It is now less than a week away from one of the biggest party nights of the year. But are you still searching for the perfect New Years Eve plans? Fear not– the PLAYGROUND DETROIT street team has selected The Top 2017 New Years Eve Party Picks, in no particular order. After all of the weirdness that happened in 2016, EVERY excuse to party is a good one. Here are all of the best reasons to get out your best dancing shoes and spend the night out on the town to welcome 2017 into your life.

Protection Spell: Rituals For Resistance in 2017 Tunde Olaniran // El Club

Party Store Productions presents a witchy New Year’s Eve with Flint’s crown jewel Tunde Olaniran. (Check out our recent video profile of him!) Earlier this month, he announced his upcoming national tour as the opening act for Sleigh Bells, and will also be featured as one of the top at the SXSW showcase in March 2017. Don’t miss your chance to catch this rising star locally before he hits the road!

If you’ve ever seen Tunde live, then you know to expect the following: sweat, (lots of it) a choir of fans belting out his lyrics, dance wildly, and that special feeling… of freedom. The headlining act will be joined by an eclectic mix of local and visiting talent with Norty (Denver/ Grand Rapids), Mother Cyborg (Detroit) Little Animal (Detroit) and Edgeslayer (New Orleans) on the bill. At this electrifying performance, an atmosphere of love, acceptance and togetherness is anticipated- as Tunde reaffirms, “Absolutely no racism, sexism, transphobia, femmephobia, fatphobia allowed at this function. Keep it cute.” Tickets start at $10.00 advance purchase and go up to $15 at the door; so grab your ticket today and go into 2017 with drinks, dancing, singing, mingling and protection. [Featured image, Tunde Olaniran]

Freakish Textures // The Marble Bar

Detroit’s Freakish Pleasures record label is teaming up with the masterminds behind the recurrent and interactive TEXTURE event for a party to remember. Marble Bar will host the NYE bash with a lineup that is staaaaacked! Freakish Textures presents a superteam of DJ’s from Detroit’s favorite labels and monthly parties.

Women on Wax, Macho City, Freakish Pleasures, Interdimensional Transmissions, Texture, FIT Sound and more will be represented as deep house and techno cuts spin late into the night. Event-goers can enjoy artistic installations and sounds both in and outside with dual stages and a heated outdoor patio. As usual sounds are made possible by Audio Rescue Team, with DJ sets by Soren, Ectomorph, Charles Trees, Shady P, SHIGETO, DJ Minx, Ryan Spencer, Jared Wilson and Ben Mason– to name a few.

To top it all off, breakfast food, bloodys and mimosas will be available in the wee hours of the morning to ring in the new year. Texture is an event where people connect with art, music and each other and their collaborative effort with Freakish Pleasures is only sure to escalate the naturally energetic vibe of the event. Freakish Textures is sure to be a fun filled event with affordable entry and a super squad of musical and artistic talent. The event goes from 9PM- late and tickets are still available, buy yours today!

Haute to Death ft Special Guest DJ Scott Grooves // Elizabeth Theatre (at the Park Bar)

If you’ve ever been to Haute to Death you know its going down for New Year’s Eve. Detroit’s “most glamorous and hedonistic dance party” is gearing up for another NYE at the Elizabeth Theatre at the Park Bar and you know they’re doin it big for 2017. Legendary DJ Scott Grooves is headlining the event with his Overdubs set featuring Hazmat and Ian Finke stein. Tunes are guaranteed to be funky, danceable and specifically engineered to make your body move.

The night’s spoils continue as a the well-priced ticket includes complimentary coat check, photo booth snaps, hors d’oeuvres and champagne … What else do you need besides a cutie to kiss when the clock strikes midnight?

Haute to Death has  generously donated four-ticket paackage at a discounted rate as a reward on our PLAYGROUND DETROIT Kickstarter, so be sure to visit to pledge your support for our new artist space and enjoy a lovely NYE in the city while you’re at it!

The party starts at 10PM and goes until 3AM for a full evening of dancing, bubbles, fashion, and fun.

Standby goes Tropicana // Standby

Come escape the Michigan Winter and journey to Cuba with Standby Detroit! A table reservation for 2-4 guests provides unlimited Cuban inspired small plates and a special communal cocktail for the group. Bar seating will be available all night on a first come first serve basis as a specialty rum cocktail menu will set the Cuban atmosphere as Standby’ award winning staff puts their imprint on a variety of enticing classics. Standby’s Marlowe Johnson explains, “I’m most excited to feature exclusively rum drinks! I think there’s a stereotype of rum being in overly sweet, one dimensional cocktails. This special menu will change some minds as we have drinks ranging from the boozy and bitter to the classic rum standby and Daiquiri. We want to show that rum is the perfect celebration spirit. Not to mention that daiquiris are mine and every other bartender’s drink of choice — so we decided to put three types on the menu. “Johnson mentions that the staff is excited to take on the night’s featured spirits, Bacardi and Havana Club. Determined to achieve classic representations of Cuban drinks, Johnson remarks, “It’s always an honor to be able to present them [the drinks] in their original and intended form.”

Standby is in the heart of downtown Detroit, and will provide a picture-perfect mixture of city and island flava. Standby never disappoints with its entertaining atmosphere, mouthwatering eats and award winning cocktails and staff. Johnson explains, “I know Joe Rob (owner) has been working tirelessly on this — I can’t wait for everyone to see the surprises he’s got lined up.”

Standby Goes Tropicana from 9PM-4AM for a very special occasion. Reserve your table today! Parties of 5 or more email

Jerk x Jollof // Berts Warehouse

Jerk X Jollof (pronounced Jerk and Jollof) is a cultural experience that blends together African & Caribbean culture, cuisine, and nightlife. “Jerk” comes from the popular West Indian spice and “Jollof” is a celebrated West African rice dish. These two elements bridge together for an evening of cultural exploration – an experience that has proven to stand alone in Detroit as one of the most sought after events to attend in the city. With their Detroit residency at Marble Bar starting back in July 2016, Jerk X Jollof aims to be Detroit’s African & Caribbean staple.

This New Year’s Eve, Jerk X Jollof has moved to Bert’s Warehouse in Eastern Market. Attendees that purchase a ticket for the “Taste & Network” from 8-10 PM are treated to a buffet of West African/Caribbean cuisine, a top shelf open bar, party favors, and more. Doors open for the party at 10 PM, where Jerk X Jollof’s in-house DJs spin the hottest Afrobeats, Soca, Dancehall, and Hip-Hop – that promise to keep the party dancing all the way into 2017. Cuisine will still be for sale during the party via Jerk Island, an up and coming Caribbean restaurant in Detroit. (Words by Brendan Asante)

Tickets are on sale now at – for Bottle Service inquiries, email



Just Announced… #TWERK42K17 with Nick Speed & Sheefy McFly // 1442 Brush

Join hip-hop royality Nick Speed with Sheefy McFly and special guest DJs for a night to remember- (we dare you) at #TWERK42K17. Entry is $5 before 11pm, ladies are free before 11pm. Entry is $10 after 11pm.


**Please celebrate responsibly. Please call yourself or your loved ones an Uber, Lyft, or other Detroit cab services and have a safe night!


Words by Hailey Dukes. New kid on the block and sponge for all things Detroit. Student to this earth and the people, places, and things on it. Walking an unceasing journey to observe, feel, analyze, understand. Inspire me! Follow Hailey on IG @wolf___hailey // Twitter @heyygirllhai