One of Detroit’s hottest new establishments is also one of the city’s most historic venues, dating back to the 1940s.
Willis Show Bar, on the corner of Willis and Third in Detroit’s Cass Corridor, was reopened this year after being closed for decades.
First opening in 1949, it was a hot spot jazz club until it closed its doors in 1978.
The revamped venue features a 55-foot-long bar, spanning the entire main room. The very unique main stage is still behind the bar and features live music along with cabaret performers, burlesque dancers, deejays and comedians.
Alex Atwell’s Uniquely Detroit feature story follows the story of a family trumpet, and how it made its way back home to the Detroit Willis show bar.
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