What's more, if you’re from here, living here, or just visiting, you get the privilege of sharing dance floors with pioneers like Moodymann, Carl Craig, Stacey Hottwax Hale, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins, and Wajeed. There’s something sacred about dancing among the people who invented techno and continue to share it with the world. You have Detroit to thank for the surprisingly soulful groove that swells up in your favorite techno track -- accept it as a gift and understand that it is a legacy.
Even though most official clubs in the city close by 2 am, neighborhood parties can go into the wee hours of the night. If you’re trying to cut up with people who aren’t afraid to sweat, move, feel and flex, here’s where to start.
Motor City Wine
Walk down the cobblestone streets of Corktown and you’ll encounter Motor City Wine, one of the city's most unexpected and unassuming venues. Inside, there’s wall-to-wall wine from all over the world, and most of the time local legends like DJ Dez Andres and Shigeto can be spotted too. In the ten years since opening, Motor City Wine has become the place where musicians come to watch other musicians play, so you never know who will sit in on a set. Motor City Wine has an impressive outdoor patio where you can still hear the vibes from inside. They also host occasional food pop-ups, and sometimes there’s a taco truck in the parking lot.
Marble Bar is a must-dance destination thanks to their impressive roster of DJs like Eddie “Flashin” Fowlkes, Norm Talley, Mike Agent X Clark and John “Jammin” Collins. A classic disco ball hangs in the middle of the ceiling, and there’s a cool little upstairs balcony reserved for onlookers so devoted dancers can get to work. Marble is the perfect choose-your-own-adventure hangout spot because different, carefully selected DJs are booked for the inside and outside decks. The dreamy, jungly outdoor patio is covered to shield you from the elements and ensure that you can get down all year round.
Perhaps it feels like you’re at a house party every time you come to Marble Bar, as it’s nestled very closely to the house next door. Either way, here everyone feels like family. Coincidentally, there’s a monthly called House Party that happens there too.