February is the month of love and Metro Detroit offers tons of romantic and unique date options. Here are 14 suggestions for you and your Valentine:
- Grab a glass at Valentine Vodka: The name gives it away as the perfect date spot! Small and cozy, this bar serves up a bunch of signature drinks made out of their own vodka. My favorite is anything made with White Blossom.
- Visit the Royal Oak Farmers’ Market: Luckily for all of us, this farmers’ market has a bunch of fun (and maybe even romantic) events coming up this month. On February 11, you can line up (and snuggle up) for their Food Truck Rally. On Valentine’s Day itself, they are hosting a Hearts & Flowers Craft Show from 7 AM to 2 PM. February 21, experience Whiskey Business with over 100 whiskeys to sample. Finally, on February 26 they are hosting a Mac & Brew event featuring 20 local restaurants and 20 local breweries – offering (obviously) lots of beer and mac and cheese options.
- Wander Eastern Market in the winter: Sheds 3 and 5 are heated and full of vendors on Saturday mornings! There are even products that are only available during the winter, so it’s definitely something to check out.
- Take a Pure Detroit Tour: See what the Ren Cen, Fisher and Guardian Buildings are all about! Pure Detroit has tours almost every Saturday and offers a unique insight into some of Detroit’s most well-known buildings.
- Enjoy Winter Blast: Visit Campus Martius February 6-8 for ice sculptures, ice skating, live music, lots of hand holding and hot chocolate drinking.
- Try out New Detroit restaurants: It’s a new year and there are several new places open (and continuing to open) throughout the city. Maybe most well-known is Punch Bowl Social, you can take your date for food, bowling and lots of games! Johnny Noodle King has been around for a little while in comparison, but it is another great option with lots of different and unique ramen options. Or, try Gold Cash Gold, they’re located in an old pawn shop and have an intriguing menu.
- Challenge yourself to a Cooking Class at Holiday Market: Holiday Market provides classes throughout the month including subjects like “Italian Comfort Food” and even a special Valentine’s Day course.
- Find some new favorites with a Wine Tasting: Nothing says romance more than a glass of wine. Check out your local wine bars for official tasting days. A fun one is at Motor City Wine where once a month you can visit and taste 18 different wines along with cheese and other food. Another option is Cork Wine Bar in Pleasant Ridge, throughout the month they will be featuring art around the bar that will be available for sale. As we’ve covered before, you can learn all about Michigan wine at Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room. They have a location in Royal Oak and one in Shelby, both give drinkers the chance to travel the state glass by glass.
- Take a Detroit Bus Tour: Take a funny themed tour with the Detroit Bus Company (alcohol permitted on board!) or see the sights with a Drive Detroit Bus Tour that travels through Downtown, Midtown, along the Riverfront, and more!
- Get educated at the Detroit Institute of Arts or the Michigan Science Center: The DIA is open late every Friday with live music, drawing in the galleries and more. If you’re looking for some more hands on fun with your Valentine, Michigan Science Center has lots of activities that will inspire curiosity just like when you were kids.
- Plan a Restaurant Crawl: Instead of doing bar hopping, try crawling through your meal. One restaurant for an appetizer, another for dinner, a third for dessert and a fourth for drinks! Downtown areas like Ferndale, Berkley, Birmingham and Royal Oak make it easy and walkable.
- See a Show: There are concerts, musicals and more all over the city next month. For example, see the Broadway version of Once at the Fisher Theater, or go to see Joshua Radin at the Crofoot on Valentine’s Day!
- Disclaimer: This date is not for the faint of heart! In Ferndale, Breakout just opened and it is a real-life room escape game. You have an hour to get out of a locked room with the provided hints and clues!
- Get competitive at a Trivia Night: Have a low-key night answering some trivia questions with a beer in hand. Bars all around Metro Detroit have trivia nights most days of the week. Some good options are at Woodbridge Pub on Wednesdays (at 8 PM), Red Fox on Thursdays (at 9 PM) or One-Eyed Betty’s on Sundays (at 10 PM).
What are your favorite ways to celebrate love around Detroit?