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BAD LUCK BAR BRINGS RARE COCKTAILS

The guys behind some of the best dining and drinking spots in town – think Wright & Co., Sugar House, The Peterboro, Super Happy Sushi, and Honest John’s – are at it once again! The Detroit Optimist Society’s newest bar, Bad Luck, opens Thursday, December 8th in Capitol Park with drinks unlike any you’ll find in Detroit.

For starters, the place seats around 30 people and isn’t easy to spot from the street, which makes its exclusivity known and intriguing. The cocktail menu is heavy on creativity, experimenting with rare spirits to craft their currently 13 cocktails on the menu, all ranging in price from $18-80. Yes…we said $80!

Even though that range might make your jaw drop, you get what you pay for here. The $80 beverage is made with a rare vintage rum, the last ration to the British navy from the early 1970s that Bad Luck was only able to procure the actual original flagon of. The drink can be served as a neat pour, if that’s how you like your rare rum, or it can be served in their special daiquiri cocktail.

The head bartender and managing partner is Yani Frye, the former head bartender at Sugar House. So you can be sure that your cocktail will be artfully crafted in its own special glass, determined by the way each drink is made and what it is made of. 

Breakfast cereal-infused cream, Campari powder, baklava honey syrup and lavender pop rocks are some of the ingredients that take time, care and art to make and use with only top shelf liquors.

Bad Luck doesn’t take reservations, as seating is done on a call-ahead basis. The bar is open Thursday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and it’s located in the alley behind The Albert and Detroit Bikes in Capitol Park.

Visit Bad Luck at 1218 Griswold and follow them on Facebook.

Photo credit: Detroit Optimist Society

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GUIDE TO DETROIT’S 44TH ANNUAL NOEL NIGHT

One of Detroit’s biggest holiday traditions is right around the corner. The 44th…and biggest…annual Noel Night and Cultural Center-wide Open House kicks off at 5 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. on Dec. 3. The free event is scheduled each year to celebrate Detroit’s diverse holiday traditions and some of Michigan’s premier arts and cultural institutions, churches, galleries, small businesses, restaurants and more. Over 100 venues are participating in this year’s Noel Night and over 200 performances are scheduled to entertain throughout Midtown – and we have your guide to it all!

TOP PERFORMANCES:

  • 5:15 and 7:30 p.m. @ Detroit Institute of Arts: The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre’s presentation of The Snow Maiden Snehurka, The Stingy Tailor and The Twelve Months.
  • 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. @ Detroit School of the Arts Students showcase – DSA Lady Achievers, the DSA Vision Male Ensemble, Jazz Band, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and orchestra.
  • 5 to 9:15 p.m. @ Cathedral Church of St. Paul: Live Animals of the Nativity.
  • 7 and 8:15 p.m. @ Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Sonny Knight & The Lakers, original tunes and holiday favorites.
  • 9 p.m. @ Cass Corridor Commons: Thornetta Davis, R&B soulstress.
  • 9:30 p.m. Community sing-along led by the Salvation Army Band, Woodward Avenue Bandstand, corner of Woodward Avenue and Kirby Street. *This one is a Noel Night tradition, where thousands of metro Detroiters gather to sing Christmas carols.
  • All day: The Ice Scraper Challenge, where students from Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies transform blocks of ice into ice sculpture creations throughout the day, DIA Plaza, 5200 Woodward Ave.

SPECIAL NOEL NIGHT SHOPPING:

  • Wayne State University Winter Art & Retail Market *NEW* @ the corner of Woodward and Warren, featuring artists and local businesses, where Reclaim Detroit will offer a holiday wreath sale and the TechTown Detroit’s annual Reindeer Run Scavenger Hunt will begin.

NEW NOEL NIGHT VENUES:

With over 100 venues participating in this year’s Noel Night and over 200 area music, theatre, and dance groups, and other special performances, there’s something available for everyone! To view all of the venues and performances, click here.

OTHER NOEL NIGHT ACTIVITIES:

Horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, music, dance, theatre, children’s make and take activities, shopping, delectable treats and visits with Santa.

ADDITIONAL INFO:

Activities for Noel Night are scattered around Detroit’s Midtown district, from Ferry Street to the north, Edmund Place to the south, St. Antoine to the east and Third Avenue to the west.

Woodward Avenue itself is closed to traffic between Antoinette Street to the north and Warren Avenue to the south. A free shuttle service runs between parking decks and participating venues during Noel Night.

PARKING:

Noel Night visitors can utilize Wayne State’s Parking Structure 1, located at the northwest corner of Cass and Palmer, Parking Structure 2, on Anthony Wayne north of Warren Avenue, Parking Structure 6, on Putnam, or Parking Structure 8, located on West Forest between Woodward and Cass Avenue.

Lyft is the official ridesharing partner of Noel Night. New users can download the Lyft app and apply the code NOELNIGHT16 for $20 in credit or by visiting https://www.lyft.com/invite/noelnight16.

Before heading out for Noel Night, check the website for road closures, detours, shuttle routes and recommended parking: www.noelnight.org.

For more information and a full list, visit www.noelnight.org or call 313-420-6000.

Photo credit: Midtown Detroit Inc.

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WARBY PARKER SETS SIGHTS ON DETROIT

Since 2013, Warby Parker has had their eyes on Detroit. And now, as of Thanksgiving week, the designer eyewear brand has finally opened their doors on Woodward Avenue.

Their insanely chic venue is quite the sight (these puns are just too easy!) with original artwork by Detroit artist David Rubello, walnut shelving filled with books, tiled flooring, a 16-foot domed ceiling, globe lighting and brass details, all to make it feel like a cozy little library.

In fully embracing the library theme, the space incorporates a Reference Desk, where customers can try on and get fitted for frames, learn more about the products, pick up orders and receive style advice.

They also offers eye exams via their optometrist and appointments can be booked online in advance.

Once you’ve selected your cool pair of eyewear or shades, you can feel good about your purchase, knowing that with each pair of sun or prescription glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need. To date, through Warby Parker’s nonprofit partners, they’ve distributed over 2 million pairs to people in need!

The storefront is in the old Vernor’s Pharmacy where James Vernor concocted Detroit’s favorite ginger soda – and so naturally, as a nod to the history of the space, Warby Parker will serve the ginger ale on tap at their grand opening party on Nov. 26.

Detroit’s Warby Parker store is located at 1449 Woodward Ave. 

Follow them @warbyparker and visit them online here.

Photo credit: Bedrock Detroit and Facebook

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THANKSGIVING EVE & WEEKEND PARTY GUIDE

They’ve deemed it the biggest bar night and weekend of the year…and we know exactly why. Check out our list of Thanksgiving Eve and the weekend-after parties, call your old high school buddies and get ready for a fun week ahead!

Thanksgiving Eve Party – Nov. 23
Celebrate with friends at the sixth annual Thanksgiving Eve extravaganza with a luxurious ultra-lounge setting, VIP areas, leather sofas, VIP booth services, video walls, martini bars and a giant dance floor.
The Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend St., townsendhotel.com

Soul Clap – Nov. 23
On Thanksgiving Eve, TV Lounge hosts Soul Clap – All Night Long, an album release event. Party, dance, celebrate and enjoy the biggest bar night of the year.
TV Lounge, 2554 Grand River Ave., paxahau.com

Greek Night – Nov. 23
Santorini Estiatorio Detroit, right in the heart of Greektown, is throwing one of the year’s biggest parties. DJs Chilly & Dio will spin top hits all night long.
Santorini Estiatorio Detroit, 501 Monroe St., santorinidetroit.com

Beersgiving – Nov. 23
The biggest bar night done right, at Detroit’s own Atwater Brewery! We’ve got some special tappings including Christmas Ale and Coconut DIPA. BUT IT DOESN’T END THERE. $3 pints of our Tier 1 beers (8pm-close) AND $5 Spiked Autumn Cocktails (8pm-close)! It’s time to give thanks for good craft brews and celebrate Beersgiving!
Atwater Biergarten & Taphouse, 237 Joseph Campau Street, Detroit, atwaterbeer.com

Sushi, Sake & Champagne – Nov. 23
On the eve of Thanksgiving, 220 Merrill will debut their brand new sushi menu, featuring assorted tasting plates, special sake, champagne and more. Chef’s Tasting Plates are available for $22-$40 and there will also be live music and dancing. Raffle tickets can be purchased with proceeds donated to the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.
220 Merrill, 220 E. Merrill St., 220restaurant.com

Cash Cash – Nov. 23
See you at The Annex for Cash Cash on Wednesday, November 23rd. It’s Thanksgiving Eve and the BIGGEST bar night of the year. This event will sell out so make your booth reservations and get your tickets early before the price goes up! Opening set by DJ Cue. Tickets: $15-18
The Annex, 24 W Adams Avenue, Detroit, theannexdetroit.com

HLDYMARKT – Nov. 25
Come snag a nice locally made something for your mom, neighbor, cousin, professor, dog sitter, therapist… you get the gist…then enjoy the nite time soirée (or party, if you will) featuring live music by Double Winter and Aquarium, eats by Dr. Sushi, tasty drinks, and other special surprises.
Jam Handy, 2900 E Grand Boulevard, Detroit, thejamhandy.com

Tux & Chucks – Nov. 25
For the sixth year, the founders will celebrate helping local non-profits continue their specific initiatives and efforts at the 6th Annual Fundraising Event to be held Friday, November 25, 2016 at the luxurious MotorCity Casino-Hotel, in the Sound Board theatre in Downtown Detroit. Tickets: $80-115
MotorCity Casino, 2901 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, motorcitycasino.com

Thanksgiving Hangover Bash – Nov. 25
99.5 WYCD Presents: Uncle Kracker’s 6th Annual Thanksgiving Hangover Bash wsg The Steel Woods, Doop and the Inside Outlaws. All Ages / General Admission. Tickets starting at $15.
Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W Fourth Street, Royal Oak, royaloakmusictheatre.com

Gobble Wobble – Nov. 25
The 10th annual Gobble Wobble celebrates Detroit’s philanthropic community with dancing, drinks, networking and more, all while raising money for the community.
The Reserve, 325 S. Eaton St., thereservebirmingham.com

Michael vs. Prince – Nov. 26
Mark your calendar for this legendary party that only comes once a year. Featuring DJ’s: John Arnold and Todd Osborn. They will be spinning only Michael Jackson and Prince music all night for an energetic night of fun! Be sure to put on your dancing shoes before you head to the Lights. Doors are at 8pm. $15 cover / 21+
Northern Lights, 660 W Baltimore Street, Detroit, northernlightslounge.com

Thanksgiving at Punch Bowl Social – Nov. 24
On Thanksgiving, guests are able to choose between Punch Bowl’s popular brunch menu or their Blue Plate Turkey Special, featuring cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy.
Punch Bowl Social, 1331 Broadway St., punchbowlsocial.com

Bowl a Turkey – Nov. 25
The day after Thanksgiving, Punch Bowl Social offers a wilder way to bowl. Bowl a turkey (three strikes in a row) and get a shot of Wild Turkey.
Punch Bowl Social, 1331 Broadway St., punchbowlsocial.com

Merry Mixology – Nov. 25 & 26
Winter Magic Weekends take place at Campus Martius Park, offering holiday drink tastings featuring fresh and festive twists on classic cocktails and fun for all.
Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, campusmartiuspark.org

Josh Wink – Nov. 26
Paxahau presents Josh Wink, All Night Long at TV Lounge. Tickets are $10-15. Doors at 9pm. 21+ welcome.
TV Lounge, 2548 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, tvlounge

Latke Vodka – Nov. 26
NEXTGen Detroit is heading back to the best block in Midtown and once again bring our annual 1000+ person party to the Majestic Theatre, Majestic Café and Garden Bowl. Collision 6. DJ-DC. Dancing. Karaoke. Bowling. Food. And Vodka. 21+ only.
The Majestic, 4120 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, majesticdetroit.com

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PARC OPENS WITH STYLE IN CAMPUS MARTIUS

With more than 100 feet of glass window walls, prime views of Detroit’s Christmas tree, a chic setting, a seasoned Chef and a carefully curated menu, Parc Detroit opens today, Monday, November 21st in the city center to much anticipation and excitement.

Housed in the former Fountain Bistro location in the heart of Campus Martius Park, it’s the perfect space and setting to bring together business lunches and downtown visitors alike for a great meal and view of the city.

Having been empty since February of this year, the venue is alive again with more indoor space, retractable glass walls that open up to more outdoor space in the warmer months and a menu that includes a mixture of familiar Midwestern fare, with French and Mediterranean flavors and influences.

The menu features a raw section, a cooked section, lunch and dinner salads, pasta options, wood-grilled options, sandwiches and paninis, fish and sides. Menu items range in price from $8 to about $50, depending on the dish and preparation.

The culinary team is led by Executive Chef, Jordan Hoffman, who has cooked everywhere from Paris, Las Vegas, Miami and more. He came back home to join in Detroit’s culinary scene and had a hand in opening The Fountain Detroit last summer. Now, he’s onto Parc and promises redefined Detroit cuisine.

Parc’s bar, run by Dennis Payne, Assistant Manager and sommelier, features classic cocktails, craft cocktails, local and imported beers and some of the world’s best wines.

With its seating for 134 guests inside and an additional 48 outside, the team behind Parc hopes to bring a vibrant atmosphere to foster a sense of community, hospitality and warmth.

Reservations and walk-ins are both welcome.

Visit Parc’s website and follow them on Facebook.

Photo credit: Facebook and Parc’s website

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MARU SUSHI OPENS SIXTH LOCATION IN DETROIT

Sure…you can find sushi around town at various restaurants, but we have long had a “sushi restaurant” in the city…and we could not be more excited!

Robert Song has been perfecting his sushi craft for 18 years, and now, with the opening of his sixth restaurant, he brings his dedicated craft to the city of Detroit.

He opened the first Maru Sushi in Okemos in 2008 and started learning what it meant to be a small business owner. He built his network at Michigan State University during college, stayed connected throughout the years, and is now excited to come to Detroit.

“It’s been a process that I’ve been taking and obviously this location in Detroit is a culmination of years of hard work,” Song said.

Maru Sushi also has locations in Midland, Grand Rapids, East Lansing and Kalamazoo.

In Detroit, they are located inside the Federal Reserve Building, and features a menu very similar to the other restaurants, but with a few Detroit-special dishes. 

Song’s 18 years of experience allows for a robust menu, which includes the Cosmo Specialty Roll, made with tempura shrimp, avocado, spicy mayo, scallions, masago, honey wasabi aioli, spicy mayo and your choice of salmon, tuna or both. Also on the menu is the Madagascar Specialty Roll, with tempura shrimp, avocado, kampyo, garlic eel sauce, rooster sauce, spicy tuna, masago and scallions. The menu also features vegetarian options, with radish sprouts, cucumber, avocado, asparagus, pico de gallo, peppers and more.

Those looking for something outside of sushi can also try a Hibachi Grill, served with grilled veggies, miso soup, steamed or fried rice and a choice of chicken, ribeye, tiger shrimp or veggies.

Maru Sushi is located in the former Federal Reserve Building at 160 W. Fort St. The dining room seats 145 and the outside patio seats 65.

Check out the full menu here and follow Maru Sushi Detroit on social here.

Photo credit: Facebook

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GUIDE TO DETROIT TREE LIGHTING

Whether you’re ready or not, it’s only a matter of time before holiday songs are playing on the radio, stores become a shopping frenzy and of course, trees are being trimmed and lit in preparation for Santa to arrive! The biggest tree of them all is front and center in downtown Detroit with a 60-foot Michigan-grown Norway Spruce just waiting for thousands to help flick the switch on Friday, November 18th for the annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Since this event is truly for all – families, friends, foodies and fun-havers – we put together a guide for all the festivities, freebies and fun to be had before, during and after the tree lighting.

TREE LIGHTING FESTIVITIES GUIDE:

FESTIVITIES SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH:

  • 5 P.M. – Family fun festivities kick off Downtown in Campus Martius Park and the lineup includes horse-drawn carriage rides, free cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate, photos with Santa and more inside of the Warming Tent and The Salvation Army Family Fun Tent.
  • 6 P.M. – The Salvation Army lights the famous giant Red Kettle.
  • 6:15 P.M. – Entertainment portion of the evening begins, including live music, skating performances and more!
  • 7:45 P.M. – Detroit’s Christmas Tree — wrapped in more than 19,000 energy-efficient, multi-colored LED lights provided by DTE Energy, and decorated with sparkling red and silver ornaments, will be lit just before 8 p.m.
  • 9 P.M. – Rink opens to public

LIVE MUSIC:

    • Aaron Neville of the funk famous Neville Brothers is set to take the stage and bring New Orleans to the heart of Downtown Detroit.
    • Kisma Jordan, Detroit’s own 2014 Kresge Artist Fellowship recipient and operatic soprano
    • Nuclassica, electro-pop violin band
    • The Gospel Truth vocal ensemble
    • Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus
    • Wyatt, the 14-year-old trombone player and a Make-A-Wish Michigan Wish Kid

ON THE RINK:

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the Detroit hometown skating duo who were the first American ice dancers to win the World Title, will take center ice to showcase their talent.

Also performing will be local skating clubs, including: Fraser Figure Skating Club, Detroit Skating Club, Arctic Figure Skating Club, Dearborn Figure Skating Club’s nationally recognized synchronized skating team – The Crystallettes, and the award-winning U-M Synchronized Skating Team.

Following the excitement, Channel 955 will host The Rink Opening Party, and the public will be able to dust off their skates or rent a pair from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Admission for the rink is as follows:

  • Adults, $8
  • Children (12 & under), $7
  • Seniors (50 & older), $7
  • *skate rentals $3

BAR CRAWLS: FOOD, DRINKS, DANCING, MUSIC – Whether you’re looking to warm up with a hot meal before the ceremony or a hot toddy afterwards, we’ve crafted a few different bar crawl options to keep you busy all night long!

1 block from the action

  • Central Kitchen + Bar food and drink (660 Woodward Ave., centraldetroit.com)
  • Townhouse – food and drink (500 Woodward Ave., eatattownhouse.com)
  • Grand Trunk – food and drink (612 Woodward Ave., grandtrunkpub.com)
  • The Keep – drink (140 Cadillac Sq., facebook.com/thekeepdetroit)
  • Calexico Detroit – food and drink (1040 Woodward Ave., calexico.net)

2 blocks from the action

  • Standby – food and drink (220 Gratiot Ave., standbydetroit.com)
  • Punch Bowl Social – food and drink (1331 Broadway St., punchbowlsocial.com)
  • Vincente’s Cuban Cuisine – food and drink (1250 Library St., vincentesdetroit.com)
  • Detroit Beer Co. – food and drink (1529 Broadway St., detroitbeerco.com)

3 blocks from the action

  • Firebird Tavern – food, drink, dancing *late night* (419 Monroe St., firebirdtavern.com)
  • Exodos – food, drink, dancing *late night* (529 Monroe St., exodosrooftop.com)
  • Old Shillelagh – food, drink, dancing *late night* (349 Monroe St., oldshillelagh.com)

Check out campusmartiuspark.org for more information.

Photo credit: Campus Martius Park

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MOOSEJAW DETROIT LAUNCHES NEW LTM POP UP

Moosejaw’s latest pop up, LTM Boutique, brings Detroit new brands, some steady favorites, and a different Moosejaw experience. The new store, located at 1441 Woodward Ave., is down the street from the Moosejaw Detroit store and opens to the public on October 22.

Last Moosejaw pop up took the shape of the North Face/Patagonia Brand Showcase and now, the new image LTM stands for Love the Madness. New brands in the store include Canada Goose, Arc’teryx, UGG and Hunter. The store also showcases lines from Sorel, Filson, Free People, Patagonia, North Face and Beyond Yoga.

LTM features an Arc’teryx exclusive brand, Veilance, and this business casual line can only be seen and purchased in the store, not online. LTM also features expanded offerings of Filson luggage.

“It’s classic Detroit, resurgent style,” said Nick Rau of the Moosejaw team. “It’s a cool little incubator.”

The boutique is designed with the Moosejaw brand in mind, so the same fun and light feeling makes up LTM, with some pantone color changes to show off the LTM feel. LTM’s lines are a bit more upscale than the normal Moosejaw stores, too.

“We want to make sure we keep Moosejaw behind it all while delivering a different and unique notable experience,” Rau said.

LTM plans on truly listening to customer feedback and learning from the exchange, Rau said.

There’s this totally new world that’s a block away and we’re learning a new customer dynamic,” he said.

Visit the Moosejaw website and follow them on social for more information.

Photo credit: Moosejaw
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HALLOWEEN PARTY GUIDE 2016

It’s almost time for Halloween in Detroit! We’ve got music, food, drinks and spooky shenanigans on this year’s guide. Take a look and start planning out your costumes for a fun night out.

Alger Halloween Show & Dance Party – October 27
For years people have been asking those at the Alger Theater to screen The Rocky Horror Picture Show and they’ve delivered! See the show and enjoy the dance party after with beer, wine, food trucks, a DJ and more.
TICKETS: There’s a suggested donation of $10 to support the Friends of the Alger Theater and you can RSVP for the event by emailing friends@algertheater.org.
The Fox Creek Partners Multi-use venue is located at 1021 Manistique and E. Jefferson.

Farm-To-Table Dinner at Revolver – October 28
Mac Stinson and David Zarling are teaming up for Revolver’s Farm-To-Table Dinner with entirely local organic produce. The guys will also be milling their own grains, fermenting and pickling their own ingredients and crafting their own charcuterie and sausage. This dinner is DIY and old school at its finest.
There are two seatings, one at 6 p.m. and the other at 9 p.m.
TICKETS: Tickets are priced at $50 and can be purchased here.
Revolver Hamtramck is located at 9737 Joseph Campau.

Creepy Cheapy IX at The Crofoot – October 28
Hang out Halloween-style at Creepy Cheapy with costumed cover bands  such as Shapes and Colors as My Chemical Romance, Go Tiger Go as Miley Cyrus, Those Hounds as Queens Of The Stone Age, Tripp N Dixie as Aerosmith, Courtney and The Hurleys as Dolly Parton, Messenger Birds as White Stripes and many more.
TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased here in advance for $5 and the night kicks off at 7 p.m.
The Crofoot is located at 1 S. Saginaw

Dia De Los Muertos at The Garden Theater – October 28
Mojo in the Morning and Channel 955 are hosting one of Halloween’s biggest events- Dia De Los Muertos. Guests have the chance to win $1,500 in cash prizes and watch stilt walkers, CO2 Cryo Jets, special effects and more. DJs Boji and Paul Martindale will provide the entertainment along with live performances by NUCLASSICA and a live percussionist. Day of the Dead costume attire is preferred but a Halloween costume is required for entry.
TICKETS: Tickets range from $25-$45 for individuals and group and booth prices are also available here. Doors open at 8 p.m.
The Garden Theater is located at 3929 Woodward Ave.

2016 Boo Bash at The Royal Oak Music Theatre – October 28
Put on your best Halloween costume and prepare for 2016’s Boo Bash. The evening features the Killer Flamingos, drink vouchers and dancing. Costumes are mandatory.
TICKETS: Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $32 and can be purchased here.
The Royal Oak Music Theatre is located at 318 W. 4th St.

Paxahau and Marble Bar’s ‘Get Yo Bug On 2’ at Marble Bar – October 28
Spend your Friday night at Paxahau and Marble Bar’s big event- Get Yo Bug On 2 with Steve Bug. The event is supported by Mister Joshooa, Loren and more the night includes a costume contest and wild entertainment.
TICKETS: Tickets are priced at $10 in advance and can be purchased here. Doors open at 9 p.m. Visit the event page for more information.
Marble Bar is located at 1501 Holden St.

‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Halloween Party & Movie Night at HopCat Detroit – October 28
If you like good draft beers, meads, ciders, cult classic movies and Halloween, you’ll want to pop into HopCat for their movie night. They’re playing Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas from 1993 on the Huma Room big screen with a Nightmare Before Christmas costume contest post-movie. Dress as your favorite character, they’ll pick the winner and prizes will be available.
TICKETS: Tickets are available for $4 and available here. Doors open at 6 p.m. Visit the event page for more information.
HopCat Detroit is located at 4265 Woodward Ave.

Fright Night at Kit and Ace – October 28
If you’re looking to get into the Halloween spirit, and wouldn’t mind shopping while you’re at it, make sure to RSVP to Kit and Ace’s Fright Night. They’ll be screening Young Frankenstein with popcorn, Halloween-themed drinks and candy. The event kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
TICKETS: To RSVP to the party, email woodward@kitandace.com by the 28th at noon.
Kit and Ace is located at 1459 Woodward Ave.

Halloween Party at Jolly Pumpkin – October 29
The first ever Jolly Pumpkin Halloween Party will feature costume contests, prizes, a dance floor, DJ, surprise, drinks specials and more. Order the La Parcella Beer Flight, featuring four beers for $12, or try the Scary Spice cocktail, created specially with vanilla-infused vodka, pumpkin puree and cinnamon. Don’t forget JP’s sour ales! Visit the event page here.
TICKETS: The party kicks off at 8 p.m. with free admission. Costumes are strongly encouraged.
Jolly Pumpkin Detroit is located at 441 W. Canfield.

Haunted Kingdom Halloween at The Haunted Kingdom – October 29
Spend your Halloween partying with ghouls, goblins, Detroit’s best DJs, dancers, performers, entertainers, treats, cirque-style performances and more. Come as your favorite movie character and you could win the first place costume prize of $1,000.
TICKETS: The night kicks off at 8 p.m. and tickets can be purchased here. For table reservations call 248.671.3486.
The Haunted Kingdom is located at 1999 Centerpoint Pkwy.

Vonderland at V Nightclub – October 29
Show up in your most creative costume and have a chance at winning the $1,000 grand prize. Enjoy entertainment by SKAM artist DJ CAPTN20, drinks, dancing and more this Halloween weekend.
TICKETS: The event starts at 10 p.m. and tickets start at $10 and can be purchased in advance here.
V Nightclub is located at 1777 3rd Street.

Halloween Party and Costume Contest at Punch Bowl Social – October 29
Hold off on your Saturday morning cartoons until Saturday night for Punch Bowl Social’s cartoon-themed Halloween bash! The night includes a DJ, Halloween costume contest for best cartoon costume, food specials and more. You’ll also get a taste of the Pumpkin Spiced Libation, a punch with blended bourbon, St. Elizabeth All Space Dram, pumpkin juice, apple juice and citrus flavors.
TICKETS: The party kicks off at 9 p.m. and there’s no cover charge. Check out more on the event page.
Punch Bowl Social is located at 1331 Broadway St.

Monster’s Ball Detroit at The Fillmore – October 29
This annual favorite includes stilt walkers, acrobats, flying fire, performers, fortune tellers and much more. DJs Al Neon, A.Wolve, Tommy Holiday, Dash and Mixta will be going until 2 a.m. and both general admission and VIP packages can be purchased.
TICKETS: Tickets range $20-75 and can be purchased by visiting the website. The event starts at 9 p.m. Call (248) 543-1000 for more information.
The Fillmore is located at 2115 Woodward Ave.

Devil’s Night at TV Lounge – October 30
One of Detroit’s biggest Halloween parties is set for Devil’s Night at TV Lounge. The party includes indoor and outdoor DJs and bars, hookah, bottle service, booth reservations and a $250 costume contest.
TICKETS: 
Pre-sale admission is $15 and tickets can be purchased in advance here. Visit the event page to RSVP, invite friends and stay up-to-date. Door tickets go for $20. TV Lounge is located at 2548 Grand River Ave.  

Spooky Sunday Bus Tour – October 30
Leave your comfortable Midtown and Downtown surroundings and venture off on a bus tour full of macabre tales of both Detroit tragedy and terror. The tour will take you through a cemetery, past a fort, and ghost stories will haunt the ride.
TICKETS: 
Tricks, treats and a bar stop are included in the tour. Drinks not included. The tour runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and kicks off at Anchor Bar. Tickets are priced at $42 and can be purchased here.
Anchor Bar is located at 450 W. Fort St.

Halloween Harvest Dinner at Rock City Eatery – October 31
If you know and love Rock City Eatery like the rest of us, make a reservation for their big Harvest Dinner at their new Midtown location. Enjoy pie flights, five courses, paired with boozy fall time beverages, squash bisque, parsnip risotto and plenty more.
TICKETS: 
Tickets go for $100 and the dinner kicks off at 7 p.m. Reservations are necessary and costumes are recommended.
Call the restaurant for reservations and for more information at (313) 265-3729. Learn more here.
Rock City Eatery is located at 4216 Woodward Ave.

98.7 AMP Radio Boo Bash at The Fillmore – October 31
The third annual Boo Bash, presented by 98.7 AMP Radio, is Detroit’s largest EDM Halloween Costume Party. The show is for all ages and scheduled for Halloween night with Diplo and Dillon Francis as the entertainment.
TICKETS: Tickets are priced at $45 and can be purchased here. Doors open at 6 p.m. Visit the venue’s website or call (313) 961-5451 for information on costumes and more.
The Fillmore is located at 2115 Woodward Ave.

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SUPERHAPPYSUSHI KEEPS IT FRESH AT CAFE 78

SuperHappySushi, an original concept rolled out by the creative individuals of the Detroit Optimist Society (The Sugar House, Wright & Co., The Peterboro, Honest John’s), is now open for sushi business inside MOCAD’s Cafe 78.

Chef Rob Lee, previously of Townhouse Detroit, joined forces with the Society and they all decided that sushi doesn’t have to be uptight and serious, but it does have to be tasty, accessible and interesting. And with that, SuperHappySushi was born.

You can take your pick from the appetizers portion of the menu with options like the SuperHappySushi Miso Soup, Edamame or Cucumber Salad. The sushi menu is packed with sushi roll options including traditional rolls (Salmon Roll, Tuna Roll, Yellowtail Roll) in addition to more dressed up ones like the Torched Salmon or Seared Albacore.

Special SuperHappySushi cocktails include the Shiso Fancy Drink, made with gin, ginger, lemon, Shiso leaf and soda, and the the Hidden Fortress, made with Batavia Arrack and hibiscus. The beverage menu also includes Moscow Mules, Pineapple Daiquiris, beers and ciders, wines and sakes. Non-alcoholic beverages include black or green tea, coffee, iced matcha and plenty more.  

The space is open when Cafe 78 is: Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A brunch menu is on the horizon and as soon as we learn of it, we’ll let you know. The space is located at 4454 Woodward Ave., inside of Cafe 78.

Keep current on SuperHappySushi’s Facebook and view their full menu here.
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Photo credit: Detroit Optimist Society