Parent’s Night Out: A roadmap to fun destinations

. February 14, 2019.

Whether you’re looking to go out with your SO or a group of friends, this guide fits every need for a mini getaway from the house and kids. Take advantage of all Washtenaw County has to offer: from unique activities to live music performances to wine tastings, the area has something for everyone and every occasion.


Burgers on a Budget
Bar Louie Buy a burger for a buck this (or every, we won’t judge!) Tuesday. Burgers are just $1 from 4-7pm with the purchase of a drink every Tuesday. Additional toppings come at an additional cost. 401 E Liberty St Suite 200. 734-794-3000.

Get Mashed
Mash Every Thursday from 10pm-close, take advantage of sales such as ½ off draft beer, $5 Wells and Select Whiskey, $6 Rotating Craft Cocktail, and $10 Craft Beer Pitchers. Not only are the drinks flowing, but there’s always a live band performance. 211 E Washington St. 734-222-4095.

Wine Weekends
Everyday Wines At 5pm on Friday and 4pm on Saturday, there will be free wine tastings at Everyday Wines through March 2019. 410 N 4th Ave. 734-827-9463.

Drag Night
Candy Bar at Live Every Thursday night at Live is drag night and all drinks are just $2. Grab some complementary candy from the bar and make your way to the dance floor to see some royal drag queen performances. 102 S 1st St. 734-623-1443.

Fiesta Fridays
Bar Louie Latin Night starts at 8pm every Friday at Bar Louie. Work up a sweat on the dance floor with your partner and enjoy the weekly drink specials to cool down. 401 E Liberty St Suite 200. 734-794-3000.

Soft and Sensual Sundays
The Raven’s Club Sit back, relax, and sip on an old-fashioned cocktail while Heather Schwartz’s bluesy voice warms the room. 207 S Main St. 734-214-0400.

Local Venues to Visit

The Last Word
Escape like Alice into this hole in the wall, speakeasy with an award-winning bartender. Stay long enough and you might even see a live music performance. 301 W Huron St. 734-585-5691.

Maiz Mexican Cantina
Get your girls together and enjoy ½ off jumbo margaritas. Monday through Saturday from 4-7pm. 36 E. Cross St, Ypsilanti. 734-340-6010.

Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase
Laugh it up at a live comedy performance. At intermissions, feel free to visit the fully stocked bar and grab a snack to munch on. 212 S 4th Ave. 734-996-9080.

The Ark
With just 400 seats in this music club, experience an intimate folk and roots live concert nearly every night of the year. 316 S. Main. 734-761-1800.

Pinball Pete’s
Let your inner kid out while the kids are at home as you play pinball, video games, and air hockey at this local arcade. 1214 S. University Ave. 734-213-2502.

Paint and Pour
You’ll have to BYOB to this paint party, but you can plan on a 2-3 hour guided painting class. 5 S. Washington St, Ypsilanti. 735-720-9777.

8-Ball Saloon
Rack up a game of pool while sipping on a beer and socializing at this dive bar. 208 S. 1st St. 734-996-8555.

Silvio’s Pizza
A gourmet pizzeria offers exclusively organic ingredients and had both gluten free and vegan options for your dietary needs. 715 N. University Ave. 734-214-6666.

University Musical Society
Take advantage of the nearby University of Michigan’s organized concerts (symphonies, dance companies, etc.) at a variety of Ann Arbor venues. 734-764-2538.

Alley Bar
Swing by this relaxed, vintage cocktail bar that gives back 10% of their Thursday night profits to a different local non-profit organization every month. 112 W. Liberty. 734-662-9757.

Pointless Improv
They’re brewing both laughs and beer at this improvisational comedy club. 3060 Packard St., Suite B. 989-455-4484.

Oasis Hot Tub Gardens
With hot tubs for rent in a variety of settings, it’ll be an experience you’ll never forget. 2301 S. State St. 734-663-9001.

Enjoy a beer at this tongue-in-cheek local bar while reading famous “quotes” you’ve definitely never heard before. 56 E. Cross St, Ypsilanti. 734-483-1035.

Help the community grow, with produce or socialization while enjoying a coffee or a beer. This unique space helps grow fresh produce for the community while also serving food, coffee, and drinks. 307 N. River, Ypsilanti. 734-249-8993.

Purple Rose Theatre
Have a one-of-a-kind experience at this theatre with midwestern roots.137 Park St, Chelsea. 734-433-7673.