Best Of 2018

Best Electronic Music Club
Jon Dones

1501 Holden St., Detroit; 313-338-3674

Almost as soon as it opened two and a half years ago, Marble Bar became one of Detroit’s premier places to party. And yet, it somehow took three Metro Times “Best Of” cycles for it to win the title of “Best Electronic Music Club.” That may be because the club is known as a versatile venue that features acts ranging from comedians to live bands — but a recent uptick in the number of techno and electronic music bookings seems to have drawn the attention of MT readers, and catapulted the club to number one in a category near and dear to the hearts of many a music aficionado in Detroit. The club has begun regularly hosting events in partnership with the likes of Paxahau, the production company behind the annual Movement Electronic Music Festival, as well as more niche and original electronic promoters like Texture and Freakish Pleasures. Also critically important is the club’s new-ish sound system, installed by the acclaimed Detroit-based Audio Rescue Team behind the sound at events like Movement and Jazz Fest. A laid-back vibe is also a boon for techno heads who are into going out for the music — Marble has no dress code and is not overrun by bottle service. At the same time, it does feature a limited cocktail menu for those who seek a slightly more upscale drinking experience, and the club’s aesthetic is tasteful.

The bar is — obviously — marble, some walls are covered with lovely reclaimed wood paneling, and gilded mirrors and a minimalist mural help round out the decor. Also refreshing is the now-covered outdoor area lined with shipping containers, where partygoers can briefly rest their bones on blocks covered in astroturf. In the summertime, the patio allows the club to host multiple acts at once, which proves critical during Movement, the unofficial kickoff of the season. Marble Bar is the place to party ‘round the clock during the festival, with world-renowned DJs gracing its stages during various showcases from Friday through Tuesday. —Violet Ikonomova

Bars and Clubs

Bars and Clubs
Best Bar (Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti)
2019 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor; 734-369-2990; wolverinebeer.com
Best Bar (Detroit)
225 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 313-736-5533; standbydetroit.com
Best Bar (Suburbs)
215 West Fifth St., Royal Oak; 248-629 9423; fifthaveroyaloak.com
Best Bar for Classic Cocktails
1218 Griswold St., Detroit; 313-657-9177; badluckbar.com
Best Beer Selection
Various locations; hopcat.com
Best Bottle Service
535 Monroe Ave., Detroit; 313-420-1990; leveltwodetroit.com
261 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-327-0575; gocomedy.net
1815 N. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-298-6875; lunaroyaloak.com
Best Day Drinking

3930 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-831-3830

How much history can you cram under one roof? The Old Miami would seem to present a challenge of that sort, crammed with 50 years’ worth of memorabilia, much of it from the Vietnam War era, especially behind the bar. The sun casts a warm glow across it, with its gleaming elephant heads, their trunks holding the brass bar rail. But more inviting is the central room, with its pool table, several couches, and pinball machines. It’s all under a beautiful canopy of white tin, with just one flatscreen TV to break the illusion that it’s the 1980s. And that’s just the inside. There’s a paradise out back, with a whole other stage for outdoor entertainment, as well as outdoor seating around a cozy fire pit that provides some warmth on the chilly night. If you’re from the old days of the Cass Corridor, you know just how wonderful a sunny day of backyard boozing can be here. But it’s still fun to watch the Quicken newbies walk into the back yard for the first time, make their “discovery,” and text their friends in disbelief. —Michael Jackman