The UFO Factory (2110 Trumbull Street) is Detroit’s newest bar, art gallery, and live music venue. Although this Corktown venue has only been open for a few months, with its low key vibe and casual comfort, you’ll think it’s been there forever. Its location in the home of the former Hoot Robinson’s, just off of Corktown’s bustling Michigan Avenue commercial strip makes it a great spot to meet friends for drinks before or after a night out on the town. Plus, there’s a parking lot and nearby available street parking With free-Wi-Fi and vintage arcade games to entertain you, it’s also a great spot for a solo drink. The UFO Factory is definitely a place for music lovers as evidenced by its eclectic top-notch jukebox with a mix of old favorites and newer artists. In warmer months, a newly-designed patio offers additional seating.
In its first months of operation, the UFO Factory has hosted concerts, movie screenings, DJ nights, and more. The wide variety of music and events are chosen with a careful curatorial eye by event coordinator, Dion Fischer and Virginia Benson of Party Store Productions. According to Fischer, the UFO Factory looks to book classic Detroit talent, along with new young upstarts. Performances on any given night are likely to showcase any combination of old and new Detroit acts, national and international artists, music, art, and more. Upcoming musical events for December include New York’s YOU. with Detroit’s Ritual Howls, Ann Arbor’s Blue Snaggletooth, The Detroit Cobras, and a new year’s eve show from Shigeto and Jamaican Queens. Monthly visual arts shows curated by Fischer and Davin Brainard will feature “cosmic, outsider, insider, abstract, pop, beautiful, or absurd” artists.
The bar offers a great selection of drinks ranging from low-priced American classic beers in cans to Michigan craft beers. Weekends also offer a top notch bloody mary. Be sure to snack on the free popcorn, popping throughout the night and featuring complimentary seasonings such as Old Bay seasoning and garlic salt. Food is on the way, with a new restaurant Laika Dog, serving from the kitchen. The final menu is top secret, but the UFO Factory reports that it will include a simple but unique menu of fancy hot dogs and more, perfect for the lunch crowd, dinner, or late night dining. Until then, the UFO Factory will also be hosting occasional pop-ups.
The UFO Factory is open Tuesday-Friday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturday-Sunday, noon- 2 a.m. Artists, musicians, and chefs interested in working with the UFO Factory are encouraged to reach out to the UFOFactory@gmail.com.