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Date Night Spots in Detroit, MI

Detroit, Michigan, is a magical city with a rich history. Automakers, jazz clubs, and fine dining all helped define Detroit, which today retains historical charm along with modern clubs, bars, and entertainment venues. When you’re looking for an interesting place to take a date in Detroit, check out these seven great date night spots. 

The Scarab Club

A band plays at a bar in Detroit
Image via Flickr under CC BY 2.0 by C E Andersen

Take your date on a cultural adventure when you go to the Scarab Club in the heart of Detroit’s Cultural Center. Enjoy listening to live chamber music, blues, and jazz from local artists. Dress up and listen to piano recitals, see presentations about the history of Detroit, attend a special dinner, or become a member of the Scarab Club to attend special events such as wine tasting in the garden. Many of the events are free, or you can make a donation to help fund the artists. You can find the Scarab Club at 217 Farnsworth St.

Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine

Feel like you’re on a vacation in Cuba when you take your date to Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine on 1250 Library St. The dining and drinks menu features classic Cuban cuisine and cocktails using recipes handed down from the owner’s family for generations. As soon as you walk into Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine, you’ll hear salsa music playing and smell exotic spices that smell like the tropical island of Cuba. Order a mojito, Cuban-style coffee, or a beer and order several tapas to share.

You’ll find tapas such as a Cuban tamale, Spanish potato and onion omelet, homemade chicken and ham croquettes, potatoes stuffed with spiced ground beef and vegetables, or baked goat cheese served with fresh tomatoes and basil. Try a bowl of authentic Cuban-style black bean soup or a Caesar salad with a creamy dressing. Main dishes include saffron rice with chicken, grilled steak served with black beans and sweet plantains, or sauteed jumbo shrimp with red pepper flakes and asparagus tips. The tapas range in price from $13 to $17, and the entrees from $20 to $23 per dish.

Mink

Enjoy an intimate dining experience when you take your date to Mink. With only 12 seats at the raw bar, you won’t feel like you’re eating in a crowded environment, and the restaurant lends itself to casual or intimate conversation. Mink’s focus is on sustainably harvested seafood and locally sourced meats and produce. The menu at Mink features a five-course chef’s tasting menu that rotates throughout the month.

A sample menu may feature items such as oysters on the half shell, a scallop and watercress salad, followed by roasted asparagus soup. The third course will feature seafood or meat, the fourth may serve a casserole or other type of hot dish, and the tasting menu finishes with a dessert. Order a glass of wine, a beer, or sake to go with your meal. You’ll need a reservation to dine at Mink. You can find them at 1701 Trumball Ave. Suite D.

The Detroit Riverwalk

Enjoy the beautiful Detroit skyline when you take your date along the Detroit Riverwalk. This 3.5-mile-long walk was recently named the Best Riverwalk in the United States, and for good reason. You and your date can stop by Cullen Plaza and rent bicycles, stop by the RiverWalk Cafe for a snack or take a ride on the Cullen Family Carousel. Watch the sunset while you take a romantic boat tour along the Detroit River. During the winter months, stop by Robert C. Valada Park to roast marshmallows and drink hot chocolate beside the outdoor fireplaces.

Cliff Bell’s

When you’re in Detroit, you must spend an evening at Cliff Bell’s, one of Detroit’s premier jazz clubs. Sip on a handcrafted specialty cocktail while listening to jazz in an intimate setting. You can listen to a range of jazz styles including jazz standards, modern jazz, and rock jazz. Most shows have two seatings: one at 7:30 p.m. and one at 9:30 p.m. Shows range in price from $10 to $20 per person.

Cliff Bell’s serves brunch and dinner with offerings such as crab cakes, truffle fries, or a Michigan apple salad. For entrees, order a bottle of wine to share with your date and savor specialties such as lobster risotto, braised bison short ribs, or fresh diver scallops. You can find Cliff Bell’s at 2030 Park Ave.

Ford-Wyoming Drive-In Theater

Make movie date night extra special when you head over to the Ford-Wyoming Drive-In Theater. Open seven nights a week, each evening the drive-in theater shows a double feature of pre-selected movies that the staff feels pairs well together.

Snuggle up in the privacy of your own car sipping on a soda and snacking on popcorn from the concession stand while watching the movies. Adults pay $12 per ticket, kids under 12 pay $5.00, and if you have little ones under 5 years of age with you, they get to watch the movies for free. Head over to 10400 Ford Road in Dearborn to find the drive-in.

Willis Show Bar

Snuggle into a booth with your date and enjoy classic and creative cocktails at Willis Show Bar on the corner of Willis and Third Street in Detroit’s Historic Cass Corridor. Willis Show Bar has deep Detroit roots that began as a jazz club in 1949. Today, this Detroit hot spot is a great place to have a drink, see live music, and be part of Detroit’s history.

Enjoy classic cocktails such as a Gold Rush with bourbon, lemon, and honey, a Moscow Mule with vodka, lime, and ginger beer, or a Manhattan with rye, sweet vermouth, and aromatic bitters. Get romantic and split a bottle of Italian prosecco, Champagne from France, or a bottle of California cabernet sauvignon while tapping your feet to jazz beats. Reservations are required at Willis Show Bar.

We hope you and your date enjoy visiting these special places on a date night in Detroit. If there’s a special place that you enjoy taking your date out to that we missed, drop us a line and we’ll add it to our list.

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