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Cool Things to Do in Detroit

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I'm going to tell you about all the cool places in Detroit you may not know about. This list is filled with awesome places to eat, hang out, spend the day, and explore. Detroit has so much to offer, and if you know where to go, you are almost guaranteed a good time.

I got to know Detroit when I was attending the College for Creative Studies. At first I didn't spend much time in the city because my cute, suburbanite parents told me it was a scary place. However, I eventually met some cool people who showed me around, and I worked on a school project for visitdetroit.com, which really opened my eyes to some of what Detroit has to offer. I love this city, and I want you to love it too! This is a unique, vibrant community that is making a comeback in a big way—give it a chance and check it out!

Getting Around Detroit

Just so you know, Detroit does not have a strong public transportation system. If you are visiting from out of town you may need to rent a car to get around the city.

Get Around Town With the Detroit Bus Co.

The Detroit Bus Co. offers tours such as Prohibition, History of Detroit, and Haunted Detroit tours. They also rent out their busses for private parties, and have plans in the works for commuter services from metro Detroit into the city as well as airport shuttles.

Detroit Segway Tours

Detroit Segway Tours offers Neighborhood, Riverfront and City tours. Started by Detroiter Maureen Kearns, Detroit Segways came about when Inside Detroit, a nonprofit that Maureen co-founded in 2007, wanted to show metro Detroiters how great the city was and they wanted to do it quickly and in style.

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Rent Bikes With Wheelhouse

Wheelhouse rents cruisers, sport and comfort hybrids, road bikes, tandems and adult tricycles, as well as accessories like tag-a-longs, baby seats and trailers to make it fun for the entire family. 2 hour rentals start at $15, full day rentals start at $35.

Avalon International Breads: One of Detroit's Best Kept Secrets

Really wonderful food and staff! Buy bread, pastries, sandwiches, coffee, cookies, muffins, and much more at this little place on 422 W Willis St. Great atmosphere here—you can eat in at one of the little tables they have inside, or sit outside and enjoy your breakfast or lunch in the sunshine.

Brooklyn Street Local: Great Food in Corktown, With Lots of Vegan & Vegetarian Options

Brooklyn Street Local is located in Corktown at 1266 Michigan Avenue. They serve breakfast and lunch with a focus on local, organic ingredients and whole foods with lots of vegan and vegetarian-friendly options. They also offer a Canadian favorite, poutine, which is a dish of fries, gravy, and cheese curds. Very yummy.

Russell Street Deli: Really Great Food and Atmosphere

Awesome food! This restaurant is relatively small, and they get pretty busy on weekends when Eastern Market is open. Inside you'll be seated at one of their long six-seater tables.

La Petit Zinc: Crepes, Salads, Sandwiches, Desserts, and Good Coffee

This is an amazing little coffeehouse where you can sit down, relax, and enjoy a good meal or dessert. As the name suggests, it's a pretty small place, but in the summer they open up the yard. Overall it's a great atmosphere to hang out and do some homework or relax with friends.

Mudgie's Deli

This place was voted readers' choice best deli in Wayne County by Metrotimes. It has a hometown feel with amazing food. I highly recommend this place—I fell in love with it the moment I walked in.

Campus Martius Beach Bar: A Sandy Oasis in the Heart of Detroit

Located at Campus Martius on Woodward Ave. Enjoy beer, wine, or signature cocktails all summer long. Happy Hour runs from 3:00-6:00 Monday-Friday.

Enjoy relaxing on the beach!

Enjoy relaxing on the beach!

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Cadieux Cafe: Historic Belgian Bar

The Cadieux Cafe in Detroit is a historic Belgian restaurant that was a speakeasy during Prohibition, located at 4300 Cadieux Rd. It offers classic Belgian food that was highlighted on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations on the Travel Channel. But aside from their great food and great selection of Belgian beers, this is also one of the few locations in the U.S. that offers feather bowling! Never heard of feather bowling? Well it's kind of a combination between bowling and bocce ball. If you're looking for something different, this is definitely the place to check out. They also have live music and stay open till 2:00 am daily.

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Green Dot Stables: Amazing Food, Small Portions for a Great Price!

Everyone loves Green Dot, so naturally it gets packed. Expect a bit of a wait for a table, but their food is absolutely amazing so it's well worth the wait! They serve sliders, fries, soups and such, and everything is priced low with small portions, so you can mix up your meal and try lots of different things on the menu. They are located at 2200 West Lafayette.

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Selden Standard: Locally-Sourced Small Plates

Located at 3921 2nd Ave. Selden Standard offers locally-sourced small plates, and some of the best craft cocktails in town. Set in an inviting, stylish space.

Traffic Jam: Home-Brewed Beer, Great Food, Perfect Place for Big Group Parties

This place has good food, and they brew their own beer. They're located at 511 West Canfield. I've gone there a few times and have loved the food every time I'm there. It's a large place that is really ideal if you want to get a big group together for a party.

Motor City Brew Works: Perfect for a Casual Summer Meal out on the Patio

This place is located across from the Traffic Jam. Motor City Brew Works is a great place to go on a nice summer day. There is a patio upstairs and downstairs near the bar they open all the windows and door so you get a nice summer breeze. Their pizza is great, and they have a really good menu and beer selection. This place is perfect for a casual meal.

Cliff Bells: Classy Historic Jazz Club, Perfect for Date Night

This historic jazz bar is located at 2030 Park Ave, right around the corner from Park Bar. There is only street parking so get here early if you want a good spot. An added perk is it's a little slice of Detroit history; during Prohibition it was a speakeasy. The building has been restored to its original glory, and it is also one of the oldest jazz clubs in Detroit. They often have a live band playing. This place is great for date night, and the food is excellent. Expect a $10 cover charge on the weekends when a band is playing. They also offer bottomless mimosas and bloody mary's for $10 on Sundays from 11am - 4pm.

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The Whitney: Upscale Restaurant Perfect for Date Night or Lunch With Friends

The Whitney is a 115 year old, historic Detroit mansion with 52 rooms that has been converted into a restaurant.

This is a great place to go on a date! They have live bands playing regularly out on the patio in the summer, or up on the 3rd floor at the Ghost Bar. They also have a great Sunday brunch buffet.

Cafe D'Mongo's

"If you like antiques, good food and music, and great atmosphere, there's plenty of all that to go around," is what the Detroit News had to say about this place!

Cafe D'Mongo's is located at 1439 Griswold St. It's an interesting place that makes you feel like you've stepped back in time. Only open on Fridays between 6pm - 2am and Saturday's between 8:30pm - 1:30pm, this bar serves soul food, and has a great drink selection.

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Sugar House Bar: Specialty Drinks, Swanky Atmosphere

The Sugar House bar, located at 2130 Michigan Ave near Slows BBQ, serves craft and classic cocktails to thirsty Detroiters. The menu changes seasonally, with daily drink and weekly punch specials. It also includes a selection of exceptional beers from around the world, as well as organic, natural wines, and small plates.

Grand Trunk Pub: Great Local Products and Locally Brewed Beer on Their Menu

What better way to support your local market?! They have a great local food and beer selection including products from Motor City Brewing Works beer, Avalon Bakery bread, meats and produce purchased at Eastern Market, and Faygo pop, all on the menu. This pub is located in the heart of downtown Detroit, one block from Campus Martius and Hart Plaza at 612 Woodward Ave. The Grand Trunk Pub building was known as the Grand Trunk Railroad's ticket station in the early 1900s, and still has much of the original architecture. This place has great food, friendly staff, and an awesome local beer selection.

The Bronx Bar: Rustic Bar, Really Laid Back With Good Drink Prices

This bar is really laid back; they have pool tables and a Juke Box that has a great selection of songs. Drinks are priced low, and their burgers are really good. This place is right around the corner from the Traffic Jam, and Motor City Brew Works. It's located at 4476 2nd Ave.

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Rock City Eatery: Great Locally-Sourced Menu

Located at 11411 Joseph Campau in Hamtramco, Rock City Eatery has incredible food! Their menu items are locally sourced so they have an ever-changing menu, and they offer several vegan options. Everything I tried here was absolutely amazing.

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Nancy Whiskey: Corktown's Neighborhood Irish Bar

Located at 2644 Harrison St. in Corktown, this neighborhood Irish bar encapsulates the vibe of Corktown—the oldest neighborhood in Detroit—where you can enjoy cheap drinks, live music, and good times.

Gigi's: Gay Bar With an Awesome Drag Show

Gigi's is a gay bar in Detroit at 16920 W. Warren Ave. I went here with a group of friends to see the drag show and I had a ball. There is a bar and dance floor upstairs, and a drag show downstairs. The show was great—so entertaining, really talented people, and a funny host. The shows are on Saturday nights and are so popular that reservations are recommended.

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Bleu: Electronic Music Bar and Great Place to Dance

Since Techno was born out of Detroit, it's only fitting that Detroit would have a great Electronic music venue. Bleu is located on Woodward, between Park Ave and John R. St. I think it's typically a $10 cover charge unless there is a special guest DJ in which case the cover charge can go up from there. This place has a huge inside with plenty of space to dance. I'd recommend going when there is a guest DJ because a packed dance party here is a lot of fun.

City Club: Goth/Industrial/Alternative Club

City Club is an after hours alternative bar with a really cool atmosphere that is open till 4:30. It's located in the Leland Hotel building, and the door is an unmarked black door around the rear of the building.

The Magic Stick: Bowling Alley, Great Pizza, and Live Music

The Magic Stick is a great place to go because it offers so much. Downstairs you'll find a bowling alley, a bar, and some awesome pizza. Or check out their live concert schedule and head upstairs to see the band. They are centrally located at 4140 Woodward Av. and there is a secure parking lot right across the street, (usually $3 parking).

Nora: Contemporary Housewares, Pottery, Gift Items, Jewelry, and More

Nora sells an array of things like Scandinavian housewares, Japanese pottery, Detroit jewelry, and more. They have a variety of contemporary designed housewares, gift items and trinkets, and are located at 4240 Cass (at Canfield) in Detroit. Next time you are looking for a cool gift or housewares item you should check them out.

The Detroit Mercantile Co.: Unique Detroit Merchandise

The Detroit Mercantile Co. is a new retail experience in the historic Eastern Market at 3434 Russell St. They offer new and vintage goods from Detroit and beyond.

Pewabic Pottery: Historic Pottery Shop Where You Can Find Specialty Items

Founded in 1903, Pewabic Pottery specializes in a unique assortment of items, such as tiles, dinnerware, and vessels. This is a great place to find gifts, and they even offer custom design services. You can also go on a tour of their free on-site museum open seven days a week, or attend one of their ceramics education classes. They are located at 10125 East Jefferson Avenue, and easy to miss because there is no sign by the road, so look for the house set back in a gated parking lot.

City Bird: Detroit-Themed Merchandise, and Other Unique Products

City Bird is a store, studio, and gallery located at 460 W. Canfield St. between Cass and Second, in the Cass Corridor in Midtown. They sell Detroit-themed housewares, accessories, and paper goods as well as work by hundreds of other artists and designers from Detroit and other Rust Belt cities.

John King Books: Four Stories of Rare and Used Books

This place is pretty sweet. It's four stories of used and rare books, located at 901 W. Lafayette Blvd. It's unlike any bookstore I've ever been to. They have books ranging in topics such as Michigan history, poetry, World War II, psychology, film, travel, business, humor, Sociology, education, law, and so on. Inside it's very rustic. There are rows and rows of tall metal shelves with thousands of books. You could just get lost in here for hours. And they always have sales associates walking around that can help you if your looking for something specific.

Showtime: Vintage "Rock Star Clothing"

Showtime is a vintage clothing store located at 5708 Woodward Ave. near the DIA in the Wayne State Campus area. It caters to more of the punk rock crowd offering "Rock Star Clothing." I've never been in here before, but one of my friends has and she says it's really cool. Apparently, the guy who owns the place is really nice and informative. He knows a lot about Detroit and can tell you about cool places to check out, or upcoming shows, things like that.

Cork Town Race, St. Patricks Day Parade, and an Overall Drunken Good Time

Every Sunday before St. Patricks day, Cork town has a race down Michigan Ave. followed by a parade, which then inevitably turns into a bar crawl. :)

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Winter Blast: This Is a Fun Family Event, Bring the Kids!

At the winter blast you can roast marshmallows, have a snowball fight with the kids, check out ice sculptures, ice skating, and so much more. There are indoor heated tents if you want to get away from the cold, and inside you can typically find live entertainment, food, and vendors. There were also pony rides, a Merry-Go-Round, and fun house for the kids. Typically this event falls mid-February every year.

Noel Night: Free Winter Event in Detroit's Cultural Center

During the first weekend of December, over 45 institutions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Science Center, the Detroit Historical Museum, and more open their doors to the public free of charge for an "open house." Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities, and performances by over 70 area music, theatre, and dance groups.

Also, right behind the Detroit Institute of Arts, the College for Creative Studies opens its doors to the public for an arts and crafts fair, where students and alumni sell their work. This is seriously a great place to go to find awesome unique, handmade Christmas gifts. You can find, among other things, pottery, paintings, photography, knitting work, as well as lots of different kinds of craft work. Support some local artists, and pick up some amazing gifts!

Dally in the Ally: Music and Art Festival

Every September on the first Saturday after Labor Day, Dally in the Ally opens up in Detroit on Forest and 2nd Ave. In addition to its four stages of entertainment, Dally in the Alley has art vendors, food, weird acts, and beer.

Sugar Hill Clay Studio

Sugar Hill Clay is a community ceramic studio located at the recently renovated 71 Garfield Building in the Midtown Detroit, Sugar Hill Arts District. They offer classes, workshops, open studio time, private studio rental, and a sales gallery. Classes are geared for students of all ages, skill sets, and abilities.

Red Bull House of Art: Art Shows Once a Month With Free Drinks

Red Bull sponsors local artists and provides them with studio space and supplies for a month, and then opens their doors for a great gallery show. They sponsor new artists every month and the shows provide you with free drinks and amazing art. This gallery is located in Eastern Market at 1551 Winder.

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Wednesday and Friday Night at the Movies: Movie Night at New Center Park

New Center Park is located on the southwest corner of Second Avenue and West Grand Boulevard across from the Fisher Building, and has lots of fun stuff going on in the summer. They often have live bands playing, and Wednesday and Friday nights are Movie Night In The Park. Food and beverages are available for purchase at 8pm, and showtime is 9:30pm. Check out their site for the full list of movies, and other things happening at New Center Park.

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Detroit Derby Girls: Roller Derby at the Masonic Temple

If you're looking for something totally different, go to a Roller Derby. This is one more of those things that I haven't been to yet, but it's on my list of things to do. Tickets are $15 - $20 (plus a $3.60 service fee if purchased online). To avoid the service fee, you can purchase tickets at any Ticketmaster location, including Marshall Field's.

The Dirty Show: Erotic Art Show, Including Live Performances

I don't even know what to say about the Dirty Show, it's pretty self explanatory. :) I went here a few years ago with a friend, and it was by far the most interesting art exhibit I've ever been to. It's located in Eastern Market at Bert's Warehouse Theater, at 2739 Russell St. Detroit, MI 48207.

Eastern Market

It's awesome to go to Eastern Market early in the morning on a Saturday to walk around, get some breakfast, and buy some plants or produce. I also like to check out all the cool nearby shops. There are two really nice antique shops in the area that I like to look around in when I'm there. I've only gone in the summer, but I'm pretty sure they're open year round.

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Detroit Fly House

Detroit's one and only "circus school" is located near Eastern Market in Detroit, and I personally think this is one of the coolest things on my list. They offer eight-week classes for $165, and they seem to book up way in advance, so if you're interested, get on it.

Dequindre Cut

If you haven't heard of the Dequindre Cut yet, you're missing out. The Dequindre Cut connects the riverfront to Eastern Market and many other residential neighborhoods. Plans are underway for phase II of the Dequindre Cut, which would extend the pathway north from Gratiot Avenue to Mack Avenue. It's a walking and biking path, and you can even rent bikes at the riverfront if you want. The path was formerly a railroad line and it runs below street level.

The Inn at 97 Winder

This place looks amazing. I just happened to stroll by it on my search for other Bed and Breakfasts in Detroit. It is in a great location—you can see Comerica Park and Ford Field from their front porch. This is truly a Detroit gem! The mansion was built in 1876 and it has been restored to "reflect the luxurious glamour of its past." Every room is unique, and most rooms have a fireplace.

Have you stayed here? I'd love to hear about your experience, leave me a comment and let me know.

The Inn on Ferry Street

This B&B is located within walking distance to the DIA. They also offer special package deals like The "Dining in the D" package which includes a one night stay at the Inn, shuttle transportation to the Whitney for a four course meal for two, and a bottle of house wine, all tip included starting at $349.00. I have friends who have stayed here and they loved it.

Hostel in Corktown: First Detroit Hostel in 15 Years

Emily Doerr has been getting a lot of support from the community in opening a hostel in Detroit. Local people have signed up as ambassadors, educating guests on different aspects of the city depending on their interests and volunteering to show them around. Rates range from $27 to $52 a night.

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Support Our City

Show your support by joining organizations that help make Detroit a stronger city.

Detroit Riverfront is a great organization you can become a part of by becoming a member and donating annually. Your membership dollars go directly towards the RiverWalk and the Dequindre Cut operations maintenance and security of the properties. You can also buy a brick to be added to the riverfront with your own personal engraving on it, which makes for a great gift.

Let me know what you think and if this has been helpful information. I plan on adding to the list, so let me know if you have any suggestions.

Reader Feedback

David Caprathe on March 01, 2020:

I highly recommend the river walk and checking out the skyline from Belle Isle!

Thing To Do In Bali on May 01, 2015:

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Mary on December 20, 2014:

Love this -- thanks!

anonymous on August 03, 2013:

I live in the City and Have never saw an article which shows all the new and cool places. There are so many additional things you need to add but Detroit changes everyday so I know it will be hard to keep up1

Avery Miller from USA on May 04, 2013:

Thanks for the lens! I live near detroit, and I didn't even know this!

BallparkEGuides1 on December 30, 2012:

Excellent info, I will definitely consult this on my next trip to Detroit. I LOVE Comerica Park...it's one of my favorite ballparks...

Brightwing on July 20, 2012:

Awesome article! Thanks for all the great info.

ibakir on April 30, 2012:

city of full of actions :D

Fcuk Hub on April 26, 2012:

In Detroit are so many cool places. Good to know it :)

anonymous on April 07, 2012:

Thanks for putting so many Detroit great finds in one place! Can't wait to visit!!

jordanmilesbask on April 03, 2012:

Awesome lens..

wormwood80 on March 20, 2012:

I've felt for a while now that there's more to Detroit than meets the eye. This lens just proves it!

MelonyVaughan on February 24, 2012:

What a great lens! Thanks for the tips!

LewesDE on February 17, 2012:

Nice lens. Interesting reading!

Michelle (author) from Detroit on February 12, 2012:

@anonymous: I hadn't heard about that, so I looked it up and found this articlk:

http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2011/1...

Looks like they would be closing for a bit to restructure and possibly change the name... I'll make some updates to my list if I hear anything else. Thanks for the heads up.

Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on February 12, 2012:

Looks like a great city. Thumbs up for Detroit!

anonymous on February 07, 2012:

Isn't R.Hirt Jr. Co closed? Or closing? :(

anonymous on January 04, 2012:

Nice Lens I have some great ideas for going out now . lol

seosmm on November 25, 2011:

Lots of good info. Very nice lens!

luckyone924 on November 15, 2011:

got to Check some of these out when im up that way!

Michelle (author) from Detroit on October 25, 2011:

@topheraddy: This lens focuses on the cool places in Detroit that you may not know about. Everyone knows about the stadiums, concert halls, and mainstream restaurants, so I left them out. But I am proud of our Tiger's. Thanks for the comment!

topheraddy on October 24, 2011:

Where is Comerica Park, come on they made it to the play offs. I mean seeing a Tiger's game is a must, especially if Verlander is pitching.

anonymous on October 19, 2011:

travel channel, bizarre foods with andrew zimmern did an episode in detroit, looks like great food here and now I've been able to see so many destinations that you've highlighted for your readers to watch for, earned a 'thumbs up' from this reader!

meisgood132 on September 16, 2011:

Seems to be a lot of food places.

dexter yarbroug1 on August 31, 2011:

Very positive lens on Detroit. Thank you.

WorldVisionary3 on July 26, 2011:

I never knew there was so much to do in Detroit! Thumbs up

ajilcliaen on June 09, 2011:

I live just north of Detroit and I didn't know about some of the places you listen but they sound like a ball! I can't help but feel ashamed that I haven't been to some of these places :) fantastic lens. Showing my friends

kimmanleyort on May 29, 2011:

So nice to see the support for Detroit. Looks like some really fun places to visit. Blessed.

Michelle (author) from Detroit on March 19, 2011:

@IndependentEuroTravel: Thanks! But keep in mind If your visiting, you should rent a car. Detroit doesn't have good public transportation. We don't have a strong bus or taxi system like other cities. But a Light Rail is set to start construction this year to run down Woodward. It won't be completed till 2016 though :(

IndependentEuroTravel on March 19, 2011:

This lens will be my guide when I visit Detroit :) Thanks for sharing, have nice day.

anonymous on March 16, 2011:

So surprised that you don't have 71 Garfield (Artist) Apartments on here. They are by far the coolest places to live, if you're an artist. Located in Midtown, and an all "green" building..geothermal system, solar powered energy, and recycled rainwater. If you want a little more information, you can visit our web site www.sugarhilldetroit.com, and for a tour click leasing. Thanks

Michelle (author) from Detroit on March 02, 2011:

@Kandy O: Thanks, I'll make the edit. Love the feedback.

Kandy O on March 02, 2011:

This Lens is great! I have crossed many of these off on my To do list already. My only beef, would be that City Club isn't just a goth club. It's more of an industrial/alternative club. Outside of that, awesome!

joanv334 on February 06, 2011:

Hello, thanks for sharing!

Vicki Green from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA on November 30, 2010:

What a great lens on Detroit - sounds like a lot of fun things to do!

Michelle (author) from Detroit on November 29, 2010:

@JackieBlock: Thank you so much for your support! I actually haven't even gone feather bowling yet but I plan on going some time soon to try it out.

Jackie Block from SE Michigan on November 29, 2010:

I love feather bowling! Great Lens. I'm adding you to my lensroll for my made in Michigan lens.

sideways1 on November 20, 2010:

I didn't realize Detroit had so many nice places. I've never been, but now I'm a little more inclined to go!

Come see us.

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Michelle (author) from Detroit on August 18, 2010:

@anonymous: One more thing :) I'm not sure what your budget for this trip is so if your looking for something a little less expensive than Greektown Casino Hotel here are 2 more options. You can rent a room from http://theparkavenuehouse.com/ these are apartments but they have a few units that they rent out short term for days or weeks. Go on the site and click on "Rental Inquiry". You can call or e-mail them about renting for a weekend or for a few weeks. This would be comparable to a hostel, it's not the nicest place ever but its in a great location, walking distance to bars like Town Pump, Centaur, Park Bar and Cliff Bells, and you can talk to the people at the front desk about calling you a cab to see different parts of the city. Or have you heard of a website called http://www.couchsurfing.org/ on this site you can basically stay at peoples houses for free. Each person has a profile and has ratings. They are rated by people who have stayed with them in the past. I have never personally used the site but many of my friends do. One of my friends is a member and she will probably still be in the Detroit area next year, if you're interested in staying there you can contact her through her profile at http://www.couchsurfing.org/people/appleshampoo/ Her name is Heather and she has lived in the Detroit area for a long time so she knows the area well.

Michelle (author) from Detroit on August 18, 2010:

@anonymous: One more tip to add. Detroit does not have good public transportation. The People Mover is really it's best attempt at public transportation and it doesn't have that many stops. Being the "Motor City" everyone relies on cars and you can't really even get a taxi unless you have your hotel call you one on request. They have a bus system, but I wouldn't suggest using it. It's not like most other bus systems in other cities. If I were you guys I'd rent a car while you're here so it's easier to get around because that way you can see more of the city.

Michelle (author) from Detroit on August 18, 2010:

@anonymous: Greektown Casino Hotel would probably be a good place for you to stay then. In greektown you have the Irish pub, Delux, Mosaic as far as bars go, and there are a ton of good restaurants in Greektown, so plenty of food options. Also, the casino has a People Mover station attached, so you can easily get to other parts of the city that way.

That being said, I would still suggest not riding the People Mover too late at night and still not wandering too far off the beaten path late at night. The areas I've mentioned above are all in relatively good areas but two girls wandering away from the popular areas late at night is still a bad idea. If you would rather stay in a different city close to Detroit I would suggest the Royal Oak / Ferndale area. That area is only about a 30min drive into the heart of Detroit, and Royal Oak and Ferndale have a lot of great bars and restaurants all in walking distance.

Let me know if you have any other questions, I'm happy to help. And you'll have to give me some tips on good places to go in Ireland, I plan on going there within the next few years. :)

anonymous on August 18, 2010:

WE are still trying to figure out where the best place to stay is? Downtown? We are trying to pic a hotel close to everything esp the Irish bar that looks like fun ..

anonymous on August 18, 2010:

@anonymous: I'm so glad I could help! Keep checking back, I continually add new places and make updates.

anonymous on August 18, 2010:

Oh Thank you!! My sister and I are going to Detroit from Ireland next year . Looking forward to it this really helped us make up our minds.