Diez, dix, ten – any way you say it, the number 10 is often linked to excellence.
Whether it’s rockin’ the runway for a fashion show or blazin’ the beats with some of Detroit’s best DJs, Level 10, one of Detroit’s newest nightclubs, offers an array of nightlife activities with the goal of bringing a ton of excitement to the weekend.
“We offer a Detroit upscale party with a nice variety of events,” says Billion Thomas, Level 10 promotions manager.
Expect to pay anywhere from $10 to $25 cover charge (depending on the night and event) to get into this joint, which is housed in a nondescript, unassuming building a few miles from the heart of the city.
You won’t be out of place in jeans, a T-shirt and tennis shoes, but don’t be afraid to flaunt your style with a casual button-up shirt or a flirty summer dress (for the ladies). With the absence of a dress code, anything goes, but think along the lines of urban chic.
Whether you think you put the “V” in VIP or you’re just there to party, Level 10 has you covered with an abundance of reserved seating areas and tables, an open dance floor and a romantic industrial vibe.
“It’s fun and very casual,” says Allyce Avery. “Everyone’s so chill.”
Roped-off, neutral-colored couches and white canopy-covered tables on raised platforms accommodate those who feel the need for exclusivity, while well-used, dark hardwood floors and warehouse-style windows add a modest touch to the venue.
“The whole concept of Level 10 is to offer an (experience) to separate us from the other venues in Detroit,” Thomas says. “I want people to get that experience that you would if you were in Miami or if you went to a New York nightclub.”
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One full bar provides all the drinks you need, but The 10 Spot, a second bar off to the side, features 10 specialty martinis -- like Sour Berry Lemonade (vodka, blueberry pucker, lemon sour and fresh blueberries) and Ocean Drive (gin, triple sec, punch pucker, lemon sour and pineapple juice) -- that can’t be ordered at the main bar.
The most popular martini at Level 10 and the club’s signature drink is Water Level, a concoction mixed with vodka, fresh watermelon, watermelon pucker and fresh lemon sour, says bartender Jennifer Passmore. Drinks average $8.
Liquid relief is all that’s served right now, but “we are adding a kitchen to Level 10 to spice it up a little more,” Thomas says. “It opens in a month and is going to have a variety of steaks, lobster tails and chicken.”
The large, black stage at the back of the venue allows for a variety of entertainment options, including hair and fashion shows to live musical performances. There is no house DJ in place for residencies yet, but regulars on the roster include DJ Bee, DJ DOC and DJ Emmitt.
Free ballroom lessons are also available from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Sunday at Level 10.