An After-Hours Guide to the Detroit Auto Show

Detroit, the auto capital of the world, will play host to the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at the Cobo Conference Exhibition Center, January 14 – 27, 2013. Surrounded by hundreds of restaurants, shops and bars in the heart of downtown Detroit, the area around the Cobo Center has a lot to offer.

A quick online search using Yelp!, at < www.yelp.com/biz/cobo-conference-exhibition-center-detroit >, provides plenty of information about local restaurants, shopping and nightlife. NAIAS attendees can find exactly what they’re looking for. For starters, a few of the local highlights that we found are listed below.

For dining, there’s Roast, a high-end steakhouse in downtown Detroit located on Washington Avenue. For something a little bit more low-key, there’s the legendary diner, Lafayette Coney Island, on Lafayette Boulevard, featuring unbeatable “coneys.” Then, there’s the highly recommended pub, Jacoby’s German Biergarten, which is also located on Lafayette Boulevard. And for gluten-free or vegetarian fare, there’s Mudgie’s deli on Porter Street in the Corktown neighborhood, which offers several types of “hearty, filling and delicious” sandwiches.

For shopping, Griswold Street is home to Pure Detroit‘s downtown location, which is stocked with everything related to Detroit, from moderately priced clothing to books, pictures and food. City Slicker Shoes, found on Monroe Street, is the go-to place to pick up a pair of true Detroit “gators” in every style and color. You could also spend a lazy evening lounging in John K. King Books, on Lafayette Boulevard, catching up on your favorite author.

For nightlife, Café D’Mongo’s Speakeasy, located on Griswold Street, is often described as a perfect place to have some fun after a long day. Enjoy the live music, easy-mingling atmosphere and eclectic décor that quickly makes visitors feel like they’ve lived in Detroit their whole life. A lively dance club atmosphere can be found at Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine on Library Street, known not only for their tapas but also for their dancing. A central music hub, Saint Andrew’s Hall, located in the Bricktown neighborhood on Congress Street, boasts a stage which has featured local artists to up-and-coming, big names.

And that covers just the beginning of what Detroit has to offer in terms of food, shopping and entertainment. Do you have your own favorite spot? Please feel free to share it with us!