Though it’s called Michno's Cafe, coffee and pastries are not on the menu here. Instead, Michno’s exudes a bar ambiance with a menu boasting a half-pound burger handcrafted from fresh meat delivered three times a week and hearty deli sandwiches. One sandwich boasts new york strip steak, and beer-battered cod gives an audible crunch in another. At the bar, Michno’s buzzes as guests take advantage of daily drink specials. Crispy appetizers such as waffle fries and deep-fried mushrooms literally fuel patrons on karaoke Wednesdays and trivia nights in a way that the thrill of victory only aspires to.
Foam-topped pints of beer complement Timberwolf Tavern's menu of hearty pub food. Housemade bread and tortilla chips scoop up the kitchen's specialty cheese dip of the month—also the name of the award for Wisconsin's best swimmer—and vegetables join a blend of Mexican cheeses inside quesadillas. Timberwolf also makes crispy chicken strips that can be dipped in ranch and barbecue sauces. Buffalo wings, alternatively, can be dipped in six sauces, such as hickory, honey, and a five-alarm sauce.
Vegas-style drag shows. DJ-helmed dance parties. At Stilettos, there is no such thing as a dull moment?the hot spot has been entertaining the Detroit metropolitan area, particularly the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, for almost two decades. On any given day, performers take the stage to incite revelry, backed by a host of drink specials, making the nightclub an ideal locale for bachelorette parties and birthdays. Both female and male impersonators strut their stuff, showcasing their best Cher, Reba McEntire, or Michael Jackson performance. Bands such as singer-songwriter duo Mama's Black Sheep croon blues-tinged tunes, and DJs pump infectious hits to move the crowds without periodically pulling the fire alarm.
A small family-run European circus, a Dutch unicycling school, various roofs—these are just a few of the places where Cirque Amongus' staff of performers has been known to hang out. Through hands-on programs, teachers enrich students' sense of teamwork, motor skills, and self-esteem by teaching them circus-arts fundamentals, which they'll use to dazzle friends and families in performances. Voted one of the top places to host a child's birthday party in Michigan by eHow, Cirque Amongus lets kids sample acrobatics at birthday parties, perfect juggling routines at afterschool sessions, and run the mile in clown shoes during school visits. Children can also practice unicycling at drop-in workshops, or test out new magic tricks at open-stage nights.
Coach's Corner Bar & Grill reverberates with the enthusiastic play-by-play of sportscasters, which bellows from the surround-sound speakers affixed to 23 flat-screen TVs. A row of 15 different draft beers stretches across the bar, and nearby tabletops prop up platters of burgers, fish dinners, ribs, and chicken wings. Throughout the week, the bar bustles with a variety of events and contests—from trivia nights to euchre tournaments—that offer guests a reprieve from less exciting evenings of washing a sink full of dishes or watching a sink full of paint dry.
The sudden clatter of a billiards break. The quick shuffling of cards. A pinball machine's clanging bells. All can be heard at The Velvet Rail, where everything from regulation-size felt-topped tables to foosball and air hockey keep patrons of all ages entertained. As a digital jukebox pumps out tunes, snacks such as hot dogs, nachos, and hummus fuel games of snooker or pool, and free WiFi allows players to post online personal ads for "eight ball seeks corner pocket."