Detroit date night done right: 12 fresh and exciting ideas

Detroit Date Night Done Right: 12 Fresh And Exciting Ideas

Photo courtesy of Detroit Axe via Instagram.

By Britteny Dee

May 1, 2024

Whether you want to make a good first impression with your latest Bumble match or surprise your spouse with an exciting evening out, Detroit is full of unique date night opportunities.

There’s no denying Detroit is a romantic city with its scenic riverfront, art deco architecture, and plethora of fine dining options. But even in a city as charming as Detroit, it can be easy to fall into a date night rut.

If you’re looking to diversify your date nights beyond dinner and a movie, you’re in the right place. From circus school and indoor skydiving to cocktail making classes and piano karaoke, we’ve rounded up the most unique date night activities in Detroit.

Axe throwing at Detroit Axe

Multiple locations

Treat your date to an axe-citing night they won’t soon forget. Book a board at Detroit Axe and try your hand at axe throwing for an adventurous evening. Trying something new together is a great way to bond with someone, or, if you’re an axe throwing pro, this is a good opportunity to impress your date with your skills.

Detroit Axe has three locations: Partridge Creek, Ferndale, and Corktown, and the latter two serve a variety of food and drinks. The Corktown outpost is located within The Yard, an entertainment center with tons of indoor and outdoor activities, including cornhole, shuffleboard, and pinball. If axe throwing ends up not being your date’s cup of tea, you’ll have plenty of other more traditional games to fall back on.

Craft cocktail class at Valentine Distilling Co.

965 Wanda St., Ferndale

Meeting for drinks is a fine date night activity, but learning to make the beverages before imbibing will make the evening extra special. During one of Valentine Distilling’s cocktail classes, you’ll learn to craft two cocktails and discover techniques that’ll help you elevate your home bartending game. In addition to the instruction, you’ll get to enjoy your creations and take home a souvenir Valentine Distilling Co. copper measuring jigger and recipe cards so you can recreate the drinks at home.

Detroit Date Night Done Right: 12 Fresh And Exciting Ideas

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John K. King Used & Rare Books

901 W. Lafayette Blvd.

Did you and your sweetheart connect over a shared love of literature? Spend an afternoon browsing the more than one million books at John K. King Used & Rare Books. Get lost in the rows of rare books spread across four floors while getting to know your date and their reading preferences. Pick out a book to read together or purchase one they have their eye on as a memento of your date.

Detroit Date Night Done Right: 12 Fresh And Exciting Ideas

Photo courtesy of John K. King Used & Rare Books via Instagram.

Paddle-to-table dinner at Coriander Kitchen and Farm

14601 Riverside Blvd.

Sure, you could take a date to Coriander Kitchen and Farm, a farm-to-table eatery in Detroit’s Canal District, and have a perfectly lovely time. But since this is a post about unique date ideas, we’re going to suggest you take the more adventurous route and book a Paddle to Table tour with Detroit River Sports. During the tour, you’ll kayak through the canals of Jefferson Chalmers and spend some time on the open water of the Detroit River before landing at Coriander Kitchen and Farm for dinner.

The eclectic and casual space is romantic without feeling stuffy and features an ever-evolving menu that highlights local produce and meat from nearby family farms.

Detroit Date Night Done Right: 12 Fresh And Exciting Ideas

Photo courtesy of Coriander Kitchen and Farm via Instagram.

Staycation at The Siren Hotel

1509 Broadway St.

With so much to do at The Siren Hotel, you can easily keep your companion entertained for hours. Start with drinks at Candy Bar, a glamorous, vintage-inspired space serving up nostalgic cocktails. Then, head to Sid Gold’s Request Room to serenade your date with a piano karaoke performance. Drinks are also served at Sid’s, just in case you need a little liquid courage before taking the stage. When it’s time for dinner, check out Ash—Bar on the hotel’s second floor.

If this is a first or second date, you might want to end the night after dinner. But if it’s a special outing with a significant other, consider spending the night in one of The Siren’s suites or the penthouse.

Detroit Date Night Done Right: 12 Fresh And Exciting Ideas

Photo courtesy of The Siren Hotel via Instagram.

Circus lessons at Detroit Flyhouse

1321 Watson St.

Show off your silly side during circus school at Detroit Flyhouse. Learn traditional circus arts like partner acrobatics, fire performance, trapeze, and more. For a more intimate experience — and personalized instruction — book a private lesson for you and your date. In addition to having fun trying something new, you and your date can build trust and bond while mastering these daring stunts.

Detroit Date Night Done Right: 12 Fresh And Exciting Ideas

Photo courtesy of Detroit Flyhouse Circus School via Instagram.

Indoor skydiving at iFLY Detroit

26975 Adell Center Dr., Novi

Get your heart racing with this adrenaline-pumping date idea. At iFLY Detroit, you and your love interest can take things to new heights as you learn to fly. During an indoor skydiving lesson, you’ll use state-of-the-art wind tunnels to simulate the skydiving experience and ensure your date has a memorable time. If all goes well, you can add actual skydiving to your list of future date ideas.

Detroit Date Night Done Right: 12 Fresh And Exciting Ideas

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Movie night at Ford Wyoming Drive In

10400 Ford Rd., Dearborn

If you’re searching for a more low key date idea, head to the Ford Wyoming Drive In for movie night. This drive-in theater has five screens and shows different movies every week. At the time of writing, featured films included “Civil War,” “Monkey Man,” “The First Omen,” “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire,” and “Dawn of the Dead” (1978).

There’s a full-service concession stand if you get hungry, but you can also bring your own food and beverages. If you know your fellow moviegoer’s favorite snack, earn some brownie points by packing it.

Detroit Date Night Done Right: 12 Fresh And Exciting Ideas

Photo courtesy of Ford Wyoming Drive In Theatre via Facebook.

Stroll along the Dequindre Cut

Dequindre Cut Greenway

Looking for a free date idea? Take a leisurely stroll along the Dequindre Cut. This urban greenway — formerly a Grand Trunk Railroad line — spans two miles and features tons of artwork and graffiti. Get to know your date as you walk, talk, and take in the sights.

If you get thirsty during your stroll, stop at Dequindre Cut Freight Yard, an outdoor beer and wine garden located near the Wilkins Street entrance of the Cut, for some libations. You’ll also pass by Eastern Market, Campbell Terrace, Outdoor Adventure Center, and a few other local attractions.

Detroit Date Night Done Right: 12 Fresh And Exciting Ideas

Dequindre Cut Freight Yard via Facebook.

Explore The Z Lot

1234 Library St.

A parking garage might seem like an odd suggestion for a date spot, but hear us out. Z Lot isn’t your average parking garage. It’s one of the largest in Metro Detroit, but more importantly, it’s home to about 100 murals created by local and international street artists. Up on the roof, you can take in some incredible views of the city too.

Afterward, check out The Belt, the adjoining alley where you’ll find more murals and artwork, plus some bars and restaurants.

Detroit Date Night Done Right: 12 Fresh And Exciting Ideas

Photo courtesy of Pure Detroit via Facebook.

Feather bowling and beer at Cadieux Café

4300 Cadieux Rd.

Cadieux Café, a family run spot on Detroit’s east side, has been a local staple for decades — and for good reason. Quaint and casual, Cadieux Café is known for its steamed mussels served in pails, massive selection of Belgian beers, and an obscure sport called feather bowling. The sport, which can be best described as a mix between bocce and curling, will provide you and your date an opportunity to experience something different (there are currently very few places you can play in the U.S.) and engage in some friendly competition.

Also worth noting: Cadieux Café was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations!

Detroit Date Night Done Right: 12 Fresh And Exciting Ideas

Photo courtesy of Cadieux Cafe via Facebook.

Get your (arcade) game on at Checker Bar

124 Cadillac Square

Beer, burgers, arcade games — Checker Bar has everything you need for a laidback date. Detroit’s original arcade bar features tons of classic games like Ms. Pac Man, Centipede, and Mortal Kombat in a fun, no-frills environment.

In addition to burgers, Checker Bar also serves up plenty of pizzas, a wide variety of wings, a selection of sandwiches, and other bar foods.

Don’t forget to snap a picture in the photo booth to memorialize your time together.

Detroit Date Night Done Right: 12 Fresh And Exciting Ideas

Photo courtesy of Checker Bar via Instagram.

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