From the city to the suburbs, nightlife play is a major part of the entertainment scene in metro Detroit. World-class clubs populate our major casinos, stand-alone nightclubs provide weekend destinations and long-standing venues are home to the city's best cocktails, DJs and dancing.
Best nightclubs in metro Detroit
Seven of the city's most electric after-dark delights
By Ese EsanMetromix
March 18, 2009
The casino club pulls in some of the hottest scenesters with its ambiguous name, Las Vegas vibe and chic dress code. More than 300 party people can dance the night away to ‘80s hits on Fridays, funk and techno on Saturdays and guest DJs on Sundays. Celebrities and other major players can hang out on cream leather couches in the VIP room complete with its own bar. Always a place to see and be seen, V inside the MGM Grand Detroit is a consistent world-class party in the heart of the city.
Bubble windows form a random pattern on the white exterior indicating a sense of whimsy at this party destination, but the polished interpretation of the Garden of Eden can be seen inside with white beds surrounded by soft, flowing curtains, a white oblong-shaped bar, crystal chandeliers, creeping vines and a lone blood-red apple hanging from a tree in the middle of the bar. Two levels allow Eden to host multiple events at the same time and computer-controlled lights allow for an endless possibility of mood lighting. Home to some of the city's finest DJs and promoters, weekend events draw consistent crowds who know the entertainment will be top notch.
The polar opposite of a hole-in-the wall club, Elysium’s massive columns and tall wooden doors stand like indicators in the heart of downtown Detroit proclaiming the goods inside. An ordinary building during the day, this spot transforms at night like Clark Kent shedding his signature glasses to become Superman. There are plenty of places to play in this bi-level club complete with multiple VIP areas and booths, four bars and a raised stage. The second level is reserved for the who’s who and comes complete with its own bar.
The metal sign and old-school silver bug hanging above the doorway of the red-bricked exterior provide clues to the whimsy you’ll encounter inside Luna, which is known for showing crowds a good time with retro-themed party nights, techno music and professional Luna dancers. A couple pool tables in the back of the club allow for some distraction and a giant screen with ‘80s music videos show you the right way to do the running man if you were born just a little too late for the movement.
Prepare to dance your cares away at this Pontiac hang where it’s as common to see a line out the door as it is to see liquor behind a bar. One of the top places to be in Pontiac, this multi-level club boasts several dance floors and an 18-and-up crowd. If shaking it under laser lights on the dance floor doesn’t get you going, then take a load off on one of the leather sofas in the lounge and peep one of the TVs.