Downtown Detroit is destined to get an acid trip-inducing new bar and music venue on Friday, August 3 with the opening of Deluxx Fluxx. The traveling art installation originally launched in 2010 by artists Faile and Bast has found its permanent home in Detroit’s art-filled destination the Belt Alley, the Detroit Free Press first-reports.
Deluxx Fluxx is the third bar project from Library Street Collective’s Anthony Curis and bartender Joe Robinson of Standby and the Skip to open in the Belt Alley in less than three years. Street artist Shepard Fairey, whose massive mural adorns a building downtown and the back wall of the Skip, is also a partner in the space. From its custom-made arcade games to its lineup of tapped cocktails, here are five things to know about downtown’s new destination for drinking and entertainment.
On the location: This spot is keeping a low profile. Visitors will have to dive underground to find Deluxx Fluxx’s new home whose “nondescript door” is identified by neon Xs. X marks the spot apparently.
On the design: Deluxx Fluxx’s interior was designed with custom art installations from Brooklyn-based Faile Art Collective’s Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller. The space features both black and white designs and psychedelic black light posters. The creative director behind Radiohead’s tour Andi Watson helped develop light installations for the venue including square lights installed in the ceilings and the bar top.
We're proud to announce Deluxx Fluxx - an immersive art installation, music venue, arcade and bar by Brooklyn-based artist duo Faile and artist Bast. Deluxx Fluxx opens to the public this weekend and is located next to Library Street Collective in the Belt alley. ⠀ ⠀ 'Minimal neon Xs hang just above the nondescript door near the north side of the alley. Once you’re inside the basement venue, it’s clear the latest addition to Detroit’s ever-expanding entertainment scene has few — if any — contemporaries.⠀ ⠀ The aesthetic of Deluxx Fluxx is a nostalgic nod to childhood basement hangouts and the design styles of punk, graffiti and arcade culture that have influenced the work of Faile over the past 20 years.⠀ ⠀ “Looking back on nightclub culture, there (have) been a lot of clubs (where) great art has always been a part of — down to the posters that promoted the shows there,” says Patrick Miller. With its array of posters and wall graphics that cover almost every inch of the space, Deluxx Fluxx is designed to be an art installation first and foremost, he says.⠀ ⠀ Faile’s top-to-bottom design approach even includes the arcade games themselves. “The games are custom. The sounds are custom. Everything is custom,” says Patrick McNeil. “The arcade is an art piece. It’s interesting sculpturally. It’s interesting audio-wise.”⠀⠀ ⠀ Like the wall graphics in the space, the games are designed to be able to evolve and change as the space is tweaked and updated.' - Ryan Hooper, Detroit Free Press⠀ ⠀ @deluxxfluxx @faileart @bastny #deluxxfluxx #faile #librarystreetcollective @ryanpatrickhooper @detroitfreepress
On the games: In addition to drinks and music, Deluxx Fluxx also features an arcade that’s as custom as the art on the walls. Faile worked with Brooklyn-based developer Matthew Cooley to build around 10 vintage-inspired arcade games centered around Detroit. That means, visitors can play a boxing game with RoboCop, run from ghosts in Michigan Central Station video game, and navigate a pigeon through Eastern Market. One screen even features Jason Hall, founder of Slow Roll.
On the drinks: Mirroring other local bars that are increasingly taking advantage of speedy tapped cocktail pours, 10 cocktails available at Deluxx Fluxx will be poured from taps with designer handles. The recipes developed by bartenders Kyle Adam Thousand and Matt Bieke include a margarita. There will also be 10 beers on draft and fresh, non-alcoholic sodas available. Prices will run between $3 and $12.
On the entertainment: Deluxx Fluxx’s team has wisely snatched up former El Club booker Virginia Benson to bring in local and national bands to the 240-person capacity club. In addition to music and games, the venue also plans to host burlesque shows, karaoke, and more.
• Art Meets Arcade at New Detroit Nightlife Hotspot Deluxx Fluxx [Freep]
• An Inside Look at Deluxx Fluxx [Hip in Detroit]
• All Coming Attractions Coverage [ED]