Willis Show Bar
How about a fun date to one of the most unique event spaces in the city, Willis Show Bar features a gorgeous Art Moderne style that centers around a stage which is visible from every seat in the house. Featuring DJ’s, comedians, cabaret performers and more provide engaging entertainment every Wednesday through Sunday. Willis doesn’t offer a food menu (except on special occasions like their highly-anticipated Valentine’s Day event), but they feature one of the very best cocktail menus in the city. Reservations are a must at Willis Show Bar, so be sure that this date is one that you plan in advance.
Early morning dates are underrated. How about meeting up for coffee and a doughnut at this unique coffee shop near the theater district? If your date is a music fan or history buff, Dilla’s Delights is a great date pick. This cozy coffee and doughnut shop is filled with memorabilia celebrating the famed hip-hop producer and Detroiter, James “J. Dilla” Yancey. The organic doughnuts are named after influences and sounds of Yancey and other Detroit legends. An early morning date to Dilla’s Delights is a great date for any music lover.
Third Man Records
Another fun idea for a musically inspired date is a trip to Jack White’s Third Man Records in Cass Corridor. The White Stripes founder/rocker shows a lot of love around his hometown and Third Man is one of fun walk-in locations to purchase vinyl, take a tour of the record pressing plant and pick up cool novelties. Record a song right inside the store and get a copy on a seven-inch vinyl single. This date night is one of our faves because it comes with its own souvenir. If you want to add another layer to this date, sign up for a tour at the Masonic Temple which was saved from bankruptcy by Jack White. The main theatre is aptly dubbed The Jack White Theatre.
Mirepoix Cooking School
Wielding knives isn’t usually a good sign on a date, unless it’s during a super cool cooking class at Mirepoix. Located inside Holiday Market in Royal Oak, Mirepoix is a great excursion into the world of culinary arts. Classes like Wine Pairing, Make and Take Pasta, and other themed events are available for booking on the school website. Taking a cooking class with a date is a fun way to get to know someone in a light, casual atmosphere surrounded by people who are also there to have a good time. Most classes include a signature cocktail and are led by trained chefs in the warm, welcoming space.
Friday Nights at the DIA
Friday Nights are free at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Walking through the DIA means enjoying the vast art collection, specially curated exhibits and special events. Kresge Court is great for a casual bite and on Friday evening features tapas and a full-service bar. Don’t forget to pick up a memento from the DIA Shop on the way out. If you enjoy this museum trip, try the monthly After Dark event at the Michigan Science Center.