The Elbow Room is closed.

The new owner of the space has plans to turn it into a Mexican restaurant (, Oct 4, 2012).

How it was

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Downtown dive bar with live music loosely organized into zero categories. Anyone can play. Many performances can suck or be amazing in equal, mass quantities.

Hours: Bar opens at 6pm, show at 10 or 11pm, close at 2am.
Phone: (734)-483-6374
Address: 6 S Washington St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
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"Keeping Ypsilanti Evil" for the last few decades, downtown Ypsi's Elbow Room features a wide variety of acts.

Scenes from the movie Whip It were filmed in the Elbow Room; folks like Ellen Page and Jimmy Fallon reportedly frequented the bar outside of filming as well, including karaoke appearances.

In the news

What’s different, said Ryan Sparks, one of three individuals (the others are John Dunn and Ryan Cavanaugh) now charged with running the Elbow Room, is the venue’s approach to live music.

In the past few weeks, Juliette Lewis, Jimmy Fallon, Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, Eve, and Alia Shawkat - she played Maeby on "Arrested Development" - have all been in the bar on South Washington Street in downtown Ypsilanti, and several of them have been there more than once, from what I've been told by Elbow Room regulars.