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kittle42
07-14-2008, 10:39 AM
A friend of mine and I will be in Detroit to see the Sox take on his beloved Tigers in a few weekends. Anyone else going? If so, anyone interested in getting together at Hockeytown for dinner and beers before the Saturday night game?

A la Seinfeld, I will not be able to wear any Sox gear to the game...we're sitting in the owner's box.

hi im skot
07-14-2008, 11:00 AM
I'll be there with a couple of my friends for all three games.

Cuck the Fubs
07-14-2008, 11:03 AM
I think I'm headed up for Fridayand possibly Saturday with the wife.

2906
07-14-2008, 11:04 AM
Hockeytown, in my opinion, is an overpriced mediocre toursit trap.

For anyone that cares, here's a list of personal recommendations near Comerica/Ford Field/downtown Detroit:
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Downtown Detroit Recommendations
Jacoby's Since 1904: www.jacobysdetroit.com (http://www.jacobysdetroit.com/) . Try the lake perch sandwich, any of the German entrees, and the two house beers - Jacoby's Lager and Jacoby's Dunkel. About 5 minutes from either Comerica or Joe Louis Arena.

American Coney Island: http://detroit.citysearch.com/profile/5238206/detroit_mi/american_coney_island.html (http://detroit.citysearch.com/profile/5238206/detroit_mi/american_coney_island.html) . Best hot dogs in the city, open 24 hours.

Comet Bar: www.cometbardetroit.com (http://www.cometbardetroit.com/) . A personal favorite, walking distance from Comerica and Ford Field. Local bar, nice crowd, a Detroit original.

Foran's Irish Pub: www.foransirishpub.com (http://www.foransirishpub.com/) . Irish pub in an historic old building in the heart of downtown. Nice casual menu, lots of local products (Faygo soda), and tons of beer on tap.

Motor City Brewing Works: www.motorcitybeer.com (http://www.motorcitybeer.com/) . The local brewpub, actually over toward the colleges. A block west of Cass Ave. and about 3-4 blocks south of Warren Ave. Beer geek heaven and a fun taproom. Try the brick oven pizza but the beer is the star here.

Sweetwater Tavern: http://events.detnews.com/detroit-mi/venues/show/210081-sweetwater-tavern (http://events.detnews.com/detroit-mi/venues/show/210081-sweetwater-tavern) . Another of my favorites. Shuttle to the games even though it's also walking distance more or less. Burgers, bbq, etc. in a great old building.

Town Pump Tavern: www.thetownpumptavern.com (http://www.thetownpumptavern.com/) . Steps away from the ballpark. Once you go here you won't want to go to Hockeytown or Cheli's Chili again. A bunch of great beer on tap, including Molson Canadian, good food, good prices. It's fun in here and they serve food late.

Corktown Tavern: www.corktowntavern.com (http://www.corktowntavern.com/) . A few blocks west of old Tiger Stadium on Michigan. A true local bar, it gets a little young in there but if you go before a game it's a good place for a beer or two.

Atwater Block Brewery: www.atwaterbeer.com (http://www.atwaterbeer.com/) . In Rivertown, actually on the Detroit River as I recall. A brewpub with all kinds of room and interesting beer.

Cobo Joe's: www.cobojoes.com (http://www.cobojoes.com/) . As the name implies, across from Cobo and Joe Louis on Congress Street. Best sports bar in downtown Detroit.

Detroit Beer Company: www.detroitbeerco.com (http://www.detroitbeerco.com/) . Don't miss this place. My favorite in downtown except for Jacoby's. Brewpub, sports bar, great menu. Try the Steam Tunnel Stout, it's one of the best dark beers I've ever had. Big place, perfect for football games.

Post Bar: www.postbars.com (http://www.postbars.com/) . This is a small local chain, they have 3-4 locations. Near Joe Louis Arena on Congress St. I liked the chili and the nachos. Fun place, clean, good food, good drinks.

Union Street Saloon: www.unionstreetdetroit.com (http://www.unionstreetdetroit.com/) . Actually not downtown, up Woodward Ave. about 20 blocks from the ballpark. A bit more upscale, great bar scene, tons of beer on tap and in bottles. Hot spot after the games. Scenic.

Butchers Saloon and Inn: http://metrotimes.com/metropolis/restaurants/review.asp?id=9986 (http://metrotimes.com/metropolis/restaurants/review.asp?id=9986) . Last but not least. Another longtime personal favorite of mine. It's in the Eastern Market which is an interesting place in and of itself. Just up Gratiot about a mile from downtown. Great burgers, very comfortable, good place for happy hour. Lots of doctors and nurses go here. You can order breakfast any time and it's fantastic. Real Detroit.

These are all from my notes over recent years. I hate it when people say "there's nothing to do in downtown Detroit". There are plenty of great local places, especially in Rivertown. I only listed a few in Rivertown. It's not the best of cities by any stretch, but there are more good local places than most give it credit for. The problem is, too many people only look for chain places. That's not for me but to each their own.

Enjoy.

kittle42
07-14-2008, 11:20 AM
The suggestions are much appreciated. We may be stuck with Hockeytown, at least for Saturday, because I don't think my friend has ever been.

My nights are going to be spent at MGM Grand's poker room.

dllrbll7
07-14-2008, 11:26 AM
I will be there, going on the Sox grinder roadtrip thing. Also staying at the MGM Grand.... would definately be up for meeting up for a few drinks.

popilius
07-14-2008, 12:21 PM
I'll be in the right field stands for the Saturday game. First time in Detroit, so 2906, I greatly appreciate all your notes!

:gulp:

dllrbll7
07-14-2008, 12:33 PM
At the ballpark does anyone know if theres a stadium club like area??? Is it something you need passes for is it usually open to the public??

Thanks

skottyj242
07-14-2008, 01:14 PM
Detroit Beer Company: www.detroitbeerco.com (http://www.detroitbeerco.com/) . Don't miss this place. My favorite in downtown except for Jacoby's. Brewpub, sports bar, great menu. Try the Steam Tunnel Stout, it's one of the best dark beers I've ever had. Big place, perfect for football games.

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We got hammered because every time the people mover comes by you have to take a drink and we started doing shots everytime it came by later in the evening.

DumpJerry
07-14-2008, 02:05 PM
A la Seinfeld, I will not be able to wear any Sox gear to the game...we're sitting in the owner's box.
If they show up, ask the owners if they want Konerko. We'll work out the details if they say yes. If they say no, tell them they're missing out on something special.

kittle42
07-14-2008, 02:34 PM
If they show up, ask the owners if they want Konerko. We'll work out the details if they say yes. If they say no, tell them they're missing out on something special.

Perhaps they will be willing to part with this Granderson fellow. :D:

DumpJerry
07-14-2008, 03:07 PM
Perhaps they will be willing to part with this Granderson fellow. :D:
I hear he like home cooking. I don't think anyone at WSI would complain.

doublem23
07-14-2008, 03:40 PM
I hear he like home cooking. I don't think anyone at WSI would complain.

I'm sure somebody would.

Cuck the Fubs
07-22-2008, 11:37 PM
Okay,

After a few revisions and babysitting arrangements, my wife & I will be at Saturday's game....do we have a WSI get together plan yet?

kittle42
07-23-2008, 01:47 AM
Okay,

After a few revisions and babysitting arrangements, my wife & I will be at Saturday's game....do we have a WSI get together plan yet?

Despite the excellent suggestions above, some of which I may end up at eventually, I'll still probably be at Hockeytown before the game Saturday.

kraut83
07-23-2008, 08:21 AM
I'll be heading to Friday's game.

I second the recommendations of Jacoby's and the Town Pump. The State Bar on Woodward is great as well. It's pretty much across the street from Comerica, and is usually packed on gamedays.

2906
07-23-2008, 08:38 AM
I'll be heading to Friday's game.

I second the recommendations of Jacoby's and the Town Pump. The State Bar on Woodward is great as well. It's pretty much across the street from Comerica, and is usually packed on gamedays.

Good call on The State Bar, it's very convenient to the ballpark. I've only been in there once because I have my long list of favorites. :smile:

I mentioned Butchers Inn in a previous post. It's located in Detroit's Eastern Market, about 3/4 mile from downtown up Gratiot (pronounced GRATCH-it)Ave. (easy to find). Eastern Market www.detroiteasternmarket.com (http://www.detroiteasternmarket.com) is basically a farmers market with several great local restaurants and interesting stores. If you're looking for something to do mid morning or are craving a hearty breakfast, it's a true local experience. Another website is www.easternmarket.org (http://www.easternmarket.org) which has a comprehensive list of all the stores/restaurants etc.

There are at least three restaurants serving breakfast at the Eastern Market, all of which are good. Butchers Inn is where I go, but there's also Farmers Restaurant and a place called Zef's which as I remember is next to Farmers. They have a specialty french toast at Butchers, Grand Marnier french toast, it's fantastic.

Note: Eastern Market is closed on Sundays.