The North American International Auto Show is a January tradition in downtown Detroit! Thousands of people from across the world are here in our city for the auto show to experience the latest and greatest that the automotive world has to offer.
From the hot, sporty exteriors to the advanced technology under the hood, it seems as if the cars are better than ever this year – but there’s more to Detroit to explore! In the past year alone, dozens of new bars and restaurants have opened downtown and in the surrounding neighborhoods, providing another kind of fuel: unique, delicious, Detroit-inspired food and beverages. So after you hit the auto show, keep your motor running and check out some of the amazing new dining and drinking establishments now open in Detroit! Here is your official Opportunity Detroit guide to drinking and dining after the auto show.
Wright & Co. (1500 Woodward Avenue)
Specializing in craft cocktails and trendy small plates, Wright & Co. hit the scene in summer 2014, leading a wave of upscale Detroit restaurant openings. Located on the second floor of the historic Wright-Kay building, the vibe is hip and the place is always packed. Sit at the bar and watch the cocktail connoisseurs make your specialty beverage, or share a bunch of plates with friends. For more information, visit www.WrightDetroit.com.
Gold Cash Gold (2100 Michigan Avenue)
Located in an old pawn shop in the heart of Corktown, this is another new and unique Detroit hot spot. The chef uses local and seasonal ingredients to create upscale “farmstead” comfort food. Gold Cash Gold boasts an atmosphere that’s comforting, but trendy. Serving everything from three-day short ribs to lentil stew, there’s something for everyone – and the menu is as dynamic as the decor. Gold Cash Gold preserves more than just its name from the former pawn shop; the beautiful ceiling, stained glass windows and exterior were preserved as well. For more information, visit www.GoldCashGoldDetroit.com.
Selden Standard (3921 Second Avenue)
A farm-to-table concept with a menu that changes seasonally, Selden Standard was an instant hit when it opened this past November. Selden Standard works with a variety of local farms and food vendors, making it the perfect spot to get a taste of Detroit in a rustic, casual environment. They take their beverages just as seriously as their food, sourcing high-quality, thoughtfully chosen wine and beer, as well as a rotating seasonal craft cocktail menu. For more information, visit www.SeldenStandard.com.
Katoi and Two James (2445 Michigan Avenue)
A unique concept which involves a food truck parked in the back of a distillery, Katoi and Two James are two local, artisan businesses that collaborate for the greater good. Katoi is the food truck, serving Thai-inspired dishes. Two James is the distillery (the first licensed distillery in Detroit since Prohibition, to be exact). It offers tasting flights as well as craft cocktails that showcase its handmade spirits. The minimalistic tasting room is a great place to grab a drink. Don’t forget to purchase a bottle of your favorite bourbon, whiskey, gin or vodka as unique Detroit souvenir! For more information, visit www.KatoiDetroit.com and www.TwoJames.com.
HopCat (4265 Woodward Avenue)
For those of you who’d rather skip the cocktail scene and get your kicks on hops, HopCat is for you. With over 130 beers on tap, a 700-person capacity, a beer garden and a live entertainment stage, HopCat is a BIG deal. The wall decor features cars and local music legends, and at any given time you’ll find 65–70 Michigan-made beers on tap. Also, you must try the “crack fries,” which many claim to be addictive. For more information, visit www.HopCat.com/Detroit.
Punch Bowl Social (1331 Broadway Street)
Punch Bowl Social offers more than just trendy comfort food and craft cocktails; with bowling, ping-pong, arcade games, shuffleboard and karaoke rooms, it’s an absolute entertainment mecca. Head here after the auto show to share a signature “punch bowl” with friends, and enjoy an unmatched entertainment experience exclusive to only four cities across the country. Located in the ground floor of the Z Lot, Punch Bowl Social is a prime spot to drink and dine if you want to check out “The Belt,” a brand-new public art display located in the alley between the Z and Library Street. For more information, visit www.PunchBowlSocial.com/Detroit.
Dime Store Detroit (719 Griswold Street)
Known as an “American Brunch Bar,” the Dime Store is a friendly, casual place to grab breakfast, lunch or booze after the auto show. The atmosphere may be laid back, but the dishes are impressive and stylish. From the duck Reuben and the ever-classic cheeseburger, to plenty of fresh salads and an extensive breakfast selection, the menu will please any diner’s palate. The craft beer tap changes seasonally, and you can get a pint or a pitcher of your favorite Michigan-made brew. Conveniently located inside of the Chrysler House, it’s just a quick walk away from Cobo. For more information visit www.EatDimeStore.com.
La Feria (4130 Cass Avenue)
Winner of the 2012 Hatch Detroit contest, a start-up business competition, La Feria brings a taste of Spain to Midtown. With a rotating menu of Spanish “tapas” (or small plates) and plenty of sangria to go around, La Feria is a fun spot to hit if you’re looking for a fiesta! This popular destination is often crowded, so get there early to avoid a long wait. For more information, visit www.LaFeriaDetroit.com.
Antietam (1428 Gratiot Avenue)
According to its website, “Antietam exists for one sole purpose: to create lasting memories befitting a feast.” So head down to the Eastern Market district and keep making memories here after the auto show! Housed in two Art Deco buildings, Antietam’s short and sweet menu is divided into “shared plates,” “small plates” and “main plates.” The high level of culinary sophistication and focus on presentation are things you’ll remember long after your last bite. For more information, visit www.AntietamDetroit.com.
Craft Work (8047 Agnes Street)
Craft Work is an underrated West Village gem that offers brunch, dinner and great happy hour specials. Serving New American food in a cool yet cozy environment, Craft Work prides itself on its use of high-quality ingredients and, well, craft work. Come here for Bloody Marys and Mimosas if you’re in the Sunday morning auto show crowd, or check out Reverse Sushi Happy Hour for rolls, sake and beer every Monday through Thursday from 10:00 p.m. ‘til midnight. For more information, visit www.CraftWorkDetroit.com.
Green Dot Stables (2200 West Lafayette Boulevard)
This equestrian-themed bar turned slider joint has become a Detroit staple. Everything on the menu is $2 or $3. That’s right, EVERYTHING – from sliders to sides to drinks. The menu is simple yet sophisticated, known for its Korean slider (beef patty with kimchi and peanut butter), its “Mystery Meat” (which rotates weekly) and, of course, the ever-classic cheeseburger. Even the vegetarian or health-conscious diner will feel at home with options such as the quinoa burger or the tempeh. Sit down and load up on sliders and fries, or just hang at the bar and enjoy a $2 beer or a $3 cocktail. For more information, visit GreenDotStables.com.
Slow’s Bar-B-Q (2138 Michigan Avenue)
Slow’s is arguably the biggest name in Detroit barbecue. Located in historic Corktown, Slow’s is a meat lover’s dream, and home to the famous Yardbird sandwich, nominated for “Best Sandwich in America” by the Travel Channel. But don’t feel the need to follow the crowd; take your pick of any one of the dozen sandwiches offered, or customize your very own barbecue meal by choosing your favorite meat and then adding one of their famous sauces and side dishes. Be sure to wash it down with one of the 100 on-tap beers. For more information, visit www.SlowsBarBQ.com.
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