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The piano bar of Plymouth – a fun environment filled with the sounds of jazz, blues, classic pop and rock as well as great sing-a-long favorites, seven nights a week. The contemporary interior features a large window overlooking downtown Plymouth’s Kellogg Park, with sofas and love seats in the piano lounge. The bar stocks the most extensive selection of spirits in the metro-Detroit area, including over 40 brands of blended and single-malt scotches, fine wines, and over 70 specialty martinis (recipes can be viewed online at www.336main.com). Live entertainment featured seven nights a week, including cocktail hour jazz from 5-7pm Monday through Friday with the duet ‘Class Act,’ also with $1 off all beer and cocktails. Sundays and Tuesdays are bar and restaurant employee appreciation nights with music by Rob Burger and $1 off all cocktails for industry personnel. Monday nights are Jazz Jam nights with Wally Gibson – musicians are welcome to sit in. Private parties and catered events available.
If “Musick has Charms to soothe a savage Breast” (William Congreve, 1697), food, too, will smooth savage passions or normal grumpiness brought on by hunger pangs. Sandwiches come with big, perfect steak fries. The Cuban is crunchy and filling, with lots of pickle. Appetizers are another way to go, with my favorite being the skewered coconut shrimp: light, crisp, just a tad sweet. Chicken or beef quesadillas are served with a creditable guacamole as well as salsa and sour cream, and Cuban black bean soup, a mix of whole beans and purée, has a vinegar kick. There’s only one dinner-type entrée per se on the menu — those same three lamb chops, but less interestingly presented, with rice and green beans — and a couple of desserts. To buy tickets to a Jazz Café show, call Music Hall or see Ticketmaster. Food is served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. on weekends.

Baker's bills itself as "The world's oldest jazz club," and, in the club's 76-year history, almost every jazz musician of national importance has played its bandstand. Baker's complements the music with some amazing down-home cooking, their catfish being a true showstopper. Live entertainment nightly, with metro Detroit's finest local musicians every weekend.

Anyone can show up here. Detroit's only late night jazz club serving up Cajun catfish and red beans and rice all night long. It's not common to find a bar where everyone seems to know each other and yet newcomers don't feel excluded. Dozens of regulars turn up Thursdays for the open mic jazz jam sessions. Bert's serves the music fans bargain-price soul food from rows of steam tables: meat and two sides for nine bucks, or up to $25 for a whole slab of ribs. In keeping with Bert's bare-bones, working-class atmosphere, their food is more down-home than much of the soul food you find in restaurants, which has often been upgraded from its humble origins.
The Blue Martini, attractive though it may be, is suffering from an identity crisis. The bar boasts local and national blues acts in an unlikely area, far off the beaten path in Pinckney. As an uppity martini bar, the venue seems to miss the point of the blues almost entirely, drowning out the necessary roughness of the music with the clanking of martini glasses and expensive high heels. The waitstaff, and there's plenty of them, could learn a few manners. Despite the complaints however, the bar has an excellent sound system, is clean and provides ample seating. Make the drive only to catch your favorites in action or to be greeted by a friendly doorman, otherwise, stay home, pour yourself a beer and listen to a record.
Stepping into the newly restored art deco live jazz bar with an even more recently opened kitchen is to arrive in another era. Before the stage, the main area is separated into two spaces: One with round, candle-lit tables, the other, a stunning curved bar. All this sits below massive barrel-vaulted ceilings. All this ambience comes from pricey restoration work done in 2006 to make today’s Cliff Bell’s look like the Cliff Bell’s of 1935. That and the way they mix a cocktail. Neither cheap nor fast, mixed drinks are crafted old-school, more for taste than ease of production. With everything from a standard fillet of beef tenderloin to cassoulet, the French-inspired eclectic food menu speaks for itself. Try the duck confit on a buttermilk biscuit with cranberry jam for a small plate reduction of Thanksgiving dinner. Hedonists will go for a chunk of tender braised pork belly (otherwise known as bacon when cured and smoked) that comes plated with a rich, spicy sweet cider sauce, roasted fingerling potatoes and a pinch of cracklings for good measure.
Downtown Detroit's upscale hideaway on the third floor of 35 West Grandriver. A variety of music, poetry, and artistic vibes, from reggae, hiphop, and house to open mic poetry and many more special events. call 313-963-6034 for more info
The Commons Lounge is the perfect place for social and business meetings, featuring Martini Nights every Friday and Saturday with a live jazz band; national act singers every Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m. to midnight; and "The Uncommon Hour" every Sunday through Thursday with complimentary chef treats. Also, premium cigars and cognacs and over 20 wine-by-the-glass selections
A jewel in the hood, jazz and blues Monday-Thursday, Friday & Saturday top 40 R &B. Free fish on Fridays.
Crazy Moe's Cafe is a new and exciting concept including two bars in one. The main floor is a high energy dance club, complete with a beautiful staff and stiff drinks. Elevator down, otherwise known as the 'Dark Room' is a tequila and martini lounge featuring over 24 different tequilas and 15 martinis. Candlelight and conversation accent the small cozy basement bar. Complete with relaxing jazz music to capture the evening.

The Dirty Dog is another feather in the cap of Gretchen Valade, the entrepreneur and philanthropist whose generosity and love of jazz saved the Detroit International Jazz Festival. Chef Andre Neimanis' sophisticated tapas-style menu encompasses unusual dishes that showcase his creativity. Musically, the Dirty Dog has some of Detroit's best players, with piano sets from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by two evening shows with full bands. Willie Jones, the general manager, is visible in the front of the house, overseeing service and keeping the whole show running smoothly.

The beautifully remodeled Firefly Club presents quality jazz, blues, big band and swing acts, seven nights a week, featuring artists on the national and local scenes. The club boasts a state-of-the-art sound system and a new dance floor. The Firefly Club is also available to rent for private parties, receptions, dances, workshops and seminars. Check our Web site for a current calendar of events, pictures and descriptions of all bands playing at the Firefly.
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