Traditionally known as a Polish community, the area has experienced an influx of immigrants from all over the world. It is now arguably the most ethnically and culturally diverse area in Michigan. With the mix of new people, the area is changing, reinventing itself as it finds a new identity. While there are still older areas of Hamtramck that need attention, there is a lot of building going on, including new shops, restaurants and bars/clubs. The vitality and cultural variety of the community make it an exciting place to spend some time. There's even polka dancing!
Good places to start: Paycheck's Lounge.
Reviewed: Polish Village Cafe
This City of Detroit neighborhood is home to the now abandoned Tiger Stadium. The area could have been decimated when Tigers baseball moved to Comerica Park, but Corktown took action. Playing up its history by restoring Victorian homes in the area and never forgetting its Irish heritage, Corktown is now a mix of new and old residents, businesses and housing. These days, Corktown has art galleries, Irish pubs, dance clubs and sports bars. Further growth is inevitable with the development of a greenway along the Detroit River that will link Corktown to Mexicantown and Detroit's west riverfront.
Good places to start: Leland City Club and Nemo's (1384 Michigan Avenue).
Reviewed: Slows Bar BQ
3. Mt. Clemens
Good places to start: John Barleycorn's
Reviewed: Bath City Bistro
Unlike some of the other trendy areas on the list, Novi isn't about rediscovering and revitalizing an existing downtown. In the case of Novi's Market Street, developers came in and planned their own city, complete with night life. Snagging The Second City comedy club from downtown Detroit, the area also has several restaurants and bars. Now another development, Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk, is experiencing some planned changes. Originally an outdoor "lifestyle center," some of the walkways have been converted back into roads for easy drop off, and new night clubs and a bowling alley have moved in.
Good places to start: Lucky's
5. St. Clair Shores
Good places to start: Fishbone's and Steve's Backroom.
Good places to start: Genetti's Hole-in-the-Wall and 336 Main
Reviewed: Compari's on the Park