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7 Ways Corktown Keeps Us Coming Back

Posted on Thursday, May 19 2016 in Culture

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For locals and travelers in and around Detroit, keeping up with Detroit's Corktown isn’t easy. One of the earliest neighborhoods to welcome Detroit’s neighborhood resurgence, Corktown might’ve reeled us in with its barbecue and craft cocktails, but the city’s oldest neighborhood nook always keeps us coming back with a wealth of new sights and tastes. Start with these seven experiences for a fresh sight of Corktown right now:

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  1. Snag one of 60 coveted seats at Katoi. From a much-loved Thai-inspired food truck to a packed house on Michigan Avenue, Katoi’s restaurant dreams went bricks and mortar in March when Chef Brad Greenhill opened the doors to this tiny gem where the cocktails are as serious as the hot pot.

  2. Drink from the Feel-Good Tap at Batch Brewing Co. Proceeds are donated to a rotating list of non-profits, so you can try a new locally brewed beer and do some good, too.

  3. Find and test ride the Vespa or motorbike of your dreams at Detroit Moped Works. Whatever vintage two-stroke wheels you want to ride this summer, you know where to find it.

  4. Gobble up a waffle dog for brunch at Laika Dog. Sundays inside the UFO Factory mean cult movies, classic pinball and hot dogs all wrapped up in toasty waffles with a world of wonderful sauces to adorn them.

  5. If crate-digging for records is your favorite way to spend a day, head on down to Hello Records and walk away happy with an armful of vinyl. Fans of Detroit techno rub elbows with fans of soul and R&B, and nod across the aisle to those raised on ’80s rock radio and metal. It’s all for the love of music.

  6. Tour the tasting room at Two James Spirits and we dare you to try not to linger afterwards with friends and cocktails at the welcoming round bar. This is a 21-and-older affair but worth the wait.

  7. Get ready to Corktown Strut. Last but long awaited, the neighborhood is about to welcome a brand new music, art and food festival to its cobblestone streets. Get ready to wander Detroit’s oldest area, then see and hear something new around every corner. Thanks go to Forward Arts and all participating as more than 60 performers will invade16 Corktown venues July 1-3. A percentage of profits are set to benefit neighborhood projects.


What new Corktown businesses and events are you flocking to, and which standbys still make your day?

By: Stephanie Angelyn Casola

Photo credit: Batch Brewing Company