Summer may be winding down, but the evening weather still allows for some outdoor nightlife. Enjoy Travel recently recognized the best rooftop bars in America and a Detroit establishment made the list.

“The United States is brimming with brilliant rooftop bars,” Enjoy Travel exclaims. Furthermore, these spots typically provide a unique atmosphere experience that is unlike many other bars in the surrounding area.

The main reason most patrons visit a rooftop bar is because of the view, as opposed to a particular menu item. In Enjoy Travel’s feature, each of the 25 roof bars they list are located within a major city. At sundown, these establishments enable you to fully appreciate your city’s skyline. From lookouts over waterfronts, to skyline lights, to beautiful panoramic, the right rooftop bar makes you feel like you are in the middle of the cities postcard.

In Detroit, the bar that was named is atop a hotel. This is a common practice in the country, for hotels or major attractions to add such an ambiance to experience of their building.

Monarch Club Ranked #13

Located atop the Metropolitan Building at 33 John R Street, Monarch Club is a modern design that is inspired by classic Michigan sites. “Commanding the penthouse of the meticulously restored Metropolitan Building, the Monarch Club is where refined relaxation meets the mystique of rediscovered grandeur,” they explain on their website.

The outdoor section has a firepit, while the indoor atmosphere is covered in tones of red, blue, and gold. As far as the views go, Enjoy Travel explains the this Detroit establishment that ranked as one of the best rooftop bars in the country is, “set in a restored neo-gothic Metropolitan, the terrace offers incredible views over downtown Detroit.”

The Monarch Club is available for private events. In addition, they feature a light food menu that includes items like crab cakes, brisket sliders, and sausage and pear flatbreads.

Date Night Delights: 5 Must-Visit Spots in Detroit

We all want something special on date nights, right? A little adventure, a lot of romance, and memories that will stick with us. Of course, candlelit dinners and riverside strolls are classic, but let’s shake things up. Sometimes, the ideal date spot might be closer than we think, hidden in the heart of a neighboring town, waiting to be explored. Detroit, with its charm and its beautiful view of Canada,  truly has a romantic vibe.

The search for the right date night spot can be an exciting adventure. It begins with a desire to break away from the ordinary and embrace new experiences. Whether you’re planning a first date, reigniting the spark in a long-term relationship, or stepping out as a couple without the kids, discovering the perfect place involves understanding each other’s interests and preferences.

Finding the right date night spot in Detroit

Partners should openly discuss their likes, dislikes, and the kind of experiences they envision for their date night. This mutual understanding can narrow down the options and lead to a more focused search for the ideal venue.

Next, think outside the box. While popular places have their allure, true magic often lies in the lesser-known and unique spots that may be hidden in plain sight. You might be surprised by the charming cafes, quirky art galleries, or cozy parks offering just the ambiance you hoped for.

Moreover, consider shared hobbies and interests. If both partners enjoy art, visit museums or art installations. A nearby botanical garden or scenic trail might be the perfect setting for nature enthusiasts.

Sometimes, it’s the intangible factors that make a place special. The right ambiance, friendly staff, and a warm atmosphere can turn an average location into a cherished memory. So, don’t be afraid to explore new places, even if they are only a town away.

Check out some of the best date night spots Detroit has to offer.

  • Candy Bar Detroit

    Looking for a hidden gem in the heart of Detroit that promises inventive cocktails, snacks, and an intimate ambiance? Head to Candy Bar at 1509 Broadway St., tucked within The Siren Hotel. In 2018, Architectural Digest named the Candy Bar at Siren Hotel in downtown Detroit the “most beautifully designed bar” in Michigan.

  • The Skip

    Get your island vibes on at The Skip. This open-air cocktail bar serves up fun frozen, tropical drinks, and craft brews. The graffiti-covered interior and communal tables create a chill hangout spot, with laid-back music setting the perfect mood to unwind and enjoy the good times.


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  • Sid Gold’s Request Room

    At Sid Gold’s Request Room, the cozy lounge vibe centers around a grand piano, bringing guests together for a good time. With warm yellow bulbs adding to the vintage charm, it’s an inviting spot to grab a barstool, sway with cocktails, and sing along with new friends.

  • Motor City Wine Bar

    Unwind at the Motor City Wine Bar, where you can enjoy regional wines, tasty snacks, and live entertainment. With a glass or bottle in hand, groove to an eclectic mix of live jazz, soul, and even house and techno beats. You can also join in on their monthly wine-tasting event.

  • Barcade Detroit

    Located in Midtown Detroit and exclusively for those 21 and older, Barcade is your ultimate destination for an action-packed night out. With over 70 arcade games, beers on tap, and a fully stocked bar offering weekday happy hour specials, it’s the perfect spot to unleash your inner gamer. Barcade also has a full kitchen, making it a one-stop-shop for dinner, drinks, and endless fun.

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