From Andiamo Restaurants’ Espresso Martini with heart-shaped chocolate syrup garnish to a full menu takeover of “liquid aphrodisiacs” at The Oakland Art Novelty Co. in Ferndale, there’s a number of local Valentine’s Day craft cocktail options. For craft beer lovers, Motor City Brewery Bus tour will also be hosting a one-day trip on Feb. 11 to Dark Horse Brewery in Marshall, Jolly Pumpkin’s Null Taphouse in Dexter, and more. The tour picks up in Royal Oak and Ann Arbor, and tickets are $75.
Reservation for Two
If you crave fine dining, consider the Valentine’s Day menus offered by The Rugby Grille at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham or Parc in Detroit’s Campus Martius. For a more casual dinner, American Coney Island in Detroit is holding an event where couples can enjoy coney dogs by candlelight. For an intimate meal, consider hiring a personal chef service, such as Royal Oak-based Golden State Chef Co., to bring dinner to you.
A visit to The Great Escape Room, Planet Rock, or the Detroit Zoo’s Love Gone Wild event, which explores how the animals at the zoo mate, are all ideal unconventional dates. However, if you’re really feeling brave, then perhaps the Cupid’s Undie Run, a “1-ish” mile fun-run in nothing but your underwear, is your best bet. The event, which includes a four-hour party, takes place in Detroit on Feb. 11. Tickets are $25, and proceeds go toward the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
Skating in Sync
Strap on your skates, and try not to fall. While there are excellent ice-skating spots throughout metro Detroit, The Rink in Campus Martius Park may be No. 1. Admittance to The Rink, which is set in the center of downtown Detroit, starts at $8, and skate rentals are available for $3. Head to nearby Roasting Plant or Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters afterward to warm up with a cup of joe or hot cocoa.
Here’s Looking at You, Kid
Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with a special screening of the 1942 film Casablanca at Orchestra Hall in Detroit. Watch the classic World War II romance, which includes iconic performances by actors Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund, with Max Steiner’s Oscar-nominated score played live by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Depending on the seats you select, ticket prices range from just over $30 to $100.
For an envious evening at home, stock up on all things made in Michigan. Indulge in heart-shaped pizza from a local pizzeria, a carton of ice cream paired with Sanders hot fudge, and a selection of flicks starring Michigan as their backdrop. Gran Torino, Somewhere in Time, and Grosse Pointe Blank are standout films, while Home Improvement and Freaks and Geeks are great picks for those looking to binge-watch a TV show.
Still can’t decide on what to do? Pick up a February edition of Hour Detroit for the full quiz!