Celebrate the New Year in Detroit

Celebrate the New Year in Detroit
Ring in the New Year with Fowling! (Image courtesy of the Fowling Warehouse.)
Ring in the New Year with Fowling! (Image courtesy of the Fowling Warehouse.)

It’s nearly time to ring into a New Year—but some of us aren’t sure how we’ll celebrate.  Do you have plans?  Maybe you have had the same plans for the past several years and are ready for a change?  If you’re in, or around, Detroit and searching for a fun, unique way to welcome 2015, here are a few ideas:

Go Fowling at the Fowling Warehouse

What’s fowling?  Good question.  Basically, it’s football bowling.  Think of bowling without the annoyances of renting shoes that have been on other peoples’ feet, or hurling a ball while sliding on a slippery floor.  The Fowling Warehouse is the first (and only) one of its kind in the world.  The new facility, located in Hamtramck next to the Detroit Bus Company headquarters, is a 34,000 square feet complex which features a huge, beautiful bar with a variety of brews.  Want to go fowling?  It’ll cost you $10 per person.  Fowl for as long as you like—until the place fills up.  At that time, throw your hat in the ring for competitive fowling.

On New Year’s Eve, the Fowling Warehouse will throw a grand opening party featuring the Howling Diablos, the Royal Blackbirds, and DJ Linda Lexy. There will also be pizza, prizes, champagne at midnight, and (of course) fowling.  This party will cost you $40 in advance, or $50 at the door.  Make reservations for NYE, or for anytime, by calling 313-264-1288.

Dine at One of Detroit’s Newest Restaurants

Gold Cash Gold's fancy NYE menu. (Image courtesy of Gold Cash Gold.)
Gold Cash Gold’s fancy NYE menu. (Image courtesy of Gold Cash Gold.)

New Year’s Eve provides a chance for restaurants to shine, with special prix fixe menus and several waves of timed seating.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Gold Cash Gold. Farm-to-table deliciousness, which was only made available in mid-December. They’ll offer a special menu, including vegetarian options.  Reservations are required, and can be made by emailing inbox@gcgdetroit.com.
  • Selden Standard. People keep raving about this place. On NYE, they’ll offer their usual dinner menu, with some special dishes and drinks—including a champagne flight. Reservations are required after 5 PM, with the final seating at 10 PM.  To make a reservation, call 313-438-5055.
  • Antietam. Although its first go-round didn’t work out so well—the much-anticipated restaurant closed shortly after it opened due to staffing issues—Antietam is back open and in full gear. They’ll offer a five-course tasting menu, and three seatings.  For reservations, email tables@antietamdetroit.com.

Check Out The Drop at Campus Martius Park

This is the fifth anniversary of The Drop, a free event at Campus Martius Park to which all are invited.  This is a great option for those wishing to experience some of the best that Detroit has to offer, at an affordable price.  Festivities begin at 4 PM, and continue through 2 AM.  In addition to the traditional countdown to midnight, there will be fire

There'll be lots to do at The Drop. (Image courtesy of Motor City NYE.)
There’ll be lots to do at The Drop. (Image courtesy of Motor City NYE.)

pits for outdoor warming, a giant (warm-ish) tent with live entertainment, DJs, Detroit pop-up restaurants, and skating.  For those with young children, there is also a Kids Zone, which includes its own Kids Drop at 6:30 PM.

For Those Seeking Wellness in the New Year

Want to feel—and be!—well in 2015?  Practice some yoga:

  • Check out Citizen Yoga’s new Detroit location, offering two weeks of free yoga (from January 5-18). They’re also offering six weeks of yoga for $75, plus two hours of validated parking in the near-by Z Lot.
  • Detroit Community Yoga, which hosts classes at Detroit Tough gym in Corktown, offers a variety of yoga events which are meant to be accessible to everyone, and both fun and challenging. Parking is free in an adjacent lot.
  • Try Anahata Yoga, “Detroit’s neighborhood yoga studio” in Grandmont-Rosedale. This pop-up-turned-permanent studio is new and offers all types of yoga, on a drop-in or class pack basis.

If you’re more interested in dance parties and the like, there are plenty planned around town.  Check out this list from Crain’s.  Regardless of how you choose to celebrate the New Year, I hope that you and your loved ones enjoy a safe and restful holiday. Happy New Year!

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