Thursday, February 21, 2019

Check Out Some of Detroit's Best Restaurants During Detroit Restaurant Week

It's no secret that there are a ton of great restaurants in Detroit. Over the past few years, the dining scene in Detroit has exploded, so much so that it's hard to keep up with it all. Now is the perfect time to cross some of those restaurants that you've been dying to try off your list because this week is Detroit Restaurant Week!

This year's Restaurant Week in Detroit will kick off on Friday, February 22nd and will run through Sunday, March 3rd. That gives you just over a week to dine at some of the 28 restaurants participating in this year's event. This year’s event will feature 3 course dinners priced at $39 per person at some restaurants, while others will have specials at $29 per person. Each restaurant has several options to choose from, so there is bound to be at least one dish that you'll love! Check out the full list of this year's participants below and just click on their links to check out their special menu for Restaurant Week.

$39 price menu:

$29 price menu:

For more information on Detroit Restaurant Week, head to DetroitRestaurantWeek.com. Make sure you also follow them on Facebook and Instagram for a sneak peek at some of the delicious dishes being offered this week! 

~C

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

James Linck Returns to The Stage in Detroit this Friday!


It's been a while since James Linck performed in Detroit, but that is going to change when he triumphantly returns to the stage at Donovan's this Friday for an intimate show. Sound and Silence has invited James to take the stage to perform a solo set that will feature an in-depth conversation with the artist as well as a DJ set by Eddie Logix. These conversations are meant to bring attendees closer to the artists to create an intimate bond between the crowd and performer. It's the perfect way to find out everything that Linck has been doing throughout the last two years and the first chance you will have to hear his one of a kind voice live and in person since he returned to his hometown.


Tickets to attend the event are $5 at the door and doors for the night open at 9 p.m. Donovan's is located at 3003 W. Vernor. You can listen to a full catalog of James Linck's tunes here. But, there is nothing that compares to seeing him live. If you only head out to one show this month, make it this one!


~S

24 Hour Giveaway: Cherry Glazerr @ El Club

Cherry Glazerr just released a brand new album a couple of weeks ago. Stuffed & Ready came out on February 1st, and is the third studio album from the band. It has only been two years since the release of the band's previous album, and they have been hard at work touring and playing with bands like The Pixies, Flaming Lips, Slowdive, and The Breeders since. Now Cherry Glazerr is out on a headlining tour and they will be making their way to Detroit this week.

Thursday night, February 21, Cherry Glazerr will hit the stage at El Club along with Palehound. Tickets to see these two acts live are $15 in advance and can be purchased here. We are also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #cherry in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Check out Cherry Glazerr's music video for their song "Daddi" off the new album then get your name in the hat for those tickets!


~C

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Win Tickets to See Milo at Marble Bar

This past fall, rapper Milo announced that his latest album would be his last release as a rapper. budding ornithologists are weary of tired analogies was released in September of 2018 and the announcement was made shortly after, in October. Milo (also known as Rory Ferreira) will still be active in the world of music however, with his record label Ruby Yacht, record store Soulfolks Records, and by creating by under his other moniker Scallops Hotel.

If you're a fan of Ferreira's work as Milo, this Thursday is your last chance to see him perform live here in Detroit. Milo is currently on his last US tour and this week he will be making his way to Detroit to perform at Marble Bar. Tickets to see him perform live are $15 in advance and can be purchased here. Thanks to our friends at Party Store Productions, you can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show. To enter, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #milo in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Milo will be joined by Pink Navel and Signor Benedick the Moor for this one. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. and 18+ are welcome.


~C

Street Beet is Stopping in the Burbs this Wednesday

Street Beet's vegan pop-ups are the hippest new thing to hit the food and beverage scene in Detroit. They are one night only experiences that are special in every way. Co-creators Megan and Nina have a unique approach to vegan "junk food" that makes plant-based eating not only seem easy, but accessible to everyone. Plus, they keep it local and support small businesses like PJ's Lager House and Nancy Whiskey's by packing the space from wall to wall every time they are in the kitchen.


This week they are taking things a little north for their latest pop-up called Street Beet Mac & Fake Cheese taking place at Urbanrest Brewery in Ferndale, Michigan this Wednesday, February 20th. The menu for this event is small, but mighty. It includes a buffalo burrito featuring Kentucky fake chicken and cashew mac and cheese, nacho mac that's made with sweet chili Doritos, and chicken and waffles inside an actual waffle cone. They even have a plant-based dessert S'more shake that features a mixture from the Ice Cream Plant, a local nut free, dairy free, gluten free ice cream maker.

The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. or until the food runs out, which frequently happens at their gatherings. To keep up with all things Street Beet click here. To learn more about the pop-up including a review click here.


~S

Monday, February 18, 2019

Skate it up 70's Style at The Velodrome with the Detroit Roller Derby Team this Saturday

It's been just over one year since the Lexus Velodrome opened in Detroit. The 64,000 square foot venue had around "35,000 people go through the door last year". Dozens of races were broadcasted on Detroit Public Television and people from around the world traveled here to participate in events at the drome. They have also expanded and started to host all kinds of different activities, including roller derby, speed skating, bike polo, running, yoga, pilates, dance classes, and kickboxing. You can sign up for all of their classes online here. You can also head up to the space to experience a good old fashioned 70's skate party with the Detroit Roller Derby crew.

This Saturday, February 23rd, the Detroit Derby Crew is hosting a 70's themed event that will feature music, skating, and socializing inside the space. For $10 attendees can open skate for two hours and get one "free" drink from the Spoke Easy Lounge located inside the drome. The only catch is that you cannot rent skates inside the space, you must bring your own skates, rollerblades, scooters or skateboards to participate. Skating will take place from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. and the bar will be open until midnight. Costumes are encouraged and all are welcome. You can find out more about the event here.



~S

Friday, February 15, 2019

Win Tickets to See The Suffers at El Club

The Suffers will be bringing their soulful sound to the stage at El Club this Sunday night! The band is currently on their Everything Here Spring Tour in support of their latest album Everything Here. The album was released last year and you can give it a listen here. Hit play below to check out the music video for the song "Do Whatever" off that album.


Tickets to see The Suffers perform live are $14 in advance and can be purchased here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show by sending your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #suffers in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and they will get in the door that night with a friend for free. 

The Suffers will be joined by Bryce The Third for Sunday's show. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. and all ages are welcome. 


~C 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Watch Bird Box with the Man Behind the Movie - Josh Malerman

When Bird Box was released this past December, it was an overnight sensation. The film, starring Sandra Bullock, was released on Netflix on December 21st. Within the first week of streaming, over 45 million accounts had watched the movie, setting a record for viewing of Netflix original films. It seemed like everyone was talking about it everywhere, your co-workers, your friends, radio DJs, TV show hosts, everyone. The craze was so big that people even began doing "the Bird Box challenge", where they would try to do things while blindfolded.

Well, if you haven't seen the movie yet, or you're a big fan and you'd like to see it again, this weekend is your chance! The Senate Theater will be holding a screening of Bird Box this Saturday, February 16th. To sweeten the deal, the author of Bird Box, Josh Malerman, will be at the this special engagement. That's right, that Josh Malerman. The guy that you have seen on stage with The High Strung is also an amazing author, who happened to be the genius that wrote the book Bird Box, that the movie was then based off of. Pretty impressive, right?

If you would like to watch Bird Box with Josh Malerman this weekend, tickets start at $10 and can be purchased here. With a $10 ticket, you will get into the screening and the signing with Malerman. For $25 you will also get a copy of the novel.

Doors for this event open at 1 p.m. with the organ overture beginning at 1:30. The movie will start at 2 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A session with Malerman and then a book signing. For more information on this event, visit the Facebook event page here. To check out Josh Malerman's other books, visit JoshMalerman.com.


~C

24 Hour Giveaway: See Space Jesus at The Majestic Theatre

The Majestic Theatre has been a part of Detroit for over 100 years now. It was first a movie theatre, and then had its down time just as many buildings in Detroit have, but for years, it has been one of the best places to see a show in Detroit. Over the last few years, the owners of The Majestic Complex have been making repairs and doing renovations to the complex. This past year, it was the theatre's turn to get a face lift. We first had a look at the renovations during this year's Black Christmas and it looks like a completely different place. The cafe is gone and instead is now part of the theatre, with a large bar area welcoming you to the space. Once you're inside the actual theatre, it's still the same place you know and love, only spruced up. If you haven't seen it yet, you have a chance to check it out for yourself at some of the great shows that they have coming up at the theatre.

One of those great shows is happening this Friday, February 15th when The Majestic brings Space Jesus to the stage with BUKU, Toadface, and Huxley Anne. Tickets to attend the show are $25 in advance. We also have a pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of AEG Detroit. If you would like to start your weekend off with a few live sets, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #space. We will draw one lucky person on Friday morning and they will get to attend this one for free!


~S

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

It's Time to Re-Visit Punch Bowl Social!

It seems like every time we visit Punch Bowl Social, we ask ourselves , "Why don't we come here more often?" The downtown Detroit business offers great food, awesome drinks, and a variety of fun attractions, making it the perfect place for a night out. Punch Bowl Social recently invited us out to check out some new menu items and we couldn't say no.

During our recent visit, we took over a private bowling area for the night, where we could relax on couches, snack, sip, and bowl a few rounds. This bowling alley is not like the one your mom and dad bowled at on a league when you were a kid. It's classy, fun, and way more intimate. The alley features 8 lanes that are all rented by the hour on a first come first serve basis. Hourly rates range from $10-$12, which also includes shoe rental. If bowling isn't really your thing, there's still lots of fun to be had, with private karaoke rooms (our personal favorite), an arcade, giant Scrabble, foosball, billiards, and more.

In addition to all of the fun activities, Punch Bowl's food is arguably some of the best that we have had in the city! The portions are large, the prices are pretty low, and the food is delicious. On this occasion, we shared several menu items, including the Lil' Street Tacos, It's Nacho Mama, Peanut Sriracha Fries, and the Superfood Grain Bowl (made as a vegan variation). The three of us came very hungry, and left stuffed, with food leftover. The Lil' Street Tacos featured Cocoa Dusted Pork Carnitas with Salsa Adobo, Crema, Radish, Queso Cotija, Yellow Onion, Cilantro and Lime and they were some of the best tacos we've ever had. It's Nacho Mama is one of our favorite menu items and worth the trip alone, with Roasted Cauliflower, Fresh Jalapeño, Pickled Red Onion, and plenty of Queso. We know, cauliflower on nachos sounds a little weird, but trust us, it's awesome! The Sriracha Fries had just the right amount of spice paired with garlic mayo and peanuts, for a different take on fries than anything you've ever had before. Finally, the Superfood Grain Bowl was healthy, but still one of the best things that Sadie has ever eaten. To keep it short, we will definitely be going back for more very soon!
Punch Bowl Social's menu features a variety of great choices, with lots of vegetarian and gluten free options, so there is something for pretty much everyone. They also offer brunch daily, with a 9 a.m. start time on the weekends! Both of these things are HUGE for all of those brunch lovers out there. So the next time you're looking to get food early on the weekends, this is your place. And all of you service industry workers, this is your place if you're looking to get brunch through the week, with service beginning at 11 a.m. 

Whether you make it out to Punch Bowl Social for the food, the fun, or both, make sure you also get some drinks to go along with it. One of the best drink options at Punch Bowl Social is, of course, the punch bowls. They serve up to 8 people and the price is very reasonable too! (unlike some other bars that serve up punch bowls in the city) Currently, the featured punch bowl is the Shot Through The Heart Punch, with Teakoe Pear Tea, Old Forester Bourbon and Strawberry Cinnamon Shrub. They also offer great craft cocktails and adult milkshakes. While we were there, we tried the Milk-Xologist #2, that was minty, milky, and had a hint of coffee. We weren't too sure if we would like booze in a milkshake, but it was super tasty. They also had a great bourbon selection, so we had to have an Old Fashioned with Journeyman Bourbon, which you aren't going to find at most places around town. So that was a special treat!

We cannot rave enough about Punch Bowl Social. It is seriously a hidden gem in the city and whether you've never been there before, of it has been a while since you've been there, you need to pay Punch Bowl a visit soon. The Shot Through The Heart Punch is only available for a limited time though! So don't wait too long!

Punch Bowl Social is located at 1331 Broadway in Downtown Detroit. For more info and to check out a menu, click here.
 


~C

Detroit's Most Talented Come Together to Raise Money for Planned Parenthood this Valentine's Day

From 2017 to 2018 Planned Parenthood provided care to around 2.5 million patients, which added up to 9.7 million services, including over 4 million STI test and treatments, half a million breast exams, and 2 million birth control prescriptions. They also provided abortions to women who chose to end their pregnancies, which only accounts for around 3% of the program's services, but contributes to 100% of the program's problems. Many people get so worked up over the fact that SOME Planned Parenthood providers offer abortion services that they forget all the great things that this place does for women. Thankfully, Detroit's strongest women haven't forgotten how important Planned Parenthood is for our futures and they are doing something special to make sure that Planned Parenthood has all the money they need to keep providing their services to those in need.

Bevlove, Britney Stoney, Stef Chura, Willa Rae, Anna Burch, Deadbeat Beat, True Blue, don't and Ladylike are all coming together at Deluxx Fluxx this Valentine's Day to celebrate every woman's true love, reproductive freedom and choice! Tickets to attend the show are $15 and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood. Doors for this one are at 7 p.m. and this is THE PERFECT WAY to celebrate Valentine's Day while helping raise money for a great cause!


~S

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

24 Hour Ticket Giveaway: Magic Giant @ El Club

California based trio Magic Giant are currently on their Home Away From Home tour, making their way across the US. The band has been selling out dates and packing venues throughout the tour, and this Wednesday night you have a chance to see them live here in Detroit. Magic Giant's most recent release is their first studio full length album In The Wind, which was released last year. They're planning to release a new song this Friday too, the first new music for fans in over a year. The song is called "Rocketman" and will also feature their friends from American Authors. Keep an eye out for that new track on the band's Facebook page. In the meantime, give their single "Set On Fire" below.


Magic Giant will be joined by Castlecomer and Weathers this Wednesday night at El Club. Tickets for the show are $15 and can be purchased in advance here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show by sending your name to hipndetroit@gmail.com with #magic in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Wednesday morning and they will get to attend this show with a friend for free. 

Doors for Wednesday's show will open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. 


~C  

Win Tickets to See Typsetter at The Sanctuary

This week, Black Iris Booking will bring Typesetter to the stage at The Sanctuary. Last fall, the band released their latest album Nothing Blues on 6131 Records. You can give the album a listen here. Now, they are out on the road hitting cities throughout the Midwest and up the East Coast and they will be making a stop here on Wednesday night.

Typesetter will be joined by Michigan's own Cheapshow, Small Stresses and Pinch for this show. Tickets to see this great lineup live are only $10 and can be purchased in advance here. We've also teamed up with Black Iris Booking to give away a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #typesetter in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Wednesday morning and they will get into the show that night with a friend for free.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. for this show and all ages are welcome. For more info, click here.  

Monday, February 11, 2019

We Have the Last Pair of Lizzo Tickets in Town!


If you're a Lizzo fan, you know that she's been going hard AF to promote her new album 'Cuz I Love You coming out on April 20th. She hit up Ellen and Jimmy Fallon last week and put body positivity on the map in a whole new way. She outperformed all of her peers and showed breath control and flute playing skills that are out of this world. Plus, she looked hot AF alongside her beautiful dance squad.

We are in awe of all things Lizzo and apparently, we aren't the only ones because every date on her tour, including three shows in NYC, sold out in a matter of minutes. The last time she played Detroit, she played El Club, this time she is playing St. Andrew's, and from here on out it's going to be arenas. So, this intimate St. Andrew's show is going to be really magical.

Unfortunately, like we said, it is sold out, which means you can't buy tickets anymore. You can however win the last pair from us courtesy of Live Nation Detroit. They were kind enough to hold one pair for us so that we could gift our readers with the chance to get their ass in the door. To enter to win, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #juice. We will draw one lucky name on Monday, February 25th. Don't forget, you can pre-order Lizzo's album here. We already got our copy and we've been listening to "Juice" on repeat for a week! 


~S

Win Tickets to Celebrate Valentine's Day at The Dirty Show

The Dirty Show is one of our favorite annual events. For over 20 years, they have been seamlessly mixing raunchy and classy together to create a unique experience that celebrates sex, love, lust, art, and performance. This year's celebration of sex features more art, talent, and local food and drinks than ever before.

The full list of artists and performers can be found here, but the highlights include Glenn Barr, Chris Harder, Diane Diesel, Perle Noire, Roxie D'Lite and Jett Adore.You can also see the very talented Holly Hock, who was featured during our Willis Show Bar event (watch here). This immersive experience is designed to help attendees let loose and explore their naughtier side. You can get as weird as you want, meaning you can keep it pretty mild if you just look at the art and watch some of the burlesque shows, or you can take it to the next level if you walk into some of the more hardcore areas that cater to fetishes of all kinds.
 

The fun started last weekend, but you still have three more days to enjoy all things dirty this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. This is the perfect Valentine's Day date and a great girls or boys night out. Tickets to attend are $40 in advance and they can be purchased online here. You can also pick up physical tickets at Noir Leather, Third Man Records, Found Sound, The Road Show, and River's Edge Gallery. These dates will sell out so don't wait until the last minute!

We also have three pairs of tickets to give away for the Valentine's Day show! If you would like to enter to win the opportunity to take your valentine to the dirtiest place in Detroit this weekend, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #dirty. We will draw three names on Wednesday and they will have tickets waiting for them at the event on Thursday night!


~S

Thursday, February 7, 2019

The Hip in Detroit Podcast is Back!

We're back!!! It's been a little while since we've done the Hip in Detroit Podcast, but now we are back and this time, it's DIY! For our first episode, we were joined by Kimball. We've been hearing a lot about this band over the past couple of years, and after seeing them play at Fusion Shows' Birthday party last month, we had to learn more about them. Give the podcast a listen below, then head over and give Kimball's latest EP North Wilson a listen here.

Huge shout out to The WAB for letting us use their new ALEchemy Room to record the podcast! Learn more about this new space at the WAB here.



Astronomicon Brings Your Favorite Pop Culture Icons to Metro Detroit

This weekend, some of your favorite movie stars and pop culture icons will be in town for Astronomicon! Now in its second year, the event is sort of similar to a comic convention, but way cooler. Last year, even big names like Jason Mewes of Jay and Silent Bob were at the event, and this time around the folks at Astronomicon have another awesome lineup. Some of the stars that will be at this year's convention include Bam Margera, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Edward Furlong (Terminator 2, American History X, Detroit Rock City), Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Sid Haig (House of 1,000 Corpses, Devil's Rejects), Jake The Snake Roberts, and many more. You can check out the full list of featured guests here.

In addition to the great guests, there is a ton of other fun to be had too! There will be free play video game rooms, cosplay contests, tattoo contests, free podcasting, Q&A panels, artists, vendors, and more! It is all happening this Friday thru Sunday, February 8th, 9th and 10th, at the Wyndham Garden on Van Dyke in Sterling Heights. Weekend passes for the event are $65, or daily passes are available for $25-$35. You can purchase your tickets in advance here. Keep in mind, many of the special guests at the event do also charge a photo op or autograph fee in addition to admission. So make sure you bring plenty of cash with you! Once you're there, you know you'll want some photos!

For more info on Astronomicon and to buy tickets, head to Astronomicon.com.


~C

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Win Tickets to Celebrate Love with Mark Whalen

 
Last November, Mark Whalen and the Buttermilk Boys played to a sold out crowd of over 300 people at Small's. This is a big feat for anyone, but it seems particularly special because Mark is only 19 years old. There are bands that have been playing around town for years that don't have a pull like this, so it should tell you something. Mark and his boys are special. They have upgraded to The Loving Touch for their next show and are hopping to once again pack the space to celebrate love this Saturday. The band released an album last October and they are on the verge of putting out some new songs and going on a tour, but before they do, they want to pack another venue full of music and fun.

Mark Whalen and the Buttermilk Boys are playing alongside Who Boy, Merga, Mykel Andre and Chef Malcolm. Tickets to attend the show are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. All ages are welcome to attend and doors for this one open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. sharp. We also have two pairs of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of the band. If you would like to enter to win a pair, please email hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #loversnight. We will draw two names the morning of the show and they will get to attend for free.


~S

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Win Tickets to Sound Space IV at Deluxx Fluxx

This Friday night, Sound Space will once again take over Deluxx Fluxx in Detroit. This is the fourth installment of the event, hosted by Rebecca Goldberg. This time around, Goldberg will be joined by fellow DJ and producer Ntsha. The night will be full of underground techno for a party like no other. Give Rebecca Goldberg and Ntsha a listen below to get in the vibe for Friday's party.




Sound Space IV is happening this Friday, February 8th. Cover to party with these two bad ass musicians is only $5 and tickets can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to Party Store Productions, we are also getting one lucky reader into this event with a friend for free. Plus, to sweeten the deal, Rebecca Goldberg will have a free record waiting for you too. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #space in the subject line. We will draw our winner on Friday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Things will kick off at 10 p.m. on Friday and 21+ are welcome. For more info, click here.


~C

Win Tickets to See Brasstracks at El Club

Are you sick of this cold grey dreary winter weather? We all are, but we still have a few more weeks before we start having some sunny days. But, that doesn't mean we cant get vibrant!

Brasstracks is currently on The Vibrant Tour and they are going to be bringing a little color to El Club  this Friday, February 8th. They will be performing alongside Kemba and Pell. They have a lot of horns on stage and their music is meant to be heard live. General admission tickets are $15 in advance and a VIP experience that includes a meet and greet is only $75. You can also win a pair of tickets to see the show for free with a friend by emailing your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the hashtag #brasstracks. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show and they will be on the guest list to have a little fun on us.

Doors for this Friday's event open at 9 p.m. and you can find out more about the show here.


~S

Monday, February 4, 2019

Yoshi Flower Returns to Detroit to Play Deluxx Fluxx

This past fall, Metro Detroit native Yoshi Flower released his debut full length American Raver and took off on the road with SG Lewis. Prior to that, you probably knew this artist as half of the duo Gosh Pith, that made quite the name for themselves in Detroit. Since those days, Josh Smith has left to Detroit, moved to California, and has been creating amazing music on his own under the moniker Yoshi Flower. Give his tunes a listen by hitting play on American Raver below.


Yoshi Flower is out on the road now on a headlining tour in support of American Raver. He will be headed to Detroit this Thursday, February 7th to perform live at Deluxx Fluxx. Joining his for this show, is his tour mate KennyHoopla and Material Girl. Tickets to see this great show live are $10 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to our friends at Party Store Productions, you can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #yoshi in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors for this show will open at 7 p.m. and 18+ are welcome. For more info, click here.   


~C

SocraTea is the Best Place to Get a Cup of Tea in Metro Detroit

I love a hot drink. I love holding a hot drink in my hands on a cold day and I love the way it feels when the heat runs down my throat. I live for the first coffee of the day and lately I have found myself drinking decaffeinated tea in the evening just to get the same sensation. I am the kind of person that has to try every cafe in town and my drink of choice is usually some sort of coconut latte. But, those have some serious calories and I can't take the caffeine later in the day, so I have begun getting tea from different cafes to substitute the sensation. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a coffee house in Metro Detroit that makes tea that tastes any different then the stuff I could make with a cheap bag at my house. But, recently I realized that the reason that I wasn't finding what I was looking for was that I was looking in all the wrong places.


If you want a good drink you go to a bar, if you want a good meal you to a good chef, and if you want good tea you don't go to a cafe you go to a tea house. I recently discovered that there is a place in Detroit where you can find over 95 different healthy organic ethically sourced teas that don't taste anything like the shit that you can make with a bag. In fact, after a few sips at SocraTea my concept of what tea could be was completely redefined.

SocraTea is a small independently owned tea house located 5 minutes away from the Wayne State Campus and Cass Corridor that opened its doors in 2012. The space features over 95 different teas that come from all over the world. They have teas that are meant to be drank hot and others that are meant to be drank cold. They brew everything with the exact ratio of tea to water that is necessary to achieve the perfect taste and they make sure that it is the ideal temperature for you to enjoy your drink. They are unbelievably versed in all different types of teas including Black, Pu-Erh, Oolong, Green, White, Rooibos and Herbal.They also have a wide selection of sugars, and creams to add into your drink. This includes vegan options. They were able to talk to me about what I liked and give me a tea that I loved on the first try. I felt like it was the first time I tasted tea and I was more than pleased.
The tea house is open from 10-7 Monday through Saturday and  12-5 on Sundays. They also host pop-ups and feature lots of local artist work for purchase inside the space. They also host high teas for small groups and let a lot of local groups host weekly meetups within the space. You can follow them on social media here to learn more about their community events. I can't believe it took me so long to know that I knew nothing about tea, but now that I know, I am excited to explore more of the flavors that SocraTea has to offer the next time I need a warm fix and I can't handle another coffee.


~S

Friday, February 1, 2019

Flint Eastwood is Playing Detroit in Less than a Week

2019 has already proven that its going to be an interesting year. The government was shut down for the first month of the year and we hit sub zero temperatures after what was a pretty mild winter. But, there has been some good news, the best of which we got yesterday. Flint Eastwood is coming back to Detroit this Thursday to open up for Poppy on the Am I a Girl tour. We had already secured a pair of tickets to give away to the show via Live Nation Detroit when we heard Poppy was coming to town, but now that we know that Jax is going to be opening for the big show, we couldn't be more happy to say that we have a pair of tickets to give away to this one and we know that you are going to want them. 

To catch up on Flint Eastwood's latest release This Is a Coping Mechanism For a Broken Heart featuring tracks with Sam Austins, Siena Liggns, Shortly and Jay Prime click here. To enter to win a pair of tickets to see Flint Eastwood open for Poppy at St. Andrew's Hall on Thursday, February 7th please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #flinteastwood. We will draw one lucky person the day before the show and they will get to attend the show for free with a friend. If you don't want to risk waiting until the last minute and want to lock down your ticket before it sells out, click here. Welcome home Jax, we cannot wait until Thursday night!



~S

Win Tickets to See Emily King at El Club

If you're a fan of Jimmy Kimmel, you probably saw Emily King perform live on his show earlier this week. The NYC born artist has been nominated for a Grammy and toured with big name artists like Maroon 5 and John Legend. Now, she is on the road on a headlining tour in support of her fourth studio album Scenery, that was just released today. Give the album a listen here and check out King's performance from Jimmy Kimmel earlier this week.


Emily King will be performing live this Saturday, February 2nd at El Club in Detroit. Tickets for the show start at $25 and can be purchased in advance here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by sending your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #king in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Joining King for Saturday's show is Jennah Bell. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. and the show will kick off at 9. 


~C