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let me first get this otta the way , were bears fans going to a green bay - detroit game on turkey day . ( go figure ) we have been going to a turkey day game every year for about 15 yrs . ( me & my wife ) we have been to dallas & detroit before & when the nfl started the nite game we started to go to the nite games . this year the nite game is in baltimore ( again ) and we don't want to do baltimore again . so we are going back to detroit & was wondering if there is a bar downtown that has a package that includes meals before & after the game ? ( drinks to if possible ) i can remember way back when detroit played at the silverdome there was a bar that did this ( can't remember the name ) also took you to & from the game in there bus the bar owned . we will not need a ride as we will be downtown . i will say that detroit - green bay on turkey day is in our top 3 of greatest times weve had on turkey day games . the fans talk a lotta trash to each other , but its all in fun & its been fun to be around .

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I can't think of anything downtown. Some of the suburban bars will do stuff like this, but it tends to be informal.

One of the problems with the Silverdome was that there is NOTHING around it besides a giant parking lot and businesses. That made it more worthwhile for a bar to have a shuttle and entice people in before/after the game with free parking and "discounted" food/drink.

Ford Field (and Comerica Park) intentionally have limited parking to entice people to wander the downtown area. I think you will have more fun by not locking into one location for the entire day. There are dozens of places from dive bar to upscale dining to choose from. All are walkable, so if you don't like one or want something different, walk on to the next. If you don't feel like walking, the bars outside the direct stadium area offer free shuttles - just tip the drivers. There is also the People Mover.

What hotel are you staying at? Knowing that will help give you a pub crawl route, if interested.

Edited: 06 November 2013, 21:03
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thanks for the info , did some research on TA & have some what of a plan . we arive on wed. staying at the westin book . going to greektown for dinner & bar hopping . thurs. head to a bar for food & screwdrivers ( vitiman C, LOL ) after the game we will watch the other games some where just don't know where yet . head back to chicago friday morning .

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Hey I am also coming to town for this game with 3 friends from up north (Canada). We are also looking for ideas for bars/tailgating areas that would be good for some friendly Packer fans.

tev9999 - could you post some ideas for pub crawl - we are all in our 30's looking to have some fun both Wednesday night (going to Wings game) and Thursday (Lions).

Also what will be open that Thursday around the downtown area after the game (also staying at the westin book) that would be good for drinks/pub food while watching the other turkey day games?

Finally do we have to worry about the parade impeding our access to get to Ford Field?

Thanks in advance

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In regard to the parade, Ford Field is East of the Woodward (the street the parade runs down) so stay east of the Woodward and you’ll be fine. I’m not sure about tailgating with friendly packers fans, but I can tell you to check out the tailgating at Eastern Market for some fun and wild Lions fans. There are plenty of bars (the Elwood, Coaches Corner, Cheli’s) right around the stadium too.

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Hmm....your hotel and Ford Field are on opposite sides of Woodward, which as mgoblue mentioned, is where the parade is. It usually starts at 9:00, so in order to not go completely out of your way, your best bet is to cross Woodward early that morning.

The bars mgoblue mentioned are perfect suggestions.

I know Mario's does a food / shuttle option for Tigers and Wings games, but I don't think they offer this for Lions games.

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A great pub crawl area is through the Greektown district. It's a three block stretch of bars, restaurants, and a couple shops. It's also where Greektown Casino is, which is always a fun time.

For tailgating (if you have a car) Eastern Market is always the best option. If not, there are several surface lots around the stadium where many people tailgate. The lots along Brush seem to have great crowds.

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Does anyone have recommendations for a Thanksgiving Day buffet restaurant? We are also in town for the Lions-Packers game (Go Pack Go!) but as a family so we are looking for somewhere a bit more traditional for a Thanksgiving meal post game.

Sounds like Mario's is open, offering a buffet and shuttle pre-game but not post game.

Any recommendations?

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I would check at each of the casino buffets. I'm not sure if you'll have people under 21 with you or not, if so, you can access the Motor City buffet with kids, but not the ones at MGM or Greektown. Other than that, I'm not aware of any holiday buffets AFTER the game.

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The Detroit Seafood Market is also offering a buffet from noon to 6:00 pm. Its not very far from Ford Field. I have been to the Sunday Brunch Buffet at the Market and it's very good.

http://www.thedetroitseafoodmarket.com/

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From one Packer fan to the others here...we were at Ford Field the last time the Packers and Lions played on T-giving (two years ago I think) and there were a ton of Packer fans. Don't know if there were any organized parties but you will see a lot of green & gold. We did drinks across from Ford File as the Elwood Bar takes over the parking structure and has full bar, music etc., propane heaters if it gets cool. Lots to do after the game in the Greektown area. GPG