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."
The clink of whiskey glasses, the upbeat strains of fiddles, and the mouthwatering aroma of braised lamb shank: these are the sights, sounds, and smells that envelop the senses at Claddagh Irish Pub. The lively eatery sates stomachs with a menu of traditional dishes, such as shepherd’s pie, and those with modern twists, such as the fish accompanied by fresh mango salsa or cilantro-lime rice. The chefs try to use seasonal ingredients and keep tongues from getting bored by changing their offerings twice a year and hiding firecrackers in the desserts.
Diners swig a variety of Irish beer and whiskey and sip more than a dozen wines surrounded by dark wood accents and stone walls that evoke the Emerald Isle. A slew of events entertain ears, including traditional Irish music jams on Sunday evenings and trivia on Wednesday nights.
Homestyle food and a relaxed atmosphere help make guests at Tony's Kitchen feel like regulars. The culinary crew is all about the food, battering shrimp and fish by hand and making each day's soup from scratch and a mystical ladle. Pizzas emerge from the brick oven, crisp and hot, while chicken dishes and burgers all keep bellies full. Diners cleanse their palates with craft beers or signature cocktails, such as the Tony's Tito, made with Tito's Handmade Vodka, blue curacao, and fresh pineapple.