City Pub Sports Bar and Grill's late-night hours encapsulate an amiable atmosphere and a menu of classic bar eats. As math teams prepare for geometry competitions by splitting a large pizza across Euclidean fronts, mouths water at the prospect of enveloping topping duos such as sausage and mushrooms or steak and jalapeños. Pitchers of domestic beer anoint thirsty mouths with crisp affirmations of carbonated destiny as 28 HD televisions capture attentions with myriad sports broadcasts. Guests frolic in close, but cautious proximity to dartboards, pool tables, and an outdoor patio guarded by surly gargoyles, or they can take to the dance floor and revel in DJ-fueled jams.
At Manda's Rhythm and Dance, studio director Manda Moore and her staff of seasoned steppers guide budding hoofers through age-specific dance classes for adults and children. Encouragement buzzes through the air at the stress-free studio, where amiable educators help youthful students sharpen vital motor skills, learn healthy habits, and develop the self-confidence needed to back down pushy imaginary friends. Ballet classes impart classic and contemporary techniques, while tap transforms toes into finely tuned instruments or bug squashers. Jazz and hip-hop classes teach distinct, modern dance forms, and creative-movement courses cater to dancers less than 4 years of age with introductions to various styles and lectures on why bibs should never be used as capes.
The self-proclaimed home of the $1 draft, Dooleys Tavern keeps 20 beers cascading from their taps. Those suds complement the chefs' pub food, which includes American tavern classics such as half-pound burgers and up to 50 chicken wings doused in a choice of four sauces. The draft beer house also concocts American dishes with an Irish twist such as corned-beef sliders and a pizza filled with mashed potatoes and topped with bacon and red onions.
Seven nights a week, Dooleys’ three locations keep guests entertained until 2 a.m. on an outdoor patio, in a room full of classic bar games, and with plenty of HDTVs showing the game. The trio of taverns also accommodates up to 100 guests for private parties. Additionally, the Mount Clemens location pairs feasts with sidesplitting routines from standup comics in Carmen's Showroom.
At Piper’s Alley, a diverse menu brims with comfort food made from scratch daily to complement nearly 40 beers from Michigan breweries and from around the globe. Appetizers such as pan-seared saganaki, made from either greek kasseri cheese ($7.49) or spicy pepper jack ($6.49), kick off meals as sports events kick off on the bar’s 50-inch high-definition TVs. Lounging amid wood-paneled walls and salivating plants, patrons slice into 18-ounce rib eye steaks ($19.99) or fajitas made with marinated chicken and bell peppers ($10.99). The Alley burger ($8.99) emerges from the kitchen to the sound of heraldic trumpets, its half-pound patty slathered with marinara and guacamole under parapets of cheese and applewood-smoked bacon.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Strings of colored lights twinkle from the rafters of Gator Jake's Bar Grill Patio, where walls of retro neon and pressed-metal signs lend the dining room a vivacious vibe. The menu brings creole and southwestern perspectives to the table, providing etouffees, steak-fajita subs, and barbecue chicken monterey to complement a glass of Beringer wine, a specialty cocktail, or a beer called Guinness, Killian's, or Corona. Wall-mounted flat-screen televisions broadcast major sporting events as the sounds of clacking pool balls, whirring darts, and songs from the jukebox and periodic live entertainment fill the air. Open until 2 a.m., Gator Jake's—which took third place in the 2011 Detroit A-List's race for Best Sports Bar—welcomes patrons to stay for a late-night birthday party or celebrate the opening of a foreign stock exchange far, far away.