Spice things up this winter with some unique twists on the classic date night in Detroit. When my partner and I were last in Detroit, we had to brave some snowy roads. However, the snow-trudging was worth it as we had some of our favorite dating experiences in years: from chowing down on the best pizza we’ve ever had, to having our couple’s aura photographed.
Unique date night in Detroit ideas
Grab a slice of Detroit style pizza
A trip to Buddy’s is much more than any old pizza dinner date. At Buddy’s, you and your date can experience the original Detroit style pizza: square, crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside. Avoid any couple’s arguments and stuff yourself to your content on your own personal pizzas.
Ice skate your way through Downtown Detroit
Nothing says winter romance more than ice skating hand-in-hand with your love (or in my case, trying gracefully not to drag him down). At Campus Martius Park, you can enjoy outdoor ice skating from November through March, while taking in the sights of downtown Detroit.
Get hands on at the Detroit Institute of Arts
The Detroit Institute of Arts is a much-loved downtown icon. Put a unique spin on your DIA visit and attend a Friday night “drawing in the galleries” event. Pull up an easel and sketch alongside your date for a cultured date night in Detroit.
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Sip on something sweet
If you’re thirsty, take your sugar to the Sugar House (and pardon my pun – it had to be done). At Detroit’s premier craft cocktail bar, you can enjoy the Corktown atmosphere alongside a long menu of unusual cocktails and small plates. And if you want to take things to the next level, why not sign up for a mixology class together?
We don’t call it Mootown for nothing
For a fun twist on the old-school “milkshakes and burgers in a diner” date, head to Mercury Burger & Bar in Corktown where you can order boozy milkshakes. Order the Hummer with Kahlua, dark rum and vanilla ice cream, and sit on the patio with an awesome view of Grand Central Station.
Reinvent date night in Detroit in this Hamtramck warehouse
Head over to Hamtramck for a special, and definitely weird, date night in Detroit. What may look like a simple warehouse on the outside, is actually home to a Midwestern revolution: fowling. Have a laugh with your date as you attempt bowling… but with a football!
Tune into your relationship’s energy
In Mexicantown, there hides a small shop where you can get your aura photographed. An aura is believed to be an energetic field surrounding the body, reflecting mood, emotions, life situation, and more. At AURA AURA, sit for a couple’s aura photo with your love. You may find the colors enlightening, and at the very least you’ll come away with a souvenir photo.
There are so many options for an authentic and unique Detroit date night. Choose one of these, or make your own!
- Buddy's Pizza - Detroit
17125 Conant St., Detroit, MI 48212313-892-9001Highlight on map | More Details
- Campus Martius Park
800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-962-0101Highlight on map | More Details
- Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-833-7900Highlight on map | More Details
- Sugar House
2130 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-962-0123Highlight on map | More Details
- Mercury Burger & Bar
2163 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-964-5000Highlight on map | More Details
- The Fowling Warehouse
The Fowling Warehouse, Christopher Street, Hamtramck, MI, USA313-264-1288Highlight on map | More Details
- AURA AURA
AURA AURA, Detroit, MI, USAHighlight on map | More Details