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Ann Arbor’s Best Kept Secret

Bab's Underground, downtown Ann Arbor | Ann Arbor Bars

Bab's Underground, downtown Ann Arbor | Ann Arbor Bars

Bab’s Underground truly is one of Ann Arbor’s Best kept Secret’s! It took me awhile to finally locate the lounge, and when I did it was purely accidental.

Bab’s has been at 213 S Ashley in downtown Ann Arbor for the last 13 years, opening doors in 1997. It has 2 pool tables, a photobooth (how fun!), HD TV’s for game-watching. They also have a huge variety of martini’s and draught beer.


Open until 2am, Club Necto is a dance club located on Liberty that has a DJ  every night spinning a specific blend of hits to match the nights theme. It has a full bar, VIP area, coat check, 2 dance floors, dance stages, indoor sitting areas, and 2 patios for summer nights. You can even host your own party here by reserving a dance floor for personal parties or benefits.

Check them out on twitter @necto for updates and theme night anouncements.

Circus Bar

painting at The Circus Bar

Located on S. First in downtown Ann Arbor, inside the same building as the Cavern Club, Gotham City, and Millenium Bar is the Circus Bar. If you don’t like clowns, beware- It has a 5 foot clown suspended from the ceiling! But don’t let that distract you from the weekend karaoke, also this weekend is live music by Killer Flamingos! Check out the website for event information.

Swank Seafood and Martini Bar on Main St. Strip

Black Pearl


If you think various dishes of seafood and an ever growing list of exotic drinks is enough to separate it from the rest of the bars on the main street strip, but then you add a live band, dim atmosphere, and a cool vibe, well you have yourself quite the unique bar located at 302 S Main in downtown Ann Arbor. Check out the Black Pearl website for menu options, information on live music, or to have them cater your next event!

The Blind Pig & 8Ball Saloon

Blind Pig & 8 Ball Saloon

The Blind Pig , located above the 8ball Saloon at 208 S. First St. in downtown Ann Arbor, has seen some pretty impressive talent, such as the Motor City punk pioneers, the MC5, Hendrix, and even John Lennon, plus tons of other local & touring artists, bands, & DJ’s over the last 3 decades. It’s also been a number one favorite of the late Kurt Cobain.

Head over for Monday night karaoke, and catch different genres of acts all throughout the week. Tonight check out the blind pig and catch S.U.N, Gorilla Funk Mob, Paradime (of Kid Rock fame), and tomorrow The Sights play with the Satin Peaches. And coming in March are Tally Hall, Electric Six, and Sister Hazel.

If pool tables and darts are more your taste, then head downstairs to the 8Ball.