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 more than 80 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
- Metro Detroit Date Night Ideas: Entertainment + Dining
- Interactive Entertainment for Date Night in Metro Detroit
- Date Night Learning + Exploration Ideas
- Sporting Events in Metro Detroit for Date Night
- Enjoy Date Night with Spas + Relaxation
- Secret Spots for Romantic Moments
- Traditional + Fine Dining Date Night Ideas
- Just Drinks + Snacks!
Metro Detroit Games + Dining Date Night Ideas
Bocce Ball & Italian at Palazzo Di Bocce
4291 S Lapeer Rd, Lake Orion, MI 48359
Phone: (248) 371-9987
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 at Detroit Axe
344 W Nine Mile Rd. Ferndale, MI 48220
Phone: (313) 961-9249
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.
Offworld Arcade at Checker Bar
124 Cadillac Square. Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (248) 291-5650
This is a hip second-floor arcade bar where you can play the classics like Pac Man, smash keys on the vintage Ghostbusters pinball machine or try to set a high score on Super Monkey Ball.
666 Selden St, MI 48201
Phone: (248) 285-9410
Barcade is a great adult playspace with lots of pinball machines and arcade classics to bring some nostalgia to your date. Games like Ms. Pac Man and Centipede are waiting for your top score!
Feather Bowling & Dining at the Cadieux Café
4300 Cadieux Rd, Detroit, MI 48224
Phone: (313) 882-8560
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 at Dave & Buster’s
19375 Victor Pkwy, Livonia, MI 48152
Phone: (734) 452-4600
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 at Ready Player One
407 E Fort St., Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 395-3300
Board Games, Axe Throwing & Trivia at B Nektar Meadery – Taproom & Headquarters
1511 Jarvis St, Ferndale, MI 48220
Phone: (313) 744-6323
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.
Board Games & Axe Throwing at the Corner Grill, Bar + Game Room
344 W Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220
Phone: (248) 291-5470
Enjoy some great food and drinks while playing a vast selection of games. Try out a little axe throwing!
Metro Detroit Date Night Ideas: Entertainment + Dining
Improv Theater at Go! Comedy
261 E. Nine Mile Rd. | Ferndale, MI 48220
2320 Caniff St, Hamtramck, MI 48212
Every week, hundreds of people are drawn to our myriad stages to enjoy live music, theatre, comedy, and other forms of performance art (e.g. film screenings, art exhibitions, burlesque shows, staged readings, live podcasts, etc.).
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A live organ performance marks the opening of each show, and cult classics like Casablanca and The Little Mermaid are regularly brought into screening rotation.
Detroit Shipping Company
2320 Caniff St, Hamtramck, MI 48212
Enjoy some entertainment and food from a variety of restaurants at this unique venue made from shipping containers. Visit the galleries and enjoy the shops!
Tony Roney’s Comic Vibe
18426 Plymouth Rd, Detroit, MI 48228
Phone: (248) 906-6119
Baker’s Keyboard Lounge
18426 Plymouth Rd, Detroit, MI 48228
Phone: (248) 906-6119
The Film Lab
3105 Holbrook Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212
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Dine and Dance at Raven Lounge
5145 Chene, Detroit, MI 48211
Phone: (313) 924-9133
Listen to some great music at Michigan’s Oldest Blues Bar.
Burlesque, Cabaret & Comedy at Willis Show Bar
4156 Third St., Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313) 788-7469
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.
View an Independent Film at Cinema Detroit
4156 Third St., Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313) 788-7469
Cinema Detroit is Metro Detroit’s only truly independent movie theater, delivering an eclectic and quality mix of commercial, arthouse, indie, cult, genre, classic, and locally-made movies in the heart of the City. Located in the former Weber Furniture Store in a Midtown historic district, this arthouse cinema offers freshly made popcorn, Faygo pop, and occasionally other locally-made treats. Voted Best Place to See an Indie Film for three years in a row in the Metro Times’ Best of Detroit readers’ poll. More info, including showtimes and upcoming films, is available at www.cinemadetroit.org.
4114 W. Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209
Phone: (313) 757-7942
An all-ages venue which is home to an eclectic live shows from local and touring acts, plus dance parties and mouth-watering Pepe Z brick oven pizza. Ranked one of the 10 Best Live Music Venues in America by Rolling Stone.
Live Jazz at Cliff Bell’s
2030 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 961-2543
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 at Café D’Mongos Speakeasy
1439 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226
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
Laugh with the sarcasm of a Drag Queen while playing bingo!
Laugh Together At Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle
313 South Troy Street, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Phone: (248) 542-9900
One of the most respected comedy clubs in the U.S. Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle has been in business for over 38 years with all of today’s best known comedians having performed there early in their career.
2929 E. Grand Boulevard, Detroit
Dragonfly is a bar inspired by the seaside bodegas in southern Spain, where the sherry and good times flow freely and festively. We feature world-class cocktails, including traditional, low alcohol, and non-alcoholic selections, as well as dry sherry, house-made n/a spirits, and lots of bubbles.
2929 E. Grand Boulevard, Detroit
An approachable multicourse dining experience for the 99%. Because everyone deserves to be catered to and cared for.
201 West Nine Mile Road, Downtown Ferndale
A broody, dimly lit artisan cocktail bar featuring a world-class selection of American whiskey and single-expression mezcal.
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
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 at the Detroit Fly House Circus School
1312 Watson St., Detroit MI, 48207
Phone: (313) 674-6424
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
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
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 Detroit Mystery Company
24611 Gratiot Ave., Eastpointe, MI 48021
Phone: (888) 643-2583
The Murder Mystery Company is killing it in Detroit with a murderously fun show where you get to solve the crime and be part of the show! Top it all off with a savory three course dinner, and you have a whole night out all in one killer little ticket. Our murder mystery show is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion, spend time with special people, or just enjoy your next night off!
The Fifth Wall Escape Rooms
1930 Hilton Rd #100, Ferndale, MI 48220
Phone: (313) 888-5580
This escape room location features Detroit themed rooms. In addition, The Fifth Wall separates themselves by offering paranormal “weirder” rooms.
Airtime Trampoline & Game Park
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
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 at The Fowling Warehouse
3901 Christopher St, Hamtramck, MI 48211
Phone: (313) 264-1288
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 at TreeRunner West Bloomfield Adventure Park
6600 W Maple Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322
Phone: (248) 419-1550
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.
Create a Masterpiece at Painting with a Twist
200 W Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220 – Phone: (248) 850-7182
1420 Washington Blvd. Detroit, MI 48226 – Phone: (313) 960-4793
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.
Date Night Done Right @ Painting with a Twist Rochester Hills!
3320 S Rochester Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307
Need some time to reconnect? Or simply looking to shake things up? Book a date night and let us spark your creative energy as a couple. A paint date night can be a new, exciting way to put aside the stresses of life and connect with your partner. So join us for a night of sipping, painting, and most importantly, making memories!
Coffee & Cats at the Catfe Lounge
21 Livernois, Ferndale, MI 48220
Phone: (248) 968-5955
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
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
2648 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208
Phone: (313) 875-2264
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
2934 Russell Street, Detroit MI 48207
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.
Mirepoix Cooking School
1203 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Think of Mirepoix as a hands-on culinary school without the commitment. A comfortable environment where you’re taught to think and cook like a professional chef. A premier resource for the home gourmand of any skill level.
Michigan Science Center
5020 John R St, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 577-8400
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.
Sanders/Morley Candy Factory Tour
23770 Hall Road, Clinton Township, MI 48036
Phone: (586) 464-5411
Motor City Brew Tours
Phone: (248) 825-3085
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
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
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
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 for Date Night
Tigers Baseball @Comerica Park
2100 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Spend an afternoon cheering on Detroit’s local team. Comerica park also offers an assortment of traditional sporting event food, snacks, and drinks.
Detroit City FC
Keyworth Stadium – 3201 Roosevelt Street in Hamtramck, MI
Keyworth Stadium is fully equipped with amenities to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Both the main grandstand and supporters section are equipped with ADA compliant ramps and seating areas. Founded in 2012, Detroit City FC has established itself as one of the most talked about soccer teams in North America. Our club motto, Passion for Our City, Passion for the Game, evokes the three ideas the grassroots organization was built upon: to satisfy the demand for soccer in downtown Detroit, represent the city in a positive light, and build community through “the beautiful game.”
Pistons Basketball @ Little Caesars Arena
2645 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
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
Essential Massage Therapy
22941 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI
Phone: (248) 547-5428
Secret Spots for Romantic Moments
The Z Lot
Enjoy a special moment on the roof of the largest parking garages in Metro Detroit. This spot is a favorite of the locals to get one of the best, and free, views of Detroit. Stroll the garage and view over 100 murals that were commissioned by street artists, then visit the roof to watch the sunset over the city. You can find the lot off of Library Street.
The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory
If you decide you want to experience the beauty of nature with your date, take them to the Anna Scripps Whitecomb Conservatory on Belle Isle in Detroit.
Read about Rachel’s experience on Redesigning Happiness.
The Ford Drive In
Stay cozy together in your vehicle and watch a full-length movie at the Ford Drive In in Dearborn. The drive in has five different mega screens.
Hamtramck Disneyland Is A Site-Specific Folk Art Installation Created By Artist Dmytro Szylak. Positioned atop two garages on a 30-foot backyard, the attraction is open 24 hours a day.
RiverWalk and Dequindre Cut
Three million visitors annually come to walk, run, bike, spend time with family and friends and take advantage of the quality of life opportunity a revitalized riverfront provides. Attractions along the east riverfront include parks, plazas, pavilions, pathways and open green space, all connected by the ever popular RiverWalk. The Dequindre Cut is a predominately below-street level greenway and is well-known for its examples of urban artwork and graffiti and a 20-foot-wide paved pathway.
Traditional + Fine Dining Date Night Ideas
Fogo De Chao Brazilian Steakhouse
301 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084
Phone: (248) 817-1800
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.
Knot Just a Shrimp Boil
Phone: (248) 935-9866
Looking for a great date night idea? Check out Knot Just A Shrimp Boil. Two college friends bring you low country seafood boils all over the state. Gather your family & friends together for a fun dining experience at the location of your choice and enjoy jumbo shrimp, corn on the cob, andouille sausage, sweet onions, their secret spice and homemade cheddar biscuits. Make your meal even better when you add lobster tails or snow crab.
23825 John R Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030
Phone: (248) 398-4300
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.
Tallulah Wine Bar & Bistro
155 S Bates St # 201, Birmingham, MI 48009
Seasonal American fare & a diverse wine list in a polished, softly lit space with sidewalk seating.
Highlands atop the Renaissance Center – Floor 71
400 Renaissance Center – Floor 71 – Detroit, MI 48243
Led by James Beard award-winning Chef Shawn McClain. “Top of the Tower” dining with a multi-concept culinary destination that invites diners and socializers to live it up daily for any occasion.
Browdog Barlor & Restaurant
120 E Main St, Northville, MI 48167
Local ingredients, scratch made food, adult milkshakes, hand crafted cocktails, boozy boba tea, and MI made craft ice cream..
Oak & Reel
2921 E Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202
Sophisticated destination featuring an acclaimed chef crafting Italian fusion cuisine.
1431 Times Square, Detroit, MI 48226
Stylish eatery featuring contemporary soul food, sophisticated cocktails & a select wine list.
3710 Junction Ave, Detroit, MI 48210
El Barzon Restaurante has been a staple to the City of Detroit since 2007, Serving both Traditional Mexican and Traditional Italian dishes. Chef/Owner Norberto Garita was able to obtain his Culinary experience working in Manhattan N.Y. Later moving to Michigan where he worked at the Famously (now closed) Il Posto Ristorante Italiano. Chef Norberto was recently nominated for a James Beard Award for the best chef of the Greater lakes region.
Toasted Oak Grill & Market
27790 Novi Rd, Novi, MI 48377
Experience Toasted Oak Grill & Market, one of the best Novi restaurants, know for its original concept born in Michigan. With an imaginative menu, Toasted Oak serves American brasserie cuisine with an emphasis on sourcing the best available ingredients while supporting local vendors.
The Ebenezer Speakeasy Bar
305 Fleet St, Plymouth, MI 48170
The Ebenezer is downtown Plymouth’s first and only speakeasy, and one of the few in the Metro Detroit area. Hidden in plain view off Fleet Street and nestled in the basement of the former First National Bank of Plymouth. The former vault still exists as the bar’s private tasting room, equipped with lockers for members and an ambiance reminiscent of the roaring 1920’s mixed in and elegantly spun with today’s 2020 vibe that can be felt throughout the entire space. The Ebenezer encompasses over 4,000 square feet with a capacity of 127 serving craft cocktails, wine, craft beer and a small menu of shareable plates.
4130 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails
15 E Kirby St D, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 818-3915
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.
3921 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313) 438-5055
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
This drinks-only bar is located inside the Siren Hotel. The Candy Bar offers a opulent, old Hollywood atmosphere.
Valentine Distrilling Cocktail Lounge and Tasting Room
161 Vester Ave Detroit, MI 48220
Enjoy complimentary samples and a variety of exciting concoctions in a classic speakeasy-style setting. We offer an appetizer menu as well as a variety of merchandise and bottles to go.
Filipo Marc Winery
39085 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp, MI 48038
An award winning on-premise winery with tasting room. We have added a make your own area where visitors can come and make their own wine under our supervision in stainless steel tanks from Italy, not plastic buckets and glass jugs. You will make the wines exactly the same way we do, but on a smaller scale.
Hammer & Nail
3800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Inspired by Detroit’s mid-20th century cocktail culture, Hammer & Nail is Midtown’s latest addition to the city’s lively food and beverage scene. The cocktail bar sits on the ground floor of the gloriously restored Plaza Building, where soaring floor-to-ceiling windows and warm walnut and leather banquettes are the backdrop for period-inspired cocktails and cuisine.
Ladder 4 Wine Bar
3396 Vinewood St, Detroit, MI 48208
Ladder 4 is a wine bar in a historic firehouse where we explore the complexity and culture of wine and the stories of the people who produce it in service of our mission to educate and lubricate residents and visitors to the city of Detroit.
Two James Spirits
2445 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Two James is located in Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, and is the first licensed distillery in Detroit since Prohibition. Two James is committed to producing only the highest quality environmentally conscious handmade spirits utilizing locally sourced agricultural products with the aim of revitalizing the community and reinforcing the craft product movement.
2905 Beaufait St. Detroit, MI 48226 – Inside Spot Lite Detroit
The Belt, Detroit, MI 48226
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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