Detroit’s Dynamic Duos: Combining Food and Fun

July 28, 2023
Detroit Axe

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We’ve all been in the position of attempting to make plans and running into hurdles when trying to choose what to do and where to eat. Plans that require multiple stops to an activity and a restaurant can feel like putting together a jigsaw puzzle upside down. Thankfully, we have some awesome places in Metro Detroit that take the stress out of planning what to eat and what to do by pairing the two together. Here are five places that combine food with fun for a great time with friends or family without the stress of planning. 

Detroit Axe

Corktown and Ferndale

Detroit Axe combines food, fun, and axe throwing at all three of their Metro Detroit Locations. A coach will walk you through how to throw axes and then you get to play different games. This is a great activity for couples or groups of any size. The Corktown location is at The Yard and features a food truck for something to eat and a full bar. The Ferndale location is inside The Corner and features a full menu and a full bar.

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Checker Bar Detroit

124 Cadillac Square, Detroit

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Checker Bar Detroit has been around for 50 years and is Detroit’s original arcade bar. They have more than 40 vintage arcade cabinets to enjoy as you take a trip down memory lane. Checker Bar is open late so it’s the perfect spot to hang out and grab a bite to eat after a game or show downtown. They’re also great for large groups and parties.  


666 Selden St, Detroit

Barcade in Detroit is a great place to hang out with friends or as a family. They feature a wide variety of arcade games from pinball to driving simulators. Every Monday is a pinball meetup and the first Sunday of each month is Family Day. They have a full kitchen and menu to order from as well as a full bar with rotating craft beers on tap. 

The Garden Bowl

4140 Woodward Ave, Detroit

The Garden Bowl has been a destination for food and fun in Detroit for over 100 years. This nostalgic bowling alley has 16 lanes steeped in history and retro vibes. In addition to bowling, they also have a full-service bar & lounge, patio and pizza from Sgt. Pepperoni’s.

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HUB Stadium 

Novi and Auburn Hills

HUB Stadium has two locations that offer fun entertainment as well as great food. The Novi location has axe throwing, football bowling, and curling. The Auburn Hills location has axe throwing, football bowling, and a Top Golf swing suite. Each location offers hourly rates for their entertainment and is a great place for groups and families to enjoy a day or evening together. Their menu has a wide variety of items from traditional bar appetizers to tacos and salads.