This fun Ann Arbor guide (made by a six year University of Michigan student... Go Blue!) covers Ann Arbor events, activities, comedy, food and nightlife! You'll also learn about University of Michigan off campus housing options, computing, UM dating and tools for creating the perfect schedule. Sit back, relax and explore.
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Ann Arbor Dining: Breakfast | Chinese | Dessert | Indian | Italian | Mexican | Pizza | Sandwiches & Burgers | Seafood
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Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
Wonderful place for people of all ages. Perfect for first dates (and even children).
Ann Arbor Ice Cube
Public skating on Friday and Saturday nights. The Yost Ice Arena also offers skating.
Colonial Lanes, located near campus, is a good option. (1950 S. Industrial, 734-665-4474)
Dexter Cider Mill
The oldest continuously operating Cider Mill in Michigan! Open from late August to Mid-November, Wed-Sund 9AM-5PM. They even have wine tastings from a local winery on Saturdays and Sundays. Located at 3685 Central Street, Dexter Michigan, it's about a 20 min. drive from Central Campus.
Flower Delivery Ann Arbor
Flower delivery option in Ann Arbor.
Arcade games, pinball, and coin pool tables. Open late. (1214 S University Ave, 734-213-2502)
Pool / Michigan Union Billiards
Pool and more. Great prices and tables. By far the best place in Ann Arbor to play. The national youth pool championship was held here. The cues and tables are in superb condition.
It's fun. (2675 Washtenaw, 734-434-2838)
Putt N Glow Recreation Center
Indoor minature golf. Open Thursday-Sunday. (3900 Jackson Road, 734-222-1720)
Safe Sex Store
The name... fairly self explanatory. Located in Ann Arbor on campus (near East and South University), they have many "supplies" and toys, but do not offer low prices.
For those of you who like to shop, Briarwood is the nearest shopping mall. You can get there by using a car (go figure) or for those of you without, you can go via bus thanks to "The Ride" from the Ann Arbor Transit Authority.
There are numerous, many of them free, U of M sporting events that you can attend from Women's gymnastics and soccer to Men's football and basketball.
The Oasis Hot Tub Gardens
Located only about 5 min. via car from central campus, this "hot tub garden" offers a unique experience. Perfect for you and your special someone. Each garden is completely private, and has its own dressing room. Have a special 1 hour vacation. Not cheap, but very romantic.
Zap Zone Laser Tag
Comedy & the Arts:
Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase
Features a number of great up and coming comedians from all over the country.
Thurs, 8pm. Fri-Sat, 8pm & 10:30pm. (Only $5 with student ID. 314 E Liberty, 734 996-9080)
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Ann Arbor's Improv Inferno Comedy
Cocktails and improv comedy (but the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase is better).
Ann Arbor Performance Network
The only professional theatre in Ann Arbor producing contemporary plays. Thursday's are pay what you can days.
Watch special events LIVE, e.g., New York Opera, sporting events, from the comfort of your local movie theater.
Ann Arbor's non-profit historic theater featuring performing arts and fine (i.e., foreign or independent) cinema.
Visit the Planetarium at the University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History. See
stars, constellations, and planets.
The UM Natural History Museum also has a dinosaur exhibit with allosaurus, a t-rex head and much more, including radioactive dinosaur bones and a wildlife exhibit.
University of Michigan Museum of Art
Features ever changing art exhibits. Generally closes at 5PM, but open until 9PM on Thursdays. It's free.
University of Michigan Music Society
Offers a new and exciting season of musical performances each year, many of them in the acoustically perfect Hill Auditorium. Every year huge performers come to campus such as the Royal Shakespeare Company or Yo-Yo Ma. Get tickets! Student tickets are often half price!
Ann Arbor & Beyond Events Finder
Searchable and viewable by date: The source for what's going on in Ann Arbor. Awesome!
Ann Arbor Film Festival
With over a thousand applicants, the best independent artists from around the world are chosen. Occurs at the Michigan Theater around mid to late March.
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair
This annual event was established in 1960. This four day event attracts approximately 500,000 attendees from across the nation. This is one of the largest art fairs in the country!
Ann Arbor Summer Festival
Held from mid-June through early July at the Power Center and atop an adjacent parking structure which is the home of the "Top of the Park" event. Top of the Park includes 7:00 PM musical performances, and free movies at 10:00 PM.
City guide, classifieds, housing, food, nightspots and events calendar.
Best of Ann Arbor
Voted on annually... find the best ________ in Ann Arbor. Very useful.
Gilbert and Sullivan Society, University of Michigan (UMGASS)
Their performances can best be described as comedy slapstick english operas. They are amazing and sell out all of their performances well in advance. They have two shows a year, one during the fall and one during the winter. Get your tickets early.
Exercise & Nature:
Canoeing, Kayaking and Rollerblading at Gallup Park
Gallup park offers several different canoe trips with 2, 4 and even 6 hour Huron River canoe trip options. You drive to Gallup and then they will drive you and your rented canoe or kayak to your starting location. The park also offers rollerblading, biking and running trails. For other canoeing locations, check out Michigan Association of Paddlesport providers' comprehensive Michigan Canoeing Directory.
Nichols Arboretum (the Arb) & Matthaei Botanical Gardens (Great place to relax or run)
123 acre park (huge) full of beautiful flowers, trees and wide open spaces. This is a very popular place to run (over 8 miles of trails). A main entrance is on Geddes. From Central campus take S. University East until you hit Geddes and continue East until you see the main entrance. It is also accessible in the hill area near Markley Residence Hall.
Parks and Recreation sites for City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County are other good sources for park info. For those more serious hikers also check out the Hiking at Waterloo-Pinckney Trail which offers a 36 mile hiking trail and the picturesque Pond Lily lookout. You may also want to check out Barton Park, the common man's park. This 102 acre park follows the Huron River and has scenic bridges and trails.
Rock Climbing at Planet Rock
Now and again rock climbing is always fun: Novices and experts are welcome! A cheaper climbing option is available on campus. Try out U of M's IM Building's rock climbing wall.
There are numerous places to run in Ann Arbor, especially on campus.
Skiing at Mount Brighton
A fun place to ski for both experienced and those "less experienced" skiers. About 40 minutes north of Ann Arbor. Calling it a mountain may be generaous... but the skiing is still fun.
Tennis (University of Michigan Hill Area Tennis Courts)
Palmer Field tennis courts have lights which make it possible to play tennis outdoors up until 11:00 PM. Palmer Field complex also includes a running track (approximately 1/4 mile) with grass infield (where many people play Ultimate Frisbee), eight lighted asphalt tennis courts, two sand tennis courts, a hockey rollerblade rink, and four basketball hoops.
Tennis (Ann Arbor Pioneer High School)
About a 3 minute drive south of the University of Michigan's Central campus, Pioneer High School is located at the intersection of West Stadium Blvd and South Main Street. Very well maintained courts.
Tennis (University of Michigan North Campus Area Tennis Courts)
Two tennis courts are located on Baits Drive and Hubbard Road between Baits I and II.
Working out or playing games at the CCRB, IM Building and NCRB
Included as part of University of Michigan students' tuition is free entrance to the University's three main facilities located in the Hill Area, on South Campus and on North Campus. They offer a plethora of activities from organized fitness classes, weights, intramural sports, racquetball, ping pong, swimming, rowing machines and running machines.
Ann Arbor Food & Dining:
Most of our selected restaurants are within walking distance of central campus. Some restaurants, although excellent, are a little farther away and "require" a car. When you see a * it's an Ann Arbor favorite and a ** means it's a must go to location.
Afternoon Delight $ (251 East Liberty, 734-665-7513; on Liberty near 5th street)
A nice breakfast place if you’re in the area, with a wide selection of options and very tasty cherry muffins. My omelettee was a little light on eggs, but full of tons and tons of tasty filling: the smoked salmon asparagus omelette is a a nice option.
Angelo's** $$ (1100 Catherine 1100 Street, 734-761-8996; near UM Hospital)
Classic place everyone must visit at least once. The breakfast place in Ann Arbor.
6:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. most days and Sundays 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Benny's Family Dining $ (1952 S Industrial Hwy, 734-663-6302)
Cheap and good breakfast food.
Cafe Zola* $$ (112 W Washington Street, 734.769.2020)
Excellent (very fresh) breakfast food, e.g., omelets, crepes, waffles with strong French influence. Also serves dinner. Pleasant atmosphere.
The Broken Egg* $$ (221 N Main St between Catherine & Huron, 734-665-5340)
Another great Ann Arbor breakfast place offering
tasty omelets and pancakes. They have some pretty unusual and fun breakfast items, such as the chocolate chip and peanut stuffed pancakes. And the omelets are really quite fantastic. 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. most days and Sundays 8:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.
China Gate $ (1201 South University Avenue, 734-668-2445; South U and Church)
Lacks some ambiance, but they offer good cheap Chinese food (a.k.a. Chinagate).
Lucky Kitchen $ (611 E. UNIVERSITY / 1753 PLYMOUTH, 222-8888 / 747-9968)
Healthy and cheap Chinese food. One really shouldn’t go there for a sit down to eat experience, but their carryout delivery service is something to consider for those not wishing to venture outside.
Magic Wok $ (Michigan Union, 734-222-9454)
Chinese fast food. Relatively cheap but not very good.
TK Wu $$ (510 East Liberty Street, 734-747-6662; on Liberty near Thompson Street)
Fine Chinese Cuisine in an eloquent setting, by Borders bookstore.
La Dolce Vita** $$ (332 S. Main Street, 734-669-8826)
Connected with the Chop House (which is arguably the most expensive restaurant in Ann Arbor) this is "the" place for dessert. An elegant atmosphere on plush coaches. No worries about needing to dress up for dessert, blue jeans are fine. Desserts run around $8/each. Open late (midnight on weekdays, 1AM on Fri/Sat. and 11PM Sunday).
Cafe Zola * $$ (112 W. Washington Street, 734-769-2020)
Not only do they have excellent breakfast food, they also have excellent desserts!
Warm freshly baked cookies. They have a cookie truck right on campus, between West Quad and South Quad. They also deliver. Open late, until 2:30AM.
Schakolad Chocolate Factory $ (110 E. Washington, just East of Main Street, 734-213-1700)
Limited seating area but has the best hot chocolate in Ann Arbor. You can also create your own box of assorted chocolates, and get chocolate in almost any shape or type.
Ben & Jerry's $ (304 South State Street, 734-665-4440)
Great ice cream, locally owned.
Cold Stone Creamery $ (3597 Washtenaw Avenue,
Very rich! They mash up the ice cream right in front of you.
Sanders Ice Cream Shop $ (745 East Maple Rd, Birmingham, Michigan; 248-594-2056)
A Michigan classic. Sanders is as Michigan (the state of Michigan as opposed to U of M) as it can get. Sadly, in the late 1990's they were all closed. Now they're coming back. It's an experience. I'd recommend the milkshakes or malts. If you've never experienced Sanders (say for instance you're from out of state) you should do it at least once. Yes, it's a slight drive, but it's worth it.
Stucchi's* $ (Not Stucci's or Stuchi's or Stuci's)
(1117 South University,
734-662-1716 and also 302 S State Street, 734-662-1700)
Ice cream. Two locations on campus.
Washtenaw Dairy* $ (602 S. Ashley St., at Madison Street, right to the West of Main Street, 734-662-3244)
RICH creamy ice cream at incredibly CHEAP prices. This may be my current on campus favorite. They've served AA for over 70 years.
Zingerma's Creamery** $ (3723 Plaza Dr., 734-929-0500)
Truly an Ann Arbor classic locally family owned operation, offering Gelato (Italian style ice cream that is fantastic) as well as many freshly made cheeses and dairy products. Fantastic. Also GO ON A TOUR! Cheesemaker and managing partner John Loomis leads the whey and gives the inside scoop on how we make artisan cheeses and old-fashioned gelato (that's Italian ice cream)! Every Sunday, beginning at 2pm for $5/person, but rumor has it that you then get a "free" certificate to spend $5 there. For those of you who don't know Zingerman's has many different Ann Arbor businesses, including Zingerman's Deli, Zingerman's Bakehouse, Zingerman's Road Hose, and Zingerman's Creamery. Mon-Sat: 10AM-6PM; Sun: 10-4PM.
Shalimar Restaurant $$ (307 S Main Street, 734-663-1500)
Specializes in northern Indian cuisine. I'm told (by my Indian friends who know) that this is by far the best Indian restaurant in Ann Arbor.
Argiero's Italian Restaurant $$ (300 Detroit St., 734-665-0444)
Somewhat cheaper and less formal than others, but still a nice option for a simple Italian meal at a reasonable price. The pasta di giorno is supposed to be good. If it's a nice day, you should sit out on their patio.
Bella Ciao $$$ (118 W Liberty St., 118 W Liberty St., 734-995-2107)
More expensive than Gratzi, expect high quality service and an excellent wine list in a romantic setting. Only on Tuesdays they have a Pastabilities pasta special for $14.
Gratzi Restaurant** $$ (326 South Main Street, 734-663-6387)
One of the best Italian food places in Ann Arbor, but slightly expensive. The chicken marsala is really quite good. After eating here head over for some amazing dessert at La Dolce Vita.
Olive Garden $$ (445 E Eisenhower Pkwy, 734-663-6875)
Sure it's a chain. And yes you'll need to drive there. It's about a 10 min. drive from Central Campus... but parking is easy. They actually have a parking lot! The portions are large, the bread is fresh and the service is excellent. About as good of a chain restaurant as possible.
Paesano's Restaurant and Wine Bar $$ (3411 Washtenaw Ave, 734-971-0484)
Italian themed wine bar and restaurant, specializing in (shockingly) Italian food and wine (with 17 by-the-glass offerings, 85 bottle selections, and ever-changing weekly selections, all of which are available for take-home purchase as well). Weekly wine tastings available from 6-7PM for $20/each Wednesday, includes 5 new Italian wines to try and appetizers.
Palio $$ (347 South Main Street, 888-456-3463; Main St and near William St)
Good Italian food, a little less costly and a little more casual than Gratzi. The family feast for 6 people or more people for $24 a person is quite pricey, but amazing. For dessert try the tiramisu.
The Earle $$ ** (121 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor, 994-0211)
Italian and French restaurant and bar with live jazz and even has outdoor seating. Open Mon-Sat. No cover. The duck here was fantastic. Current magazine's best romantic/elegant restaurant, best happy hour, best wine list and best service.
Za's Italian Cafe** $ (615 E University Ave, Phone Unknown; No Website Available)
Great tasting, reasonably priced Italian pastas, pizzas and more. On central campus right next to East Quad.
Fast, cheap, good.
BTB Burrito (Formerly Big Ten Burrito)* $ (810 S. State Street, 734-222-4822)
Fantastic (extremely cheap) Mexican food. Started by U of M alumni. Open until 4AM!
Panchero's $ (1208 South University,
BTB's main competition It's more expensive and not any better.
Tio's $ (333 East Huron St, West of S. Division, 734-761-6650)
Located North West of central campus. Serves Tio's special super hot sauce. Okay.
California Pizza Kitchen $$ (70 Briarwood, 734-222-6320
Yes, it's a chain, but if you're already at the the Briarwood mall (perhaps seeing a movie at the "dollar" movie theater) it's not a bad option.
Cottage Inn* $$
(Original: 512 E. William, 734-663-3379)
The first restaurant in Ann Arbor to serve pizza, it opened in 1948. Since then they've grown to become a regional chain with over 50 locations, but it all started here in Ann Arbor. Excellent food with a large dining area. Their three other locations on campus include: 546 Packard, 2301 W. Stadium, 1141 Broadway.
Hungry Howie's $ (2145 W Stadium Blvd, 734-994-5464)
Generally they have ultra-cheap pizza deals available, and let's not forget about their flavored crusts.
In & Out* $ (615 East University,
Open late, until 3AM. Cheap pizza by the slice. Great value. They're in the convenience store business, selling kegs, wine and other necessities. Located near East Quad and Ulrich's book store. The place for late night pizza by the slice.
NYPD $$ (605 E. Williams, 734-669-6973)
Their slices are huge. Their pizza is super greasy and expensive. If you want "healthy" pizza run, run, run; if grease is your friend than this is the place for you.
Papa John's $$ (401 East Huron Street, 734-623-7272)
Often have pick up deals. Chain.
Pizza House* $$ (624 Church Street,
Open late, until 4AM!!! Relatively expensive, offers Chicago style pizza and yummy shakes. Recently expanded (doubled) their location. A great late night option. Oh, if you like seafood try their seafood pizza.
Silvo's Organic Pizza $$ (715 N. University Ave., 734-214-6666)
One of the newest pizza places in Ann Arbor, serving authentic "Italian style" pizza. Not cheap.
The Backroom $ (605 Church, 734-741–8296)
Very cheap pizza. Pizza by the slice available. They use a slightly spicy tomato sauce. In & Out, which is less than a block away, is better for cheap pizza.
Villa Pizza $$ (Basement of the Michigan Union, 734-622-8233)
Their pizza is only okay and too expensive. Their chicken parmesan, stromboli, and pasta dishes are a better choice.
Sandwiches and Hamburgers:
Amer's Deli $$ (611 Church St., 734-769-1210)
Over 8,000 square feet deli with sandwiches, salads,and pastries. Slightly expensive.
Blimpy Burger - Krazy Jim's $ (551 S. Division at Packard, 663-4590)
Delightfully unhealthy burgers, which are very greasy, very cheap and very small.
Locals' favorite greasy spoon.
Casey's Tavern $ (304 Depot St, 734-665-6775)
A favorite of the Ann Arbor locals, rarely visited by students. This a classic local pub, featuring tasty burgers at reasonable prices. A place where the serve you soup in mugs, and where they make the pea soup from scratch.
Jimmy John's $
Great cheap sandwiches made fast right before your eyes. Open late, until 4AM and deliver. Way faster and fresher than Subway. Four Ann Arbor locations:
- 342 S State St, 734-222-7000
- 1205 S University Ave, 734-827-2600
- 600 Packard St, 734-741-9200
- 929 E Ann St, 734-913-9200
Max & Erma's $$ (445 E. Eisenhower, 734-998-0505)
Classic American hamburgers, chicken sandwiches and be sure to order the chocolate chip cookies (made fresh) while you're there.
Old Town Tavern $ (122 West Liberty Corner of Liberty and Ashley, 734-662-9291)
Quality reasonably priced burger place with a tavern atmosphere. One of the oldest restaurants in Ann Arbor.
Potbelly's* $ (300 South State Street,
734-205-7080; note, it's not spelled Potbellies)
Offers warm toasted sandwiches and great milkshakes. Reasonably priced, located in the heart of the State St area.
Red Hot Lovers** $ (629 E. University, 734-996-3663)
Serves Chicago style hot dogs and hamburgers grilled right before your eyes. Relatively inexpensive. They have the best french fries on campus. (And have won the award from "best of Ann Arbor" for just that for several years.)
Three thumbs up.
Rendezvous Cafe $$ (1110 South University, 761-8600)
Wide selection of food including some vegetarian options, delicious fruit smoothies, free internet and hookah bar. Open late.
See also the Bars / Nightlife Category
Make sure you check out this category as well for other great hamburger places.
Zingerman's Deli* $$ (422 Detroit St, 734-663-3354)
Make extremely large deli sandwiches, with fresh quality ingredients. Located north of central campus near
Farmers' Market in a historic building.
Zingerman's Roadhouse $$ (2501 Jackson Ave , 734-663-FOOD)
Hearty full flavored traditional dishes from across the world as well as classic American favorites. Way more than just sandwiches. Great food, great atmosphere.
Gandy Dancer** $$$ (401 Depot Street, 734-769-0592)
Great place for a romantic dinner. Eloquent. Unique setting right across from scenic train station. Sunday brunch available. Very expensive.
Real Seafood Company $$$ (341 S. Main Street, 888-456-DINE)
Fresh seafood in Ann Arbor, expensive.
Red Lobster $$ (2420 Carpentar Rd, 734-971-4412)
Reasonable prices, reasonable quality. This chain location is not bad. It's about a 10 min. drive from central campus.
Chop House Restaurant $$$$ (322 S. Main, 888-456-DINE)
The place for steak in Ann Arbor. Make reservations in advance. Very, very, very expensive. The most expensive restaurant in Ann Arbor.
Knight's Steak House** $$ (2324 Dexter Ave, 734-665-8644)
Old fashion, steakhouse. Many people rave about this place, it's because the food is really good. The winner of the ecurrents best of Washtenaw county best steakhouse. They bring delightfully fresh (warm) bread to your table quickly. What's nice about their menu is they have something for everyone: they have both very expensive +$30 seafood/steak options and very cheap less than $10 hamburger/sandwich options. They have not only steak, but a number of impressive other options (e.g., crab, lobster, other seafood, pork, etc.). Also they have VERY REASONABLY PRICED wine of shockingly good quality for a mere $5/glass. A nice dinner for two including tip could cost about $50-60.
Mongolian BBQ $$ (200 S. Main Street, 734-913-0999)
It's kind of fun to make your own bowl of food and then watch them cook it in front of you. The restaurant is noisy but festive. Be sure to call ahead when going on the weekends or be prepared to wait at least an hour for a table.
Quarter Bistro & Tavern** $$ (300 S Maple Rd, 734-929-9200)
European Bistro with a French Cajun/Creole twist. It features an excitingly diverse menu with "exciting" options, e.g., alligator appetizer, and also more classic entrees, and even hamburgers. The five onion soup and lamb chops were excellent. (They serve a Sunday brunch Buffet 11am-3pm.)
The West End Grill $$$ (120 W Liberty St, South of Huron St., 734-747-6260)
Classic grilled food.
Sophisticated atmosphere. Make reservations in advance. Founded by a couple of Michigan MBA's. Quite expensive.
Vegetarian & Other:
Ahmo's Gyro's and Deli $ (341 East Huron Street, Huron and Division, 734-662–4445)
Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food - pita, sandwiches etc. They serve up one of the best gyros in Ann Arbor.
Earthen Jar $ (311 S 5th, 734-327-9464)
Offering delicious (often organic) Indian and vegan food at a reasonable prices, buffet style.
Parthenon Restaurant $$ (226 South Main St, 734-994-1012)
Tasty solid greek food. Nothing out of the ordinary, but it's almost worth a trip just to get the flaming cheese... so good.
Seva $$ (314 E. Liberty St, 734-662-1111)
Serving up tasty ethnic foods (Mexican, Indian, Australian, North African, Asian) and also vegan dishes. Offers something for everyone, large portions but a little expensive.
Wine Bars, Regular Bars, Alcohol and Nightlife:
Vinology Wine Bar** $$ (110 South Main Street, 734-222-9841)
Unique wine selection. Romantic atmosphere with contemporary style. Offers a fantastic ever-changing menu. Moderately expensive with most entrees in the $18-20 range and wine from $6/glass. Very, very, very, very highly recommended.
Melange Bistro Wine Bar $$ (314 S Main St, 734-222-0202)
Warm relaxed atmosphere, impressive wine selection. Also features dinner and a movie night on Monday's at 6:30PM ($30/person includes full meal with dessert and movie; reservations recommended) and live music Wed. - Sunday. Great Happy Hour 4-6PM with half off drinks and appetizers (including their excellent crab cakes at $6 they're a steal).
Paesano's Restaurant and Wine Bar $$ (3411 Washtenaw Ave, 734-971-0484)
Italian themed wine bar and restaurant, specializing in (shockingly) Italian food and wine (with 17 by-the-glass offerings, 85 bottle selections, and ever-changing weekly selections, all of which are available for take-home purchase as well). Weekly wine tastings available from 6-7PM for$20/each Wednesday, includes 5 new Italian wines to try and appetizers.
Village Corner (S. University and Forest - 601 South Forest Ave, 734-995-1818)
Arguably one of the best retail wine shop in AA (home to 5,000 wines), right on U of M's campus. Also organizes wine tasting events. If you're willing to drive slightly, A & L Wine Castle is another option, although they have a smaller selection of wines.
Wine Tasting Events
Visit the link above for this month's numerous (and we mean numerous) Ann Arbor wine tasting events.
Michigan Wineries in Traverse City
Less than 4 hours from Ann Arbor... offering free tasting rooms.
Southeastern Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail
Eight wineries located in Southeastern, Michigan. Some are located very close to Ann Arbor. They have wine tasting events.
Regular Bars & Alcohol Themed Establishments:
Arbor Brewing Company (114 East Washington Street, 734-213-1393)
Known for award-winning beer. Good size bar and restaurant. Local favorite serving up steak, ribs and burgers.
Ashley's (338 S. State St., Ann Arbor, 996-0439)
One of Michigan's best multi-tap establishments with
65 beers on draught.
ConoroNeills.com (318 South Main Street, 734-665-2968)
Traditional Irish pub and restaurant with moderately priced food. Large portions and tasty. Hosts a weekly trivia night where tables compete against each other.
Dominick's** (812 Monroe Street, 662-5414)
Beer, sangria, sandwiches, pizza, inexpensive. Very popular hang out for the law and business school students. An Ann Arbor landmark since its 1960 opening known for its outdoor tables outback. Located across from the law quad and business school.
Drink and be merry.
Full Moon (207 South Main, 734-994-8484)
A bar that is busy, but not too busy. Relaxed atmosphere. Two floors of pool tables available.
Good Time Charley's (1140 South University, 668-8411)
Outdoor / indoor cafe, bar, hamburgers, beer and shots.
(FYI: It's not called Good Time Charlie's or Goodtime Charlie's.)
Leopold Bros Brewing & Distilling
Ann Arbor misses you.
Mitch's Place (1301 South University, 734-665-2650)
Serving up classic pub grub, drink specials and music from local performers.
Red Hawk Bar & Grill (316 South State Street, 734-994-4004)
Traditional bar and grill with oversized sandwiches and a full bar.
Rick's American Cafe** (611 Church St., 996-2747)
Nightclub. Live music and dancing stage. Popular hang out for undergrads and (some) grad students. On campus, near Pizza House and the South University area. Also darts and pool available. Mon-Sat 8pm-2am.
Score Keepers Sports Bar & Grill (310 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, 995-0100.)
Large establishment on central campus featuring dancing, pool, darts.
The Blue Leprechaun (previously Touchdown Cafe) (1220 South University, 734-665-7777)
Irish themed pub, plasma screens for sports, dance floor, DJ's.
The Brown Jug (1204 S. University, 734-761-3355)
Been in Ann Arbor since the 1930's. The food is fine, nothing special. Offers many drinking specials. An option for some late night burgers and drinks.
Blind Pig (208 South First Street (2 blocks West of Main Street), 734 996-8555)
Firefly Club (207 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor, 665-9090)
Weekly jazz at 8pm. Winner of Hour Magazine's Best Jazz Club in Metro-Detroit and Current Magazine's Readers' Poll Best Jazz Club in Ann Arbor. Great Jazz live.
The Ark (316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, 761-1451)
Wide variety of music featuring local, national and international performers.
Nightclubs / Dancing:
Cavern Club, Millennium Club, Gotham City, Circus (210 S. First (2 blocks West of Main Street, 332-9900)
Cavern Club offers four clubs in one with 25,000 square feet of space. The Cavern Club has style and hosts live bands. Millennium Club & Gotham City are on the main floor where DJ's Spin & MTV style videos play on multiple video screens. Circus Bar & Billiards is on the third floor and features LIVE BAND KARAOKE - Mon - Wed - Thurs & Fri with free pool. +21... $5 cover, 18-20... $10 cover.
Studio 4 (314 S. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, 302-FOUR.)
DJ provided dancing music. 70s/80s/90s/Top 40.
The Necto (516 E. Liberty St., 994-5436.)
Dance club (New York-style DJ's / dancing).
AA's Movie Theater Movie Showtimes by Yahoo
Arguably the best place to see what both the mainstream movie theaters (Goodrich Quality 16 & Showcase Cinemas) and the small local independent Ann Arbor Theaters are showing. The Michigan Theater, a small local independent theater, also has live performances. Check out their website's schedule. And for those of you on a budget how does a dollar ticket price sound to you? Try Briarwood's Dollar Movies.
M-Flicks & MLB Free Classics
Now and again seeing movies before they are released thanks to M-flicks or seeing free old movies can be quite fun.
Metro Detroit & Beyond Fun:
Broadway in Detroit (Fisher Theatre, Detroit Opera House, Gem and Century Theatres)
See all the great Broadway shows when they come here to Michigan.
Roller coasters are amazing. It is one of the largest amusement parks in the country, and it's only two hours away! Another farther option is Six Flags Chicago, which is five hours away.
We've all watched curling on the olympics, and now you can do it in Ferndale, Michigan. No prior experience needed. Get a group of 8 people together and go play for two hours. It's reasonably priced at about $18/person.
Detroit Institute of Art
The DIA has an impressive collection of art. There was a time when autos and the state of Michigan was quite the happening place. Its collection is noteworthy.
Detroit Science Center
The home of Michigan's only "dome" IMAX Theatre, a planetarium, and numerous live science demonstrations and exhibits.
Now the Detroit Zoo has rhinoceroses and chimpanzees: arguably one of the best zoo's in the country. The Zoo is not located in Detroit, but in Royal Oak, Michigan, which is about 45 minutes from Ann Arbor. You may also enjoy visiting the Toledo Zoo, which has a great hippo exhibit and is about one hour from Ann Arbor.
Greenfield Village & Henry Ford Museum
Henry Ford Museum is one of the world's best collections of historic cars. Greenfield Village brings early American 1700's and 1800's towns to life: Edison, Wright, Washington, Webster and Frost.
Laser Quest in Madison Heights
Huge Multi-level arena. Huge... can accommodate 40 players at once. By far one of the best places to play laser tag in Michigan.
Here you'll find a scenic island where no cars are allowed. Bicycle around the island along the 8 mile path, try the legendary Mackinac Island fudge, and go horseback riding! It's about a 4 to 5 hour drive from Ann Arbor.
MGM Grand Detroit Casino, Motor City Casino, Casino Windsor
Now, "gambling" (in moderation mind you) is always an option for something different. Think games, dining and entertainment.
PalazzoDiBocce.com (Bocce Ball!)
Play bocce ball on one of their 10 indoor courts and eat fine Italian food. Open until 2AM on Friday and Saturday. About 1 hour drive from Ann Arbor.
Great improv comedy group! You should eat at Andiamo, an Italian Restaurant located in the same building, before the show.
Drama and theatre is always fun.
Traverse City Beaches, Sand Dunes and Wineries
Less than 4 hours drive from Ann Arbor, Traverse city offers beaches, huge sand dunes (sleeping bear dunes) and wineries. At the same latitude as Germany (and German Riesling), Traverse City has many wineries and best of all most of them offer free wine tasting! A wine tour is a nice option. Chateau Chantal is particularly scenic and offers a Bed and Breakfast. In the evening guests can go up into the tasting room (once it’s closed to the general public) and finish off what’s left.
Coach Insignia $$$$ (313-567-2622, 200 Detroit GM Renaissance Center)
Second highest restaurant in the country with breathtaking view of Detroit and Canada! (Located at the top of the GM Ren Center, which also has a movie theater.) Fantastic, extremely expensive, eclectic chophouse (may just want to go there for dessert). The "coach" shaped chocolate dessert is fantastic. Business casual required (although blue jeans with dress shoes and shirt is acceptable). Open 5-10PM M-Th, 5-11PM F-Sat and closed Sunday.
Hunter House Hamburgers $ (Near Comerica Park, 351 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, 313-965-0265)
Great, reasonably priced hamburger place. They have "sliders" french fries and even some healthier options like their excellent chicken & fruit salad.
Loco Bar & Grill $ (Near Greektown Casino, 454 E Lafayette, Detroit 313-965-3737)
An excellent Mexican restaurant and their chicken sandwiches aren't bad either.
Mario's Italian Restaurant $$$ (4222 2nd Ave, Detroit, 313-832-1616)
Upscale fairly expensive Italian restaurant, serving the same classic Italian food since the 1940's. They offer a free shuttle to several local Detroit Theaters, e.g., the Fox. As they quite accurately say on their site: "It's an unpretentious, old-school kind of cool." Enjoy!
Mosaic $$$ (Near the Greektown Casino, 501 Monroe St. Detroit, MI; 313-962-9366)
Not just another Greek restaurant. High end $20-50 international menu with a Mediterranean / seafood focus. The lobster harvarti grilled cheese sandwich for lunch is incredible and a bargain at around $14. Can park for free at the casino (the Greektown Casino is right next to it.) Gambling after dinner is an option.
Slows Bar BQ (Downtown Detroit Restaurant)
Amazing BBQ place. Slow cooked, generous portions.. (Try the mac and cheese side. Incredible.)
GreatStuffToDo.com (with Michigan events!)
This site keeps you up to date on what's going on in Michigan. You select your interests such as comedy, dance, film, history/science, jazz, pop, rock, seasonal stuff, sports, and it sends you weekly emails with what's going on.
Event listings by Ticketmaster tends to showcase the bigger performers who will be in the area. See also AOL's surprisingly good Detroit Events listing and also performances at Olympia Entertainment venues.
Lists attractions in Michigan. Also check out Michigan.gov's Listing fun things to do in Michigan.
A useful resource for what is going on in Detroit and the greater metropolitan area. I would also check out the city of Detroit's cultural fun stuff to do guide.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Off Campus Housing Companies:
Below is a list of all known Ann Arbor company housing companies' websites. You may also want to check out our Ann Arbor Housing Guide for advice on how to rent the best apartments or houses at the lowest price.
Amvest Property Management
CMB Property Management
JMS Properties (very highly recommended)
Jones Properties (recommended)
Metro Property Services
Old Town Realty
Oppenheimer Properties (highly recommended)
Prime Student Housing (recommended)
University-Places houses (recommended)
Wilson White Company
Buying books for classes can be confusing. Please check out our University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Bookstore Book Buying Guide.
Get direct access to your umich email from anywhere in the world with only a web browser and an internet connection.
Mfile.umich.edu (formerly IFS & AFS Space)
Use this secure website to upload files to your secure file storage space using a web browser.
This website lets you enable two free services from U of M which will reduce the amount of SPAM you receive: (1) Enables UM automatic blocking of known spammers. (2) Enable SpamBox which filters suspect emails at the server level to a separate folder for you to review at a later time. For those of you who get viruses also check out the virusbusters website.
Of course, facebook.com is always a great "tool" to learn someone's availability, meet your friends' friends, find people with common interests and the like. Some other more general suggestions would include match.com*, eharmony.com, yahoo.com, meetme, itsjustlunch, and while you're at it you might as well check out some date ideas from goofy foot press.
An online marketplace for University of Michigan students. Buy and sell your used books, sell your TV, buy football tickets. Best of all it's free: find employment, parking, computers, cars, and more! Also try out thediag.com and annarbor.craigslist.org.
U of M Dorm Food Menu (University of Michigan)
The daily dorm food (i.e., Residence Hall) menu.
News & Information:
AA Department of Public Safety (DPS) Crime Notes
Daily crime briefing from the University of Michigan's Department of Public Safety.
Group-operated news blog for the Ann Arbor community.
Campus Information Center (University of Michigan)
Useful resource for finding information related to the University. Also their operators
can be quite helpful and get you any University telephone number you want. Reach them at
Crime map of University of Michigan / Ann Arbor crime, updated every day.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Provides free and confidential counseling to U of M students.
LiveJournal Community of University of Michigan Students (umstudents)
Here you can find lots of common questions and answers about the University from real students. The link above takes you to the U of M Live Journal Moderated Group which has over 600 members.
Sexual Assault Prevention And Awareness Center (SAPAC)
Provides valuable counseling and support to U of M students.
The Michigan Daily
University of Michigan student newspaper full of news and things to do in Ann Arbor.
The Michigan Every Three Weekly
Satirical and hysterical, a comedy "newspaper" ridiculing everything and everyone. Hilarious!
The Michigan Review
The campus affairs journal of the University of Michigan.
UM Historical Information
Online University of Michigan historical encyclopedia.
Online (Course Selection)*
This site allows you to look at the student evaluations of any
professor. It also lets you find the median grade for any class.
Extremely useful for selecting courses and professors.
Great tool for making the "perfect" umich schedule.
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