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Cool, Fun, & Original Date Night Ideas In Metro Detroit

Whether you’ve just met or are celebrating your 20th anniversary, date day/night is a great way to spend time with that special someone.  Why do the same old, same old?  We’ve put together a list of fun, ordinary and out-of-the-ordinary date night ideas in Metro Detroit that you can do to make your date truly memorable.

Metro Detroit Games + Dining Date Night Ideas

Bocce Ball & Italian
Palazzo Di Bocce

4291 S Lapeer Rd, Lake Orion, MI 48359
Phone: (248) 371-9987
Website: https://palazzodibocce.com

Come for a game of traditional Italian bocce ball. In addition, pair your game experience with a delicious menu of favorites such as brick oven pizza for lunch or dinner.

Axe Throwing & Dining
Detroit Axe

344 W Nine Mile Rd. Ferndale, MI 48220
Phone: (248) 291-5650
Website: https://detroitaxe.com

Test your strength and precision with an axe throwing experience. In addition to a comprehensive training session with a Detroit Axe Axemaster, this venue also offers food as well as bar service at your personal lane. 

Feather Bowling & Dining
Cadieux Café

4300 Cadieux Rd, Detroit, MI 48224
Phone: (313) 882-8560
Website: http://www.cadieuxcafe.com

Try your hand at the Belgian game of featherbowling (think Bocci meets horseshoes) along with a full menu and generous selection of Belgian beers. In addition to being located in a former Prohibition-era speakeasy, this venue was also featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations.

Arcade Games & Dining
Dave & Buster’s

19375 Victor Pkwy, Livonia, MI 48152
Phone: (734) 452-4600
Website: https://www.daveandbusters.com/locations/livonia

Reconnect with your inner child and enjoy fun competition at this arcade for kids and adults alike. If you’re looking for a date night option with no chance of boredom, the 200+ arcade activities at Dave and Busters will meet your needs. A bar and full menu complete the experience. 

Arcade Games & Casual Fare
Ready Player One

407 E Fort St., Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 395-3300
Website: https://www.rpodetroit.com/

Due to COVID concerns, this venue has temporarily closed.

Board Games & Trivia
B Nektar Meadery – Taproom & Headquarters
1511 Jarvis St, Ferndale, MI 48220
Phone: (313) 744-6323
Website: http://www.bnektar.com/

This hip venue is a one stop shop for an array of meads and ciders. Three year aged apple honey chianti and fresh pressed hard cider with lemon and raspberry are just a few of the in-house brewed offerings. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own board games, food, or other activities to enjoy. 

Metro Detroit Date Night Ideas: Entertainment + Dining

Improv Theater
Go Comedy
261 E. Nine Mile Rd. | Ferndale, MI 48220
Phone: (248)327-0575
Website: https://www.gocomedy.net/

Due to COVID concerns, this venue is temporarily closed.

Tony Roney’s Comic Vibe
18426 Plymouth Rd, Detroit, MI 48228
Phone: (248) 906-6119
Website: https://tonyroneyscomicvibe.com/

Due to COVID concerns, this venue is temporarily closed.

Burlesque, Cabaret & Comedy
Willis Show Bar
4156 Third St., Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313) 788-7469
Website: https://willisshowbar.com/

Take in a live show at this historic jazz lounge, together with a spirits-only menu. Performance options include live music, as well as burlesque and cabaret.

Dueling Pianos
526 Main Piano Bar
526 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Phone: (248) 591-9000
Website: https://www.526main.com

Due to COVID concerns, this venue is temporarily closed.

Live Jazz
Cliff Bell’s
2030 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 961-2543
Website: http://www.cliffbells.com/

Spend an evening at Detroit’s oldest and world renowned jazz club. Guests are able to experience live sets by high caliber musicians, as well as a full menu of classic soul food.

Eclectic + Live Music
Café D’Mongos Speakeasy
1439 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Pub/Cafe-dMongos-Speakeasy-261696076791/

Due to COVID concerns, this venue is temporarily closed.

Detroit Casinos
Various Locations
Website: https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=casinos&find_loc=Detroit%2C+MI

Detroit has two state of the art casinos, MGM Grand and Motor City. Each offers a host of gambling opportunities on the casino floor, top rated restaurants, as well as a hotel.

Drag Queen Bingo @ Five15
600 S Washington Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Phone: (248) 515-2551
Website: https://five15.net/

Due to COVID concerns, this venue is temporarily closed.

Interactive Entertainment for Date Night in Metro Detroit

The Dinner Detective
Embassy Suites by Hilton Detroit Troy Auburn Hills
850 Tower Dr, Troy, MI 48098
Phone: (866) 496-0535
Website: https://www.thedinnerdetective.com/troy/

This is a murder mystery dinner with a comedic twist. In addition, the actors in this show are hidden in plain clothes posing as dinner guests for an extra level of mystery.

Shows & Private Lessons
Detroit Fly House Circus School
1312 Watson St., Detroit MI, 48207
Phone: (313) 674-6424
Website: http://www.detroitflyhouse.com/

Fulfill your dream of running away to the circus. This school provides training in several circus acts, as well as providing aerial yoga classes. 

The Great Escape
301 West 4th Street LL110, LL110, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Phone: (248) 291-7599
Website: https://thegreatescaperoom.com/royal-oak

Test your detective skills as you race against the clock to solve the mystery necessary to break out of one of many themed rooms. Also available are scavenger hunt rooms appropriate for all ages.

Escape Room Zone
31401 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071
Phone: (248) 616-0050
Website: https://www.escaperoom-zone.com

In addition to several traditional escape rooms, this venue also features a rage room, where you are able to defy conventional restraint and destroy a bin of 25 breakable items.

The Fifth Wall Escape Rooms
1930 Hilton Rd #100, Ferndale, MI 48220
Phone: (313) 888-5580
Website: https://fifthwallescape.com

This escape room location features Detroit themed rooms. In addition, The Fifth Wall separates themselves by offering paranormal “weirder” rooms.

Airtime Trampoline & Game Park
Various Locations
Website: https://airtimetrampoline.com/

Enjoy no holds barred play. A trampoline dodgeball and a ninja warrior course, alongside a battering ram over a foam pit, are only a few of the attractions at this indoor trampoline park.  An arcade rounds out this 10,000 square feet of fun.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Various Locations
Website: https://www.skyzone.com/multi/detroit

Couples can bond while dodging an 8 foot rotating beam hovering over a trampoline floor at this wall to wall aerial park. As well, a sky ladder, a foam zone, and a warped wall, are some other other innovative features. 

Fowling
The Fowling Warehouse
3901 Christopher St, Hamtramck, MI 48211
Phone: (313) 264-1288
Website: http://fowlingwarehouse.com

Play a round of feather bowling at this 30 lane warehouse. In addition, guests can enjoy a 175 seat beer garden, a “mystery beer” vending machine, a stage for live music and an assortment of food trucks.

Outdoor Adventure
TreeRunner West Bloomfield Adventure Park
6600 W Maple Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322
Phone: (248) 419-1550
Website: https://www.treerunnerwestbloomfield.com/

Explore the treetops at this adventure park. Swing tree to tree, and be challenged with obstacles such as zip lines, cargo nets, and bridges all while safely suspended in the air.

Painting with a Twist
200 W Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220
Phone: (248) 850-7182
Website: https://www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/ferndale/

Create a work of art that is guaranteed to be frame worthy. This all-levels painting class also provides wine to enjoy while working behind an easel.

Coffee & Cats
Catfe Lounge
821 Livernois, Ferndale, MI 48220
Phone: (248) 968-5955
Website: https://catfelounge.com/about-the-cat-cafe/

Together with the Ferndale cat shelter, the Catfe Lounge is a cat lovers opportunity to interact with adoptable cats in a relaxed setting. In addition, the Catfe also offers coffee, tea, and treats.

Date Night Learning + Exploration Ideas

Paranormal Expeditions @ Eloise Asylum
30712 Michigan Ave. Westland, MI 48186
Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dpx-presents-the-eloise-investigation-tickets-59665978548

The Eloise Psychiatric Hospital was an operational “insane asylum” for almost 100 years. Spend an evening exploring the historical structure alongside seasoned paranormal investigators. 

Belle Isle Aquarium + Whitcomb Conservatory
300 River Place Drive, Suite 2800, Detroit, MI 48207
Phone: (313) 331-7760
Website: https://www.belleisleconservancy.org/

Due to COVID concerns, this venue is temporarily closed.

Motown Museum
2648 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208
Phone: (313) 875-2264
Website: https://www.motownmuseum.org/visit/hours-admissions/

Step back in time to the birthplace of the Motown movement. Meticulously maintained since the 1940’s, visitors experience legendary artifacts, as well as an extensive amount of memorabilia.

Friday Nights At The DIA
5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI
Phone: (313) 833-7900
Website: https://www.dia.org/

Due to COVID concerns, this activity is temporarily suspended.

Eastern Market
2934 Russell Street, Detroit MI 48207
Website: https://www.easternmarket.org/

Spend a day exploring one of the United States’ oldest and largest farmers markets. Enjoy shops, vendors, as well as restaurants in this historic Detroit district.

Michigan Science Center
5020 John R St, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 577-8400
Website: https://www.mi-sci.org/

The Science Center offers over 200 interactive exhibits. Together with a planetarium and an IMAX dome, the Science Center is a hands on STEM experience.

Morley Candy Factory Tour
23770 Hall Road, Clinton Township, MI 48036
Phone: (586) 464-5411
Website: https://www.sanderscandy.com/factory-tours

Due to COVID concerns, this activity is temporarily suspended.

Motor City Brew Tours
Phone: (248) 825-3085
Website: http://motorcitybrewtours.com

Sample the various meads, ciders, and beers Detroit has to offer on a guided brew tour. Tours are available by bicycle, bus, boat, or on foot.

Detroit Bus Company Tours
1990 Bagley, Detroit, MI 48216
Phone: (313) 444-2871
Website: https://thedetroitbus.com/tours/

Spend a day on a themed bus tour of Detroit. Some of the current offerings are a Prohibition- era tour, as well as a historic bar tour. 

The HandleBar Detroit
340 Macomb St., Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (586) 960-5851
Website: https://handlebardetroit.com/

Power your own personal bar equipped with bicycle pedals through the streets of Detroit. Guests can also utilize a motor instead of pedals to relax while enjoying music, drinks, and fun.

Detroit City Distillery
2462 Riopelle St, Detroit, MI 48207
Phone: (313) 338-3760
Website: http://www.detroitcitydistillery.com/

Sit back with a glass of small batch gin, whiskey, and vodka. Located in a factory transformed into a candlelit cocktail lounge, the Distillery now features an addition of rotating three course cocktail menus. 

Sporting Events in Metro Detroit

Tigers Baseball @Comerica Park
2100 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Website: https://www.mlb.com/tigers/tickets/single-game-tickets

Spend an afternoon cheering on Detroit’s local team. Comerica park also offers an assortment of traditional sporting event food, snacks, and drinks. 

Pistons Basketball @ Little Caesars Arena
2645 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Website:http://content.palacenet.com/content/pistons/renew/2019/buynow.html

Take in a Piston’s game anywhere from courtside seats to the gondola level suspended above the main floor. In addition, this venue is home to the Red Wings. Also, an extensive amount of concessions are available.

Enjoy Date Night with Spas + Relaxation

Schvitz Health Club
8295 Oakland Ave, Detroit, MI 48211
Phone: (313) 724-8489
Website: https://schvitzdetroit.com/

Due to COVID concerns, this venue is temporarily closed.

Essential Massage Therapy
22941 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI
Phone: (248) 547-5428
Website: http://emtherapy.com/services/#svc-82

Due to COVID concerns, this location is temporarily suspending services to multiple guests at one time.

Traditional + Fine Dining Date Night Ideas

Fogo De Chao Brazilian Steakhouse
301 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084
Phone: (248) 817-1800
Website: https://fogodechao.com/

This authentic Brazilian steakhouse is a carnivore’s paradise. Along with a full menu of meat options, Fogo de Chao also offers interactive tableside service. In addition, the menu is always all you can eat.

Mabel Gray
23825 John R Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030
Phone: (248) 398-4300
Website: http://mabelgraykitchen.com/

This cozy space is a unique dining experience. With handwritten menus, Mabel Gray has no set food options. The entirely local menu changes daily depending on what is in season and inspires the chef. 

Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails
15 E Kirby St D, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 818-3915
Website: http://www.chartreusekc.com/

Watch the chef cook in the open walled kitchen, as well as take in the living plant life art installations. The creative menu with options such as grilled Spanish octopus only elevates the unique atmosphere.

Selden Standard
3921 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313) 438-5055
Website: http://www.seldenstandard.com/

This small plates restaurant focuses on their beer and wine offerings as much as their food. Patrons can enjoy options such as curried lamb, as well as squid ink chitarra, for lunch or dinner. 

Just Drinks + Snacks!

The Candy Bar
1509 Broadway Detroit, MI 48226
Website: https://www.candybardetroit.com/

This drinks-only bar is located inside the Siren Hotel. The Candy Bar offers a opulent, old Hollywood atmosphere.

The Skip
The Belt, Detroit, MI 48226
Website: http://www.theskipdetroit.com/

Perfect for summer nights, this is an open air cocktail bar. As well, the island vibe of this locale transports guests outside of the city.

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