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FERNDALE – Classy, comfortable and cool is the best way to describe Gracie’s Underground, downtown Ferndale’s latest nightspot. The newest location in the Goodnite Gracie martini bar family, Gracie’s Underground offers all the stylish design and unintimidating atmosphere that have made both the Royal Oak and Ann Arbor locations so popular. Yet Gracie’s Underground also proves to be uniquely its own.
Built in the basement space below DOC Optical Center on Woodward just south of Nine Mile, Gracie’s Underground is an intimate, subterranean destination with a universal appeal. Owner Mike Hanna says his inspiration was the New York style nightclubs of the 1930s and 40s. “The design is sort of retro-classic. It’s the kind of thing that will never fall out of style”.
Gracie’s Underground is small; a feature Hanna believes is a virtue. “We wanted to create a space that felt cozy. A place with a certain style where everyone can feel comfortable.”
It’s obvious that lighting was a seriously considered design element. Stylized sconces pepper the back walls giving the room a warm ambient glow. Backlit “smoke ring” panels cover the walls behind the bar and throughout the room. Even the bar itself is illuminated. Lights from below shine upward through the vast assortment of bottles splashing the bar’s back wall in blue light.
Although there are points of interest throughout, Gracie’s stage area is the focal point of the room. Whether guests choose to sit at the bar, at one of the numerous high-top tables or at either of the two custom-built, sweeping-back couches they will enjoy a fantastic view of the stage. “The sight-lines are fantastic,” says Hanna. “Bar or couch, front or back you can clearly see the stage and talent.”
Gracie’s Underground boasts a selection of over 40 different specialty martinis and an extensive assortment of exotic liquors. A healthy beer and wine selection is also available. Cigars are permitted and Gracie’s even has its own humidor full of interesting and rare selections. “Whatever your tastes we’ve got it all,” says Hanna.
Food is served at Gracie’s Underground. A bar menu of standard fare items is available. Selections include a chicken fingers wrap, pizzas and hamburgers.
Gracie’s Underground has a weekly line-up of entertainment ranging from Acoustic Blues and Rock n’ Roll Tuesdays and Wednesdays to electro, funk and house DJs Thursday thru Saturday.
Mondays at Gracie’s Underground patrons can enjoy 10-cent chicken wings, $3 domestic bottles and $4 call drinks.
Happy Hour at Gracie’s is not to be missed. Monday thru Friday 5-7 p.m. all drinks are half price.
Gracie’s Underground is open Monday thru Friday 5 p.m. till close and is located at 22757 Woodward Ave in downtown Ferndale. For more information: 248-298-0330 or http://graciesunderground.com.