Photo By Marc Nader
St. Andrew's Hall was built in 1907. It was created as a meeting place for the Saint Andrew’s Scottish Society of Detroit until they experienced a severe drop in memberships during World War 2. In the 50s, they began to rent the space out for concerts, meetings and special events. Everyone from Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Nirvana, R.E.M., the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden has played the space. It has become one of the most legendary and iconic music venues in the country and is still my favorite place to see a show.
The venue was due for an upgrade and last week they premiered the latest addition to the historical space. They have added a new bar and lounge on the third floor of the building and they are calling it The Society Room. The space is filled with large tables, gorgeous mirrors and chandeliers, and an assortment of comfy chairs and couches. It is the perfect place to kick back and have a drink before a show. They have some premium liquor and the bartenders showed us first hand how great they are at mixing up a Moscow Mule.
We had a chance to talk to many staff members of Live Nation about how they plan to use the room and we found that their are a lot of great ideas, but nothing is set in stone. They are unsure if the bar will just be open during shows or if it will start to be open regularly. They are also not sure if heading up into the space will be part of general admission tickets of if they will start selling VIP tickets to some of their shows. There are lots of great options, but there is no set plan at this time. For now, I think you can plan on the bar being open to all during shows and events at St. Andrews. Add St. Andrew's on Facebook to learn more as the plan develops.