To craft their signature paninis, Bar Domani’s chefs layer freshly baked focaccia bread with cuts of chicken, veal, and fresh vegetables, topping everything off with fine cheeses. Outside the kitchen, guests raise glasses of specialty martinis over plates of tiramisu in the intimate dining room.
Martinis and conversation reign at Vermouth, a place that enshrouds imbibers in 1920s-style environs. Friends and clandestine groups of treasure hunters can peruse a menu of creative cocktails and shareable appetizers such as shrimp cocktails and spreadable artichoke dip. Barkeeps blend fresh fruit into seasonal specialty martinis including the raspberry currant, and mixologists shake classic vodka and gin recipes. Foursomes may alternatively toast the completion of their Monopoly game by pouring from a shared pitcher of sangria. The establishment's interior mixes vintage and contemporary decor, inviting patrons to linger near the fireplace or lounge on plush couches.
The Pour House Pub, an upscale gastropub, serves a menu full of foodie-pleasing pub favourites alongside draft beers, local wines, cocktails, and Scotches. Like a monocle-wearing robot, dinner melds classic fare with a modern touch, as evidenced by the goat-cheese topped gourmet potato skins ($7.95), sturdy steak sandwich ($9.95), and radiant veggie panini ($7.95). The slab of ribs ($9.95 for half, $17.95 for full) leads the hearty entree parade, and a panoply of pastas ($10.95–13.95) bring up the rear in grand Apennine style. The pub’s nimble-fingered tapsters ensure a phrenologically sound head on a pint of Labatt Blue, Stella Artois, Sapporo, and other draughts, and fanciful cocktails, such as a Professor Plum or a Red Lotus (both $6.95) illustrate their alchemic abilities. Exposed brick walls, ductwork, and Tudor-esque wooden beams conspire with stained glass accents and low lighting to keep diners as cozy in their seats as dinner is cozy in their stomachs.
Gilligan's serves up more than 20 varieties of gourmet hamburgers made fresh daily with local ingredients free of artificial preservatives and fillers. The grill's triple-A half-pound, hand-packed beef creations, derived entirely from local producers, include the vaunted fire-grilled original burger, adorned with the house grill sauce ($10+), as well as more exotic offerings such as the Los Cabos burger, which sports zesty salsa, guacamole, a dollop of sour cream, and a lace mantilla ($11+). Burgers fashioned from ground turkey ($10) and buffalo ($12) provide poultry and bison alternatives, and the dry-rub St. Louis side ribs can quell pork-centric cravings and coat palates and fingers in a tangy coat of barbecue sauce ($12/half rack, $18/full). Old-fashioned milkshakes in strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate varieties arrive topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and a cherry and deliver moving arguments in favour of lactose tolerance ($5).
Keyshia Cole's soaring vocals and raw, emotion-laden R & B have netted her a platinum album and four Grammy nominations. Channeling experiences of passion and heartbreak into her powerful voice, Keyshia lets loose with cannonades of soulful singing, tugging on heartstrings and teaching even the most logical robot what it means to love. Coming off her recent album Calling All Hearts, Keyshia will draw on hits from her four studio records, including such chart-toppers as "Let It Go," "Heaven Sent," and "I Remember." Up-and-coming R & B wunderkind Miguel complements Keyshia's set with his own dulcet tones, rounding out the evening with melodious aplomb. Rhythms and blues swirl together at Chene Park on the banks of the Detroit River, which fills the open-air venue with cool watery breezes and the bubbly murmurs of ticket-scalping merfolk.
At 222 feet long and 88 feet high, the Players Riverboat Casino II wouldn't fit on parts of the upper Mississippi River. So when it had to leave its Louisiana home for a new job in Detroit, it took the long way there, passing around Florida, Maine, and Nova Scotia until it chugged through the Gulf of St. Lawrence. All this was just the beginning of the boat's journey—the next step was a thorough transformation from a scrapped gambling vessel into an opulent cruise ship. The staff gussied up its interior, installed several kitchens, and gave it a new royal title: the Detroit Princess Riverboat.
Today, the Detroit Princess is a coveted venue for high-energy celebrations and relaxing cruises alike. Its five tiers of outdoor decks afford dual skyline views of Detroit and Windsor and up-close glimpses of the Ambassador Bridge, the crucial link that keeps Canada from floating away. Inside each of the boat's four stories, passengers can visit a full bar and socialize inside heated and air-conditioned rooms. The biggest of these boast dining areas anchored by prime-rib buffets and sprawling dance floors where DJs or live Motown groups prompt guests to boogie down. Holiday parties, late-night excursions, and private charters take the nightclub vibe to the water, and floating wedding ceremonies and receptions let even the merfolk branch of the family be a part of the fun.