9 Reasons Your Night Out Should Start and End in Greektown Detroit

February 2, 2018  |   Story by Michelle Fusco   |   Photos by Bill Bowen, Ernest Sisson, Palmisano,

Greektown Detroit fuses old world charm and must-try restaurants with gaming, nightlife and entertainment. The district’s constant evolution keeps visitors and locals coming back for more.

  1. Authentic Greek restaurants like New Parthenon, Pegasus Taverna, Golden Fleece and Santorini Estiatorio set the standard for the neighborhood, with delicious food, generous portions and reasonable prices. Lamb chops, spinach pie, lemon rice soup and gyros are crowd favorites. An order of saganaki – a flaming cheese appetizer – starts your meal with some excitement. Many kitchens are open until 3 a.m. or later—making these restaurants the final stop for hungry fans after downtown sporting events, theater performances, concerts or last call.
  2. A variety of other restaurants have found a home in Greektown. Try Monroe St. Steakhouse, Fishbone’s for Creole-inspired dishes, Red Smoke for barbeque, PizzaPapalis for gourmet deep dish pizza and Michigan’s only Wahlburger’s – for burgers, of course. After dinner, wander over to Astoria Pastry Shop or Cold Stone Creamery for sweet desserts.
  3. Get lucky at Greektown Casino with slots, poker and table games. The 30-story hotel has 400 guest rooms and suites, many with views of the Detroit River and Canada.
  4. Dance the night away at Detroit bars Flood’s Bar & Grille or Delux Lounge. Chill at Pappy’s Sports Bar & Grill or Firebird Tavern and sing along to Irish favorites at Old Shillelagh Irish Pub.

    People dancing and drinking in Greektown Detroit

    Old Shillelagh by Ernest Sisson

  5. Check out the impressive marble atrium with soaring murals of Greek mythological figures at Atheneum Suite Hotel & Conference Center.
  6. Greektown has added the Ouzo Cruizo and the Opa Bus, a free shuttle service to and from all major downtown events.
  7. A district-wide happy hour every Thursday from 4-7 p.m. offers $3 drinks and $5 food items at 15 participating locations.
  8. Free and convenient WiFi is accessible on Monroe Street, from Chrysler Service drive to Randolph Ave.
  9. Bonus! Find cheap parking in three convenient and affordable parking decks.

Two reasons to go back to Greektown Detroit during the day:

  1. Greektown is home to several beautiful churches, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Second Baptist Church — once a stop on the Underground Railroad – and Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with a Sunday mass in Latin. Please observe church etiquette when visiting these houses of worship.
  2. Celebrate nearly 200 years of Greek Independence at the annual Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade (on Sunday, March 25 in 2018.)


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Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. New Parthenon Restaurant
    547 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-963-8888 Highlight on map | More Details
  2. Pegasus Taverna
    24935 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI 48080586-772-3200 Highlight on map | More Details
  3. Golden Fleece
    525 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-962-7093 Highlight on map | More Details
  4. Santorini Estiatorio
    501 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-962-9366 Highlight on map | More Details
  5. Monroe St. Steakhouse
    561 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-3636 Highlight on map | More Details
  6. Fishbone's - Detroit
    400 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-965-4600 Highlight on map | More Details
  7. Red Smoke Barbeque
    573 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-962-2100 Highlight on map | More Details
  8. PizzaPapalis of Greektown
    553 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-8020 Highlight on map | More Details
  9. Wahlburgers
    569 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-209-4499 Highlight on map | More Details
  10. Astoria Pastry Shop
    541 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-963-9603 Highlight on map | More Details
  11. Cold Stone Creamery
    540 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-964-2715 Highlight on map | More Details
  12. Flood's Bar & Grille
    731 St. Antoine St., Detroit, MI 48226313-963-1090 Highlight on map | More Details
  13. Delux Lounge
    350 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-962-4200 Highlight on map | More Details
  14. Pappy's Sports Bar & Grill
    517 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-983-4000 Highlight on map | More Details
  15. Firebird Tavern
    419 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-782-4189 Highlight on map | More Details
  16. Old Shillelagh Irish Pub
    349 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-964-0007 Highlight on map | More Details
  17. The Atheneum Suite Hotel & Conference Center
    1000 Brush St., Detroit, MI 48226313-962-2323 Highlight on map | More Details
  18. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
    707 E. Lafayette St., Detroit, MI 48226313-965-2988 Highlight on map | More Details
  19. Second Baptist Church - Detroit Underground Railroad Historical Society
    441 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-0920 Highlight on map | More Details
  20. Old St. Mary's Church
    646 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-8711 Highlight on map | More Details