NAIAS 2019: What to do During Auto Show Weekend in the D

For the last 53 years car lovers, designers and the press have been collecting at Cobo Hall for a preview of the years most anticipated car reveals. Travelers from near and far who are brave enough to battle the blustery winter weather will have no lack of options for fun in the D during auto show week.

Detroit is booming with places to dine & drink, chic places to stay, and an abundance of entertainment options— And we’ve got you covered!

Here’s your guide to the city’s most happening hot spots to visit during NAIAS 2019!

Dine

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Fort Street Galley

160 W Fort St., Downtown Detroit, MI 48226

 The contemporary food hall recently opened in the historic 8,646-square-foot Federal Reserve Building. The one-of-a kind restaurant is the home of four great new from some of Detroit’s most recognizable chefs and beverage directors. The restaurants that occupy the revolutionary space are: Allenby, Isla, Lucky’s and Pursue.

 Maru Sushi

160 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48226

If you’re looking for great sushi in Detroit – Maru Sushi is without a doubt the place to go. It is also located in the old Federal Reserve Building and offers a unique, open dining space. Don’t miss out on their great happy hour specials too, from 2:30-5:30 pm Monday-Friday and Sunday 4:00 pm – 6: 30 pm.

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 Apparatus Room

250 W. Larned St., Detroit, MI 48226

 Apparatus Room mixes modern with the new. It’s location inside the Detroit Foundation Hotel has the perfect atmosphere to enjoy new American cuisine. The restaurant features a gorgeous bar, lounge areas and tables that are available for reservation. To make reservations call: 313-915-4422. The restaurant will be featuring prefix menu options for lunch and dinner throughout press week, part of the public week and a dinner for the Charity Preview After Party.

 San Morello

1400 Woodward Ave., Detroit MI 48226

This urban Italian neighborhood restaurant is located inside the recently opened Shinola Hotel. This is one of the newest places to hit the downtown scene and a must visit spot. San Morello serves authentic wood-fired dishes, pizzas and house-made pastas using local and seasonal ingredients.

 Lady of the House

1426 Bagley, Detroit, MI, 48216

Chef Kate Williams bring food made with love to Lady of the House in Detroit’s historic Corktown Neighborhood. The restaurant itself holds a piece of Detroit history by making home in the former home of St. CeCe’s, a Detroit staple. Lady of the House provides an unforgettable dinner and experience. It is highly recommended for out of towners.

 Takoi

2520 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

 This Thai-inspired concept restaurant has an out of this world atmosphere. TAKOI is the resurrection of KATOI- the restaurant was open for 11 months and won a handful of awards before falling victim to arson. The restaurant is back and booming with energy. Enjoy unique dishes under the glow of the neon lights or get drinks in the green room. This is a mostly walk-in only restaurant, so first come first serve.

 Gold Cash Gold

2100 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216

 To savor the taste of Corktown’s history, visit Gold Cash Gold to dine in the former home of Sam’s Loans. The former pawn shop opened on Michigan Avenue in 1940’s and is now home to one of Detroit’s best places to dine. I highly recommend getting their famous fried chicken.

 SheWolf Pastificio & Bar

438 Selden St, Detroit, MI 48201

 The Roman inspired Italian style restaurant opened late June and has taken Midtown

by storm. The restaurant features a contemporary style menu that raises the bar on pasta noodles, by milling its own organic flour daily.

 Grey Ghost

47 Watson St, Detroit, MI 48201

 Ever since its opening, Grey Ghost has easily been one of my favorites. The restaurant and bar is nestled between the historic Brush Park and Midtown neighborhoods. The

restaurant is focused on Midwestern hospitality, great eats and cocktails. Trust me, order the cheeseburger.

Central Kitchen

660 Woodward Ave #4A, Detroit, MI 48226

 This restaurant and bar offers a spectacular view of Cadillac Square and Campus Martius. Its location is central to plenty of places and activities downtown; Hence the name. Whether you are coming to enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner or cocktails, Central Kitchen has it all covered.

BESA

600 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226

BESA Detroit is the new kid on the block and located directly across from Townhouse. This restaurant features a raw bar that serves oysters and bars and table that face Woodward. The menu features everything from Green Curry Soup to Ramen Noodle Ravioli.

Drink

 The Belt

1234 Library St. Detroit, MI 48226

 The Belt located between Broadway and Library Street is known to be the alley in the heart of downtown Detroit. This alley that links Gratiot and Grand River is decoated with art installations and has a plethora of hotspots to choose from including: The Standby, The Skip, Deluxx Fluxx.

 Candy Bar

1509 Broadway St., Detroit, MI 48226

 Old Hollywood glamour finds Broadway Street at this hotel bar dripped in pink velvet with oversized chandeliers. Expect a wait if you didn’t make reservations but feel order cocktail and wait in the beautiful lobby of the Siren Hotel.

 Bad Luck Bar

1218 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226

 For a true show of bartending at its finest at elaborate craft made cocktails head to Bad Luck Bar. This is more than a bar, but a show of the precision and creativity that that go into perfecting the show stopping drinks.

 Two James

2445 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216

 This is the first licensed distillery in Detroit since the Prohibition and is in Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood. Two James is located in a beautiful space with old bones and a beautiful round bar.

 Sugar House

2130 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI, 48126

 This speakeasy bar is the oldest of its kind in Corktown. The bar menu features the best classic bar drinks and a seasonal selection. The ambiance and service will bring you in, but the talent and great cocktails will keep you there.

 Second Best

42 Watson St., Detroit, MI 48201

 This not-quite dive bar is the kid sister of Grey Ghost. Second Best provides a relaxed atmosphere with craft cocktails on draft and buckets of Miller High Life served with Champagne flutes.

Stay

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Detroit Foundation Hotel

250 w. Larned St., Detroit, MI 48226

 The former Fire Department Headquarters is one of the most beautifully renovated spaces in Detroit. The hotel is home of the Apparatus Room and is adorned with the artwork of local painter Tony Roko. This is one of the greatest spaces in town and located near Cobo Center.

 The Shinola Hotel

1400 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226

 The long awaited Shinola Hotel opened early this month. This hotel is a collaboration between Shinola and Bedrock. The hotel is a has the classic style that is represented by the Shinola brand and is nestled into a building built with old Detroit architecture.

 The Siren Hotel

1509 Broadway St., Detroit, MI 48226

 It doesn’t get grandiose than the lobby of The Siren Hotel. The hotel has a feel of old Hollywood glamour inside the renovated Wurlitzer building. Stay here and enjoy the note-worthy Candy Bar, The Social Grooming Co., and the recently opened restaurant Albena.

Inn at 97 Winder

97 Winder St., Detroit, MI 48201

The Inn at Winder is located in a beautifully renovated home in Brush Park. The 10 rooms of the hotel are all different, but equally beautiful. The is adorned with dripping chandeliers, ornate furniture, and whimsical décor.

Trumbull and Porter

1331 Trumbull St., Detroit, MI 48216

This Corktown Hotel is newly refurbished and features 144-guest rooms. The hotel is home of the award winning Red Dunn Kitchen that offers a great dining experiences and drinks. Trumbull and Porter’s hotel rooms are decorated with furniture made by Michigan artisans with a view of its popular courtyard.

Entertainment

Willis Show Bar      

4156 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

This Cabaret and Cocktail bar is located in Detroit’s historic Cass Corridor. The building has recently been renovated to bring you jazz music, entertainment, and an atmosphere from the show era. Depending on the night, expect to see cabaret performers, burlesque dancers, deejays and comedians.

The DIA

5200 Woodward Ave.

 The DIA has one of the top six collections of art in the United States. The museum is home to more than 65,00 pieces of artwork including the Detroit Industry art installation painted by Diego Rivera.

 Deluxx Fluxx

1274 Library St, Detroit, MI 48226

 Go below the belt and visit Deluxx Fluxx. This basement bar meets arcrade also functions as a concert. venue. Stepping into Deluxx Fluxx will take you back to the days of hanging under black neon lights during your teenage angst years.

 Apparatus Room: Foundation After Dark

250 W. Larned St., Detroit, MI 48226

 Thursday nights head to the Apparatus Room for the “Foundation After Dark” live music series.  Admission is free and there will be music from the best of Detroit’s local artists, food and rotating drinks.

 Rainbow City Roller Rink

1001 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226

Rainbow City Roller Rink is a free inflatable winter wonderland-meets roller rink. The colorful rink designed by artist duo FriendsWithYou overlooks Campus Martius offering a spectacular time and view. The rink is open Wednesday-Sunday 2:00pm-9:00pm.

Cadillac Lodge

60 Cadillac Square, Detroit, MI 48226

Embrace the winter feels at Bedrock’s Cadillac Lodge. The winter lodge is located at Cadillac Square directly across from the Campus Martius Skating Rink. Take a spin around on some skates and then head to the Cadillac Lodge to war

ICYMI, Check out Candice’s interview on Fox 2 where she spills more deets on where to hang during auto show week. Watch the full video here!

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