This year Valentine’s Day comes on a Tuesday but just because it comes on a weekday does not mean that there is any lack of things to do to celebrate the day in the Detroit area. Many of the city’s clubs and restaurants will be providing entertainment of the music variety for the holiday. Here are just a few of the things going on that day.
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Hours: Radio Bar Mon to Thurs – 2 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Fri and Sat – 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Motor City Casino in downtown Detroit offers a number of entertainment options in addition to gambling, including live music at its Chromatics and Radio bars. Live bands take the stage at Chromatics with Top 40 music from a variety of genres, and the Radio Bar provides a regular DJ to spin the best and brightest tracks while couples get their sip on. Count on this casino for reliable food options, solid music and an entertaining evening out. The Chromatics bar will have live music and the Radio bar will have a DJ all night for Valentine’s Day.
Price: $10 cover for Valentine’s Day
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Hours: Tues, Sun – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Wed to Fri – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sat – 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Ambiance rules this downtown jazz club’s classy, art-deco atmosphere with French cuisine and a solid nod to the 1930s. It is easily one of the most romantic spots in the Detroit area. Employees really get into the look and feel of the place, tipping hats and treating it like the smooth speakeasy it was meant to be. Cliff Bell’s offers live, local music every night and bigger names on the weekends. For Valentine’s Day the establishment will be presenting jazz vocalist Nichole New and the Satin Sheets. Her heartfelt music is the perfect atmosphere for a special Valentine’s date.
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Hours: Mon to Sun – 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Cavill’s Lounge in Taylor provides its patrons with something a little different for adventurous, competitive couples ready to belt out a tune and take on a Tuesday night pool game. The bar features karaoke, food and drink specials and a wide selection of music. Settle in for a great meal, watch TV, play pool or hit up Club Keno. This Valentine’s Day come out to Cavill’s for a chance to show off your vocal talents.
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Hours: Mon to Thurs – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri – 2 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Sat to Sun – 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Ann Arbor’s home for nonprofit music, The Ark, has been a creative center for the arts since 1965. The venue hosts a number of events throughout the week and this Valentine’s Day it will feature the Irish folk music group Solas. The Celtic ensemble has made a world-wide name for itself with its blend of traditional Irish music, folk, country and blues. The Ark is considered one of the top music clubs in the world due to its amazing acoustics and intimate atmosphere. There isn’t a bad seat in the place.
Hours: Mon to Thurs – Kitchen 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Bar 4 p.m. to close, Fri and Sat – Kitchen 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Bar 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sun – Kitchen 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Bar 5 p.m. to close
Sit back and relax to the sounds of Detroit’s best Brian Cleary tickling the ivory all night long. Paired with this jazz extraordinaire will be a couple of local musicians that will surely keep the mood romantic. And the greatness does not stop there. Share the love between both date and palate with entree items such as lamb chops, paella or the classic new york strip. If you decide instead to cool things down, choose from any number of sushi options available. Make sure to get there early because Dylan’s does not take reservations. And even if you do have a short wait, the music will while away the time. This spot will undoubtedly make for a memorable Valentine’s day
Tracy Heck is a freelance writer living in Dearborn, Michigan. She covers Music & Entertainment. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.