The Metro: New upscale lounge The Vinyl Society has Parisian flair with Detroit history in mind

Owner Dennis Archer Jr. joined the show to share more details about the new bar and lounge spot.

An interior view of The Vinyl Society, a new upscale bar and lounge in downtown Detroit.

An interior view of The Vinyl Society, a new upscale bar and lounge in downtown Detroit.

Do you want to pull out your best dress or favorite suit and go out for a night on the town? A new French-inspired bar and lounge situated in the heart of Paradise Valley — with a strict dress code — might be just the place. 

The Vinyl Society is modeled after the thriving nightclub and theater scene in Paradise Valley from the 1920s through the early ’60s — when the historic Black neighborhood was destroyed to make way for the Interstate 375 freeway. The bar’s owner, Dennis Archer Jr., joined The Metro on Wednesday to share more details about the new upscale lounge.

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He says The Vinyl Society was inspired by his international travels, featuring Parisian vibes — but with a Detroit-style flair, commemorating the history and culture of Black Detroiters.

“We wanted to be very intentional about that history,” said Archer. “And so you know, one whole wall is vintage photographs and advertisements from that era for all of the entertainment, hospitality venues and those entrepreneurs from that time.”

The bar and lounge will offer an expansive drink menu, including craft cocktails, a variety of espresso martinis, beer and wine; a small, high-end food menu featuring items like fresh black caviar and charcuterie; desserts, like jumbo “gold-dusted’ strawberries (priced per strawberry); and live music and entertainment spanning multiple genres.

Archer says he wants the location to serve as a hub for Detroiters to gather, listen to music and conduct business. 

“We’ve got a number of people that we’re not ready yet to announce, but jazz performers, opera performers, people from the symphony will be performing,” Archer said. “This is not just about any one genre of music. We’re really just embracing music culture, and we’re also doing a lot of cultural, more intellectual, heavy stuff.”

This includes an upcoming fireside chat with the Secretary of State on July 18.

As far as the dress code, Archer says he wants his guests to dress their best.

“We definitely want people to dress up, feel you know, grown and sexy, and have a good time,” Archer said. “And I think that when the room looks like that and everybody comes like that, I think it just raises the level of feel goodness, if you will, that we’re that we’re trying to share with everyone.”

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