When solo in Detroit, you'll have some great things to do that are ideal for a person visiting alone. In addition, there are several organizations that make it their business to host events for singles in Detroit. You can look forward to museum events that are draws for singles, restaurants and bars where you can comfortably have a meal or a cocktail, and museums where you can go solo or join a group of like-minded singles for a tour.
The Belle Isle Aquarium was designed by famed Detroit architect, Albert Kahn, and opened in 1904. It is the oldest aquarium in the country and boasts modern facilities in a historic building. New exhibits and species of fish are added, tanks are restored, and history is preserved.
It's a fascinating place to explore and features one of the largest collections of air-breathing fish in the world. Walking through the aquarium, you will travel all over the world as you explore the marine life of the Great Lakes and waters of the world from Africa to South America.
The Fun Singles throws weekly get-togethers with an emphasis on having fun and expanding your social circle. They host social mixers, speed dating events, game nights, and other fun activities in a no-pressure environment. There is a fee charged for event tickets but there is no membership fee.
Go Out for a Cocktail
Some single-friendly bars that are popular in Detroit include those with music, those with creative craft cocktails, and places where you might meet other singles.
- Delux Bar and Lounge: Located on 350 Monroe Street, Delux is known for dancing. You can sit at the bar or grab a booth with some new friends. This is the only downtown Detroit bar where you can dance to rock, pop, and classic hits. DJs spin dance music Friday and Saturday nights. Gather for Karaoke on Wednesdays.
- La Casa de La Habana: At 1502 Randolph Street, you can enjoy some strong drinks along with a fine cigar. La Casa De Habana features live music and hosts La Casa Happy Hour Tuesday to Saturday 4-7 p.m. and Sunday all day with drink specials.
- The Sugar House: Located at 2130 Michigan Ave, Sugar House is popular with a middle-aged crowd. The low-light decor and classic craft cocktails are the draw but they also have great pub food with everything from cheese plates to alcohol-infused ice cream.
The Detroit Institute of the Arts (DIA) stays open late every Friday to feature some type of entertainment such as live music, guided tours, drawing in the galleries, and workshops. It’s all free with museum admission which runs $4 to $8. The DIA stays open until 10 p.m. on Friday nights.
The Social Connection is an event and adventure club geared toward upscale professionals ages 25 to 45. There is a monthly membership fee in order to participate in parties, recreational trips, and mixers. Social Connection is actually a group of affiliated companies that cater to Metro-Detroit singles and plan six-to-ten events per month, including theme parties, wine tastings, recreational adventures, trips, and business/networking mixers. Its other divisions include "Table for Eight" (matched dinner parties) and "Quick Spark" (speed dating). The organization employs professional event organizers and hosts. It will even make personal introductions if you elect to become a member.
MeetUp lists groups and events that are geared toward singles in Detroit. Whether you are visiting or live in Detroit, you'll have a selection of activities you can join in on such as hiking, networking, brunching, and dining with a group. Most groups that host activities ask that you join the group on MeetUp before attending an event. Some of the groups are geared toward particular populations such as young singles, older singles, African-American singles, and Chinese-American solos.
The Detroit Zoo usually hosts an event each season that is geared toward the 21+ crowd and is ideal for singles. Attend an event like Polar Beers, which features more than 60 beers from selected Michigan craft breweries, live music and access to the Zoo’s holiday lights display. The Zoo's "Through the Lens" events bring in professional photographers to work with camera aficionados for a photo walk and seminars.
Dessert Oasis Coffee on Griswold Street is a community gathering place popular with singles. In this friendly, laid-back environment, you can enjoy international coffees and delicious desserts. In the evenings Dessert Oasis becomes an entertainment venue with local musicians.
Motown's first headquarters was a neighborhood home that originally was a photographers' studio on West Grand Boulevard. The small building was purchased by Motown founder Berry Gordy in 1959 and is now the Motown Museum.
Visitors come all over the world to stand in Studio A, where their favorite artists recorded mo-town music and to view the restored upper flat where Berry Gordy and his family lived in the early days of Motown. The only way to see the small museum is on one of the one-hour tours and reservations are recommended.
Not connected with the real Disneyland, Hamtramck Disneyland was a folk art installation created by artist Dmytro Szylak over 30 years in the backyard of his home in Hamtramck until his death in 2015. You'll see quirky found-art sculptures and brightly painted garages. Hatch Art has taken over the property and is maintaining the installation. The 1,945 square-foot installation is located at 12087 Klinger and can be seen from the alleyway between Sobieski and Klinger north of Commor and south of Carpenter in small Hamtramck, Michigan which is surrounded by the City of Detroit.