This club, open to the public since May 23, is part of the Detroit casino’s $300 million renovation project and is quickly establishing itself as the club of clubs when it come to ambiance. From the forty-foot wall-to-wall windows with romantic, daring views of the city, to the aura of sophistication that comes from rich fabrics, textures and colors, Amnesia offers the allusion of an upscale LA nightclub in the comfort of Detroit.
The multi-level club holds up to 400 of metro Detroit’s finest and will cost guys $20 for cover. Women are free before 10 p.m. and $10 after.
Ladies, take your cue from the servers who wear tiny black, rhinestone-encrusted cocktail dresses and heels. It’s ok to wear jeans and a nice shirt if you plan to get down on the dance floor. Jeans and designer T-shirts are a good bet for guys, but don’t be afraid to class it up a bit with a button-up shirt, blazer or tie.
“We just ask that you don’t wear athletic wear,” says Jennifer Kulczycki, media and community relations manager. “We want people to dress to impress.”
One word: dramatic. Every detail at Amnesia lends to the production. From the shimmery silver tile on the wall to the shiny wallpaper, copper accents and rich pillow fabrics, Amnesia makes you forget (pun intended) you’re in downtown Detroit.
“We really want to make this place inclusive,” Kulczycki says. “When people want to have a really nice night out, we want them to think of Amnesia.”
That’s just what Asante Green did when planning her boyfriend’s 30th birthday party. “I’m just impressed with the view,” says Green who reserved space on the VIP, loft-like mezzanine level for the party this month. “It’s something new.”
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If you’re craving typical bar fare, look elsewhere. This ultra lounge offers a tapas menu created by Chef Adam Hightower and the Iridescence culinary team and features delicacies like Osetra caviar, goat cheese risotto croquettes and iced Pebble Beach oysters.
“The service is good here,” says Michael Latham, who was celebrating his wife Angela’s birthday. “MotorCity feels like home. They try to make you happy here.”
A full bar, with drinks averaging $8, and Amnesia’s martini menu with signature drinks like Forget-Me-Not (Grey Goose vodka, Chambord and champagne with a splash of sour), Black Out (Hennessy VS, peach schnapps and orange juice) and Dimmer (Hpnotiq and Absolut Vanila vodka mixed with Sierra Mist), will quench any palate.
“You can’t get bottle service like this anywhere in town,” Kulczycki says. “Your waitress will mix the drinks for you if you want or you can mix it yourself. It’s like having your own bartender.”
With a state-of-the-art sound system, lighting and an eclectic but progressive mix of beats, twenty-, thirty, and forty-somethings hit the hardwood dance floor while go-go dancers gyrate, shake and shimmy their cares away on raised black blocks. The house DJ line up has not been confirmed, but DJ Mike Scroggs and DJ Whip have all made appearances. A one-story video wall and plasmas TVs also offer an escape.