If Jack White, the deathly pale, stringy-haired front man of the White Stripes opened a bar, Cobra Lounge would be it. Outside, the cement block and barred windows suggest an auxiliary prison while inside it's strictly black and red. The bordello red, high-gloss paint, low slung vinyl chairs, black lacquered tables, and chipped brick walls conjures a sophisticated Detroit rock city.
Thankfully, there are no ubiquitous plasma screens hanging in every corner. Instead of resting your eyes on endless ESPN highlights, check out the oil portrait of a skeleton smoking; if it's early, pop a few bucks into the jukebox and pick a track off the Detroit Cobras latest album. Later in the night, you'll be treated to a roster of rock, courtesy of the house DJs.
While rockin' out, skip the PBR, and order up the champagne of beers, Miller High Life, for $1.50; on Sundays, bourbon lovers should check out the $3 Makers Mark and Ginger Ale. You can line your stomach with a standard roster of bar eats like buffalo wings, wraps and quesadillas until 1 a.m., but if you're truly a rock star, you'll fork over $24 for the 8-ounce seared Cobra Filet.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Michael Nagrant