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.
Our private booths are perfect for parties from 6-20 guests. Our vintage punch bowls are an elegant way to celebrate with friends.
Please note for parties of 7 or more we require a deposit to hold your table. This deposit goes towards the cost of admission for the show, as well as any drinks or snacks consumed throughout your stay.
We love hosting special events & our modular space can be tailored to fit your needs. To learn more about how we can help you craft a unique & memorable event, please fill out our inquiry form.
Walk in guests are always welcome. Join us at one of our 28 bar seats for a front row view of our nightly entertainment.
The Willis Show Bar offers nightly bands and deejays featuring some of Detroit’s best local talent.
“My grandfather played the trumpet at Willis Show Bar in the 1920’s. I still have it 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.”