Midtown Detroit is a cultural epicenter, especially when it comes to contemporary art. However, there are numerous activities huddled in one place, especially when it comes to museums, restaurants, and bars. Follow our guide to know what not to miss in this area of the city.
Pot & Box, a local flower studio that specializes in locally sourced flower creations, invented a hefty goal of an art installation that will occupy an abandoned home near Midtown Detroit. The Flower House is a project in the works, planning to re-purpose the abandoned home with locally grown flowers. After the temporary installation, the home will be redesigned into a flower farm. Again, this project is in the works; therefore, if you’re looking for a do-good project this summer, volunteer at the Flower House. Or, if you’re around in the third weekend of October 2015, check out the installation.
Pot & Box, 3756 Plaza Dr, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, +1 734-368-2130
Originally established in 1975, Old Miami was a bar intended for Vietnam veterans. This dive bar hosts, and has hosted, thousands of artists during its existence. The bar is decked out with pool tables, vintage couches, and a dance floor. Old Miami is one of the best dive bars in Midtown and the greater Detroit area. A perfect spot for a casual and boozy afternoon or evening.
Old Miami, 3930 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI, USA, +1 313-831-3830
A small, cozy brewpub that specializes in seasonal beers and brick-oven pizzas. Motor City Brewing Works serves their awarded beer in a friendly atmosphere – brick walls and wooden seating. It is located across the street from stores like Shinola and Willy’s that could be a pit-stop before or after the beer and pizza.
Motor City Brewing Works, 470 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI, USA, +1 313-832-2700
What Pipeline is a contemporary art gallery in the Midtown area. Like other contemporary museums in the area, What Pipeline was established to donate and stir the artistic community. What Pipeline is a small space, hosting usually one exhibit at a time. They have pretty exclusive hours, though: Saturdays from 2 pm-7 pm only (or by appointment).
The Detroit Riverwalk has been completely renovated and repaved over the course of the past few years. It spans over five and a half miles, and it’s a fantastic view of the Detroit River. Throughout the path, there are shops, restaurants and even a hotel.