new club smell. Level Two is an indoor/outdoor sports bar-meets-nightclub restaurant/martini lounge with a second-story patio overlooking the city. And Detroiters can get drunk on a discount.
Best Bar To Visit Any Day of the Week Rock On Third
The Rock on Third is one of Royal Oak's long-time go-to no-frills chill spots. This isn't so much for the designer jeans and designer T-shirt crowd as it is the regular old jeans and regular old T-shirt crowd. The outdoor patio is a great place to hang out in the summer, but the best thing about the Rock is their excellent beer list featuring craft beers from around the world and right here in Michigan, with a great selection of bar food (burgers, pizzas) to complement it. Oh yes, you can smell what the Rock is cooking.
Best Bartender [Male Travis Fourmont
Considering he was just named best bartender in the country by Woodford Reserve, we would be remiss to not name Travis Fourmont of Michael Symon's Roast Best Male Bartender. To recap: Woodford Reserve (makers of fine Kentucky bourbon) held a nation-wide contest to find the mixer of the best Manhattan in the country. Finalists went on to Manhattan to compete. Our boy Travis won the local round, making it to the semifinals, then was voted into the finals and went on to best his competition with THE BEST MANHATTAN IN THE COUNTRY. Take that, every other bartender in America! Plus, Roast is awesome.
Best Wait Staff - Hooters
What do you mean, they're not just being nice to us because they really like us?? Well we like THEM, that's for sure. Besides, everyone knows that we all just go there for the wings. Order up a beer and some hot wings slathered in their signature sauces; all the extra smiles and jiggles are free. That's value!
Best Sports Bar - Rosie O'Gradys
There is a minimum of six TV screens visible from every single angle no matter where you are in this bar. We're not sure how this is so, but there must surely be some sort of Euclidean geometry involved. Oh, not sitting at the bar but in a booth instead? No problem, THERE'S EVEN A TV AT EACH OF THE BOOTHS. This makes Rosie's ideal for sports fans, because it is an actual physical impossibility to ever miss a game here.
Best Bar For Lunch CJ Mahoneys [Troy]
Home to daily dining specials as well as an absolutely enormous menu, we fully endorse your pick for the best place to grab lunch. Not only can you pick from entrees, burgers, homemade soups, salads, pizzas, sandwiches and appetizers, but you can also grab a drink during your midday meal without breaking the bank. With daily drink specials as well as a rotating pint of the month, you'll never have to pay full price for a glass of liquid nourishment.
Best Promoter - Embarco
Spearheaded by Mikey Eckstein, Embarco Entertainment is more than just an advertising agency for bands across metro Detroit, although they are known for their stellar skills in promoting some of the best of the best in Detroit (think: Kaleido). And while they seem to have their hands in just about every show that goes off at the myriad amazing venues the area has to offer, Embarco also provides entertainment services to the casinos of Greektown and Motor City. Aside from all that, they also provide concierge services to those working in the burgeoning film industry in Detroit. With so much up their sleeves, it's no wonder they were voted the best in Detroit!
Best Club Promoter - Kevin Cermack
One of the masterminds behind Champagne Explosion as well as many other high-class social events, Kevin Cermak has consistently served up a premium social scene to the citizens of metro Detroit with the help of his event management company, Live Wire. If you've ever attended Tigers Opening Day, a St. Patrick's Day Party or enjoyed an evening of entertainment at Tin Fish, Bleu or Corner Bar, you've likely experienced a party thrown by this master planner. A busy man with his hands in many a Detroit event, we're glad our readers recognize him as the best in Detroit!
Best Rooftop Bar - Red Fox
We sure do love our outdoor patios. We love them even more when they are on roofs. Red Fox has an outdoor patio, and it's on a roof. It's also an exceptionally chic rooftop indoor/outdoor bar complete with firepits, overhead heat lamps, limestone columns and ultra-mod patio furniture. This English-style pub also has 36 beers on tap, many from across the pond as well as right here in the Great Lakes.
Best Bar at Last Call - Woody's [Royal Oak]
When you're bar-hopping throughout downtown Royal Oak, the best place to end your night is Woody's Diner. Which isn't a diner in the traditional sense – it's a bar, and a popular bar, especially on the weekends. They have a ton of food so the "diner" part is no joke, but they've also got a ton of drink specials and host a ton of special events. No matter where your night takes you, let it land you here for your final beer.
Best Bar at 10 P.M. - Bar LouieBar Louie, with multiple locations throughout metro Detroit, has that upscale neighborhood bar feel. With a nice selection of craft beer, cocktails, wine and dressed-up pub grub as well as plenty of TV screens for sports viewing, Bar Louie tends towards more of a chilled-out atmosphere than a typical dance club or rowdy sports bar. At around 10 p.m. this place has a good mixed crowd while still chill. If you're looking for a relaxed spot to enjoy a few drinks, this is the spot.
Best Bar For The Bachelor - BT'S
Classy AND sexy. That's BT's Executive Club through and through. For the best in bachelor entertainment, head to BT's in Dearborn. Open noon to 2 a.m. 365 days a year, BT's will never let you down when you need a boys' night. With over 300 girls in rotation there's a little something to suit all "tastes" ... and speaking of tastes, the food is five-star. Enjoy beautiful women in an upscale atmosphere with all luxury seating at BT's, Detroit's premiere gentlemen's club.
Best Bar for the Bachelorette - 29 Park
On your last night as a single gal, head out to 29 Park for a great time at an upscale nightclub. 29 Park is a stylish hangout with hardwood floors, chandeliers, two fully stocked bars and a large dance floor. Reserve a booth for your party and get complimentary appetizers and drinks. 29 Park is the perfect place for a classy night out to let loose. On Friday nights there's no cover and $3 call drinks until 11 p.m. Just be sure to get there early because the place gets packed.
Best Bar Makeover Blue Moose Tavern
This bar has it all. Located in Farmington Hills, Blue Moose Tavern is known to have great food, great drinks, hot wait staff and a cool atmosphere. Blue Moose Tavern is open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. With a diverse menu, there's something for everyone, no matter what you're in the mood for. Their burgers, also known as Blue Moose Badass Burgers, are their specialty and are nothing short of amazing. You don't know what you're missing out on until you check out this bar.
Best Mug Night - Roger's Roost
Roger's Roost is a neighborhood bar in Sterling Heights that's been around for over 40 years and still has customers coming back for more. Every Wednesday is Mug Night where customers look forward to bringing in their own mug and having it filled for only three bucks. Along with having great drinks, their food is delicious too.
Best Bar on a Sunday Night - Tonic
Every Sunday night there's a different sexy themed party at Tonic. From Naughty School Girl to Sexy Red Dress to Black Ice, there's always a reason to get dressed up and head out to Pontiac to party with other metro Detroiters who don't care that tomorrow is Monday. Another reason to head to this club? A cash prize is awarded every Sunday night to the best dressed club patron. There's also a good chance you'll spot a celebrity at this club, considering stars like Diddy, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake have all been seen inside Tonic.
Best Bar on a Monday Night-The Hub
Who said Mondays have to suck? Head to the Hub Sports Bistro in Macomb to unwind after a long day. This bar is located in a strip mall on the corner of 21 Mile and Garfield and has some of the best food ever. Not your typical bar food, the Hub has a great selection from chicken parmesan to a classic burger. Along with having a great meal, you won't miss a game with the flat screen TVs all over this joint. You won't be disappointed with their fully stocked bar either. Take that, Monday!
Best Bar on a Saturday Night-Rosie O' Grady's
The fact that Rosie O'Grady's was bestowed the honor of being named the Best Bar on a Saturday Night is really a no-brainer. Home to ridiculously cheap drinks (hello, where else can you get a $12 bucket of beer on a Saturday night? NOWHERE), live DJs every Friday AND Saturday night AND there is never EVER a cover charge to get into this joint. With great pizza, wings, burgers and booze, this isn't just a great place to grab a drink on the eve of the Sabbath, it's a great place to party all week long.
Best Bar On A Thursday
For a Thursday night you'll never forget, look no further than Coyote Joe's. As popular as the place is they tend to get a massive crowd, but they can handle it—between their huge dance floor and outdoor patio with plenty of seating that's even kept open in the winter – it's fitted with huge outdoor heaters and flame torches to keep you nice n' toasty, a flat panel HDTV with surround sound to keep you entertained and a full bar to boot. Let them spoil you rotten with $1 drink specials on Thursdays, which also boast free bull rides and line dancing lessons.
Best Bar On A Tuesday Night - Double Olive
The Double Olive Cocktail Lounge is the place to be on a Tuesday Night! With its chic, '60s-inspired atmosphere and rock n' roll inspired décor, this is a bar that's suitable for geting intimate or cutting loose—the type of place that's cozy, but knows how to put on a good time. The Double Olive is a martini lover's dream, carrying over a dozen drinks, such as their signature chocolate martini. It is the premiere spot for cocktails in the area.
Best Bar On A Wednesday Night Shores Inn
If you're looking for a good time, or a break mid-week, Wednesday night belongs to Shores Inn. Opened in 1937, Shores Inn has a classic bar atmosphere, with a friendly, attentive staff to match. Take a bite from their extensive menu offering bar staples, like traditional American, to the unexpected, such as Italian and Tex-Mex. Wash it all down with a beer from their wide variety of choices, which are second to none. Shores Inn has 20 beers on draft and 150 bottle beer choices, more than 30 of which are Michigan-made, including favorites like Atwater and Motor City.
Best Bar Halloween Event Haunted Kingdom
Looking for an evening of frightful excitement? Look no further than the Haunted Kingdom, Detroit's largest Halloween party, boasting more attendees than any other costume party in the Midwest. Haunted Kingdom has a massive dance floor, three bars and tons of VIP areas with wait service. For an eerie atmosphere the party features performances of the occult. Fortune tellers abound, while aerial dancers hover above the party on ribbons of silk. These and other circus performances will make for a night you'll never forget.
Best Bar On Mardi Gras - Fishbone's
If you can't afford the trip to Crescent City for Mardis Gras, Fishbone's in the next best thing. The Creole-style restaurant with locations in both Greektown and St. Clair Shores gets in full-blown Bourbon Street spirit with purple, green and yellow decorations and shrimp, oyster and crawfish (aka crawdads) bars. There's also live entertainment and a masquerade costume contest, and the only kind of hurricanes you have to worry about are the kind that get you drunk. (The fruity, boozy rum drink native to New Orleans might just be the reason why the city's nickname is "the Big Easy.")
Best Bar New Year's Eve Event Champagne Explosion
A yearly fete known to all as the end-all-be-all of New Year's Eve parties in metro Detroit, Champagne Explosion is a hotel-wide extravaganza that features champagne fountains, live music, drinks, dancing and so much more. With a dress-to-impress atmosphere, this party attracts thousands of guests each and every year. Presented by Kevin Cermak and Craig Jelinek, you can happily forget the bar and nightclub scene and experience what a REAL New Year's Eve party should be. Hosted at the Adoba Hotel in Dearborn, this event has become so large in years past they've recently doubled their bars, bartenders and servers to accommodate the sold-out crowd.
Best Bar On The Water Brownies On The Lake
You can come by land or sea to this Lake St. Clair-adjacent bar and restaurant, which is only one of the reasons we're guessing you voted this the best bar on the water in metro Detroit. Although they close for the winter, Brownies on the Lake is one of the best places to hit up not only when you're cruising down the waterway, but any time you're looking for great food, drinks and live entertainment. Reopening in March, we expect 2013 to be another beautiful year at Brownies!
Best Lesbian Bar - Stilettos
Stilettos has been a center of Detroit's gay and lesbian community since '94. The party gets wild as the venue is divided into two clubs, with a drag show in one and a high-energy dance party in the other. Featuring LGBT bands, singers and other performances, the friendly environment of Stilletos is a central part of what keeps patrons coming back.
Best Polish Bar - Polish Sea League
Hamtramck's own Polish Sea League is your spot for the best Polish experience in metro Detroit. A long-time staple, the bar also hosts fundraisers for the Hamtramck Fire Department, giving back to the Hamtamck community.
Best Latin Night - Loco's
Every Saturday night is an event in Latin culture at Loco's. Featuring DJ Cisco, crowds pile in to dance the salsa, the merengue and the bachata. Spinning tons of tunes that continuously spice things up, Cisco also plays Top 40 hits that even the most vanilla of gringos can get down too. This is no run-of-the-mill downtown Detroit party, either; folks come dressed to the nines ready to get down.
Best Piano Bar - 526 Main 526 Main dueling piano bar lends an upscale yet laid back atmosphere for your night out on the town. Dine in and choose from their extensive menu offering award-winning baby back ribs, filet mignon, burgers and cheesy deep dish pizza. At night is when 526 Main really comes to life, however. Enjoy the live music as professionally-trained and nationally-known pianists take to the keys.
Best Liquor Selection - Delux Lounge
Delux Lounge offers a wide variety of martinis to take the edge off, from classics, like the cosmopolitan, to new twists, like the key lime or white chocolate martini (made with white Godiva chocolate liquor), to the more humorous, like the 007 (shaken, not stirred) and the Dean Martini. Delux Lounge is also comfortably close to all major downtown events, making it the perfect place to party after a night out on the town.
Best Pick-up Scene - Commune
With a name like Commune, it only makes sense for it to be the perfect spot to meet people. Downstairs from Bastone in Royal Oak, Commune Lounge offers the fun and excitement of downtown in an intimate setting. Playing a wide range of danceable hits, from hip-hop to rock to Top 40, there's something for everyone to groove to. Make new friends over a couple of bottles of Michigan-brewed beers and an extensive absinthe cocktail menu. The Parisian-inspired décor and muted lighting create an old world atmosphere that simulates an intimate candlelit evening.
Best Neighborhood Bar - Danny's
Right on Woodward, Danny's Irish Pub and Grille is your traditional bar. The modest, no-frills design is a down-home Boston-style Irish pub, from the wood-panelled walls and big, beautiful bar to the kelly green decor. Settle in after a long day of work and choose from their menu of mouth-watering burgers. Danny's has the feel of community that has made it indispensible and unchanged throughout the years. It's the type of place you can go to if you're looking for a place with a genuinely friendly atmosphere.
Best Wine Bar - Motor City Wine
There's plenty to love about Motor City Wine. First: an excellent selection of affordable boutique wines (though that sounds too cutesy – think small-production instead of mass-marketed major labels). Second: this wine shop also doubles as a bar, where you can order by the glass or bottle along with a cheese and charcuterie plate. But wait, there's more! This wine shop also triples as a live music venue, with some of the top names in Detroit's Jazz and DJ scenes playing weekly.
Best Spanish Coffee Tom's Oyster Bar
How do you make the best Spanish coffee ever? Tom's knows the secret they're not giving it up. It's pretty much the perfect winter warmer. Tom's famous flaming Spanish coffees are the stuff of legend ... well, legend in the sense that you can go in and order one any time you want.
Best Selection of Irish Whiskeys - Pat O'Brien's
A lot can be said about a man by what he orders at the bar. Ordering an "appletini, light on the tini" will not win over that stunning brunette a few seats over. But a man who knows his whiskey, is just that – a man. Pat O'Brien's in St. Clair Shores is the place to develop that palate. With over a dozen different Irish whiskeys, Pat O'Brien's is worth frequenting solely for the libations. Whether you want Jameson (they even have 18), award-winning Redbreast or the premium Midleton Rare, you'll be happy here. Oh, and don't forget their immaculate Michigan Yellow Perch for dinner.
Best Place to Get Loose on the Dance Floor - Mr.B's
We have made some memories on dance floors around metro Detroit. Some were good, some not so good. But all the memories made on Mr. B's dance floor in Royal Oak have been great. DJ Mike Scroggs is one of the best in the biz, as long as the biz is booty shaking. Need a break from the packed floor? Check our their brand new improvements that include a gorgeous video wall. The pub offers some killer drink deals during the week, but Friday and Saturday nights are when the place is ready to rock.
Best Place to Dance All Night The Works
Whether your go-to move is "the sprinkler," "the shopping cart" or "the running man," The Works in Detroit is your place to show them all off. This Corktown club is known for pulling in some top DJs to get the party goin'. The show doesn't stop until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, so be sure to add some Red Bull to that vodka. Featuring a new enclosed patio and an improved sound system, The Works works for your twerks.
Best House Music Grasshopper Underground
Everybody has those nights where all they want to do is close their eyes and feel the bass. There's nowhere better than Grasshopper Underground to shut up and dance. Formerly Gracie's Underground, this Ferndale staple is a relatively hidden gem. The club hosts some of the best house DJs around the world. Its setup is sweat-inducing and the impressive sound provides a soundtrack that will surely leave you wanting more. Alcohol is reasonably priced and this dance club actually serves food. Doesn't matter if you're a regular or a newbie, Grasshopper Underground has something for everyone.
Best Bar Patio - Madison's
There has been an influx of great bar patios recently. Some with great atmospheres, others with cool attractions. Madison's Pub in Mt. Clemens just happens to have an abundance of both. Sleek and modern, the young bar has already set the standard in Mt. Clemens' burgeoning bar scene and the patio is at the center of that. Madison's patio features an enormous fire pit that extends summertime parties. And if there's one thing about Michigan summers, it's that it needs to be extended. Fortunately for us, Madison's is here and solidifying a killer spot on the Eastside.
Best Bar To Feel Like A Regular - Limelight
Cheers theme song. Soak it up. It's in your head, we know. And every time you go to Limelight Sports Pub & Grill in Warren, that good ol' tune should get firmly planted in your frontal cortex (or wherever music gets stuck). Limelight's friendly atmosphere is enough to make you come back again and again, but if you like eating or drinking good things, then you might want to get ready for a new favorite spot. Their delicious nacho skins are the perfect starter and the reuben sandwich as big as a Russian meteor will satisfy anyone's pangs. Don't forget the 12+ beers on tap to wash it all down.
Best Bar To Visit Solo - Luxe
We've all been there. The friends all went to the U.P. for the weekend, but you had to stay home for work. Turns out eating Hot Pockets for three nights in a row can do a number on your body. So, for some uhhh-mazing food and a chill ambiance, Luxe Bar & Grill is Birmingham is the place to go. In a city filled with restaurants that might feel a bit stuffy, Luxe's charming atmosphere and excellent burgers are enough to make anyone feel welcome.
Best Bar Trivia - My Trivia Live
Answer: My Trivia Live. Question: What is a good time with friends, Alex? We'd like to believe Alex would say "duh," but either way, it's correct. Pub and restaurant trivia has exploded over the past few years and My Trivia Live are at the forefront. Featuring good-natured and funny emcees, MTL can be found all across the state on any given night. They also rock the charity angle and are great for your next fundraiser. They're good for you to show off your nerd-skills to a date or for a big group of friends looking to crush some competition.
Best Bar With A Lake View Gino's Surf/Luna Kai
Detroit has more cloudy days than we care to acknowledge. The gray can get to be a downer. However, there is a cure on the next sunny day. Luna Kai Tiki Bar inside of Gino's Surf in Harrison Township is the getaway right next door. Sitting on an incredible 20,000 square feet of waterfront property, Luna Kai offers a relaxing oasis-type atmosphere that includes nicely-priced food and drinks. The restaurant, on Lake St. Clair, has some rockin' DJs and live music every Friday and Saturday nights. And don't worry about the place being closed, the hardworking staff keep it open all year long.
Best Arcade - Dave & Buster's
We have a soft spot for good arcade games. If there is a Buck Hunter in a 20-mile radius, we've played it. And if there's an arcade where we want "RDW" topping the leader board, it's Dave & Buster's. The arcade-for-grown-ups features some of the most varied games one could find. From trivia to horse racing, the Utica arcade is a bastion of fun. Great for parties or just a night out with a friend, Dave & Buster's serves up food, drinks and classic arcade fun.
Best Beer Promotion Terry's Terrace
Everybody hates joining clubs. Most times you have to go out of guilt and then you're stuck... for-ev-er. But, there is one group we don't mind being a part of: the Suds Club at Terry's Terrace. Located in Harrison Township, Terry's Suds Club is breathtaking. It features over 75 beers from all over the world and several different options on draft. Joining the club is a no-brainier when you factor in the savings it provides. If beers aren't for you, Terry's has a lovely wine list and some pretty awesome cocktails as well. It's basically a win-win-win situation.
Best Beer Selection - CK Diggs
CK Diggs doesn't just have A beer list. No, they have myriad beer lists. And they have myriad beer lists because they have myriad beer. A plethora, a bevy, a bounty of brews, they have. They have American beer. They have international beer. They have draft beer. They have bottled beer. They have Sapporo, Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams and Sing-Ha. They have Arcadia, Abita, Achor and Asahi. They have Bell's, Blue Moon and Boddington's. They have Right Brain, Dogfish Head, Short's, Oddside and New Holland. They have such a selection of local, national and foreign brews, your head will spin, your eyes will swell and you'll probably end up drunk there.
Best Biker Bar - Younger's Irish Tavern
Choppers, hogs, bikes. Whatever you call 'em, Youngers Irish Tavern has 'em. Romeo is normally a quaint little city, but when Younger's decides to throw a Bike Night, all bets are off. That low growl of motorcycle motor is amplified by the bikes that line the streets around Younger's.They also have one of the most consistently funny comedy nights around, and an eclectic concert series, too.
Best Bikini-Clad Wait Staff Lakepointe Yacht Club
We thought Hooters was THE restaurant where otherworldly women dressed in barely-there attire to serve food and eye candy. Well, they do, but there is a place in Livonia that could teach Hooters a thing or two. Lakepointe Yacht Club is the restaurant to visit if you and the guys want to pre-game a night on the town. With the best wings around, Lakepointe takes its food seriously. And holy smokes, what a view. No, really. It sits overlooking Hines Drive's river basin. As for the wait staff, they're as nice as they are gorgeous.
Best Billiards Hall - Fifth Av
e Fifth Avenue in Royal Oak is the most versatile bar in the land. Spectacular sports bar one day, sultry nightclub the next. One thing that remains constant, besides the cheap drinks, is the perfect pool table setup. Reclining chairs surround the sports bar that is sure to have some drink special when you're there. Or, if you're like us and prefer a cold one while chalkin' the cue, Fifth Ave. has almost double the drafts over bottled beers.
Best Club - Bleu
Bleu isn't just a club. It's a world-class venue that hosts world-renowned acts including Terry Mullan, Amadeus, and even our local favorite DJ Godfather. They don't just host live concerts, either. They're also home to weekly dance parties that have all other clubs jealously coveting the number of pretty ladies and suave gentlemen that line up on Woodward Avenue in Detroit just to get in. From their International Fridays to their Experience Saturdays to their monthly astrologically-themed parties, there's always something exciting happening at Bleu.
Best Cocktail Lounge Delux
Trust yourself to the capable cocktailing hands of Jay Brown and Co. Like the retro L.A. bars it's modeled after, Delux is a down-and-dirty party ALL the time – whether it's $4 martini Thursdays or weekends with bump-and-grind DJs. Or just because, booze. This is where Greektown becomes Freaktown. And mother of GOD, you can get drunk here.
Best College Night - Necto
Considered by many to be the pinnacle of the Ann Arbor nightlife scene, Necto hosts a variety of themed nights from Factory Mondays to Detour Tuesdays to Recreations Wednesdays to Pride Fridays. Every Thursday is college night and the evening has the reputation of being the best in metro Detroit. With DJ Hardy spinning Top 40 with MC Yoda, those who're over 21 and have a valid college ID get in for a mere $5. With plenty of drink specials like $2 Miller Lite bottles and $4 vodka mixed drinks, patrons can also enjoy half off all drinks from 9 to 11 p.m.
Best Corner Bar - Ye Olde Tap Room
The reasons are myriad why this corner bar is a favorite of many in the metro Detroit area. From its wide-ranging beer selection to its amazing and knowledgeable bartenders, Ye Olde Tap Room is the kind of place that makes you feel warm, tingly, cozy and happy. With plenty of dark, old ambiance and old world awesomeness, you'll also find tons of great music and even a pretty stellar single malt scotch selection inside its doors. With as much history on tap as suds, the prices are still fair and decent for this ultimate of all hipster hangouts.
Best Cigar Bar - Churchhill's
In as much as a bar can be said to have swagger, Churchill's has it in spades. It's suits, cigars and steaks. So if you're looking to go somewhere and feel fancy? Oh, they FANCY. But also exceptionally comfy. Old school in both style and service, you'll feel like a member of a private, elite club, but there is no membership required. Hell, you don't even have to smoke to enjoy this place.
Best Draft Beer Selection - Bailey's
With three locations in the metro Detroit area, Bailey's is a great place to have a good time and grab some outstanding bar food. They've got pool tables, darts and often even live entertainment. All that can quickly add up to a great bar, but what really makes a drinking establishment stand out is its beer selection and at Bailey's, the options for draft libations are second to none in southeastern Michigan. With favorites like Bud Light, Coors, Miller Lite, Sam Adams and Guinness, they've also got specialties like Blue Moon and Red Fox Amber. Plenty more is on tap at all three locations and if you haven't yet checked your nearest Bailey's for more info on exactly what they're currently carrying, it certainly behooves you to make a night of trying every single tap.
Best Gay Bar - Menjo's
Yes, Menjo's is a gay bar. But it's also much more than that. Offering a great atmosphere where everyone is welcome, you can party all night inside this Detroit nightclub no matter your sexual orientation. With themed events every night of the week, you can dance for free every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday (with a valid college ID) and Sunday. Pay a measly $5 the other three nights of the week and get yourself into raging parties like the Roll-Back '70s and '80s bash or their Uncut Saturdays with DJ Keyle.
Best Happy Hour - Black Finn
At Black Finn Happy Hour doesn't just mean you'll be getting great cheap drinks, although all drafts, house wines, specialty cocktails and call drinks are half off from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, but patrons are also privy to deliciously cheap appetizers and flatbreads during those hours as well. Enjoy queso chipotle dip, quesadillas, seared Ahi tuna, southern nachos, crispy calamari, chicken wings, chicken tenders or a Mediterranean platter for $6 each or choose from their variety of six different light and delicious flatbreads.
Best Bar to Watch the Game Ciccarelli's
Calling Ciccarelli's a bar is a bit of a misnomer. This place is a sports enthusiast's dream and a true theatre for all those who love to catch the game. With three 17-foot theatre screens, Ciccarelli's also holds 40 50-inch TVs that play any and every game you could possibly imagine. With happy hour running Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., you also don't have to break the bank to enjoy their bevy of broadcasts. Get $2 domestic pints, $3 margaritas, $3 martinis, half off pizza and nachos and many, many more specials during the most joyous of pre-dinner drinking hours.
Best Hotel Bar - Big City
Need to soak up the booze before hitting the sack inside one of downtown Detroit's best hotels? Stop into Big City and enjoy pizza, burgers, salads, sandwiches, pastas, wraps and flatbreads. Looking for a great place to grab a drink before heading for a night out? This, too, is your place. With plenty of great brews on tap as well as in bottles, you can enjoy cocktails here as well. Wondering why you'd ever pick another place for both your pre- and post-party needs? We were thinking the same thing.
Best Irish Bar - Dick O'Dow's
Dick O'Dow's doesn't just CLAIM to be an Irish bar, all the while pouring green beer on St. Patrick's Day and serving lasagna every other day of the year. Dick O'Dow's is INDEED a place where Irish customs, heritage, food and drink are celebrated on a daily basis. With a menu that features Boxty, an "Irish Fry," Guinness-battered fish and corned beef with red potatoes, you know you're getting steaming hot authenticity served up in every dish you order at Dick's. But this isn't just a great place to eat. As the act of drinking is as celebrated and revered as much as religion in the land of leprechauns, the tradition of sharing a drink before a story is still upheld at Dick O'Dow's.
Best Jukebox - Gusoline Alley
There is an allegiance that patrons of Gus's feel to their beloved dive bar. It's a great fondness that can't quite be described in words. What can, however, be eloquently elaborated upon in text is the magnificence that is stored inside their music-making machine. A jukebox unrivaled by any in the world, you'll find great tunes that haven't been ubiquitously blasted over Top 40 radio for the past five years. Instead, an amalgamation of good tunes both known and unheard by the general public can be enjoyed inside this Royal Oak haven for hipsters.
Best Karaoke Bar - Rockstarz
Rockstarz doesn't just have a karaoke night. They didn't minor in karaoke in college. They aren't novices, mere fans or the hosts of the occasional amateur singing competition. Nay, Rockstarz holds the golden and much sought after PhD in karaoke. They are the masters of their genre and the sole runners in their race. Because at Rockstarz karaoke is what they DO. Found in Garden City, you won't just be stepping out on stage to sing your favorite shower song like some Joe Schmoe, either. Replete with costumes, instruments and other singer-friendly accessories, patrons become the real deal when they're behind the mic at Rockstarz. Think you're the best karaoke singer in metro Detroit? Enter their Rockstarz Karaoke Challenge this May and prove you've got the right stuff.
Best-Looking Male Wait Staff - Menjo's
Menjo's is a place where all can come and celebrate the beauty that is diversity, the joy that is our differences. Oh, and it's a great place to have a gander at some absolutely beautiful men. With a staff made up of a ton of rock solid bodies, there's tons of heart and soul behind the brawn that are Menjo's servers. Since you've voted them the best-looking male staff around, we're betting you've already checked their cast of cuties out, but since having a look at a handsome hunk never hurt anyone, we'd like to suggest you make your way to Menjo's and spend some time appreciating the manly and marvelous men that make up their wait staff.
Best Retro Experience - Boogie Fever
Still holding on to those platform shoes and polyester suits? Don't dump them at your local Salvation Army just yet. Boogie Fever is the place to go when you're feeling ultra retro and looking for the perfect place to celebrate the fantastic bygone decades known as the '70s and '80s. With cutting edge sound, video and lighting systems, you'll be getting the most advanced technology while flashing back to your favorite eras.
Best Happy Hour Special - Dooleys
There are very few places you can get beer cheaper than what's inside your own fridge, but thanks to Dooleys, you can enjoy a cheap drink outside of your living room once more. Home to the $1 draft, Dooleys supplies metro Detroiters with almost unbelievable drink prices every day from the time they open until 4 p.m. What's even better is that every month they also spotlight a special brew that stays on special every day until 8 p.m. With 20 tap handles, which include some of our very favorite Michigan craft drafts, you can always get a great beer for a great price at Dooleys.
Best Poker Room Big Beaver Tavern
With charity poker games running seven days a week, Big Beaver Tavern runs the best and the busiest poker room around. With games every day at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., the BBT poker room will begin opening every day at 2 p.m. this March. As cozy and comfortable as the rest of this Troy bar and restaurant, you're likely to feel right at home while playing against a whole host of metro Detroiters who'd rather frequent their favorite local spot than spend an evening at the casino. With great food, drinks and even live entertainment, Big Beaver Tavern's poker room just adds to all the wonderful offerings found inside this award-winning establishment.
Best Bar in Windsor - Boom Boom Room
Dedicated to bringing their patrons the best in up-and-coming talent as well as national acts, Boom Boom Room is the kind of place you'll want to hit up once a week. A beautiful venue with soaring 30-foot ceilings, you also won't feel lost in the crowd inside here, with an intimate feel as well as a beautiful and accommodating wait staff, you'll feel like a valued regular each and every time you visit this Windsor nightclub.
Best Bar on Paczki Day - Small's
Why? Because Paczki bombs, that's why. Yes, instead of the usual jam and custard, these suckers are filled with VODKA. Every Paczki Day, Small's opens early in the a.m. and there's live music all day and $3 Paczki bombs while they last for this most Hamtramckian of holidays, the Polish answer to St. Pat's.