nothinglikeit22 wrote:Economic downturn or not, its still a city with a great culture.
I'll try to explain in terms of Knoxville bars, but I hope this makes sense in general:
My favorite bar here is Union Jack's. When you sit at the bar, you would never think "this is comfortable" but it just seems to fit, I can't imagine anyone has ever thought that they were uncomfortable either. Their food will never win any foodie awards, but it is always seems to be just what you want at the time. They don't make any special drinks, but they have quite a few beer options, and you just feel relaxed. I can't pinpoint anything special about the crowd, but even if you have never met them, they feel like friends from way back.
I enjoy the Public House. They have really amazing drinks, it looks very interesting, there's art, it is in the cool part of town next to a bike shop. The food there would probably win awards. But it is expensive, and never filling enough, and they don't seem to have what I want right now. The crowd, after a certain time, tends to be 30-somethings that think they are 20-somethings, with guys that wear hemp anklets, and the benches look cool, but are really uncomfortable to sit at. It is nice sometimes, but it would never be "the hangout".
For some people, Detroit just feels like the former. The culture there is interesting and down to earth. The architecture is beautiful. There is crime of course, but I've never felt as unsafe there as say... parts of Chicago. You may not like my bar, you may not like my town -- that's fine, people have different tastes. But Detroit is always talked about like the asshole of the US, mostly by people who have at most driven through Detroit, or read something about it online. Detroit is much more than a statistic though, and there is a lot to love. People will always make jokes about it, fine. And I'm not telling anyone to move there, but you are talking about someone's home, I hope you can have it in you to have an open mind.