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The Motor City is no Los Angeles or New York City when it comes to partying like a celebrity. The East and West coasts may have their hot spots where the rich and famous wine and dine among each other, but that being said, it’s safe to say that Motown is certainly rising up when it comes to having a good time in the night time. No matter what your tastes are or how much cash you have on hand to enjoy those pleasures, Detroit is home to some incredible nightlife areas and the downtown club scene is heating up now that the awards season is in full swing. Being one of the only major areas in the country to have legal gambling gives “The D” a huge advantage over other cities and cultures for a rockin’ party atmosphere, and Detroiters are certainly taking full advantage of the fun.

MotorCity Casino & Hotel
2901 Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 233-2999

Whether it’s the hundreds of gaming options available that draw you into this massive casino and hotel or the incredible mix of nightlife and dining options, once you’re in MotorCity Casino & Hotel, you’re not going to want to leave this haven of entertainment. Located just down Grand River Avenue, MotorCity Casino offers some of the most incredible views of the impressive Detroit skyline that the city has to offer. In addition to the usual perks of a gambling establishment, this casino and hotel is home to Iridescence, named by Hour Detroit magazine as the 2011 Restaurant of the Year with some of the finest and most innovative food in the city.

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Greektown Casino & Hotel
555 E. Lafayette St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-5805

Located within the heart of downtown Detroit, in the historic Greektown District, is Greektown Casino & Hotel, home to some of the Motor City’s newest gaming and dining options available. The brand new Brizola Restaurant, located just below the gaming floor, is the signature, crowning achievement in Greektown’s pantheon of downtown dining options. You’ll have no trouble living it up in grand lifestyle as you party in what MetroMix named the “Best Casino in Detroit.”

MGM Grand Detroit 
1777 3rd St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(877) 888-2121

Just down the street from Greektown Casino & Hotel is the luxurious MGM Grand Detroit Casino & Hotel. When folks at the MGM Corporation, a Las Vegas staple for generations and purveyors of the original MGM Grand, heard that Detroit was soon going to be home to legalized gambling, plans for a MGM Grand Detroit took off. A pillar of modern architecture in the downtown scene, this resort is home to a number of nightlife hot spots for the celebrity wannabe and gambler alike. With the opening of the new TAP at MGM Grand Detroit bar and restaurant, those who crave a Oscar-themed party mixed with a sports theme will find this place home to a number of viable options.

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Bleu Detroit 
1540 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 974-7799

If looking for less of a gaming atmosphere and more of a trendy night club, it’s hard to top Detroit’s newest hot spot, Bleu. Anyone who is anyone in the wide-ranging realm of Detroit celebrities, from Kid Rock to Eminem, has been spotted at this ultra-hip night club. Only open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Bleu maximizes the time that it is open to cram as many hot, young bodies onto the dance floor with music provided by some of Detroit’s most in-demand DJs. With private rooms for events for VIPs from 50 people, up to 750 people, this location is sure to accommodate your all-out, glam-celeb jam this awards season. Bottle service is available and reservations are recommended for larger groups, as this venue tends to be packed on the weekends.

Vain Ultra Lounge Detroit 
1500 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 963-9797

Since replacing Pure Nightclub at the same location in 2009, Vain Ultra Lounge has become host to a number of big-name events and stars from around the country. Located in a renovated, ultra-posh Victorian brownstone, the club features a light set designed by Eye Cue and boasts some of the area’s top talent in music and entertainment from all over the world. After taking over the lease in 2009, Vain’s designers installed a new, state-of-the-art sound system to match its hypnotic lighting system to provide for an ultimate VIP experience on your big night out in the city.

Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at Examiner.com.