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Procrastinator's Guide to the Weekend

How to have an awesome time in the D, from date night to sports night

Kat Rembacki

Kat Rembacki

Storyteller at Core Detroit
Dance party crasher; wordsmith; downtowner;Disney geek; whipped cream junkie; die-hard Tigers fan. Join me on on my epic quest for the perfect turkey reuben.
Kat Rembacki

This weekend is going to be awesome.

Some weeks the days drag on and we catch ourselves counting the minutes until Friday. Other days, the weekend sneaks up on us, and before we know it it’s time for Free Drink Friday.

Even if you haven’t planned anything for the weekend yet, Detroit has tons of cool bars and restaurants where you’ll have a fabulous time. Whether you want a quiet evening with your sweetie or a raucous night out with friends, we’ve got the rundown on where to go.

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Date Night

Date Night

Restaurant Week starts today, and Detroit’s most fabulous eateries are pulling out all the stops with delectable yet affordable three-course menus. If you haven’t made reservations yet, take heart: there are a few spots with tables still available. At the time of this post, Cuisine, Fountain Bistro, Rattlesnake Club, Santorini, Wolfgang Puck, and 24 Grille all had prime dinner time spots available for tonight.

Fountain Bistro’s confit of lamb breast or juniper brined pork chop are sure to wow your date. Or head over to Rattlesnake Club, where you can start your meal with a lovely cumin and coriander-scented roasted carrot salad and end with a playful popcorn parfait.

After dinner, stop by Cliff Bell’s where the Chris Greene Quartet will be playing a sultry mix of jazz and rock music. The lounge’s swanky, historic setting calls for classic cocktails with a twist, like the gypsy kiss made with rum, Dark Godiva, Chambord and Bailey’s. There is a $10 cover starting at 9 p.m. on Friday.

If you don’t want things to get too mushy, head over to the Redford Theatre and watch Charlton Heston light up the screen in the epic adventure Ben-Hur. The show starts at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and tickets cost just $5.

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Sports Night

Sports Night

Tickets are still available to watch the Red Wings tonight as they battle the Hurricanes and prepare for the post-season. The Wings are setting a new NHL record with 23 consecutive playoffs, crushing their own previously held record of 22 consecutive post-season appearances (no other teams even come close; San Jose holds the #2 spot with ten consecutive playoffs). They’ve won four Stanley Cups during their epic streak.

Whether you’re going to the game or just want to watch it on the big screen, Bookies Bar & Grille is the place to be. They’ve got tons of TVs so you won’t miss a moment of the action, the perfect game watching menu, and great drink specials.

While you’re there, check out their sweet new enclosed patio on the rooftop. Half of the rooftop deck is still the open air haven we’ve always loved, while the other half in enclosed which keeps the temperature exactly where we like it and provides lovely shade when the sun gets hot. Bookies offers a free shuttle to all downtown sports events, so if you do happen to score some playoff tickets this is a great spot to start (and end) your night.

The Tigers are in San Diego this weekend, but you can catch them on Bookies’ abundant big screens (including a giant 16-foot projection screen) at 10:10 p.m. on Friday and at 8:40 p.m. on Saturday.

Bookies has been on a streak of its own: Real Detroit Weekly readers just voted it the best bar before a Tigers game for the 11th year in a row.

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A Night on the Town

A Night on the Town

Grab a group of friends a head out for a spectacular night of drinks, music, food, and maybe a little dancing.

Start your evening at La Feria, where walk-ins are always welcome. Their tapas style menu is perfect for sharing. Order up a big plate of paella or get several small plates to share with the group, and ask about their Spanish sliders.

On Friday, dance the night away at Whiskey Disco, where they have a pretty exciting lineup in store. Headlining tonight is electronic music idol Mark E. He’s hitting up Detroit before heading to Brooklyn on his album tour. Expect unswerving, mechanistic, intoxicatingly simple house music to rock the club into the wee hours of the morning.

The normally mellow Motor City Wine in Corktown is bound to get a little rowdy on Saturday night when House Gallery DJs Adam Francesconi, J. Garcia, and Jay Ramsey spin the tables from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. There’s no cover all night, and MCW’s selection of upscale vinos at bargain prices make this a super affordable spot to hang out. Keep the Spanish theme going with a bottle of Vega Sindoa rose from the Navarro region of Spain, a light and refreshing choice to kick off the long-awaited arrival of spring.

What are your plans for this weekend? Let us know in the comments!

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