Oh no, I disagree! There is a lot to do in downtown Detroit! If you like to eat sushi, there’s a place on Woodward called Oslo http://www.osloworld.com/. It’s pretty tasty. Small venue though.
If you like the emo/alternakid scene, go to the Majestic http://www.majesticdetroit.com/stick.asp. They have bowling downstairs, and then the Magic Stick is upstairs. Sometimes they have good bands! If not, at least there’s pool :)
If you’re looking for a good (slightly upscale) dinner, try Atlas http://www.metrotimes.com/guide/restaurants/review.asp?id=8503. There’s a bar there too!
The Whitney is a very upscale place, but during the summer they have garden parties which are pretty fun. Also check out their dessert bar. http://www.metrotimes.com/guide/nightspots/place.asp?id=2521.
Finally, if you want to just chill, go to Jacoby’s http://www.metrotimes.com/guide/nightspots/place.asp?id=1718.
The Metro Times is a good place to look for venues in case you’re wanting to catch a show or something specific. Here’s a list of Nightspots for Detroit
Royal Oak seems to have a lot of trendy places to go.. a lot of them being “trendy chain restaurants/bars”. There is some cool stuff there, though. There’s a lot more to downtown than most people are willing to realize. I hope this helps, and if you’re looking for something more specific, let me know! :)
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I checked out Oslo’s website. Their prices are pretty reasonable. And thanks for metrotimes. These are some really helpful tips. Thanks!