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How to Get Home: the Biggest Bar Night of the Year

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Everyone knows that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the Biggest Bar Night of the Year, right?  If you don’t believe us, check out Yahoo Answers.  College students are home, old high school friends reunite near their parents’ homes, or you just go get your groove on because you know everyone else will be out and about.

Now if you live in Chicago or New York, you can go have your good time and not worry about getting a DUI on the way home.  It’s a little trickier in the Metro Detroit area where mass transit, while it exists (see here), is not such a realistic option after a late night out.  Nor is riding your bike home the best idea (see here and here).  But what are you to do if you want to meet up with your friends for a few drinks in Birmingham when you live in downtown Royal Oak?  Nobody wants to sip on an Amstel Light for the whole evening. 

Thankfully, you’ve got some options.

The Detroit Free Press recently did an article on some local services which will drive you home after a night out, in your own car.  The rate for “on-demand service” for one of these services is $50 for the first 10 miles and $2 for each additional mile.  Not cheap, sure, but WAY more affordable than a DUI!

There aren’t a lot of cabs around here. People drive everywhere and the issue of drunk driving is becoming a huge issue. Good people are going to jail because they have a lapse of judgment.  –Tom Proctor, the Designate

Credit, Free Press

Credit, Detroit Free Press

A more social and affordable option is The Night Move, run by Chris Ramos, 26, of Ferndale.

Unlike the SMART bus system, the Night Move operates only on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., offering round-trips to and from Detroit, Royal Oak and Ferndale for $12. The bus provides maps of restaurants and bars and information on attractions and events in Detroit’s reemerging social scene.

The Night Move is also a “green” option — the bus runs on biodiesel.  It’s also a much better deal than a cab and you’re sure to meet some fellow bar-hoppers along the way. 

Go out and have a great time!  And don’t be jealous of those of us living in downtown Royal Oak who can go to some of the best bars in the area and stumble home with no worries!

“Firms escort drinkers home in clients’ cars,” Detroit Free Press, link.

“Night Move bus rolls into city scene with green goals,” Detroit Free Press, link.

More information on each of the services, after the jump . . .

From the Detroit Free Press:

If you need a ride


  • TheNight Move — stops in Royal Oak, Ferndale, and Along Woodward.  Check out the schedule and stops at


  • The Designate offers pick-up services mainly in the metro Detroit area — Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties, as well as Ann Arbor and Brighton. Services are available on-demand or by reservation.


  • For more information, call 888-929-8282 anytime, or go to Service hours are from 5 p.m. to midnight Sunday-Tuesday and from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday.Designated


  • Dave’s serves Macomb County and, like the Designate, drives home drivers, their cars and their passengers. It is in need of drivers and donations or volunteers as some of its rides are free. To reserve a ride or to request a ride at the time it’s needed, call 586-808-8329 anytime.


  • Designated Drivers, a pick-up and car delivery service out of South Lyon, serves primarily Oakland and western Wayne counties but also travels into other counties and cities, including Ann Arbor. Reservations are preferred but not required. Call toll-free 866-568-1737 anytime.


  • Designated Driver serves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties by providing sedans and 14-passenger mini-coaches for customers who anticipate having difficulty getting home safely. Call 586-759-4334 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

7 responses to "How to Get Home: the Biggest Bar Night of the Year"

  1. senora fernandez Nov 26, 2008 at 12:07

    thankfully, senor fernandez is usually the sober driver. he’s not much of a drinker. but the night move bus seems like a good option.

  2. Brandon Nov 26, 2008 at 12:32

    Ha — that’s one strategy… I just end up always going out in Royal Oak. Need to try some Ferndale bars soon with that new Night Move bus, though…

  3. Michelle Nov 26, 2008 at 14:43

    The Night Move typically only operates on Friday and Saturday nights (hopefully soon adding other nights) but since it is a special occasion The Night Move is running tonight! For the biggest bar night of the year! So hop on and enjoy.. Also, if you get on before 8:30 you’ll be rolling with Augie and KoKo of the Hard Lessons… for a lot cheaper than a $50 on-demand service or $30 cab

  4. Dtownie Detroit blog Nov 29, 2008 at 15:07

    I’ve known people who have spent up to $80 taking a taxi home from the airport. I guess $50 is a good deal compared to that although 10 miles is not very far in Metro Detroit. But that’s the cost of a long-distance taxi. I guess it’s okay depending on who is paying. I like the idea of using a designated driver service, kind of like that guaranteed ride home program in Washtenaw County. And I’ve covered my thoughts on The Night Move here.

  5. Brandon Nov 29, 2008 at 21:15

    That’s definitely something the Metro Detroit Area is missing — an affordable shuttle service to the airport. SMART is not practical — can take almost two hours to get there. And there’s nothing in between the $1.50 bus ride and the $60-100 cab ride… Most large cities have an “in-between” option that costs around $20 — a shuttle that picks up 2-8 people in the area. Saves on parking and saves on taxi fare. I was hoping to get rid of a car altogether last year and just rent a car occasionally. The $$$ didn’t work out because of airport trips, though…

  6. Monica Dec 01, 2008 at 13:20

    I agree, I think this option is long overdue and we need to be more sensible when going out drinking…Great job Chris!

    ***The Night Move will be partnering with the Urbane team in the near future for some nights out on the town so stay tuned!……

  7. Brandon Dec 05, 2008 at 09:29

    Awesome! Hope we can plan some kind of “pub crawl” with the Night Move. . . Maybe add some stops in Ferndale?