6. Innovative spaces blend art and immersive activities all over the city.
Detroit is a land of multi-hyphenate venues, and this is especially true when it comes to art. Cozy establishments like the Cass Cafe, a family-operated restaurant that’s been around since 1993, long before Detroit’s current revival, offers up food, drinks and a rotating gallery of cutting-edge works. (Their slogan, perhaps unsurprisingly, is “no TVs, just art.”)
There’s also the stately Scarab Club, a space that’s been around since 1907 to celebrate art in all its forms, from music to poetry to visual creations. Fans of art gather there for readings and discussions, and the club’s renowned costumed balls have been the stuff of legend for decades.
Of course, Detroit also has room for spaces that push boundaries, so you’ll also find quirky establishments like Popps Emporium. The space includes a gallery, communal hang-out space, tool library, and even a space for bartering among friends and neighbors.