February is one of those blah months we all have to get through in Detroit. Gone are the holidays, and there is a pretty good chance you are contemplating what to do about your New Year’s resolution. It’s going to be a little while until we’ll be able to smell May’s flowers and basically, we’re just stuck in this February rut. What this month really calls for is a Ladies Night – or three. So, for whatever mood this all but forgotten month puts you in, check out the seven best places in and around Detroit for you and your girls to try and shake the February funk away.
350 Monroe Ave., Detroit
Calling all party girls! This is the place for you. With flattering lighting, comfy bar stools, cozy booths, and a dance floor on the weekend, the Delux Lounge is a hot-spot for bachelorette parties and girl’s nights alike.
Located Downtown with plenty of convenient and safe parking, this is where I’d go to let off steam and dance away the negative things in my life. During the week, a modern-day jukebox pumps music through the bar. Delux offers a constantly changing selection of house-infused vodkas. With (current) options such as: Swedish Fish, Pineapple, or Jungle-Juice style punch infused vodkas – there is sure to be something everyone loves.
4265 Woodward Ave., Detroit
One of Midtown’s newest establishments, HopCat offers approximately 130 craft beers on tap and their aptly named “Crack Fries,” have been a huge draw. Now that the initial rush is over, this is a good time to head over to Hopcat and find out what all hype has been about.
The absurd amount of craft beers is coupled with amazing food. Something as simple as their plain burger is delicious, and the “Crack Fries,” are beer battered, seasoned with a combo of spices and sugars, they live up to their name, and of course, no actual crack is used.
Personally, I have just never liked the taste of beer. After one night at HopCat, I realized I’ve just been drinking the wrong beers. No matter how picky your palate, I can guarantee that you’ll find something to satisfy it here.
As Marketing and Communications Director, Chris Knape explains, “We train our staff to treat people who know craft beer and those who don’t – with respect and help guide people who aren’t into craft beer (yet) choices they’ll love.”
If you’re looking for a good buy on an absolutely delicious meal right after work, HopCat has a great deal Monday through Thursday 4:00 – 6:00 p.m; you can get a Classic Burger, some Crack Fries, and a craft beer for a measly $7.
Laugh Riot Dolls’ Anti-Valentine’s Day Show
Friday, February 13, 2015
The Mix Studio Theater: 8. N. Washington Street Ypsilanti, MI.
The next choice is for the fabulously sassy single ladies. I’m telling you to put the Netflix away, brush the cat hair off your clothes and grab your gal pals. Love may be in the air with that jerk Cupid flying around, but that doesn’t mean you have to hide away or – God forbid – brave an evening surrounded by dewy-eyed couples desperate to convey their love with a champagne soaked PDA. The best cure for us bitter… ahem… females, is laughter. Join Detroit personality and hilarious comedian, Heather Kozlakowski and her all-female comedy troupe “The Laugh Riot Dolls” for a hit-and-run, one-night only event bashing all things heart shaped.
Kozlakowski talked to me about the group and what to expect from the show.
“I started The Laugh Riot Dolls in December of 2010 as a way to work; and this selfish little idea has matured into a branded comedy show that brings women together, stellar female comics, in a supportive, creative way you just won’t find anywhere else. If you are going to see an all-female comedy show, make sure it’s this one,” said Kozlakowski.
The act also features “The Little Dollies,” a throwback barbershop-style female group that will dazzle you with their amazing voices and retro look. So, get a group together, get ready to laugh, and head to www.emergentarts.com for tickets and information.
Painting With A Twist
Various locations around the Metro-Detroit area.
If you’re artistic, or at least think you are, after half a bottle of vino, might I suggest Painting with a Twist? Book a party of 10 or more for a private class or just stop in with a couple of friends. With different themes and paintings for each two-hour class, you can easily pick and choose your way as close or as far from the floating violin music and engagement rings in the champagne glass as you’d like. Each session has a BYOB policy, so grab your favorite bottle(s) of wine or a case of beer and get ready to paint. And fear not – they choose what you’ll be painting, so you don’t have to worry about any bitter, anti-romance Freudian slips (just in case). Since there are several locations in the Detroit area, there is a good chance your Uber ride home won’t be too long.
Packages start at $35. Go to www.paintingwithatwist.com to find a location and book a session.
The Zenith, the Wrecktory
3011 West Grand Blvd., Detroit
Located in the Fisher Building, Zenith Bar and Grill, is by far one of the the most eclectic places I’ve been to. Zenith has been open for business since last April and is a great place to go after seeing a show at the Fisher Theatre.
In addition to wide-open areas, snakeskin booths, and every type of decor imaginable, there is an almost fully-from scratch kitchen making traditional Mexican dishes. If brunch is more your speed, the Zenith is hosting a Hawaiian Tiki-themed brunch on the February 22, 2015, with a “Hawaiian Exotica Show” provided by Roland Remington.
The other draw is the Wrecktory karaoke bar. It opens this month on Friday the 13th with a heavy metal theme night that is sure to rock the newly renovated bank vault below the Zenith. With its zany and somewhat kinky decor, the Wrecktory is sure to offer an off-the-wall night for you and your girls to get your rock-goddess on.
The Sugar House
2103 Michigan Ave., Detroit
Located in rapidly developing Corktown and nestled in between several other bars, The Sugar House boasts the only regularly scheduled Ladies’ Night on the list. Every Thursday night, we can get 25% off our bills as part of their specials. With a quiet and intimate atmosphere, the Sugar House allows for friendly conversation with your girlfriends and even the wonderful bar staff. The Sugar House also offers a classy bar-style menu with a truly baffling selection of liquors and an array of mouth-watering appetizers, entrees, and desserts that are sure to satisfy any guilty pleasure or cheat day. The Sugar House is a great place to start and end a Ladies’ Night bar crawl, or to just sit and chat in their warm and inviting atmosphere.
Punchbowl Social – Detroit
1315 Broadway, Detroit
Best place for all around fun. Much like its long list of to-do options, I could go on and on about Punchbowl Social. From its rustically classy decor, to the sinful and dangerously delicious punchbowls – it has everything you could possibly want out of a Girls’ Night (and I mean literally everything). If you want to do more than just sit and have a drink with the gals, this is the place to go.
As the name suggests, Punchbowl Social has some amazing punchbowls to share with your friends. Who knew that tea belonged in a spiked punch? Or that they needed to be “balanced?” Not me, that’s for sure. Every cocktail, boozy milkshake, or punchbowl is hand-crafted by the specially trained bartenders.
Punchbowl Beverage Director, Patrick Williams, elaborated on why Punchbowl really is set above the rest. “Our beverage menu is cutting edge. We do a lot of house made syrups, shrubs. We have cool applications like punchbowls, we also do adult milkshakes. We do vegetable juices for the healthy side. We have a full barista program. So you can really have a multitude of experiences at Punchbowl Social.”
The kitchen too is something to marvel at. Each dish is made entirely from scratch and it’s evident on your first bite. Williams describes it as a “gastro diner” where “it’s elevated diner food, so diner food that’s really made with a lot of care and local ingredients, fresh ingredients.”
Now, Punchbowl Social is a massive place where you can have fun with your girls and pig out, but you’d be crazy to limit yourself to just the food and drink! Two private party areas are available for booking. Both spaces offer cozy armchairs keeping in theme with the rustic feel and fireplaces to add a warm glow to your party. The larger area upstairs offers a mezzanine view of the entire building as well as two private bowling lanes and its own fully-stocked bar.
The open concept layout offers a sense of community but with very distinct sections throughout the entire building. Upon entering, there are two very different yet equally beautiful dining areas. The first caters to a more intimate dining experience for just you and a few of your friends, while the second has longer tables allowing for bigger parties. Private karaoke rooms can be rented out by the hour so you can release your inner diva and maybe hide some of your shame while you sing Taylor Swift for the seventh time in a row. There are six lanes of bowling on the main floor, as well as darts, table and floor shuffleboard, an arcade with mostly retro games, and free board games. A full bar is the focal point of Punchbowl, with high-flying antler chandeliers. The music here is ever-present, but never too loud for a conversation.
Overall, our list gives you and the gals some fabulous ideas. You can do pretty much anything and everything you’d want to do on a Girls Night Out, all in the heart of downtown Detroit. Just be sure to get to out early enough to these hot spots so you can get a table.
…And if all else fails, at least Barry Manilow is in town this month.