On Paczki Day, Hamtramck turns into ‘Party Town’

Paczki Day is next Tuesday (Feb. 21). Get ready for an all-day blast of fun.

By Charles Sercombe

Time to get your dancing shoes on.

Paczki Day is rolling our way a little earlier than last year.

Once again, the festivities begin with a pre-party called “Countdown to Paczki Day,” which is this Saturday (Feb. 18) in a heated tent at the Town Center parking lot on Jos. Campau just south of Holbrook.

The fun begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. On hand will be live Polish music by the Misty Blues and a performance by the Gwiazda Polish Dancers.

“Mr. Paczki” will be roaming around and Mayor Karen Majewski will be cutting it up on the dance floor. In case you’ve never seen our talented mayor perform some of her tricky folk dances, you are in for a treat.

Of course there will be a generous supply of free paczki samplings from our local bakeries.

And then on Paczki Day, this city is party center. If you want to explore the town, here’s a list of other places to drink and eat:

Baker’s Streetcar Bar
9817 Jos. Campau
(313) 873-8296
Kielbasa & Kraut Sandwich $3
Any size Amicci’s Pizza – Half off

Belmont Sports Bar
10215 Jos. Campau
(313) 872-6560
Open at 9 a.m.
$2 drink specials and complimentary paczki all day
DJs All Day.

Celina’s Sports Bar
11667 Jos. Campau
(313) 365-1801
Open at 9 a.m.

Detroit Threads
10238 Jos. Campau
(313) 872-1777
Greg Mudge, Andy Garcia, DOCILE, Adjust,
Low Res, Nospectacle, Deka, DATSWOTSUP,
Superjoint, The Funk Below

Maria’s Comida
11411 Jos. Campau
(313) 733-8406

Mars Bar
10001 Jos. Campau
(313) 974-6575
Open at 10 a.m.

New Dodge Lounge
8850 Jos. Campau
(313) 874-5963
Opens at 7 a.m.
Featuring: The Polish Muslims, The Party
The Misty Blues, Jo-Town, DJ Blayd
Paczkis, Polish Cuisine, Jaeger and Budweiser Girls
Live Broadcast by the WRIF’s Ann Carlini

Painted Lady Lounge
2930 Jacob St.
(313) 874-2991
Opens at 6 p.m.
$3 Paczki Bombs

Polish Village Café
2990 Yemans
Finest food West of Warsaw!
(313) 874-5726
catering: (313) 608-2097

Loyal Order of the Moose
9421 Conant
Start Paczki Day off with a hearty breakfast, 7 a.m. until it’s gone. Admission is $5, which goes to the Hamtramck Goodfellows.

Polonia Polish Restaurant
2934 Yemans
(313) 873-8432
Put down that paczki and get some real food. Besides Polish cuisine, there’s a fish and chips special for a mere $6.95. Eat, and enjoy the sights.

PLAV Post 10
11824 Jos. Campau
(313) 893-1355
Music, food and fun. Need we say more?
It’s also the place for the official paczki eating contest, held at noon. Enter at your own risk!
Live entertainment: Polka Floyd (1:30-3:30 p.m.), Danny D & the Vagabonds (4-6 p.m.) and the Polish Muslims (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
Also available, kielbasa sandwiches, pierogi, potato pancakes and Hamtramck sliders. Oh yeah, cheap beer!

Small’s Bar
Open 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Paczki Day
No cover all day
Complimentary paczki and other food
HOME OF THE PACZKI BOMB: Mini paczki with flavored vodka funneled in!
Live set by THE POLKA FLOYD SHOW starting at 6 p.m. They will play “The Wall” in its entirety.
Paczki Day also marks the debut of Captains of the Head, performing dirty sea shanties and other inappropriate songs.

Suzy’s Bar
2942 Evaline
(313) 872-9016
Home of Polish Girls Gone Wild!

Tight Fittin’ Jeans
Characters Always Welcome
12002 Jos. Campau
Opens at 10 a.m.
Featuring New Orleans Hurricanes
Karaoke from 7 p.m.

Whiskey in the Jar
2741 Yemans
(313) 873-4154
Home-made pierogi, stuffed cabbage and kielbasa.
Raspberry Vodka infused paczki.
Heated tent
Featuring live performances by Kielbasa Kings and
Polish Muslims

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