Throughout Metro Detroit, Thanksgiving Eve is synonymous with hitting local bars and reconnecting with old friends. It’s the kind of night where you expect to encounter faces you haven’t seen since high school graduation or relish the opportunity to show out-of-town guests your original stomping grounds. The question is never “are we going out?” but rather, “where are we going?” You have enough decisions to make, so we’re breaking down the best spots to usher in the 2021 holiday season.
If your ideal night out involves low lights, tasteful ambiance, and craft cocktails, Metro Detroit has you covered. Check out Corktown hotspots like Two James Spirits and Sugar House or Keisling in New Center for a high-style foray into Turkey Day. If you plan to stick around the ‘burbs, try Goodnight Gracie for some of the best martinis in town, or Traverse City Whiskey Co. Outpost for a diverse selection of locally distilled spirits.
Even bar regulars know that dives can take on a life of their own the night before Thanksgiving. Sneakers and New Way in Ferndale are automatic hits for locals looking to bar hop in groups. If you’re in Royal Oak, check out Ye Olde Saloon – just off the central part of Main Street – for a night of cheap drinks and good friends. And of course, Bronx Bar in Midtown is your go-to if you’re looking for a late-night burger to tide you over until the next day’s feast.
If you’re the first one on the dance floor, you’re in the right city. The electronic music scene has permeated nearly every aspect of Detroit nightlife, and there’s no shortage of establishments that keep the beat going all night. Check out Marble Bar, Deluxx Fluxx, or TV Lounge to hear the city’s best DJs. If you prefer to get down to the classics, Boogie Fever in Ferndale combines the disco and Motown hits you love with modern beats and multiple dance spaces for a perfect old-school/new-school experience.
For many, the best nights out require live music. This year, November 24 marks the date for several awesome shows to catch right before the holiday. Most notably, Detroit hip-hop icon Danny Brown returns with his annual Bruiser Thanksgiving, hosted at the Russel Industrial Center. Part of the night’s proceeds will benefit InsideOut Detroit, an organization that has helped 65,000 young Detroiters build skills through creative writing. You can also catch 24K Goldn at the Royal Oak Music Theatre and Yellow Days at the Majestic.
Remember to drink responsibly and plan ahead with a designated driver or take advantage of one of these local designated driving services.