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Discover Why Local Singles Flock to the Best Detroit Bars for Fun

where to meet singles in detroit

Detroit has gotten a lot of flak over the years as being a dying city that has nothing going for it. While there are parts of the city that have seen better days, Detroit singles know how to have fun, especially when it comes to date night. Now, if you live in Detroit and you have a hard time meeting people or if you’re just passing through and you want to meet someone, you’ve got to check out some of the best Detroit bars and restaurants!

Don’t worry! If you aren’t into the bar scene, we have a few options that can help you make date night in Detroit enjoyable and not the usual dinner and a movie type thing. We have a couple comedy options and even a brewery or two!

Let’s get started!

1. El Asador Steakhouse

El Asador Steakhouse can be found in the southwestern part of Detroit, in Mexicantown. As you can imagine, El Asador does Mexican cuisine, but they do it in a way that is unique and so delicious. What’s truly remarkable about this venue is the beautiful mural on the southern wall of the building. The mural was painted in 2015 by Victor Quiñonez (also known as Marka27). The mural, “Deity of Southwest Detroit” is to symbolize that the southwest Detroit is protected.

It doesn’t matter if you’re there to enjoy divine food that is made from scratch or if you’re just outside marveling at the mural, the chances of meeting some of the sexiest single women Detroit has to offer are pretty good!

Visit Them At:
1312 Spring Wells St.
Detroit, MI 48201
Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Sunday: 11am – 9pm

2. Laff Entertainment

Who doesn’t enjoy a good laugh? We know we certainly do! Instead of going to some of those boring singles events Detroit has, why not split a few seams and catch a comedy show that is produced by Laff Entertainment? With over 27 years in the comedy industry, the folks at Laff Entertainment are determined to give you an experience you’ll never forget – especially when you attend a show with comedians like Def Comedy Jam’s Downtown Tony Brown, MTV’s Wild’N Out’s Spanky Hayes, or BET Comic View’s Tony Roney. We fully recommend checking out their site to get in on the Funny Festivals and score tickets to other great shows.

Visit Them At:
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Call for ticket information and times.

3. Detroit City Distillery

If you’re looking for a great bar to sip on handcrafted artisanal whiskey, gin, and vodka, you’ve got to check out Detroit City Distillery in Detroit’s Eastern Market. Not only can you sip on great alcohol, but you can go on a tour at their second location called the Whiskey Factory, where you can get an exclusive look at how things are done, but also taste it too. On the tour, you’ll learn the art and science behind distilling grain and creating a great spirit. When you’re overcome with the spirit, who knows where the evening will take you!

Visit Them At:
2462 Riopelle
Detroit, MI 48207
Tuesday: 12:30pm – 11pm
Wednesday – Thursday: 4pm – 11pm
Friday: 2pm – 12am
Saturday: 10am – 12am
Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

4. Detroit Comedy Underground

If you didn’t get enough comedy with a show produced by Laff Entertainment and you aren’t feeling the bars in Detroit, then perhaps you’ll want to catch Detroit Comedy Underground’s Sunday show at the Elizabeth Theater at the Park Bar. The show is a collaborative effort to give up and coming comedians (as well as professionals) a stage to perform on in the city. If you’re looking for a place to test out your own stuff, contact one of the co-producers, either Lauren Uchalik or Mike Stanley. Of course, just be sure you’ve got good material if you’re hoping to meet someone after a set!

Visit Them At:
Elizabeth Theater at Park Bar
2040 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Sunday: 8pm

5. Grey Ghost Detroit

For those who are looking for a chill spot to relax, enjoy some delicious food and soak in the sophisticated atmosphere, Grey Ghost is a must visit. The venue is nestled between Brush Park and Midtown neighborhoods, so chances of meeting someone fantastic is great, but it is also one of the go-to date ideas Detroit folk rely on time and time again. With food like raw Chicago style oysters, octopus corn dogs, dry aged rib eye, and English pea hush puppies, you’re sure to give both yours and your date’s taste buds something divine. Of course, we can’t forget the cocktails! You’ve got unique drinks like Painted House (Cachaca. Strawberry. Lavender. Simple. Egg White. Lime. Bitters) and Under the Radar (Rye. Cocchi Rosa. Pedro Ximenez Sherry. Rhubarb. Lemon. Peychauds), but you also have beer and wines as well.

Visit Them At:
47 Watson St.
Detroit, MI 48201
Sunday – Thursday: 4pm – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 4pm – 11pm
Sunday: 10am – 2pm

6. Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine

Vincente’s Cuban Cuisine opened its doors in 2005 in an effort to bring Cuban flavors to the heart of Detroit on Library Street. If you’re looking for different Detroit date ideas, then this should definitely be on your list. Some of the fare you can expect to see on the menu includes a variety of 4 different paellas, tapas, sandwiches, salads, and entrees. Of course, the food isn’t the only reason why you should check out Vincente’s Cuban Cuisine. Every Friday and Saturday night, they have salsa dancing where you can really see if you and your date have chemistry. If you’d rather forego crushing your date’s feet, you can come and dine with live jazz entertainment on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Visit Them At:
1250 Liberty St.
Detroit, MI 48226
Monday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday: 12pm – 9pm

7. Cornerstone Barrel House

What’s one of the best ways to meet local singles in Detroit? Hitting up Happy Hour after work, that’s what! Cornerstone Barrel House offers a happy hour between 3 to 6, Monday through Friday. They also host a great brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm. But that isn’t where the hook ups actually happen! If you want to meet someone out on the dance floor, you’ve got to check out the Whiskey Disco, an underground lounge that is electric, exciting, and raw. On Friday or Saturday night, this is where Detroit singles go to have fun!

Visit Them At:
1456 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
Monday: 4pm – 11pm
Tuesday – Thursday: 11:30am – 12am
Friday – Saturday: 11:30am – 2am
Sunday: 11am – 10pm

8. Ale Mary’s Beer Hall

Time and time again, people who are looking for one of the best burgers in America, they head over to Al Mary’s. This restaurant and bar has received numerous accolades, we would be remiss to leave this place off of our list. For those foodies who are looking for an eclectic menu that is among one of the best in the city, this is your place to go. Not only is the food great, there is also a wide selection of brews and whiskey. The service and hospitality you’ll get here at Ale Mary’s will make you feel like a regular-they’re attentive, quick, and damn friendly. Although you may be here to meet singles, perhaps one of those singles is a member of the wait staff or the bar crew!

Visit Them At:
316 S. Main St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Every Day: 12pm – 2am

9. Downtown Louie’s

Downtown Louie’s once was a rundown building that took on a huge makeover! Today, it’s a sleek and sophisticated restaurant and bar that is where all the young professionals go to have a drink, a bite, and some fun. Happy Hour here runs from 3pm to 6pm, Monday through Friday. While you may have had a rough day at work, slide on through here for $2 bottles of beer, $5 house wines and well pours. Heck, the drinks during happy hour as so affordable, you could ask that cutie at the other end of the bar to buy them a drink without going broke! Heck! If you hit it off with that very same cutie, you could ask them to join you for dinner where you can dine on appetizers, salads, and sandwiches, as well as delicious entrees like Miso Glazed Salmon, Seafood Scampi, and Steak Frites.

Visit Them At:
30 Clifford Dr.
Detroit, MI 48226
Monday – Thursday: 11am – 11pm
Friday: 11am – 12am
Saturday: 4pm – 12am
Happy Hour
Monday – Friday: 3pm – 6pm

10. Republic Tavern

The Republic Tavern gives you a fresh, modern take on traditional old world tavern experience with an emphasis on nose-to-tail eating. When you come to Republic Tavern, you’re not only going to be able to enjoy seasonally inspired fare and sipping on natural wines, craft beers, and premium whiskey. When you want a true relaxed experience at a low key restaurant/tavern, then this is your place to be. When you come here to meet people, you have the opportunity to sip on great whiskey, chat with local single men and women, and just unwind after the end of the work day. Even if you don’t want to chat someone up, we still feel like this place is one of the good ones to just relax at.

Visit Them At:
1942 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
Tuesday – Thursday: 5pm – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 11pm
Sunday: 5pm – 9pm
Happy Hour (Bar Only)
Tuesday – Thursday: 4pm – 6pm
Friday: 5pm – 7pm

11. Ima

When you pass by Ima, you may not think that this place is anything to write home about – it looks like your typical noodle shop. However, once you step inside, the compact dining room makes it hard not to chat with someone and make new connections. Everyone sits at communal tables or along one of the three bars, although no alcohol is sold here. No, Ima is one of those gems where you can go for a great bowl of noodles and a rice dish and chat with whomever is sitting closest to you. By the way,  there is good news for someone who prefers something more stronger then Coke, this place will have a liquor license in September.  Ima is also known for its amazing spicy pork udon and sashimi bowls. Fans of vegan food would be pleasantly surprised with forrest udon and overall  great selection of vegan food. We feel that if you’re looking for a great, pressure-free way to meet people in Detroit, Ima is a good start.

Visit Them At:
2015 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
Tuesday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday: 12pm – 10pm

12. Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Since 1998, Kuhnhenn Brewing Company has lived by three principles: make beer, make it delicious, make more of it. So it is safe to assume that with nearly 2 decades in business, they really know their stuff. When you visit the Warren or Clinton Taprooms, you can sample one of 26 handcrafted beer, plus house-made mead, wine, and cider.  By the way,  if you visit Clinton Township Taproom you’ll find out that it is a  full restaurant with a very talented culinary team. With the venues able to comfortably seat 140 guests in an open community setting, there’s no way that you aren’t going to be able to meet someone awesome. You can chat, compare notes on beers you’ve tried, and even visit the Brewing World across the way for kits where you can make your own beer, mead, or wine. While they may not have a food menu you can order from, they do have food trucks outside, Tuesday to Saturday from 4pm to 8:30pm. They also have a full menu of snacks that you can pick at.

Visit Them At:
Warren Taproom
5919 Chicago Rd.
Warren, MI 48092
Clinton Taproom
36000 Groesbeck Hwy.
Clinton Twp, MI 48035
Monday – Thursday: 11am – 12am
Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 10pm

13. The Royce Detroit Wine Shop & Bar

The Royce is where local goes when they want to be immersed in tradition, sustainability, and community. Here, you’re going to experience unparalleled service and quality goods that support the community. As this is a wine shop and bar, you have a variety of wines, cocktails, spirits, and more to choose from. The food selection isn’t quite as extensive, as they only offer meats, cheeses, seafood, and chocolates to snack on. The way you’ll be able to really meet people is by joining the wine club. When you become a member, you’ll receive three bottles of wine, in store discount, and more. You can bond with other wine club members and share your favorites. Who knows, you might even want to pick up a bottle of a shared favorite and go home together! Now that’s what we call a membership perk!

Visit Them At:
76 W. Adams Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
Tuesday – Thursday: 12pm – 10am
Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 12am
Sunday: 1pm – 9pm

Finding great date ideas in and around Detroit isn’t nearly as difficult as one might think. This is just a small example of all the great places in Detroit where you can go to have fun and possibly meet someone new. It doesn’t matter if it’s a hookah bar in Detroit or if you’re looking for something a little more lively, we’re sure you’ll be able to find someone if you just look.

However, if you don’t want to waste time and effort on something that isn’t a sure bet, you do always have the option of joining an online dating service like to possibly meet someone. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it is free to join.  Whatever you choose, you can bet the people of Detroit are into the same thing you are – fun, adventure, and good company!


Author: Alex Reddle

Alex Reddle – online dating specialist. He got his Psychological degree at Kent State University. He specializes in the subject of Interpersonal relationships, love, finding a partner. He likes to study human behavior and ways of communication. Being Chief Editor of blog he has conducted a big research in this sphere.

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