As the doors of Skybar Lounge’s wood-paneled elevator slide open, customers are immersed in a sleek atmosphere enlivened by driving bass beats and the icy rattle of the bartenders' shakers as they prepare 25 signature martinis. Moroccan-style lamps cast a warm glow over patrons sharing tapas plates of prime beef sky sliders and calamari with house sweet chili sauce in between enjoying panoramic views of the city skyline, flickering streetlights, and nannies flying back to England.
At Centaur, the martini is monarch. The menu of seasonally changing cocktails ($9 each, $5 during happy hour) leaves no taste unexplored. The toasted-almond martini swizzles together vanilla, almonds, cocoa, and cinnamon, while the Detroiter uses hometown-hero Vernors ginger ale with splashes of vanilla vodka and spiced rum. Secret agents on the lam after a botched attempt to blow up a supervillain's volcano lair can unwind with the .007 martini's mix of vodka, gin, strawberry, and basil while awaiting further instructions from contacts "Hansel and Gretel," who are enjoying a gingerbread-flavored martini at the other end of the bar. In addition to an extensive selection of beers and wines, Centaur also offers a menu of gourmet small plates for stomachs not quite satisfied by toothpicked olives. Try an ounce of Sevruga caviar ($50), Maryland crab cakes with lobster cream sauce ($10), or three gourmet mini-burgers ($6).
With its unique decor and handcrafted specialty cocktails, The Bosco exemplifies class without pretension. According to Metromix, the premises evoke nature inside and out, with decorative trees and a courtyard adorned with waterfalls. At the bar, mixologists create specialty martinis that incorporate fresh fruit juices, simple syrups, liqueurs, and chocolate shavings. Later in the evenings, live DJs spin eclectic tunes at lounge-style events, and patrons enjoy amenities such as valet parking, bottle service, and a direct landline to the president.
In 2012, Real Detroit Weekly named Crave Restaurant + Sushi Bar Detroit's best sushi restaurant, praising the Mediterranean-Japanese hot spot for its "impeccably fresh fish." The standout signature rolls run the gamut from king crab–stuffed rainbow rolls to grilled lobster rolls garnished with shiitake mushrooms. Diners can also nosh on freshly sliced fatty tuna and sea urchin from the extensive sashimi selection. Crave's strong Mediterranean flair is evident in the roasted-beet caprese salad, the halal chicken breast, and the sea bass, served with succotash and warm gazpacho.
Each month, live music fills Crave's softly lit interior. You can schedule private parties or high-stakes Go Fish! tournaments in the event room or the exclusive lounge. During warmer weather, the restaurant's Asian garden is an idyllic setting for outdoor events, with its bamboo bar and decorative Asian maples.
Though well versed in whipping up hearty salads and gourmet pizzas, the true culinary calling of iBurger Lounge’s chefs lies in the art of burger creation. As chefs man the sizzling grills and chop cheese into thick, meltable slices, savory wafts of halal-certified beef patties and sautéed wild mushrooms drift from the kitchen to greet patrons eagerly awaiting their meals in the window-lined dining room. Daring to depart from the burger’s traditional beefy nature, the staff delights in assembling atypical bun-ensconced noshes, from a burger forged from crab cakes to a vegetarian iteration that replaces the patty with a portobello mushroom. In the warmer months, an alfresco eating area beckons guests outside for open-air munching, protecting them from the elements with snowy white umbrellas who aren't afraid to punch the wind.
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.