Love is in the air and Detroit is in full bloom! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it may be time to start thinking about where to take that special someone.
Full of restaurants, budding barcades such as Ready Player One, and the brand new Little Caesar’s Arena, there are options in Detroit for your budget no matter where it falls.
If you’re looking for fun and affordable options, one place to check out is the Fowling Warehouse (3901 Christopher St.) in Hamtramck. Merging football, bowling and horseshoes, it’s great for not only couples, but groups as well. The Fowling Warehouse is open seven nights a week and is only $10 per person. While there, make sure you grab a locally brewed beer like Smooth Operator or CEO Stout.
Take in a night of culture at The Detroit Institute of Arts (5200 Woodward Ave.) in Midtown. The DIA offers FREE entertainment every Friday night and stays open until 10:00 p.m.!. The Friday Night Live series hosts concerts, exhibits and poetry. If you’re close, hop on the QLINE and take the scenic route up Woodward. The Friday Night Live series begins in late January and runs through mid-March with various musical guests.
It’s cold and you’re in Michigan, naturally the next date night suggestion is ice skating. Downtown Detroit’s Campus Martius (800 Woodward Ave.) and Clark Park (1130 Clark Ave.) in Southwest Detroit are great for outdoor skating. With Campus Martius, skaters can enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere as well as the beautiful downtown views. Clark Park may not have the same amenities as Campus Martius, but what it lacks in flair it more than makes up for in character. This quant ice-rink is surrounded by homes, schools and other local businesses giving it a more personal appeal.
Take your Valentine to enjoy dinner at some of Detroit’s most popular venues. Iridescence, (2901 Grand River Ave.) located inside of MotorCity Casino, features floor-to-ceiling windows for a sweeping view of the city, an extensive wine list and delicious desserts. Although this restaurant has a 4-diamond dining rating, they offer specials every Wednesday through Sunday from 5:00 p.m.— 7:00 p.m. that offer small plate options and four-course dinner deals.
For a great steak meal, head over to Prime + Proper (1145 Griswold). This high-end steakhouse takes a more classy approach on the traditional and even features its own drying room for choice cuts as well as a butcher’s counter to ensure you’re enjoying the best prime cuts during your meal.
The Block (3919 Woodward Ave.) is a good option if you want your Valentine’s Day dinner to be a bit more relaxed. With crowd favorites such as spinach dip served with pita chips, wings and turkey burgers, there is certainly an option here for everyone. The menu’s prices allow you to show your date a great time, while still maintaining a budget.
Sips n’ Sounds
If you have never heard of Baker’s Keyboard Lounge (20510 Livernois), you are missing out on the oldest jazz bar in Detroit. Founded in 1933, this intimate 99-seat bar is most known for its presentation of live jazz as well as its individual piano-shaped bar which is also painted to resemble piano keys. Also a piece of history, the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office officially declared Baker’s a historical site in 1986. Similarly, Cliff Bells (2030 Park Ave.) also features live jazz and is located in the heart of downtown. Cliff Bells offers a more roomy atmosphere while still keeping an intimate setting.
To avoid driving all around the city on the quest for the perfect Valentine’s Day, keep your activities to just one area. Nestled just outside of downtown is Corktown; a small historic district, but rich in culture and community. Corktown is also known for its neighborhood restaurants and just may be the way to your date’s heart. Restaurants such as Slows are a neighborhood favorite, but to add some extra romance, take your date to have drinks at the Sugar House.
The Sugar House, located at 2130 Michigan Ave., is a popular hot spot for date nights. Along with its menu of extensive cocktails, there are also light meal options. The cocktails are often beautiful to the eye and great to the taste. The Sugar House also hosts live musicians and mixology classes.
Just down the street is Motor City Wine (1949 Michigan Ave.). Serving as a half bar, half wine store, you and your date can enjoy a glass while in the building for just an $8 corkage fee. Motor City Wine is also another location that you can hear live music. Featuring sounds from Jazz to Motown and everything in between, this place is sure to put a smile on your date’s face.
Another Corktown gem is Takoi. This Thai-inspired restaurant features a menu that changes quite frequently. The Green Room, serving as their waiting room while your table is prepared, has a DJ. Yes, an in-house DJ at a restaurant. The Green Room also hosts a three-night per month dinner series where you must purchase tickets to experience the new and upcoming menu ideas!
No matter what your budget is, Detroit houses any activity you may be able to think of. With just a short time until the holiday of love, plan your events in Detroit!