Exploring Detroit’s Neighborhoods: Corktown Edition

By: Amber Ogden | November 23, 2015

For some time now, we have been exploring southeast Michigan’s downtown areas, and now it is time to expand to Detroit’s many neighborhoods, starting with Corktown!

Corktown is Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, found just west of downtown Detroit. Founded in the 1830s by Detroit’s Irish immigrant population from Country Cork, Corktown was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and is designated as a City of Detroit Historic District.

Here, you’ll find your guide to a great day in Corktown!

Where to eat

Bobcat Bonnie’s

A gastropub, Bobcat Bonnie’s is great for brunch, lunch or dinner. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and includes a Bloody Mary and mimosa bar.

Lunch menu items include the Bobcat Burger (topped with barbecue sauce, Cheddar cheese, bacon and onion rings) and Vegetarian Pasta (with seasonal veggies, angel hair pasta and white wine cream sauce).

Brooklyn Street Local

This restaurant provides a cozy atmosphere with great fresh and local options. If you’re there before noon, try the Breakfast Poutine (with sunny-side-up egg and bacon or tempeh).

As for lunch, try Jay’s Grilled Cheese (with sharp Cheddar and homemade apple compote), or Roasted Vegetable Panini (with sweet peppers, zucchini, red onion, provolone and arugula walnut pesto).

Additional restaurants worth checking out: Slow’s Bar BQ, Mercury Burger Bar and Green Dot Stables. For drinks, visit The Sugar House, Batch Brewing Company and Astro Coffee.

Where to play

PJ’s Lager House

Take in some of Metro Detroit’s best musical talent, while enjoying a cocktail or some Cajun food from the kitchen. Upcoming acts include Howling Diablos (on Nov. 25) and Dear Darkness (on Dec. 5).

Hello Records

Buy, sell and trade at Hello Records, where you’ll find vinyl recordings from the 1940s through the 2000s. If music is your thing, you’ll feel right at home sifting through the bins to add to your collection.

Additional places to check out: John K. King Used & Rare Books, as well as Honor and Folly, if you have out of town guests who need a place to stay.

Enjoy your time exploring Corktown, and stay tuned for our next adventure in Detroit!