101 Lansing Date Night Ideas – Including the Best Date Night Restaurants in Lansing

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101 Fun and Creative Date Night Ideas in The Greater Lansing Area

If you’re in a relationship, we all have the common goal of cultivating and keeping that spark alive. Sometimes keeping those date nights unique can be tough. In part because of wanting something new to do and other times because we are wanting to stay within our budgets. After all, we still have to pay the babysitter, right? Well – we can help! We’ve made a list of 101 things to do in Lansing on a date night.

If you’re in the mood to go all out or just do something chill, here is a diverse list of things we think you’ll love doing together. We also like to use this list for fun things to do with friends.

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Listed below are 101 things to do in Lansing for a fun night out with your sweetie.

We’ve got ideas for where to eat, where to chill, adventure date spots and more. Click on one of these categories to go directly to the Lansing date night ideas that interest you. 

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101+ Fun Things to Do for Date Night in Lansing

  EAT – WHERE TO WINE + DINE ON YOUR DATE NIGHT 

Favorite Date Restaurants in Lansing

Go to Dinner or Lunch, The greater Lansing area has exploded in the last few years with dining options.

Here are some of our favorite locations for great food + fun atmosphere.

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Art’s Pub – Eastside Lansing

**Writer’s note: This is NOT an all-inclusive list of the places around town. This list is suggestions our team knows you’ll enjoy. If you have a date night restaurant spot you’d like to see included, let us know by commenting below.

LANSING  RESTAURANTS – DOWNTOWN, REO TOWN & OLD TOWN

American Fifth Spirits

Play board games, eat delicious snacks, and try their rotating drink options. They also have a DD menu that is really tasty and fun, making this a perfect destination for all.

American Fifths Downtown Lansing

Blue Owl Coffee

They are known for their coffee but they have many other drink options as well as food.

The Cosmos

Funky and unique pizza. Order the “Trust Us” and you won’t be disappointed. Afterward, head next door to Zoobies for drinks.

The Creole

Their specialty is burgers, beignets, and bourbon. Try one of their unique burgers on a house-made bun.

Ellison Brewery and Spirits

Watch for their new location coming soon to REO Town. They call themselves beer scientists and allow BYOF (Bring your own food.)

Lansing Brewing Company

LBC is always a great choice for games and beers on tap. Also, enjoy their live music on the patio during the warmer months.

MP Social

A night out here is a win for lots of reasons – read why here! You’ll love their drink menu and all-around atmosphere.

MP Social Patio March to your own Beet Downtown Lansing Riverfront

Meat

Mmmmm, I can almost taste it now just thinking about it – We love going here because of all the fun sauces to try and rustic vibe. Copper cups and mason jar waters make this a really fun place to dine.

Michigrain Distillery

Fun, tasty, and lots of options!

Ozone Brewhouse

We loved hanging here this past summer to eat on their patio from the food truck parked on the grounds each day.

Tavern & Tap

We love going here in the summer when the walls open up to Michigan Avenue, but it’s just as yummy all year round.

Zoobies

Rain or shine this place rocks!

Cosmos Pizza Patio in Lansing Old Town with Kids

LANSING  RESTAURANTS – EASTSIDE

Art’s Pub

The tapas-style food and beverages are delicious with a really fun, chill atmosphere. Their patio faces the sunset and is great for those nice summer evenings.

The Avenue Cafe’/Ruckus Ramen

Arguably some of the best ramen in town! But you’ll have to be the judge. Try the Okonomiyaki fries and your taste buds will be dancing all night long.

Arcadia Smokehouse

Amazing staff and live music nights. This restaurant in Lansing has a walk-up ordering station for those nice summer nights when we want to walk around and do a few things in one night.

El Oasis

In the summer this can be such a great place if you’re looking for a chill date night out. Sit on the patio, then walk over to Strange Matter for a coffee = date night supreme.

El Oasis East Side Lansing Michigan Ave Kids Patio eating

Soup Spoon

Have you tried the soup flight!? It seems like each time we go here there’s something newly delicious to try. You CAN NOT go wrong hanging here.

Street Kitchen

Their inside location newly opened this year and it’s getting rave reviews.

GREATER LANSING RESTAURANTS – EAST

AI Fusion

Make a reservation to hang out in your own unique Japanese-style seating room.

Burgdorf Winery

A great choice for a chill and cozy night.

Blue Gill Grill

Summer nights are a dream when you sit on their patio watching the sunset over Lake Lansing.

Dusty’s Cellar

They offer three seating areas for dining. Plus, pride themselves in an outstanding beer and wine selection.

Ellison Brewery and Spirits

They call themselves beer scientists. At their East Lansing location, you can BYOF (Bring your own food) plus they have weekly food trucks. Watch for their new location coming soon to REO Town.

El  Azteco

Best cheese dip around! You can’t go wrong with complimentary chips and salsa. In the warmer months, it’s dreamy to sit up on the patio at the East Lansing location. Try their new patio at the westside location, as well!

El Azteco Kids Eat Free Greater Lansing

Maru Sushi & Grill

Delicious, Allergy-friendly, and a guaranteed delicious night out.

Persis Indian Cuisine

one word: delectable. Their butter chicken and naan are a 10!

Red Cedar Spirits 

This place is cool! Its darker and smaller quarters make it a great date spot.

Red Haven Farm to Table

There’s nothing not to love about Red Haven. Happy hour is great as well. Soooo good!

Sansu Sushi and Cocktails

Unique seating in the entire restaurant, but rent their special rooms for a unique and special time.

Sapporo Ramen and Noodle Bar

This spot is off the beaten path in East Lansing. It’s got a great vibe and even better ramen. Gluten-free options available.

Tavern 109

This is a tasty gem in Williamston.

GREATER LANSING  RESTAURANTS – WEST

Horrocks

Choose from their salad bar or hot food bar, then sit in the new lounge area on the north side of the building or on the patio in the summer.

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Sushi Moto

This delicious gem is tucked away near the Lansing mall and a great place for a quiet lovely meal.

Nola Bistro

Pho’ and Po Boys! What more could you want?! Oh, maybe a Vietnamese coffee would top that off nicely as well.

Bridge and Main

Happy hour, pool, and fun Located in Grand Ledge.

GREATER LANSING  RESTAURANTS – NORTH

Bridge Street Social

Wow! Their extensive knowledge of wine by their sommelier is a treat in itself.  Try the roasted Brussel sprouts – they are perfection.

Eastwood Towncenter

Head to any of these corporate places for a nice and delicious night out. One of our favorites is Bravo. It’s cozy in the winter and so nice and breezy in the summer on the patio.

Looking Glass Brewery

This old church turned bar and hangout spot is really great and has games available.

Lily Pearls Lounge & Lula’s Louisiana Cookhouse

These two places are located northeast in Owosso, have you been here yet? Two sisters opened up two separate but connected restaurants right next door to each other. We could gush about this place but it’s better if you just go and try them out. It’s so yummy and the building is beautiful!

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LANSING  RESTAURANTS – SOUTH

Bad Brewing Company

Igloos, drinks, and a great vibe.

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Naing Myanmar Family Restaurant

Head here for a fantastically authentic and delicious meal.

Asia’s Finest

Delicious authentic Asian food including Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese.

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  WATCH/LISTEN – ENRICHING DATE NIGHTS 

Ready for a night of bliss for your ears and eyes? Below are date nights from jazz to country, ballet to hip-hop spinning DJ’s, and everywhere in between.

ENRICHING THINGS TO SEE AND HEAR ON A DATE NIGHT

Hear some amazing Jazz (Check these websites for their Jazz schedules)

Sing and listen to the Blues: (See their websites for their schedules)

Listen to Records together at Record Shops

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Listen to live music, storytelling, poetry and more at Blue Owl and get an awesome coffee.

Go see a Flick together at these theatres:

See a FREE Movie:

See an older movie for $5 and under in these theaters:

Experience the wonder of the Theatre:

Go to Common Ground Plan a whole week of dates or pick one night of fun.  (End of June)

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Laugh together at a Comedy night

Escape Together

Have a mysterious Dinner at The Murder Mystery Co

See the beauty of Dance

Catch a Drive-in-Movie Take a trip to US 23 Drive In.

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See a Movie in the Park

Watch Independent or Foreign films

Go to a music show

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Listen to live music in a unique venue:

Listen and enjoy Classical music at Absolute Music.

Have a blast from that past and go see an 80’s cover band.

Go to an event on Campus

Go to a Concert Series in the Park

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  RELAX – WHERE TO HAVE A CHILL DATE NIGHT 

If a relaxing night out sounds like a total dream then this is your list. We don’t get enough relaxing as parents let alone together! Here’s your list of relaxing things to do on a date night in Lansing.

CHILL THINGS TO DO ON A DATE NIGHT

Relax together at a Yoga class:

Get a Couples massage

See some beauty together at an Art Gallery or Museum

Drive Lansing Date Night Ideas

Drive.  This is one of my favorite things to do when I want to get out of town and spend some quality time with my guy. If you’ve never done this give it a try!

  • Old 127 starts at the end of Cedar St. running North. Breathe a little and take in the trees at each season and end up at Uncle Johns Cider Mill. You could walk the orchard, grab a glass of wine in their tasting room, or just keep on driving.
  • M-99 starts at the end of MLK running southwest. It will take you through some pretty green fields and plop you right in Eaton Rapids where you could get out and enjoy the view on a couple of their bridges.
  • Through MSU Campus. You could get lost in all the winding roads or just take in the beauty that is MSU’s Campus. Either way it’s a great way to have nice talks or just relax together.

Walk through flower gardens.

Chill at a bookstore together with a treat and drink at these locations:

Go to a Museum

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Grab some goodies, kombucha, a beer, or a glass of wine at the wine bar and tavern at Horrocks and sit on the Patio. If you’re feeling really ambitious, walk/run/bike there from the Sharpe Park trail!

  EXPLORE – ADVENTURE DATE NIGHTS 

These are some of my favorite things to do on a date night! The excitement of finding something new is awesome plus the closeness and bonding that happens is wonderful too. From geocaching and stargazing to road trips and “digging,” you’ll find this list of things to do on an adventurous date night intriguing.

ADVENTUROUS THINGS TO DO ON A DATE NIGHT IN LANSING

Detroit explore trips for date nights

Visit another city!

Take a nature walk/hike through:

Sit under the stars

Scooter through a portion of the city on Bird or Lime scooters parked around town.

Go Geocaching or letterboxing. Seriously, it’s so fun!

Take a ride on the Michigan Princess, Lansing’s Riverboat.

Go Fishing together

  • Park Lake, 6499 Park Lake Rd, Bath, MI 48808-9718
  • Lake Lansing, 6260 East Lake Drive Haslett, MI 48840
  • Sharpe Park, 1401 Elmwood Rd, Lansing, MI 48917
  • Crego Park, 1600 Fidelity Road,, Lansing, MI 48910

Pick Fruit at a local Orchard

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Go Antiquing Here are some of our top picks.

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Go digging (searching) for records 

Visit some local artisans (open year round)

Check out an Arts Night Out. These nights  rotate venues and is a great way to explore new places and artists work in our city.

Visit and explore Old Town

Stroll through REO Town

Take a walking tour of MSU This place is so big that multiple dates doing this might be fun.

Old Town Lansing Scrap Fest Festival

Go to a Festival

  TOUR – LEARNING DATE NIGHTS 

Finding out more about our city can be so much fun with these tours and learning experiences.

LEARNING-TYPE THINGS TO DO ON A DATE NIGHT

Take a self-guided or guided tour of the Capitol building.

Tour the Trails of Lansing Making a list of scavenger items can be a good time during this as well.

Do the Lansing Historic Walking Tour This is on my bucketlist this year. If you get to it before we do, we’d love to hear about it.

Take a Craft Beer Tour Michigan is home to some fabulous breweries. Find out more about them on this fun adventure.

American Fifths Downtown Lansing

Tour American Fifth Spirits Distillery. Then play some board games or just enjoy the drinks and snacks.

Travel up the Beaumont Tower on MSU’s Campus and possibly get to play the carillon.

Take the Demented Mitten Tours

  TASTE – DELICIOUS DATE NIGHTS 

Going out to eat is great…but doing something a little extra to spice it up is even better! Here are some fun things to do while you’re out to eat on a date night.

THINGS TO DO WHILE OUT TO EAT ON A DATE NIGHT

Eat on the patio

Have a Picnic

Old Town Lansing Scrap Fest Festival Food Truck

Try some fun or unique food at these restaurants:

Tell us your favorites!

Have some delicious snacks

Peruse the Farmers markets. We have so many options in Michigan for this.

Blue Owl Lansing ReoTown

Have a Coffee at one of these fun shops:

Indulge your sweet tooth with your sweetie at Sweetielicious!

Enjoy wine tasting

Grab a Beer from a Brewery

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Drink Smoothies/Juice/Bubble Tea

  Cook –  Foodie Date Nights 

If you’ve ever seen the movie Chef, Spanglish, or watched any sort of foodie tv then you know how glamorous eating and making food together can seem – spoiler alert! It actually is awesome to do this IRL (in real life!!!) Here are some places to do that here in Lansing.

THINGS TO DO WITH FOOD ON A DATE NIGHT

Williams Sonoma Learn fun new tricks at Eastwood Towncenter.

Al!ve Charlotte Take classes in many types of cooking styles and techniques.

Le Chat Gourmet Eaton Rapids has a full list of fun classes to take with your sweetheart.

  CREATE – MAKE THINGS ON YOUR DATE NIGHT 

Making something together can be so refreshing and inspiring! If you’re a creative person then you’ll love these and if you’re not – don’t worry, these places are ready to help you get started plus give tips to create something wonderful together. Here are some of Lansing’s greatest creatives and creative spots for your next date night.

GET CREATIVE ON YOUR NEXT DATE NIGHT

Pottery

Take a print making class with ALT Printing Co. It’s SO fun!

Take a Painting Class

Try out a variety of Art classes at REACH Art Studio.

Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum Drawing Marathon

Create something great at the Eli & Edyth Broad Art Museum Call for information on class events.

  MOVE/PLAY – ACTIVE DATE NIGHTS 

Get moving with these Lansing “play” favorites!

DATE NIGHT THINGS TO DO ACTIVELY

Adult Arcade bar Have so much fun at The Grid!

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Go Kayaking with Rivertown Adventures. From hour rentals, to events they’ve got so much fun waiting for you!

Go to a Trivia night (Check location for times)

  • Claddagh, Eastwood
  • The Nuthouse, Lansing
  • Piazzano’s, Lansing
  • The Green Door, Lansing
  • Moriarty’s Pub, Lansing
  • Gus’s Bar, Lansing
  • Stage – 1785 W State Rd, Lansing
  • The Tin Can, East Lansing
  • Jimmy’s Pub, East Lansing
  • City Limits East, East Lansing, and Mason
  • Henry’s Place, 4926 Marsh Rd, Okemos
  • The Classic Pub and Grill
  • Buddies, Okemos and Holt
  • Charlie’s Bar & Grill, Holt, Diamondale, and Potterville.
  • Champions Sports Bar, Holt
  • Ryan’s Roadhouse, St. Johns
  • Sirens, St Johns
  • Wagon Wheel, Portland
  • Renucci’s Tavern – 540 N. State St. Ionia

Play board games at American Fifths while you enjoy the drinks and snacks.

Go Bowling.

Jump in and swim together.

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Play some Volleyball

Play a pickup game of basketball

Pickup games of soccer

Bike on your own or with these rental spots:

Play Dodgeball at MiLife Sports

Lansing River Trail

Go Hiking at the many parks and trails around the Greater Lansing Area

Take a run together on one of the many trails around town. Use our trail guide for routes.

Take a dance class:

Take a Walk on the many trails in our area. Use our trail guide for routes.

Go golfing together. Here are some fun spots for dates:

Play some Tennis in one of the parks around town.

Hit the target (or at least try) at Bull’s Eye Axe Throwing in Lansing

Go Horseback riding at Sundance Riding Stables or Northfork Farms and Outback

Go Rock climbing at Al!ve.

Have a blast at a High Ropes Courses in Howell, MI

Jump for joy together!

Have some Horseshoe fun.

Sledding Tubing Birchfield Park

Sled, Go Tubing/sledding in the winter at Burchfield, Granger Meadows Park, or Hawk Island where all have snack bars.

Hold hands while you Iceskate

Ski at Mt. Brighton This is such a cool idea for close-by extreme fun!

Go Roller Skating and remember what it was like to be young again at Edru Skate

  CHEER – SPORTS AND TEAM DATE NIGHTS 

Lansing is known for its sports fans and if you’re one of them or your sweetie is, these are some really fun options for a date night.

SPORTY THINGS TO DO ON A DATE NIGHT

Cheer on the Lansing Lugnuts At the Cooley Law Stadium

Check out our new soccer team Ignite Lansing at Cooley Law Stadium.

Catch all the action at a Roller Derby

Cheer on Cars, Buses and more at Spartan Speedway

LCC Sports support local talent.

Watch the Lansing Legends play an exciting game of basketball.

Spartan Basketball Get to the Breslin and cheer on this amazing team!

Spartan Baseball Take em’ out to the ballgame.

Spartan Hockey Ice fights and fast-paced fun at Munn.

Spartan Gymnastics Awe and cheer on the strength of these athletes.

Spartan Swimming and Diving Check out this cool experience in the beautiful old buildings on campus.

5 thoughts on “101 Lansing Date Night Ideas – Including the Best Date Night Restaurants in Lansing”

    1. Awesome! Thanks for the info Lina. I’m excited to get this on the list – and try it out myself too! So fun!

  1. Amanda J Leksche

    Great List! Another paint party to add to this: Paint Your Poison is 100% local to Lansing and offers the most fun paint parties around, check them out at http://www.paintyourpoison.com. The blacklight parties are especially fun, as well as the well thought out trivia they offer at every event!

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