February 07, 2020

20 under-the-radar Detroit date spots every couple should explore

Date night feeling stale? It's time to diversify your date spots. Here are some out of the ordinary date ideas for when you're seeking something different, including drive-in theaters, jazz bars, arcades, and a lot more.

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Redford Theatre17360 Lahser Rd., DetroitOwned and operated by the Motor City Theatre Organ Society, the Redford Theatre is a 90-year-old space holding over 1,500 people. The Theatre is known for its vintage look and style, presenting a variety of media, from movies to musicals. 
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Redford Theatre

17360 Lahser Rd., Detroit
Owned and operated by the Motor City Theatre Organ Society, the Redford Theatre is a 90-year-old space holding over 1,500 people. The Theatre is known for its vintage look and style, presenting a variety of media, from movies to musicals.

Photo via Redford Theatre / Facebook
Hamtramck Disneyland2087 Klinger St., HamtramckBegan by Dmytro Szylak, Hamtramck Disneyland is a collection of yard art and folk art positioned atop two garages on a 30-foot backyard. The attraction is open 24 hours a day and is now owned by Hatch Art.
Photo via  Jerry Paffendorf / Flickr CC

Hamtramck Disneyland

2087 Klinger St., Hamtramck
Began by Dmytro Szylak, Hamtramck Disneyland is a collection of yard art and folk art positioned atop two garages on a 30-foot backyard. The attraction is open 24 hours a day and is now owned by Hatch Art.

Photo via Jerry Paffendorf / Flickr CC
John K. King Used & Rare Books901 W. Lafayette Blvd., DetroitBoasting a collection of “one million books, give or take a dozen” in more than 900 subjects, this used book store has become an iconic West Lafayette stop. The store still prices books by hand with no database, and has the charm and layout of an old-fashioned bookstore.
Photo via  Marco Mancinelli

John K. King Used & Rare Books

901 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit
Boasting a collection of “one million books, give or take a dozen” in more than 900 subjects, this used book store has become an iconic West Lafayette stop. The store still prices books by hand with no database, and has the charm and layout of an old-fashioned bookstore.

Photo via Marco Mancinelli
Kresge Court in the DIA5200 Woodward Ave., DetroitKick back and relax at the courtyard cafe within one of the country’s greatest art museums. This beautifully designed rest area includes elaborate architecture and is embellished with a range of furniture styles, making it the perfect place to stop for a coffee or a phone recharge in between admiring the stunning art. 
Photo via  Detroit Institute of Arts / Facebook

Kresge Court in the DIA

5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Kick back and relax at the courtyard cafe within one of the country’s greatest art museums. This beautifully designed rest area includes elaborate architecture and is embellished with a range of furniture styles, making it the perfect place to stop for a coffee or a phone recharge in between admiring the stunning art.

Photo via Detroit Institute of Arts / Facebook
The Schvitz8295 Oakland Ave., DetroitVisit Detroit’s historic bathhouse for a day of relaxation. Unique from most existing spas in its old-school, well-worn feel, the Schvitz is the ideal spot to unwind in the sauna or get a facial, massage, or tarot card reading.  
Photo via  Schvitz Health Club / Facebook

The Schvitz

8295 Oakland Ave., Detroit
Visit Detroit’s historic bathhouse for a day of relaxation. Unique from most existing spas in its old-school, well-worn feel, the Schvitz is the ideal spot to unwind in the sauna or get a facial, massage, or tarot card reading.

Photo via Schvitz Health Club / Facebook
Fowling Warehouse3901 Christopher St, HamtramckLove football? Love bowling? Visit Hamtramck’s 14,000-square-foot Fowling Warehouse. Fowling, a game that combines football, bowling, and horseshoes, is the central purpose of the Warehouse, which also serves food and drinks for an enjoyable experience for all ages. 
Photo via  Fowling Warehouse (Hamtramck) / Facebook

Fowling Warehouse

3901 Christopher St, Hamtramck
Love football? Love bowling? Visit Hamtramck’s 14,000-square-foot Fowling Warehouse. Fowling, a game that combines football, bowling, and horseshoes, is the central purpose of the Warehouse, which also serves food and drinks for an enjoyable experience for all ages.

Photo via Fowling Warehouse (Hamtramck) / Facebook
Palmer Park910 Merrill Plaisance, DetroitThis public park located next to Palmer Park Apartment Building Historic District is centered around the home of the late Senator Thomas Palmer, the original owner of the park, and provides many opportunities for recreation and relaxation within its 296 beautiful acres. 
Photo via  Palmer Park / Facebook

Palmer Park

910 Merrill Plaisance, Detroit
This public park located next to Palmer Park Apartment Building Historic District is centered around the home of the late Senator Thomas Palmer, the original owner of the park, and provides many opportunities for recreation and relaxation within its 296 beautiful acres.

Photo via Palmer Park / Facebook
Film night at Hamtramck’s Oloman Cafe10215 Joseph Campau Ave., HamtramckA family-run locale, this cafe transforms into a performance space and movie theatre. The cafe takes on many hats, and is able to be a photography studio, performance spot, and community meeting locale, and it has an outdoor patio as well. 
Photo via  Oloman Cafe / Facebook

Film night at Hamtramck’s Oloman Cafe

10215 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck
A family-run locale, this cafe transforms into a performance space and movie theatre. The cafe takes on many hats, and is able to be a photography studio, performance spot, and community meeting locale, and it has an outdoor patio as well.

Photo via Oloman Cafe / Facebook
Ford-Wyoming Drive-In Theatre10400 Ford Rd., DearbornOne of the last drive-in movie theatres in the state, Ford-Wyoming has found a place in the hearts of moviegoers. The theatre has five screens and runs all movies in double features, making it the cheapest ticket in metro Detroit. 
Photo via  Ford-Wyoming Drive-In Theatre / Facebook

Ford-Wyoming Drive-In Theatre

10400 Ford Rd., Dearborn
One of the last drive-in movie theatres in the state, Ford-Wyoming has found a place in the hearts of moviegoers. The theatre has five screens and runs all movies in double features, making it the cheapest ticket in metro Detroit.

Photo via Ford-Wyoming Drive-In Theatre / Facebook
Karaoke at Deluxx Fluxx1274 Liberty St., DetroitEnjoy a night of free karaoke fun at Detroit’s Deluxx Fluxx. Held every Tuesday, this open-mic karaoke event is a great place to release your inner rock star, or even just to hang out and have drinks. 
Photo via  Deluxx Fluxx / Facebook

Karaoke at Deluxx Fluxx

1274 Liberty St., Detroit
Enjoy a night of free karaoke fun at Detroit’s Deluxx Fluxx. Held every Tuesday, this open-mic karaoke event is a great place to release your inner rock star, or even just to hang out and have drinks.

Photo via Deluxx Fluxx / Facebook