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I'm planning a party for my brother in Detroit. Being from Chicago I have no knowledge of bar scenes or hotel locations in Detroit. Does anyone have suggestions for a good hotel in or around detroit within walking distance of multiple bars. TIA
Hilton Garden Inn on Gratiot and Brush is a good option. Just a few blocks from Greektown and the bars over there.
MGM all the way.
Forans Grand Trunk Pub, followed The Well
Seconding Grand Trunk. Good food, good beer.
tRCMB - Visit at your own risk of being disgusted.
The Marriott at the Ren Cen. Easy location to get to and you are only a few blocks from Jacoby's, Greektown, the Well, the New B dubs, etc. (you can even take the people mover easily if it is too cold).
This post was edited by Klevin Torborg 18 months ago
The Hilton Garden Inn or Greektown Casino Hotel are good choices for lodging within walking distance. The Renaissance Center Marriot is nice too, you can get anywhere you need to go downtown via the People Mover. As far as what bars to hit, that depends on what sort of experience you're looking for. Greektown is always a huge party, you can't go wrong with the bars there. If you're looking for a bit more laid back experience to chill out at the end of the night, I'd recommend Skybar or Centaur. If you're really trying to get weird, City Club in the Leland is an after-hours club that's usually bumping until 4AM.
If you're looking for anything else specific, let me know and I'll find a bar for you.
I did a bachelor party down there...we stayed at the Ren Cen which was nice and not far from Greektown.
I would suggest having a couple cab company numbers handy and cab it from bar to bar anytime you have a long walk. Depending on how long your day will be. We started at two in the afternoon.
Hit up Detroit Beer Company and Atwater. Smoke some cigars at a casino not named Motor City.
This post was edited by Spartanram 18 months ago
depending on your brother's interest, you may want to plan this for when the Wings or Tigers have a home game, as it certainly livens up the downtown bar scene.
if you're looking for hitting up multiple bars and making it a night of getting to as many places as possible, go to the bars in greektown and bricktown. i personally love bricktown bars, but they are not swanky or pristine. i don't believe any of them could be considered "clubs."
in addition to what has been mentioned, check out Holiday Inn Express (based on location).
If cigars are your game, I'd recommend checking out 1701 or La Casa De Habana. Detroit is blessed with a couple very good cigar bars.
Stay at the hostel
Hostel Detroit - An affordable way to explore downtown Detroit and its neighborhoods
The Athenium is pretty nice, and basically connected to Greektown.
+1 for Athenium, and across the street from Bouzouki
Let me know the address for that bar when you find it..
Start in Corktown. Go get a burger at Mercury Bar, then Nemo's for a few shots while waiting for a cab. Then go Downtown. Since it's a 21st thing, go to The Well or The Baltimore (I recommend the former).
Coach's for sloots.
For me, the best bars downtown are:
- Foran's Grand Trunk: pretty laid back, good beer selection, solid food
- Detroit Beer Co: laid back, solid beer, great food
- The Detroiter: more of a dive, cheaper stuff, delicious burgers
- Greenwich Time: much more of a dive, very cheap, solid food
- Anchor Bar: cheap, laid back, but a bit more out of the way (over toward the Joe)
It depends what kind of atmosphere that you're looking for. If you want more of a "party" feel, Greektown area is probably the best, and The Well being a good option. Old Shillelagh is popular for that as well, but so far is the only non-club bar I've been to downtown that charges cover, so I generally avoid it on weekend nights.
Hotels have been pretty well covered, but you can also consider the Holiday Inn Express and the Westin Book-Cadillac. They're a little bit more out of the way but good hotels and still close to most. I'd recommend the Millender Center hotel over the Ren Cen though, I believe it's cheaper, and crossing Jefferson is a bitch.
Consider Midtown/Corktown as well. Corktown doesn't have much when it comes to hotels, but some good bars and good food there. Midtown has more options than Corktown.
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