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Best Nightlife Spots For The Under 21 Crowd In Detroit

Although it may be daunting to find nightlife spots that cater to the under 21 crowd in some cities, Detroit has no shortage of places to party. There is an influx of people discovering the exciting nightlife within the city limits, and that includes venues that welcome those under 21. These venues are the best places to meet friends, listen to local bands and dance 'til you drop. Many have DJs spinning, some hold special events, and most have live music scheduled often. Whatever you are in the mood for, you will find it in the Motor City.
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Magic Stick
4140 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 833-9700

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This entertainment complex located in Midtown is one of the best in the city. The bands that perform here are a mix of larger names and lesser-known favorites. Those looking for some old fashioned fun can head downstairs for bowling, play billiards or taking in some grub at the pizzeria, under the same roof. There's also a swank cafe adjacent to the entrance, as well as a rooftop patio. Whether it be a performance from your favorite band or a runway event for the fashionistas, at Magic Stick, there is always something going on for the under 21 crowd.

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Saint Andrew's Hall
431 East Congress St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-8961

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Saint Andrews has always been one of the best venues in Detroit to get together with friends to see a show. This former church was renovated for use as a concert hall and still retains some of it original features. There are three areas housed within this historic structure: The Main Ballroom, The Shelter, and The Burns Room. The seating in the balcony area is the best place to see the main stage. An amazing array of acts flow through Saint Andrew's doors. Eminem used to perform here, and most bands play at this venue at some point in their careers. Friendly staff and the intimate setting make it a great venue to catch a performance. Please note that this establishment only accepts cash; there is an ATM machine located in the foyer. Be sure to check the event page to make sure you're catching an all ages show.

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29 South Saginaw St.
Pontiac, MI 48342
(248) 334-7411

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If you want to dance the night away, Tonic is where you should be. It has been called "Metro Detroit's Best Dance Party" and is host to upscale events. This place is alive. There is a dance floor, which is usually packed, and a lounge area that's great for chilling and taking a break from the crowded dance scene. On Sundays, Tonic's three different levels are open to everyone, including those under 21. Each separate floor has a unique theme to complement whatever mood you are in.

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Elektricity Nightclub
15 South Saginaw Street
Pontiac, MI 48342
(248) 599-2212

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At Elektricity there is a party each time you step through the doors. Every Saturday they promote a new age of clubbing, bringing together Las Vegas, Ibiza, and Miami to Metro Detroit. Billed as the Elektro Kast, DJ Ryan Richards and 98.7 AMP Radio broadcasts live on Sundays and features the best in electronica. This event is known as the Glo-Out; wear white and shocking fluorescent colors and you may become part of the light show. Parking is available across the street from this venue.

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The Crofoot
1 South Saginaw
Pontiac, MI  48342
(248) 858-9333

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The Crofoot is an excellent place to see a wide variety of bands, both local and nationally known. The shows are usually action-packed, teeming with unrestrained energy. The acts that perform here are from a wide range of styles on the musical spectrum - you will hear trance one day and hardcore the next. The venue has ample space to host large crowds, though it still retains the intimate feel of a theater.The balcony area upstairs is a great place to watch the show without the crowd. Most shows are all ages, unless otherwise noted.

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Nicole Wrona has been on the music scene since she was fourteen- standing in line to score tickets to the latest show. After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, she began working with a diverse range of musicians. She currently resides in Detroit. Her work can be found at

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