We had so much fun last year at Hour’s Best of Detroit party that we went back this year. The event was even more special this year since it was at Joe Louis Arena, which will most likely be demolished before long. Like so many other people in the area, I have lots of great memories there, so it was wonderful to have an opportunity to take another look.
We met up with some friends, with whom we always have a good time (and are always out past bedtime). A party is always more fun with friends. Plus, we ran into another friend at the event.
The event took place on what would normally be ice, filled with hockey players. Since it wasn’t terribly crowded and the stands weren’t filled, you could really look up into the seats and understand the players’ perspective.
With a magic theme, we walked through the silent auction and then headed into the main action. There were lights and performers fitting the theme. Even a fortune teller. I would have stopped there but the line was too long.
We checked out some of the food – it’s always nice that Red Coat Tavern makes burgers right there! Then we grabbed drinks and waited in line to have our picture taken. Unfortunately the link to the photo was not texted too us. I’m still trying to track it down.
After exploring the fun lounge in the back, we bopped along to the music and finished checking out the food. Slows BBQ is always a hit. I loved the smoothie from Beyond Juicery + Eatery. But then again, I love anything and everything with kale.
Zoup had some of their classic dishes and Buddy’s was serving up pizza. My personal favorite though were the sweet potato cupcakes from Taste Love Cupcakes. OMG! Were they good! I can’t wait to check out their store and grab more cupcakes. I seriously cannot remember the last cupcake I had that was that good!
Ben Sharkey took the stage before long. He’s a local musician who performs covers of popular songs and the dude can really sing. Even if I was just hanging out with Mom, I loved dancing along to him singing. He has great stage presence and it was super fun to bust loose for a few minutes.
We were kind of done with the event, which kept getting more and more crowded, but we weren’t ready to go home, so we headed back to Bad Luck Bar.
We just love the atmosphere there and it was nice to be able to have a conversation without all the noise of the event. It was so much fun and even now I am smiling about it while I write.
My life may not be perfect, far from it, but I am very lucky to have some really unique and wonderful experiences that leave me with memories that bring joy in even the darkest moments.