In addition to his NASM certification, Jungle Gym Fitness Studio’s owner Jason Schaefer spent six years as the official trainer for Automotion, the Detroit Pistons dance team, helping him helm a gym where patrons can work out and express creativity in innovative classes. The bare-bones studio hosts indoor and outdoor boot camps as well as nightclub-inspired dance and boxing aerobics courses. Class sizes are limited to about 20 students to ensure each student gets ample attention and personalized technique tips. Along with group classes, instructors lend nutritional advice and assist patrons in training for races and sports-specific goals such as improving golf swings and preventing wrist injuries in ping-pong marathons.
Though renowned for its vast humidors of primo cigars, The Godfather Cigar & Martini Lounge’s professional bartenders also pour elegant, tasty martinis and one-of-a-kind house drinks that mirror the atmospheric "power broker's clubhouse" vibe. Sink into a plush leather couch in the Lamborghini Room or its softly lit cousin, the Don Room, and savor the alcoholic alchemy of The Gotti—a blend of Ketel One and olive juice garnished with blue-cheese olives and jalapeño ($9). The Godfather's mélange of Glenlivet, Cointreau, and blood-orange bitters will remind film buffs of the way oranges always presaged a lavish musical number in The Godfather films ($11). The coconut martini brings back happy memories of unplanned desert-island vacations with its coconut-rimmed pool of coconut rum, RumChata, coconut water, and lime ($9). And for those celebrating a friend's birthday, the peach bellini renders its peach nectar more toastable with an effervescent topper of champagne ($9).
Fuse Lounge whets appetites with small plates while wetting whistles with signature drinks in a swanky, contemporary setting. Kick off a night of human watching over a tower of steak and portabella mushrooms ($12) or Cajun filet tips ($11) from the bar menu before moving on to a beer ($3+), a glass of wine ($7+), or one of Fuse’s signature cocktails. The sassy array of signature libations includes the raspberry truffle, the Skinny Dip, and the titular Fuse martini, among other cheekily named concoctions ($10).
Anecdotes about Wellington Chophouse vary greatly, depending on the person you ask. Gastronomes probably will talk about thick, hefty steaks, plates of succulent beef wellington, and cold mugs of English beers, while sports fans will most likely excitedly describe its 17 flat-screen televisions. Party lovers will regale listeners with tales of their nightly karaoke and DJ dance parties, while music buffs will speak of a stage that hosts live music from local musicians and sung recitations of the weekly specials from waiters who lost a bet. No matter what camp patrons fall into, they'll find something to appreciate at the elegant, wood-paneled eatery.
Orion Sports Bar & Grill works from a menu of burgers, salads, and hot subs, along with juicy steaks, barbecue ribs, and fish and chips. It's all served up in a sports bar atmosphere. Along with playing Michigan sports games on their flat-screen TVs, the bar challenges guests to trivia, hosts open-mic nights, and presents live music aside from seeing who can most loudly scream at the too-calm Bryant Gumbel. Orion also offers specials on holidays such as St. Patrick's Day.
Hall of Famer Dino Ciccarelli spent 19 years in the NHL. Four of those years—including 1992–1993, one of the best seasons of his career—were as part of the Detroit Red Wings. Though he's no longer schooling goalies, Dino still thrills sports fans across the city with his trio of family-friendly restaurants. Inside each, HD projection screens and more than 40 big-screen TVs team up to deliver the action from all the big games. While cheering on their teams, visitors dive into Angus prime beef burgers, slabs of ribs, and the signature sauce-slathered chicken tenders known as stingers. Like Dino when he's on the ice or putting a quarter in a toy-vending machine, these lightly floured morsels are ready for anything—you can order them on their own, or have them stuffed them into tacos or a wrap for easy transportation.