309 S. Center Street
Royal Oak , MI 48067
Hours: Mon to Fri 3pm – 2am; Sat to Sun noon – 2am
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This auto garage-themed bar is the perfect place to start the night. Gusoline Alley doesn’t put on airs, and it doesn’t like those who do. In fact, it’s a cool little dive serving good beer and generously poured drinks. Add to that a rocking jukebox (no Top 40 here) and it’s an ideal spot to get your drink on and kick off a fun night.
Big Rock Chophouse
245 South Eton Street
Birmingham, MI 48009
Hours: Mon to Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri 11am-midnight; Sat noon-midnight; Sun closed
A big night out requires a big meal. Guys don’t want small servings of some new-age fusion meal that’s long on style and presentation but short on satisfying an appetite. Big Rock features big, aged steaks, rack of lamb, and fresh seafood cooked to perfection. Big Rock also boasts an extensive wine cellar and a brew house with specialty and seasonal beers. To cap it off, the ambience at Big Rock – plush seating, great lighting and a jazzy vibe – make it a great place for dinner.
La Casa de la Habana
1502 Randolph Street
Detroit, MI 48208
Hours: Mon to Sat 10am- 2am; Sun 10am-9pm
With a stuffed stomach, it’s time to head into the heart of the D. And what better way to digest a good meal than with a nice cigar. Le Casa de la Habana, a cigar bar and lounge in Detroit’s Harmonie Park neighborhood, imports rolled tobacco from Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua to make its own cigars that are stored in a Spanish cedar humidor. La Casa features dozens of hand-rolled cigars and an extensive list of martinis, mixed drinks and beer. The décor and soundtrack of this cozy cigar bar gives it a definite Latin America feel.
625 Shelby Street
Detroit, MI 48226
Hours: Mon to Sat 7 pm – 2 am
Yes, the evening is about hanging with your boys. But what’s the harm of mingling a bit with the opposite sex as the night swings into full action? And what better place than Detroit’s Elysium Lounge and its tagline: You’re Invited, Your Inhibitions Aren’t. The luxurious lounge and dance club suits your every mood. It has five bars and seven separate areas – from high-energy dance floor to intimate, VIP seating areas with tableside bottle service.
Lafayette Coney Island
118 W Lafayette Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
Hours: Mon to Sun 7:30am-4:30am
All that dancing has given you an appetite and it’s almost a Detroit tradition to end the night at Lafayette Coney Island. Yes, the competing American Coney Island is right next door, and yes picking one or the other is sure to set off another Detroit argument right up there with east side vs. west side and Ford F-150 vs. Chevy Silverado. But American’s bright lighting is too jarring at 2 a.m. Besides, the crowded, subdued, comfy Lafayette just feels better. Get a couple Coneys with everything – hot dogs, chili, onions and mustard – and you’ll sleep like a baby tonight.
Kim North Shine is a Dallas native who fell in love with Detroit and its ‘tude almost 15 years ago. Her husband, a guy named Dan, a native Detroiter, was consulted for this story about a night out sans the girls.