Best Of 2002

Best Homage to the Rat Pack: The Parkview Nite Club

It's hard not to love the Parkview Nite Club. Tucked neatly on the end of West 58th in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood, it's got everything a bar needs: cheap food, a stable of oddly affecting regulars, pool tables, and a good jukebox. Added to all this is an unexpected touch of retro hipness: a big-ass picture of Sammy, Dino, and Frank -- drinking, smoking, laughing, and generally looking like they're having much more fun than you ever will. It seems appropriate. Though the tuxes might be out of place, the Parkview is exactly the kind of place Frank and the boys would have appreciated. Maybe the name should be changed to the Ring-a-Ding Diner.