The Oakland Art Novelty Company
201 W. 9 Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220
This is the place to go if you are looking to impress. Sophisticated and luxe, The Oakland Art Novelty Company has all the right trappings for a memorable evening. This remarkably appointed cocktail lounge features outstanding craft cocktails and decor that may leave you or your date breathless. Moody and dramatic, taking your date to The Oakland Art Novelty Company will get you a big gold star or perhaps you will get lucky and end the evening with a good-night kiss.
Motor City Wine
1949 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
At the beginning of August, Motor City Wine moved into its new location in Corktown, so grab a date and check it out. This wine bar specializes in organic wines and offers wines based heavily on biodynamic production techniques. The new venue is nearly double the size of the former Woodward location and features outdoor seating on the patio. An added bonus is the live musical entertainment including DJs that kick this spot into high gear.
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3rd Street Bar
4626 3rd St.
Detroit, MI 48201
The 3rd Street Bar offers distractions, which could be great if there are some awkward moments. From the shuffleboard to the darts, there are plenty of things to keep the date from getting dull if the conversation isn’t flowing. An internet jukebox can set the right mood, or try your hand at karaoke to break the ice. This casual bar also has an outdoor patio that is open during warm weather or have a seat in front of the fireplace to get cozy on chilly nights. What more could you ask for? Did somebody say a taco truck? There is a taco truck on standby until 11 p.m. every day.
419 S. Main St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Bastone is a swank little brewery that features Belgian beers in a chill environment. The beer is brewed on-site and comprised of pilsners, wit, blondes and a seasonal selection. Bastone has a modern environment with a European feel throughout, comfortable enough to relax with a date, yet upscale enough to impress with your impeccable taste. If things go well, be sure to order for two, as Bastone also offers European-inspired cuisine.
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Union Street Saloon
4145 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
Union Street is the place to go if you anticipate needing to get out of the date. The bartenders are pretty helpful, so they would probably come to the rescue if your date turns out to be questionable. If it goes the other way, Union Street has it covered with its mood lighting and low-key vibe. The drink menu is respectable, stocked with an array of beer, including some from local and regional breweries. It also has the usual reds and whites plus a pretty substantial bellini selection is offered.
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