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Grab a drink and hit the patios!

The weather’s getting gorgeous so it’s time to grab seating on the patio and enjoy your drinks outdoors! Up and down Main Street and throughout Downtown Ann Arbor, you will find patio seating for cafes, restaurants, and pubs. One favorite you’ll find down Main St. is Melange Bistro at 314 Main, an upscale dining & lounge offering tasty martini’s and a weekend DJ.

On one side of Melange you have Rush Street, and on the other is Connor O’Neills Irish Pub, head over Sundays for karaoke or Wednesdays for Music Trivia! Explore the website for more event info, view a drink menu, or book a banquet room.

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 ARK- Local Coffeehouse to Music Powerhouse

The Ark

The Ark was formed in 1965 by a coalition of churches that created a coffee house focusing on music and social issues. It has grown into the now non-profit venue on S. Main, presenting national, regional, & international artists known for usually playing to much larger audiences. It has over 300 shows a year by Folk/Indie/Ethnic and Acoustic performers, and does so well at capturing that special artist-audience connection, and producing quality shows for passionate fans. Everyone from the audience, to the volunteers, to the performers on stage fills the Ark with diverse backgrounds and interesting conversation.

Until March it will be pairing with U of M Museum of Art (UMMA) to invite student songwriters to the stage, general public is able to attend free of charge. This is similar to another event The Ark participates in called ‘Open Stage’, which gives local artists a chance to shine for a 2-song set. Names are picked at random. Head to the Ark to sign up for your chance! Upcoming events at the Ark include their Storytelling Festival being held Febuary 20th and 21st.

Whether it is from donations or volunteers, the Ark relies on community support.  CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT THE ARK