Willis Show Bar sits on the corner of Willis and Third in Detroit’s Historic Cass Corridor. Reborn as an upscale cabaret and cocktail bar, Willis Show Bar has been revived from its early “Show Bar” era. First opening in 1949, it was a hot spot jazz club until it closed its doors in 1978. The legendary bar lives again in its original Art Moderne style ceiling and floorplan that captures the attention of every seat in the house. The very unique main stage is still behind the bar and features live music along with cabaret performers, burlesque dancers, deejays and comedians.
We pay tribute to John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps”, a collaboration with frame & Detroit Bus Company. Dinner starts at frame with a warm winter Sunday dinner by frame favorite, Chef Matt Tulpa. Once the fourth course is over, board the fame Detroit Bus for a trip to Willis Show Bar. Dessert, a custom welcome drink, & a private live John Coltrane music experience awaits! The Detroit Bus Company will bring you back to Hazel Park after the show at Willis.
Jeffrey Trent on saxophone
Leroy Mickens on piano
Trevor Lamb on bass
Tariq Gardner on drums
Willis Show Bar is available for exclusive private functions and we can play host to a variety of menu options and entertainment selections. We can comfortably accommodate up to 85 seated guests. The maximum capacity is approximately 125 guests, depending on the room configuration.
26 comfortable seats line our one-of-a-kind 55 foot long bar, which spans the entire main room. Two sets of romantic banquette seating face the main stage, with tables for 10 guests each, while our plush upholstered booths are perfect for larger groups on our upper tier.
We love hosting special events and our space can be tailored to fit your needs. To learn more about how we can help you craft a unique and memorable event, please email [email protected] You may also view our private event brochure.
A NOTE ABOUT RESERVATIONS
Each early seating (7:00-7:45pm) on Fridays and Saturdays is allowed a leisurely 2 hours to enjoy their experience including the first musical set from 8:00-8:40pm. If you would like to stay longer than two hours please alert your server or bartender so we can do our best to accommodate you. Our late seatings begins at 9:15pm and ensures your table or bar seats for the rest of the evening.
“My grandfather played the trumpet at Willis Show Bar in the 1920s. I still have the trumpet today.”
“My grandfather owned the Willis from the late 1930s through mid 1960s. I remember going there when I was a kid, he owned the whole block with many store fronts. I guess all my roots really started with Willis. I live in Oakland, California but can’t wait to get back to Detroit to come and visit. It looks like the owners have done an amazing job recreating that early vibe with music, interior, and great cocktails.”