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Your guide to Detroit’s Draft Weekend, Corktown & The Michigan Pedaler

If you’re headed to Detroit this April for the NFL Draft, The Michigan Pedaler looks forward to seeing you! If you’re already here, welcome! We’re glad you’re here! Over 300,000 guests are coming to our home and The Michigan Pedaler is excited to help roll out the red carpet for you.

WELCOME TO DETROIT!

Corktown is Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, located just on the outskirts of Downtown to the west. From Campus Martius, the quickest way to get there is just to head down Michigan Avenue. It’s about a mile, so you could walk it, but taking ab Uber/Lyft might not be the worst idea either. If you’ve got your own car, there’s usually a lot of parking options in the form of free street parking, metered parking, and paid lots.

The Michigan Pedaler begins and ends its rides in Corktown. In between, for two hours, you tour not only Corktown but the extensive Downtown area as well as Midtown.

But in addition to spending time on The Michigan Pedaler we hope you spend some time in Corktown and discover the unique neighborhood as well as the shops, restaurants and bars that encompass this area.

The Michigan Pedaler

Wondering what to do with time between Draft days? We are excited to have three offerings, all meant to accommodate any group size.

For those not familiar with party bikes – The Michigan Pedaler is basically a bar on wheels! However, drinking does not have to be the focus of your ride. We love to take to the streets, listen to music, have dance parties, and show off our great city. Our rides last for two hours. We’re BYOB and have our own cooler for you to use.  You’re welcome to bring beer, seltzers, any canned cocktail, and snacks (just no glass). We begin at McShane’s Irish Pub, in the very center of Corktown. This is about one mile from Campus Martius, where the NFL Draft is being held.

Our rides begin at Detroit’s most famous street corner: Michigan Avenue and Trumbull. Why’s that? For nearly a century, it served as home to the beloved Tiger Stadium, home of the Detroit Tigers through 1999.  And guess what? Baseball is still played on this field. Detroit PAL (Police Athletic League) now operates The Corner Ballpark. The same flagpole from Tiger Stadium still flies Old Glory high in center field.  Before your ride, spend a moment to cross the street and see what was – and what is today.

There are three ways you can experience The Michigan Pedaler:

 

Private Rides

If you have a group of seven or more, you may want to consider booking a private ride with us. Each of our bikes can hold up to 15 passengers, but we have seven bikes, meaning we can accommodate groups of 105 people.

Click here to book a private ride!

 

The Mini Pedaler

For group of six or less, we think our Mini Pedaler would be the perfect bike for you! It’s the same fun experience as our regular bikes, just in a smaller package and at a cheaper price point. For those looking to stop at Detroit’s coolest bars and see the most recognizable landmarks, The Mini Pedaler can help get you there quickly!

To learn more about the Mini Pedaler and to book a ride, visit our Mini Pedaler page!

 

Public Rides

Individuals, couples, families, and friends are all welcome to our buy-a-seat rides! These two-hour rides accomplish the same goal as our private bookings. We’ll see Detroit staples like Comerica Park, Ford Field, and Detroit Central Station. We’ll also stop at bars/restaurants that are family friendly – great for if you want a drink, a quick bite to eat, a bathroom break, or an opportunity to stretch the legs.

To see available times and purchase tickets, visit our Eventbrite page!

 

McShane’s Irish Pub

As previously stated, all of our rides begin and end at McShane’s. If you’re looking for a spot to watch a game, catch the draft, play some pool, and grab a drink at the whiskey bar, McShane’s is the spot to be. They have a large menu with traditional Irish entrees and other pub classics. They also have a large space, so accommodating any group size would not be an issue.

Learn more about McShane’s here!

 

Things to do in Corktown

Corktown is making a comeback in a major way, as evident by the number of new businesses and restaurants consistently popping up. It’s also our favorite spot (granted, we are biased) to shop locally and grab a bite to eat. If you’re looking to spend time in Corktown during your visit, you may be interested in the following:

  • Slows BBQ – A Corktown staple! This is the best spot in town for BBQ lovers.
  • Mercury Bar – Burgers, fries, milkshakes, and beer. What else do you need?
  • Ima – Ramen, sushi, and a cool vibe. A great spot for a drink too!
  • Nemo’s – A Corktown classic! A famous burger and great place to catch a game or the draft.
  • Ottava Via – Italian cuisine in a quaint, quiet space.
  • The Yard – Corktown’s entertainment hub – axe throwing, board games, an outdoor patio, and more!
  • Bobcat Bonnies – A big drink menu with a bigger food menu! Come here for bowls, sandwiches, and tater tots!
  • Cork & Gabel – An extensive menu with a great happy hour, all in a great location.
  • Detroit Dye House – Shop for, or make, wearable tie-dye pieces of art!
  • Detroit PAL – Located on the old Tiger Stadium’s site, this ballpark is beautiful, historic, and uses the original Tigers’ home plate.
  • Momento Coffee + Gelato – Exactly what’s advertised! A quaint place to grab a sweet treat.
  • Elderado General Store – Vintage clothing, locally made jewelry, and antiques can be found in this botique!
  • Summertown Fresh Bar – Energizing smoothies, fresh fruit and veggie juices, tea, coffee, soups, savory snacks and desserts.

 

Detroit Central Station

Lastly, Corktown’s (and maybe Detroit’s) most famous landmark is Michigan Central Station. This is the new home to Ford Motor’s autonomous vehicle headquarters, but it has a long, storied history that you

can read about here. Off Michigan Avenue, you’ll find the newly renovated Roosevelt Park which leads you right up to the doors of Michigan Central. The perfect Instagram photo op! You can also grab a bite to eat at Slow’s, Mercury Bar, Ima, or Cork & Gabel, all within walking distance of Michigan Central.

 

See ya in Corktown!

Coming out to Corktown and grabbing a bite to eat while visiting the shops on Michigan Avenue, then spending two hours on The Michigan Pedaler, before concluding your time with a drink at McShane’s is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon (or evening) during the weekend you are visiting Detroit.  We know it will be so much fun – it’s what you’ll be sharing with friends when you return to your hometown about your time in Detroit. Well that… and if hopefully the right picks for your NFL team!

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