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The Locker Room Lounge This live music dive is a hidden gem of awesomeness

The Locker Room Lounge

18290 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221
  • Neighborhood: Northwest
  • Price Level:   
  • Live Music

Tags: live music, Northwest, dive bar, University District, locker-room-lounge

When you think of the music scene in Detroit, you might picture grand, historic palaces like The Music Hall, the Fillmore or the Majestic: spots designed with impressive acoustics and intricate architectural details. You might even picture more intimate venues like Saint Andrew’s.

But the real jewels of Detroit’s legendary music scene are the snug, unpretentious hole-in-the-wall spots that tourists – and even most residents – never see.

You can’t really call yourself a Detroit music expert until you’ve visited the Locker Room Lounge. It’s a little black box of a building with a red and white awning tucked into the University district of Livernois, a few blocks north of the University of Detroit Mercy. Inside, the place looks untouched by time, with ‘70s style wood paneled walls and dropped ceilings.

It’s the kind of spot where the drink specials include Jell-O shots served in plastic cups. You might initially mistake the Locker Room for just another neighborhood bar, but there is much more going on here than just cheap drinks and colorful regulars.

Performing on the compact stage are the ragingly fabulous big sounds of funk, R&B and oldies, played by a house band and visiting artists alike.

Sunday nights are the best time to see the Locker Room in all its live music glory. Regulars pack in like sardines to lounge or dance into the wee hours. Friday nights are also fun, with a DJ and a dance ‘till you drop atmosphere.

There’s no dress code here, and you’ll find other guests dressed in everything from their Sunday best to jeans and T-shirts.


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