Monday, January 20, 2020

Win Tickets to See Thrice at St. Andrew's Hall

In 2005, Thrice released their 4th album Vheissu. 15 years later, they are coming back to St. Andrew's Hall on Febuaury 1st to play the album from top to bottom to honor its 15th anniversary.  MewithoutYou, Drug Church and Holy Fawn will be opening the show and Thrice will be playing a collection of their music with a focus on their fourth album.

Tickets to attend the show are $68 in advance and they can be purchased here. We also have a pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Live Nation Detroit. If you would like to enter to win, please email your full name to with the subject line #THRICE. We will draw one lucky person and they will be able to attend the show with a friend for free.


Friday, January 17, 2020

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: January 17-19

Friday, January 17th - In The Flesh (Blondie Tribute) w/ Rapid Eye Movement (REM Tribute) @ New Way Bar: If you're a fan of Blondie or REM, this is as good as seeing either of the bands in their prime! Doors open at 8 p.m. and Rapid Eye Movement hits the stage around 9:30, followed by In The Flesh around 10:45. As always, cover is free at New Way Bar! 21+ are welcome. 

Friday, January 17th - Dinner Show @ PJ's Lager House w/ Cheapshow and Charlie Darling: Start your weekend off right with dinner at PJ's Lager House, while Cheapshow & Charlie Darling provide the soundtrack for the evening. Both will be performing live acoustic sets in the front room from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Cover is free. 

Saturday, January 18th - Thirst Wave Anniversary Bash @ Small's: Everyone's favorite New Wave dance party is celebrating their anniversary this Saturday night at Small's! Residents DJ Pleasure Kitten and DJ Aaron Hingst will be joined by DJ Greg Gnyp and DJ Jamie James to play your favorite New Wave, Retro Alternative, Britpop, and Dark '80s & '90s Alternative. There will be $2 wells and domestics until 10 p.m. and tallboys will be $1 off all night. Doors open at 9 p.m. There's no cover for 21+ before 10, and it's only $5 after 10 p.m. Cover is $5 all night for those 18-20. 

Sunday, January 19th - Dolly Parton's Birthday Party @ Outer Limits Lounge: Dolly Parton is having a birthday and your friends at Outer Limits are throwing a party! Live Dolly Parton covers will be performed by The Dolly Partners, The Drinkard Sisters, Keaton Butler and more. Dolly movies will be shown on the big screen and Chicken & Dumplins will be served for dinner. The party starts at 8 p.m. and the music starts at 9. 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Hammer & Nail

The Professional Plaza Tower was built in 1964. It was constructed to revitalize the medical community in Detroit by bringing doctors and surgeons back to the city. Eventually, it became home to a variety of medical professionals as well as the Carpenters Union who installed the now-famous hammer and nail signs that once sat on top of the 12 story building. Unfortunately, after a few ruff years, it closed down and was scheduled for demolition in 2014 when the Roxbury Group swooped in to save the space. The redevelopers redesigned 72 one- and two-bedroom apartments with 2,000-square-feet of retail space. This includes a new midtown bar called Hammer & Nail that wants to bring back the best parts of the '60s by introducing you to a whole new selection of tasty drinks that your grandma and grandpa loved.
This includes The Pink Squirrel, featuring Creme de Noyaux, Creme de Cacao, and Calder Dairy Cream, the Blue Hawaii featuring Bacardi Superior, Pineapple, Curaçao, Lemon, Blue Spirulina, and the Wallbanger featuring Wodka, Fresh Squeezed OJ, Amontillado Sherry, Galliano. They even have a cocktail called the Moonwalk that was served to the astronauts when they returned from their first walk on the moon. Hammer and Nail also serves sandwiches, shareables, soups, drafts, and wines. The centerpiece of the bar is the now restored Hammer and Nail sign that once sat atop the building. It is a true testament to how much the city has turned around over the last decade. Plus, the drinks are tasty and it's fun to try something old that is new again. 
Hammer & Nail is located at 3800 Woodward Ave. and it is open at 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. 


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Grandma Bob's Serves Up Delicious Pies and Slices in Corktown

Corktown is Detroit's oldest existing neighborhood. It was established in the 1820s and it was the first place many people saw when they got off the train at Michigan Central Train Station from 1914-1988. It has always been home to some of the city's richest culture and dining, but the neighborhood has seen a huge resurgence in popularity over the last five years as a variety of new businesses have moved into the area. This includes places like Two James, Bobcat Bonnie's, Brightly Twisted, ima, The Brooklyn Street Local, George Gregory, and Takoi. It is also the home to Grandma Bob's, a new-ish pizza place that made the top 50 list of Pizza Places in the US in its first year. 
Grandma Bob's is a small open concept restaurant and bar that seats around 65 people at a time. It is nestled between Mercury Burger Bar and Metropolis Cycyles on Michigan Avenue and its menu features a finely curated selection of unique pizzas that you can't find anywhere else. This includes Sausage and Pistachio (fennel sausage, crushed pistachio, shaved red onion, mascarpone cheese, rosemary, and thyme), the Big Mac (impossible burger crumbles, vegan mozzarella, vegan thousand island, pickles, iceberg lettuce, onion on sesame seed crust), and The Street Beet Dorito Crunch (white pizza with vegan mozzarella, fake ground beef, iceberg lettuce, spicy ranch drizzle, topped with sweet chili Doritos and taco flavored crust). Their recipes are unique, but they aren't the only thing that makes Grand Bob's special. Half of Grandma Bob's menu is or can be made vegan, this includes a DELICIOUS (and quite large) cashew caeser side salad and vegan cheese bread. If that isn't enough to fill you up, they are also home to a "permanent pop-up" from Cold Truth, a Detroit soft serve ice cream company that is known for their waffle cones and vegan flavors.
Grandma Bob's is closed Mondays and Tuesday, and open at 11 a.m. the rest of the week. They start serving up ice cream at 4 p.m. and they are open until midnight on Friday and Saturday (they close at 10 p.m. every other day). They offer sit down service, take out, and have slices ready to go all day long (this includes vegan slices). Their bar features a curated selection of beer, wine, and a few house cocktails. You can see their full menu and drink selection here. We loved the pizza, were blown away by the size of the "side" salads, and the service was great. We highly recommend checking out this top 50 place for yourself!


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Win Tickets to See The Doozers at The Loving Touch

There's a new booking company in town and they are hosting a show at The Loving Touch this Saturday nightAudiotree Presents will be putting on shows in Michigan and Illinois and this weekend they will bring The Doozers to the stage. You may have seen this band at Mo Pop over the summer, but if you didn't catch them, here's the low down. They are a four piece based out of Rochester, MI with influences like The 1975, Cage The Elephant, Hippo Campus, The Monkeys, Catfish and The Bottlemen, and The Pixies. That's quite the range of music, so to get an idea of what The Doozers sound like, just hit play on their latest EP below.

The Doozers will be joined by Mover ShakerWho Boy, and The Plastic Beach for this weekend's show. Tickets to see these four bands live are only $10 and can be purchased in advance here. Lucky for you, we are also giving away a couple of pairs of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to with #doozers in the subject line. We will draw two lucky winners on Saturday morning and they will each get into the show with a friend for free that night. 

All ages are welcome to attend this show and doors are set to open at 7 p.m.


Monday, January 13, 2020

Ochre Bakery Knows that Nothing is Better than Good Bread

Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra once said, "All sorrows are less with bread.” Turns out that even in the 16th century they knew that good bread is where it's at. Ochre, a new bakery in Detroit, also shares an appreciation for good bread, so they built their entire menu around it.

Max Leonard is a bread baking master who honed his craft in his home kitchen before teaming up with Jessica Hicks and Dai Hughes from Astro Coffee to open Ochre Bakery this past April. The concept was to create a simple menu that features locally sourced seasonal recipes that showcase Max's naturally leavened heritage grain bread. The result is an amazing cafe/restaurant that was named one of the ten best in 2019 by Bon Appetit magazine!
Ochre's breakfast menu features toasts, breakfast sandwiches, eggs, dips, and yogurts while their lunch menu features sandwiches, pitas and a different selection of dips. They also have a wide selection of vegan items, including baked goods and sweets. Their vegan Lemon-Pistachio Loaf has been making quite a name for itself. Their menu changes seasonally and features fresh locally sourced ingredients whenever they can. You can stop into the cafe to grab a coffee, a loaf of bread, and a pastry to go or you can stay and have a seat to enjoy some extra friendly sit down service.

Ochre is located at 4884 Grand River Avenue. They are open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, but the kitchen closes at 3 p.m.


Friday, January 10, 2020

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: January 10-12

Friday, January 10th - The Crofoot Presents: Napoleon Dynamite LIVE @ The Redford Theatre: This special one night only event is sold out, but in case you can snag some tickets, we wanted to tell you about it! The cult classic Napoleon Dynamite will be shown and then Napoleon, Pedro, and Uncle Rico will be doing a Q&A session. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Visit the Facebook event page here to see if anyone has an extra ticket.

Saturday, January 11th - Live Band Karaoke @ Small's: Karaoke is making a comeback! And when you do karaoke at Small's you'll really feel like a star because you'll have a live band backing you up, not just some wonky track. The Ricky Rack Pack will be on stage, doors open at 8 p.m., and karaoke starts at 9. Cover is only $5 and 21+ are welcome.

Saturday, January 11th - Eastside Elvis @ Cadieux Cafe: Elvis' 85th Birthday was this past Wednesday! If you didn't have a chance to celebrate, Cadieux Cafe has you covered this Saturday night with Eastside Elvis & His Motor City Mafia. Opening the show is Cover Boy playing Duran Duran hits. Things kick off at 9 p.m.!

Saturday, January 11th - Nothing Elegant: New Year, Same Shenanigans @ The Old Miami: Get your dancing shoes on and get to The Old Miami! DJs Lady Fantastic and Amy Dreamcatcher will be playing the tunes from 10 until 2! Cover is only $5 and 21+ are welcome.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Win Tickets to Lou Ramo's BROADCAST Presents: Canned Pop @ Deluxx Fluxx

Get ready for a night of music, drag, fashion, and art at Deluxx Fluxx this Sunday night! The one and only Lou Ramo's BROADCAST is taking over the venue for the night for Cannded Pop, an ode to American Pop Music. This event will feature music by Krissy Booth and Christian Ryan, and performances by Lou Ramo, Lavendar Scare, Remy Lafontaine, Daya Bee-Dee, Lovell Loreal, and Candy Jean The Drag Queen. There will also be fashion pop-ups by Modem Monad, Prizzcilla, and Lawrence.

Everyone 18+ is welcome to attend this event and cover is only $5. Thanks to our friends at Deluxx Fluxx and Party Store Productions, we are also getting a couple of people into this event for free. To enter to receive free admission for you and a friend, send your name to with #cannedpop in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors for this event are set to open at 9 p.m. For more info, click here.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

You & Your Historic Home Could Be On TV!

If you own a historic home in Detroit, you know that fixing it up can be a bit of a challenge. Whether the house has been sitting vacant or people have been living in it for decades, there always seems to be problems that arise, especially if you are working on renovating it. Anyone that watches shows on HGTV knows that there are always surprises when it comes to renovation and restoration. So, rather than going completely DIY and hoping for the best, here's a chance to have a pro help you!

Bodega Pictures (producers of Tiny Luxury and Stager Things on HGTV as well as Girl Meets Farm on Food Network) is currently holding a casting call for historic home owners in Detroit that are looking to renovate and restore their home. Whether you've bitten off more than you can chew or you've run into unforeseen circumstances in your restoration project, they want to hear from you! "Selected cast members will be introduced to an expert general contractor who specializes in historic properties. The episode will follow one homeowner as their historic home is restored to it’s former glory."

Sound like something you might be interested in? Email with your
full name, location (must be in the Detroit area), email address and phone number, a brief bio explaining why you need/deserve help restoring your historical home, and several photos of yourselves and the property. Although there will be perks and incentives included for those that are casted, entrants should have a budget in place and should be interested and ready to restore their home within the next 3 months. Also, your home must be at least 50 years old and you have to be interested in restoring the home to it's old glory, not just doing some renovations.

This is an opportunity of a lifetime for some lucky homeowners! We would love to see one of our readers featured on TV and get some professional help restoring their dream home right here in Detroit. So get that bio written and those photos snapped and send them over to ASAP so you don't miss out!


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Celebrate David Bowie and Support the Senate Theater

The Senate Theater is home to one of four theater organs in the City of Detroit. Their organ was originally housed in the Fisher Theatre, but it moved to the Senate in 1962 after spending one year at Iris Theatre. It has been used in over 700 concerts over the last 50 years, but the art of taking care of, maintaining and playing the organ is becoming a lost art. Thankfully, The Detroit Theater Organ Society has taken over the care and management of the Senate's organ, but they need help updating the Senate to make sure that people can enjoy music with film for years to come.

They have a number of upcoming events that you can attend to enjoy yourself and support the theater and the efforts of the Organ Society. This includes a screening of Grease, the Ann Arbor Film Fest, and a variety of silent films. If you want to see a full list of upcoming events at the Senate click here. There are a lot of cool things to see, but there's one that really stuck out to us. The Senate is celebrating the life of David Bowie by hosting a Ziggy Stardust party on January 11th. The night will include live organ tribute on the Mighty Wurlitzer, a screening of D.A. Pennebaker’s Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and a best-dressed costume contest.  There will even be a photo booth! Tickets to attend the event are $10 at the door. The art starts at 7 p.m., the movie starts around 9 p.m. and the party starts at 11 p.m. To learn more about the event and to get your tickets in advance click here.


Monday, January 6, 2020

Win Tickets to See Modern Nature at Deluxx Fluxx

The Guardian named Modern Nature one of 2019's Ones to Watch. They loved their four-song EP Nature calling it a "new frontier of organic sound". You can hear all four songs here. You can also hear them live at Deluxx Fluxx on January 16th. Their set features a saxophone and a cello and they will be playing alongside Olden Yolk and Izzy Johnson.

Tickets to get into the show are $10 and they can be purchased here. We also have a pair of tickets to give away courtesy of Party Store Productions. If you would like to enter to win them, please email your full name to with the subject line #modernnature. We will draw one lucky winner on the morning of the show and they will get to attend the set with a friend for free.


Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Hip's Guide to NYE

Detroit will be ushering in a new decade in a few weeks and the theme for 2020 seems to be the roaring 20's. Gatsby style clothing and jazz music will be all the rave, but there are a lot of different ways that you can ring in the new year. Here is a list of all the hip parties in town.

Detroit Foundation Hotel- Welcome to the roaring 20's
Dinner guests will enjoy an elevated dining experience of 5-courses, created especially for New Year's Eve by Chef Thomas Lents. Starting at 9:30 pm, on NYE, we will be transforming the lounge of The Apparatus Room into a 1920's jazz club for the evening.

Small's- Thirst Wave and Industrial is Not Dead

Outer Limits Lounge- Free dance party and potluck
Featuring DJ Jam Jam and 123 Alright. Bring a dish to pass. Champagne toast at midnight.

El Club- Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers NYE
wsg The Dropout and Kimball

Many amazing bourbons and other spirits, complimentary hors d'oeuvre selection, free champagne toast at midnight, and Tom and Jerry’s added to the drink menu for one night only!

Detroit Shipping Company- Party like it's 1999
Music by Joe Smith & Crate Digga. 90's inspired drinks and music all night.

Deluxx Fluxx- The Secret Garden
Hosted by Ron Dance, sounds provided by Ro Spit, special DJ set by DJ Courtt Denise and DJ Ray
Special Guest Host 6aamm
10pm - 4am, $10
Kiesling Detroit- The Roaring 20's
Remy Martin's flapper girls will greet you with a glass of welcome punch, then they will have a live jazz trio playing while you sample countless rounds of hors d'oeuvres made by Chef Brennan Calnin. Tickets also include a champagne toast at midnight.

Gold Cash Gold- NYE Party
4-course prix fixe menu
After 10pm, guests are invited to join us for heavy hor d'oeuvres and endless bubbles.
Dinner: $75 with $30 wine pairings
NYE Party (10pm - 1am): $55

Marble Bar-Interdimensional New Years
Derek Plaslaiko & MIKE SERVITO
Delano Smith & Norm Talley
Bill Spencer
8pm - 5am

MOCAD- Robolights New Years Eve w/ Golf Clap & Kevin Saunderson
Robolights New Years Eve w/ Golf Clap & Kevin Saunderson

The Masonic Temple- Millionaire NYE Extravaganza
Featuring Rick Ross, Wale, Fabolous

PJ's Lager House- The Roaring 20's are Back!
Airey Browder
Blues Preacher Creighton
David El Bob Morrison
Jo Serrapere & the Willie Dunns
8pm doors / 8:30pm music / $10 with champagne toast
formal, vintage, or speakeasy attire suggested

Peterboro- NYE Party
DJ BET, as well as passed small plates all night.

The Royce-Another Epic New Year's Eve Party
Guests will enjoy an open bar with a selection of appetizers and sweet things, and everyone toasts with champagne for the countdown to 2020.

Magic Stick-  CharlestheFirst with Eprom and Lab Group

Sasha Kashperko Quartet featuring Marcus Elliot. Your $150 ticket includes:
Passed small plates all night
3 drink tickets  (signature cocktails, beer, wine)
Champagne toast at midnight

St.Andrew's Hall- Saved by the '90s
Come Party Like It's 1999...20 Years Later

All You Can Drink

The Fillmore-2020 Resolution Ball
Midnight pizza & coney buffet & midnight blowout with balloon drop, confetti storm, a live feed of the ball drop & more!

TV Lounge- NYE TV 2020
Sets from:
Allan C Ester Jr.
Dru Ruiz
Andrea Ghita
Aboudi Issa

MGM Grand Detroit- Silent NYE
When you arrive you’ll receive a pair of Urban Fetes wireless headphones. You can adjust the volume and choose between up to three DJ’s with a flip of a switch. Each headset has a color (BLUE, RED, GREEN) LED that shows what channel you are listening to, so you can dance along with those listening to the same DJ. It’s super social; just lower the volume or take the headphones off to talk to that girl or guy. There’s no loud music that you have to talk over. Plus, there’s no ringing in your ears when you leave!

We're ringing in the New Year at Cadillac Lodge with a DJ playing some jams all night!

DEBARGE featuring Bunny DeBarge and Chico DeBarge

Music from the Steve Jarosz Trio, as well as passed small plates.

Republic- NYE Party in a Castle
NYE Party in Castle Hall will kick off at 10pm and will include hors d'oeuvres, music and champagne toast at midnight.

Ring in 2020 with the Ghost crew. We'll be celebrating with our annual NYE prix fixe dinner complete with five courses, drink pairings (optional) and lots and lots of bubbly.

Tickets are $60 and include a guaranteed seat all night, 3 drink vouchers, light bites, party favors, a Rosé Brut IPA toast at midnight, and a great time!

Punch Bowl Social- Outer Space Bash
End-of-the-decade party to end all parties

Detroit Princess- NYE Cruise

Loving Touch- Gatsby NYE
Every ticket includes complimentary hors d'oeuvres from 8pm-10pm, and a champagne toast at midnight.

$10 includes heavy apps, champagne toast, party favors and a late night snack!

Go Comedy- NYE Showdown
Both shows include food and an open bar.

Monarch Club- NYE Party
Strolling reception with a selection of hors d'oeuvres, small plates and dessert, beer and wine included. Champagne toast in the Monarch Club at midnight and late-night food.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Everything Fun to do Before the New Year

December 25th:
9 pm | Free

December 26:

7:30 pm | All Ages | $8 @ Door

"Garage: A Rock Saga" Screening @ Plant Ant
8 pm | Free

10 pm $5

December 28:
The 4th Annual Brown Christmas @PJ's Lager House
with Downtown Brown, Steve Harvey Oswald, Carmel Liburdi & Friends, and Pancho Villa's Skull

The Hourlies Christmas Party wsg Hail Alien and A Surprise Guest @ New Way
8 pm | Free

8 pm | $12

The Stools Live Recording w/ Zilched & Caveman and Bam Bam @ Outer Limits
8 pm | $5

Kickstand Band / AM People / Extra Arms a@ UFO Factory
9 pm | $8

9 pm | $12

8 pm | Starting at $50

7:30 pm | Tickets start at $50

December 29:

You Know My Steez - A Night of 90s R&B
10 pm | $5


The Last 2 Ticket Giveaways of 2019

Despite what some people might think or say, Hip in Detroit is still just two best friends who love music and going to shows together. You can usually find Christie up front singing along and grabbing some videos during a set and Sadie will be bopping around the back taking pictures, posting a story on the socials, or leaning against the wall. Sharing that experience with all of you is one of our favorite things to do, so we like to make sure that we set up and write as many giveaways as we can each year. It takes a lot of work but every time we hear how much fun someone had at a show, we smile and get to work on setting up a new string of deals with all the greatest local booking companies. So, here are the last two giveaways that we will be posting in 2019. We will take the rest of the year to get 2020 set up and we will come back hard with all the biggest shows of the new decade. We hope you all have a happy holiday season and we will talk to you in 2020.

December 27- The Roots' Holiday Tour @ The Fillmore
wsg Phony PPL
7 p.m.
Tickets starting at $59
Email your full name to with the subject line #theroots to be entered to win a pair of tickets to the show.

December 28- Ratt @ The Fillmore
wsg Artificial Agent, Dead In 5
7 p.m.
Tickets starting at $10
Email your full name to with the subject line #Ratt to be entered to win a pair of tickets to the show.