It’s that time of year again – a time to meet up with friends before the onslaught of holiday eating, visiting, shopping, general merrymaking and obligatory engagements ensue. Meet at a favorite bar to catch up with friends and hear about all of the details you have been missing out on. Here are the top contenders from 2012, with the latest round listed below.

(Photo credit: Nicole Wrona)

(Photo credit: Nicole Wrona)

Northern Lights Lounge
660 W. Baltimore Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 873-1739

The Northern Lights Lounge is a dimly lit gem with a relaxed retro vibe. There are a ton of seating areas, depending on what your crowd is into. Sometimes there is karaoke, live music or a DJ spinning and a dance floor if the mood strikes. After everyone has caught up on what’s been going on lately, check out the shuffleboard for some unbeatable gaming action.

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(photo credit: Nicole Wrona)

(photo credit: Nicole Wrona)

The Loving Touch
22634 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 546-3696

The Loving Touch is many things including a bar, concert venue and game room. Put together all of those things and you have a fun spot to chill with friends while having an awesome time. The seating can fit a bunch of people comfortably. There are plenty of chairs that can be pulled up to tables to fit the other million people that you will likely run into while here. The atmosphere is dark and dimly lit and the drinks are strong, with the added bonus of the atrium, a mini oasis of sorts. Have fun and don’t forget to check out the schedule for movie nights, always a double feature.

The Magic Stick
4120 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 833-9700

There is always something going on at The Magic Stick. It’s the perfect place to meet up with friends and everyone will definitely have a great time. Have a drink at the bar, catch a show or even try for a strike at the adjacent bowling alley. If hunger hits, order some slices at the conveniently located pizza spot that is no more than a few steps away.

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PJ’s Lager House
1254 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-4668

PJ’s Lager House is a popular gathering place to hear the latest music from around the country, and it’s an excellent place to have some drinks with friends. It has a friendly atmosphere where the crowd is always laughing and chatting. This is the perfect spot to rekindle memories with old friends and make some new ones. An added bonus is that the food offered on the menu is really tasty and will satisfy most cravings that creep up as the night turns into morning.

The Old Miami
3930 Cass Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 831-3830

The Old Miami has everything a crowd of friends need to have fun: drinks, comfortable places to sit and a jukebox. In addition to that, there is a grassy outdoor area, occasionally a bonfire crackling and there are always lots of friendly people. This eclectic establishment has just the right amount of fun that will have you wanting more after you leave.

After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at and