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.
Music Authority's diverse and experienced team of instructors coaches students of all ages in their choice of eight instruments in one-on-one, 30-minute lessons held once a week. Music mavens teach students how to decipher sheet music and tones expressing Morse code messages as they usher in rehearsal compositions for piano, guitar, drums, violin, flute, accordion, trumpet, or voice. Musicians in training learn about music theory and technical elements such as finger placement and submission holds to wrestle tunes from a stubborn trumpet. After sharpening their skills in the lessons, all students may showcase their mastery in the annual spring and winter recitals.
Michael's Bar & Grill is all about big TVs, lively crowds, classic eats, and craft beers on tap. Each night, the friendly neighborhood tavern kicks out food and libations to an unpretentious crowd that mingles amid its dark wood paneling, glass dividers, and hanging lamps. The menu leans toward classic crowd pleasers such as wings, half-pound Angus burgers, and prime rib platters that are as filling as the beer is cold. There's the selection at the bar, where beers on tap come from everywhere good beer is brewed or plucked frown the ground, like Alaskan Brewing Co. and local Latitude 42 brewery. After dining, a pool table adds more fun to the mix and an outdoor patio hosts live musicians.
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."