Spend an evening getting to know Corktown. Corktown is a historical neighborhood with Irish roots, located within close proximity to downtown Detroit. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and has experienced a resurgence of activity in the past five years. Serving as a beacon of sorts, this enclave serves up a steady flow of conversation, has its growing share of eateries and is home to some of the best cocktail bars in the area.
Ditto Ditto
1548 Trumbull St.
Detroit, MI 48216
www.dittoditto.org

First up, swing by Ditto Ditto for some intellectual browsing. Ditto Ditto Books is a independent book shop and publisher that hosts literary events like poetry readings and art events. The curated selection will make bibliophiles go wild.

Two James
2445 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 964-4800
www.twojames.com

Grab a cocktail, or two, at Two James, a modern distillery that relies on old-fashioned techniques to create an incomparable brand of alcohol. This former taxi headquarters features a distillery, which is adjacent to the tasting room. Go for the Moscow Mule, kick back and relax at the circular bar. Soak in the scene as the gin works its magic. The stylish digs complement the chill atmosphere seamlessly, and with a unique blend of understated class. The bartenders are gems, are filled with anecdotes and ready with the lively banter. After you’ve had your fill, head out and across the street to visit the pawnbroker.

Gold Cash Gold
2100 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 242-0770
www.goldcashgolddetroit.com

It’s time to go for the gold. Renovated from its former life as a pawn shop, Gold Cash Gold serves up a contemporary take on traditional cuisine. This newer addition to the row of businesses on Michigan Avenue, does not disappoint. It’s farm-to-table menu pairs well with its chic-yet-casual vibe. The atmosphere is airy and rustic. The space combines artistic elements with reclaimed architectural pieces to create a unique and spacious spot to enjoy a reimagined meal.

Astro Coffee
2124 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 638-2989
www.astrodetroit.com

Before hitting the next neighborhood venue for some entertainment, stroll down the block to Astro Coffee for a strong cup of coffee. The intimate cafe offers patrons a strong cup of coffee perfect for recharging for the next stop on the agenda. Sit down at one of the tables that invites conversation, or hop on a stool in the front of the cafe to people-watch as pedestrians make their way down the street.

PJs Lager House
1254 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-4668
www.pjslagerhouse.com

Get your fill of underground bands before they bubble to the surface. PJ’s Lager House puts live acts front and center, booking musicians from near and far on its stage. This low-key bar has been a staple in the music scene in Detroit for years, and is the place to hear the latest and greatest deliver the musical goods to hungry audiences craving something new.

UFO Factory
2110 Trumbull Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
www.ufofactory.com

Nest up, the hot-off-the-press UFO Factory is another spot to catch a live show. This lounge hosts a barrage of bands that fill the silvery space on a frequent basis. Score tickets online or try your luck at the door. On special nights, catch a film projected onto the screen while munching on a delightful snack of popcorn, compliments of the venue. Another reason to visit: the jukebox, stocked to the brim with crowd-pleasing favorites.

Sugar House
2130 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48026
(313) 962-0123
www.sugarhousedetroit.com

Now it’s time to swing by Sugar House for a nightcap. This spot has some of the best craft cocktails in the city, courtesy of the mixologists behind the bar and a drink menu that deviates from the standard selections. Settle into the luxe lounge, clink highballs and drink to the memorable night, courtesy of Corktown. Cheers.

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After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at www.metalleaves.com and Examiner.com.
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