It’s not always easy to pick the perfect place for a first date. We’ve taken the guesswork out of this task and compiled a list for you. From a night out on the town sipping cocktails to an afternoon jaunt to the local sports complex, one of these special venues will be just what you’re looking for to put a smile on her face and possibly a smudge of lipstick on your cheek when you say your goodbyes.
Midway Sports & Entertainment
22381 Van Born Road
Taylor, MI 48180
(313) 277-9156

One of the most fun dates on the list is miniature golfing. Hit the putting greens with that special someone at Midway Sports & Entertainment. You’ll know by the 18th hole if the date is going your way. If the vibe is there, don’t let the date end. Head over to one of the batting cages and get into the swing of things while trying your hand at softball or baseball. Check out the Euro bungee to get your heart a-flutter or rev up the go-karts and infuse some competitive spirit into this unforgettable first date.

Detroit Institute Of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 833-7900

Show off your cultural side with a date to the Detroit Institute of Arts. This institution boasts over one hundred galleries featuring the finest art throughout history. Take a walk downstairs to the cafe for some quiet conversation over espresso, a glass of wine and pastries or light fare. To really impress, take her to the Sunday Music Bar, when a talented pianist performs melodies. Or plan a date during Friday Night Live, featuring an array of music and film events offered on a weekly basis after the museum closes its doors to the general public. Just take a glance at the schedule to find out when these events are offered.

Detroit Tigers Baseball
Comerica Park
2100 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 962-4000

Detroit baseball. Share some hot dogs and beer while watching the Tigers beat down their opponents. This sporty date offers full-fledged fun if your date is a sports fan. Comerica Park also features a breathtaking array of activities that will make you feel like kids again. There’s a carousel and if you want to get close, a ferris wheel. For a more grown-up approach, check out one of the bars adjacent to the ball park and bond over baseball and frosty brews.

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People’s Records
1464  Gratiot Ave.
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 831-0864

Fall in love over a shared affinity for vinyl. People’s Records is just the place to fall in love over the stacks while getting down and dirty into the throws some serious albums. This legendary record shop specializes in 45s with a focus on jazz, soul and blues, the best kinds of music to set off a romance. For an ultra-suave move, share a set of headphones while and listen to some Lionel Ritchie as he whispers sweet nothings into your ears. Now you get the idea. If time spent listening to records spinning goes as planned, take two steps through the side door, into the waiting arms of Trinosophes. This spot is a coffeehouse that serves lattes, espresso and pour-overs. If you visit in the evening, chances are you’ll catch a poetry reading, live music or maybe even an art exhibition. 

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Sugar House
2130 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48026
(313) 962-0123

If you’re looking to impress, take her to one of the sexiest bars in the city. The Sugar House is a seductive bar your date will probably fall in love with. Chances are, behind the heavy curtains, she may fall in love with you, too. That is the plan, right? This cocktail lounge is an enclave of classy debauchery. Hand-crafted drinks are their specialty at this seductive hotspot. Mixologists bring their A-game, creating one-of-a-kind concoctions that combine expertise with execution. The result are superior drinks that could become the hallmark of a successful first date.

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