And the winner is…
102 S. FirstAnn Arbor, MI 48104
When adjoining clubs Live at PJ's and Goodnight Gracie closed in 2011, they were replaced by Live, which takes its name from its predecessor. Though Live definitely has a party vibe (college nights Thursdays and DJs Friday and Saturday nights), it changes course on Wednesday by offering live Americana and bluegrass music.
17810 E. Thirteen MileRoseville, MI
Unlike its 2009 Blockbuster comedy namesake, chances of multiple blunders will doubtless be rare at the Hangover Bar & Grill. The east side bar prides itself on its welcoming staff and atmosphere.
36434 Groesbeck Hwy.Clinton Township, MI 48035
The 6,000-square-foot tavern caters to everyone during the day, but the mood shifts after 9 p.m. when it becomes a 21-and-up club with a large dance floor and stage.
28875 FranklinSouthfield, MI 48034
Former NFL cornerback Chris Roberson opened the 5,000-square-foot space, transforming it from a short-lived sports bar to an ultra hip dance lounge. Its 240-person interior, and a 1,500-square-foot patio with couches and tables offers clubbers fresh air and a respite from dancing.
4933 E. Seven Mile Rd.Detroit, MI 48234
Proudly serving Detroit's LGBT community, this cocktail/ martini-style lounge is gay owned and operated and features dancing, DJs and karaoke.
Last year's winner
2130 Michigan Ave.Detroit, MI 48026
Neighborhood: Corktown/Michigan Ave.
The past year saw a number of notable openings, including the Oakland and Valentine Vodka Distilling Co., both in Ferndale. But thirsty Detroiters gave top honors to the Sugar House for its classy vibe and inspired craft and classic cocktails.