Ziggy's Bar / Alley Bar/ Carryout
Closing times follow events so may be later than noted.
*Must be 21 years old to purchase alcohol*
Music is one of those elements that contribute to a community's quality of life. Since opening in late Summer 2016, Ziggy's aimed to give music a home in Ypsi, a home that was comfortable and welcoming. A living room/listening room where the art could be challenging at times, but the surroundings were always warm and comfortable, and with a bit of that "What if Ziggy Stardust opened a bar?"-style.
We opened with an espresso machine and little else. We never lost that coffeehouse vibe as, in March of 2017, we added a liquor license and celebrated with a show pairing Philadelphia Free Jazz saxophonist Elliot Levin with legendary Detroit poet John Sinclair.
We have continued to be a local spot for music and gathering, we've hosted hip-hop, underground Detroit techno, jazz of all flavors, indie-rock, folk, art happenings, and R&B of the highest order. The love we've felt back from the community has been humbling and overwhelming.
As things were in full stride and only growing, the pandemic hit us hard, but following a run of bad luck, we're back in full force as of 2022. Currently, our doors are open Tuesday through Saturday and big musical events are scheduled practically every evening (with the exception of our chill-out night, Wario Wednesdays, which allows our patrons to rest their ears, stare at the big screen, and play four-player games of Mario Kart from their barstools.) Otherwise, expect top shelf jazz on Tuesdays, some of the area's best DJs on Thursdays, and an excellent assortment of musical genres taking the stage on the weekend.
There's a reason why so many of our regulars are musicians -- the scene in and around Ypsilanti is bustling with talent, and the staff is passionate about giving all that brilliant artistry a home. Every night is something special, and if you are lucky you'll catch a magic moment; like an impromptu synth jam between electronic noise artists, or a saxophonist joining in a jazz session while seated across the room. [Editor's Note: both happened last week.] In that spirit, it's worth mentioning that we were awarded "Best Live Venue" in Washtenaw County by readers of Current Magazine in August, along with "Best Open Mic," and also a runner up for "Best Outdoor Venue,"attributed to our newly added Stardust Alley Bar located right out back.
A deep, heartfelt appreciation goes to our artists, customers, and friends who have continued to support us in whatever form we take. We love you!