Cool Spots You Didn’t Know Existed in Metro Detroit

cool spots you didn't know existed in metro detroit

Looking for things to do to beat that suburban boredom? You’re in the right place!

Cool Spots You Didn’t Know Existed in Metro Detroit: Date Night, Ladies Night Out, or just Fun Things To Do w/a Group of Friends! This list is for people who want to get up, get out, and get moving!

In no particular order…although I tried to put the places that I thought would be the most “new/undiscovered” (to most people) first πŸ™‚


There is a signature handy dandy Google Map for you at the end of this post too!


Feather Bowling

I haven’t been yet, but my friend Susan talks about feather bowling all the time! This is the next activity I would like to try πŸ™‚

So what is feather bowling? It originated in Belgium. Some say it is best described as a cross between bocce ball and shuffleboard. Any number of people can play.

You have two options here: (Covid may have changed some details, so I recommend calling first.)


Cadieux Cafe (Detroit) The Original Home of Feather Bowling. (Used to be the first and only in the USA!)

You will get the full Belgian experience here…Belgian Food, Belgian Beer (Duvel & Chimay might be my favs!), and Belgian Feather Bowling!

The Cafe is a former prohibition-era speakeasy too πŸ˜‰

The current cost for lane rental is $25 per hour per lane Sunday-Thursday and $50 per hour per lane on Friday and Saturday.

Reservations for dinner are accepted for groups of eight or more.

To reserve featherbowling lanes, please call (313)882-8560 to reserve your time in advance.

Call (313)882-8560 for more details.

They also have an outdoor beer garden area that just opened! CANNOT WAIT to check it all out!


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Bath City Bistro (Mt. Clemens)

You won’t get the full Belgian experience here, but it’s still a feather bowling option!

Tuesdays through Thursdays, the lane rental fee is $20/ hour and from Friday to Sunday, the lane rental fee is $40/ hour.

Walk-ins are welcomed, but lanes cannot be guaranteed. If you’d like to make a reservation, a deposit is required. For more information on booking lanes, please contact our events coordinator, Louise at


Also a good spot for brunching on the weekends! (& they have a nice patio too!)


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Orleans Sports Cafe (Mt. Clemens)

Shuffleboard, Darts, Billiards

I have heard great things about their food too!

Closed on Mondays

Open Tues-Sun, 3 – 11pm


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Rec Bowl (Mt. Clemens)

There is nearly 100 years of history here at this little spot in Mt. Clemens. I love the fact that this is such a chill spot for bowling, darts, billiards, music…I would love to bring a group of friends here just to hang out, have some beers, and play around.

From their site: “We bring people together over bowling, burgers, BBQ, beverages, billiards, live entertainment, darts, good clean fun and more.”

Open Monday-Sunday

Inside Dining: 11:30am-10pm

Patio: 12pm-12am

Bowling is now open again too! Call ahead for open bowling. They also have bowling leagues and dart leagues. There are some openings on the leagues too if you’re interested!

The outdoor patio area is awesome. I can’t wait to see it in the summer πŸ™‚

They also have lots of Happy Hour Specials From 3-6pm.


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Free Play Pinball Arcade (Fraser)

Open Thurs-Sun every week

5,000 square feet of pinball machines, arcade games, racing games, and much more!

The owner, Joe, has the super rare Hercules pinball machine. There are only 200 ever made, and there are only 21 available to play at public locations in the US.

He also has retro pinball from the 70s (and those are some of my favorites).

The entire back wall is all music pinball too!

There are handsanitizer stations all around and wipes for the machines too.

He also has a bar πŸ˜‰ You can have food delivered, and there are complimentary disposable utensils available for you to use with your carryout.

Thurs-Fri: $15 for Unlimited Play

Sat-Sun: $20 for Unlimited Play

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Total Axe (Clinton Twp)

8 lane axe, knife, and small weapons throwing range. If you’re into throwing some unique small weapons (beyond just axe throwing) this is the spot for you!

Can bring snacks and drinks, order food, etc.

Group reservations for 2 or more people everyday (can make reservations with as little as 2 hour notice).

(No walk-ins until the mask order is lifted.)


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Round 1 (Great Lakes Crossing)

Shout out to one of my students for bringing this place to my attention!

The Great Lakes Location offers:  Bowling, Arcade Games, Karaoke, & Billiards

People have complained about the rising prices, but I feel like it’s still worth checking out at least once.

I have also heard that there is a wider variety and game here that are not offered at places like Dave & Buster’s.

Seems like a pretty kid friendly spot, but there is a bar for watching sports and drinking.


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Rage Room (Madison Heights)

This place is actually called Escape Room-Zone.

They have the rage room, but they also offer other escape rooms if you’re not in a raging mood haha.

The rage room costs $40 for a session lasting up to 20 mins.

Call 248.616.0050

There are other locations across Metro Detroit as well including: Farmington, Canton, Waterford, Chesterfield


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Dyno Detroit (Eastern Market)

Rock Climbing Gym!

Opened up on 4/1/21

Per their Instagram: Soft opening for members and punch pass holders! 2hr climbing reservations and Learn the Ropes classes are available on our website and via the RGPro App! Reserve your space now and join us in the upcoming days! We have plenty of room and are so excited to meet and climb with all of you.


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AR Workshop (Macomb)

DIY Home Décor

Offering Ladies Nights Out, Showers, Parties, Teambuilding Events, Private Events, & More!

Check out their website (linked above) for the calendar of events! They also offer DIY To Go Kits!

Should we do a Things To Do Macomb event here!?! Let me know what you think πŸ™‚


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Dueling Darts Nerf Arena (Clinton Twp)



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Total Sports (Harrison Twp)

When they say TOTAL SPORTS…they mean ALL OF THE SPORTS lol.

Bowling, Axe Throwing, Fowling (they call it Pins & Skins here), Cornhole, Wallyball, Billiards, Darts, Softball, Arcade, Short Court Basketball…

Any Party/Free Party Rooms.

Full kitchen & bars!


Sun – Thurs: 8am – 11pm

Friday: 8am – 1 am

Saturday: 8am – 2am


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Whirlyball (Clinton Twp)

10am-2am Every Day


I had a heck of a time finding good info on this place. The website linked above says “Welcome to Whirlyball Novi” when you click on it, but the site talks about the Clinton Twp location too.


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Fowling Warehouse (Hamtramck)

Reservation Only

$80/lane for 2 hours

6 people/lane

Make Your Reservation Here


Tues: (CLOSED)
Wed: 4pm-10pm (21+ After 8pm)
Thur: 4pm-10pm (21+ After 8pm)
Fri: 4pm-10pm (21+ After 8pm)
Sat: 2pm-10pm (21+ After 8pm)
Sun: 12pm-6pm (All Ages Welcome!)

There is a bar for drinks, and you can bring in food or order delivery!


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The Hub Stadium (Auburn Hills)

Axe Throwing & Fowling

They have a mobile unit that you can rent! What?!?! So cool.


Per the website:

The HUB Stadium features:  10 Axe Stalls, 8 Football Bowling Lanes, 3 Topgolf Swing Suite Simulators, Four Private Event Rooms, Two Full Bars( Equipped with Bottoms Up Draft Beer System), Craft Cocktails, New American Cuisine

See their website (linked above for all of the different rates.


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Kart 2 Kart (Sterling Heights)

The Largest Karting experience in the Motor City! All driver equipment provided. Full Bar Service.

They have axe throwing here too! You can buy an adrenaline pass (for the karting and axe throwing) or you can do a la carte.

Mon – Thurs: 5 – 10pm

Fri – Sat: 11am – 11pm

Sun: 12pm – 7pm


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Top Golf (Auburn Hills)

Capacity is limited, so wait times may be longer than usual.

All game play is half price every Tuesday too πŸ™‚

You should probably try to reserve a bay online just to be safe.

Open Daily From 10am – 11pm

(Prices fluctuate depending on the day of the week and time of day, so check their website.)


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Willis Show Bar (Detroit)

“Upscale, art deco lounge featuring burlesque, cabaret, & comedy shows. An extensive drinks menu.”

Hoping to open up again sometime this month (April 2021)


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