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The Magic of Michigan’s After-Hours

Sometimes the thrill of a place is so tangible that you can feel it coming from miles away. That’s certainly the case in Michigan, where the nightlife is palpable in several areas of the state. However, if you prefer a more low-key scene, but every bit as magnetic as what you find in bigger cities, Michigan has several options to fit your fancy as well.

For example, when the sun sets, the party is just getting started in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Lansing and downtown Detroit, where an electric tapestry of live music venues and dance clubs play everything from infectious 90s hip hop beats to soul-stirring jazz melodies. But in other areas outside our largest cities, you can find a more laid-back vibe including streets peppered with cozy hangouts, local theaters, and more intimate bars and taverns. Whether you are catching a show, scored tickets to the hottest concert tour of the year, or are in to try axe-throwing competitions and vintage arcades, Michigan has something for everyone.

Let’s not forget all the local winery tours and craft beer trails you can find in Traverse City to Kalamazoo, where every sip is an adventure. And, for a truly enchanting experience, head to the Upper Peninsula where you can stargaze beneath the pristine night sky and maybe catch a glimpse of the Northern lights.

Nightlife by the Numbers

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Craft Breweries within a 30-minute Drive of “Beer City USA” (Grand Rapids)

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Music Venues in Grand Rapids

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Necto Night Club in Ann Arbor has the Largest Dance Floor in the Region

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Breweries, Distilleries and Bars

Get a Kick out of Michigan’s Hops

A thriving brewery and distillery scene awaits you in Michigan, serving up libations that cater to every taste. More than 80 breweries and several beer tours are in Grand Rapids alone, which have led to the city being dubbed “Beer City USA.” In Detroit, immerse yourself in the vibrant bar culture with a variety of unique creations like the Hummer Cocktail — a proud concoction of the Bayview Yacht Club. Or savor the refreshing Bell’s Oberon, a summer wheat ale from the renowned Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo. From craft brews to inventive cocktails, Michigan’s brewery and distillery scene will leave you spoiled for choice.

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Lounges & Night Clubs

Dance the Night Away

Whether you’re ready to chill out after the work day or want to paint the town red, Michigan is your canvas for top-tier entertainment. In Detroit, a city renowned for its musical heritage, you’ll find nightclubs and lounges that host body-moving grooves and the city’s world-class talent, such as TV Lounge. Grand Rapids boasts over 90 live music venues — or you could choose to dance the night away in Ann Arbor’s thriving club scene at popular LGBTQ+ venues like LIVE and Necto Nightclub. No matter where you go in Michigan, you’ll find an electrifying atmosphere that will keep you moving all night long.

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Live Music & Performances

A Captivating After-Hours Event Scene

Music festivals, live performance venues — from Meijer Gardens to Pine Knob Music Theatre and Meadow Brook Amphitheatre — and other events present an exhilarating showcase of talent and creativity across the state of Michigan. Check annual festivals like Movement – Detroit or Electric Forest in Rothbury, where you can sing along with your favorite artists with thousands of other fans. In the mood for a laugh? Comedy clubs like Dr. Grins Comedy Club and Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle have been in business for decades and host nationally known and local acts. And when you’re ready for true entertainment, Boyleque Michigan in Ypsilanti offers drag troupe parties, bingo and other events that keep the party going late into the night.

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