Detroit Block by Block: Michigan Avenue Edition

May 5, 2017  |   Story by Stephanie Angelyn Casola  |   Photos by Sugar House, Slows Bar BQ

Hear

PJ’s Lager House keeps it live and loud with independent and local bands. Check the schedule at the MGM Grand Detroit‘s event center for major acts, or take a chance at the casino while you’re near.

Sip

Try a wine tasting at Motor City Wine or sip a craft cocktail at Sugar House. A short jaunt down the street and you’ll find Two James Spirits mixing up cocktails at its cozy round bar. Try out a few game day favorite spots like Nemo’s or Corktown Tavern.

See

Though Michigan Avenue begins at the city center – just west of bustling Campus Martius Park, there is so much more to see as you head toward the city’s oldest neighborhood. Any journey around Corktown must include a look at the architecture of Michigan Central Station. Closed since 1988 the famous site of the city’s history took on a new shine with new windows in 2015. Surrounding the iconic structure is a swath of grassy green knoll known as Roosevelt Park.

Shop

Eldorado General Store can be found in the heart of Corktown and makes for the ideal stop to stock up on treasures for yourself or your home. Find industrial-inspired furnishings and home décor at the new shop on the block, Detroit Artifactry. A car isn’t the only mode of transit to try when visiting the Motor City. Hop on two wheels at Detroit Moped Works too.

Stay

The Westin Book Cadillac makes for a comfortable and upscale home away from home nearby. Looking for a respite closer to Corktown? Check out Honor & Folly and you’re right in the mix of all the neighborhood has to offer.

Taste

Hope you’re hungry. To start, Lafayette Coney Island and American Coney Island may possess the longest coney dog rivalry on the block and in the country. Try both and take a side. Kick off a day in Detroit with breakfast or brunch at Detroit Institute of Bagels, Bobcat Bonnie’s for its brunch time Bloody Mary Bar or Brooklyn Street Local for poutine. Whether you crave shawarma from Bucharest Grill or brisket from Slow’s Bar BQ, a mere mention of these hotspots will make your friends hungry.

Got a large group? Grab pizza and wine at Ottava Via or tuck in to Gold Cash Gold for a superior menu by Chef Brendon Edwards .

Take that, Old Chicago Road. What’s your favorite stop along Michigan Avenue?

Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. PJ's Lager House
    1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-4668 Highlight on map | More Details
  2. MGM Grand Detroit
    1777 Third Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-465-1777 Highlight on map | More Details
  3. Motor City Wine
    1949 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-483-7283 Highlight on map | More Details
  4. The Sugar House
    2130 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-962-0123 Highlight on map | More Details
  5. Two James Spirits
    2445 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-964-4800 Highlight on map | More Details
  6. Eldorado General Store
    1700 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216734-664-8633 Highlight on map | More Details
  7. The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
    1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226313-442-1600 Highlight on map | More Details
  8. American Coney Island
    114 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-7758 Highlight on map | More Details
  9. Detroit Institute of Bagels
    1236 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-444-9342 Highlight on map | More Details
  10. Bucharest Grill - Corktown
    1623 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-965-3111 Highlight on map | More Details
  11. Slows Bar BQ
    2138 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-962-9828 Highlight on map | More Details
  12. Ottava Via
    1400 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-962-5500 Highlight on map | More Details
  13. Gold Cash Gold
    2100 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-242-0770 Highlight on map | More Details