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The Den

The Den

Welcome to The Den, Traverse City's entertainment hub located inside Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. From axe throwing to arcade games, we have everything you need to get your game on. 


Enjoy a sensational 50% off on all regular game play during these golden hours. Elevate your weekday evenings with unbeatable savings and non-stop entertainment. Grab your friends and make the most of VIP Happy Hours—because joy should never be limited to just weekends! 


Escape Room

Enter a multi-chamber escape room in the Egyptian desert. Do your best to solve challenging riddles and puzzles before time runs out! Fun and exciting, uncover the way out before the Pharaoh takes his revenge!

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Escape Room
Boutique Bowling

Smaller lanes means big fun! Our boutique bowling lanes are shorter than traditional lanes and use smaller pins and bowling balls. Great for all ages and skill levels, The Den's bowling experience offers four lanes and hours of exciting play. (And you get to wear your own shoes!)

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality

Jump into a new world! Experience cutting edge virtual reality! Whether it's a whole new experience or you're an experienced gamer, our VR will provide you with heart pounding games and adventures. You can play the hugely popular Beat Saber as you wield your glowing sabers to the beat. You can also experience high-tech, motion, VR experiences giving you the thrill of a roller coaster, the wonder of a deep-sea adventure and more. We have many amazing experiences for up to two players. VR games are available for ages 10 and up.

The Arcade

Play your favorites and the latest video games. Our arcade is packed with games to wow, challenge and play for hours. Load up your game card with credits to try them all!

The Arcade
Axe Throwing Diner's Choice 2023 Badge from Open Table

Axe Throwing

Bring your A game to our axe throwing lanes, the first axe range in Traverse City! A trained pro will show you the basics of the sport and get you set up for a friendly competition or a solo game. Choose from a traditional bullseye game, a dart board, tic-tac-toe, and more. Axe throwing is available for ages 18 and up.

Hours of Operation

Restaurant Hours

Sunday - Monday: Closed Tuesday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm Friday and Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

Located in the main lobby of Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, The Den is open to the public and Resort guests.

Contact Info

Call Us At: 231-534-6336 (231-534-6DEN)

Email Us At: [email protected]

Beat Saber Virtual Reality and bike racing arcade game

Groups &
Private Events

Isn’t everything more fun with your crew, your homies, your amigos? Bring your group of 8 or more to The Den and enjoy great deals on all of our activities. You can even book the whole space if you like.

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Purchase a Gift Card

Purchase a Gift Card

Give the gift that keeps on giving! Click below to purchase gift cards for The Den. 

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Please note that Grand Traverse Resort and Spa gift cards are not eligible for use at The Den.

Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties

The Den is the perfect place to hold your birthday celebration! With pizza or buffet options, bowling, Virtual Reality, and arcade games, a birthday party at The Den is the best gift of all.

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Corporate Events

Corporate Events

Go beyond the boardroom and bring your corporate event to The Den. With games that build teamwork and strategy skills, a corporate event at The Den brings the perfect combination of business and fun.

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Team Building

Team Building

Team work makes the dream work and our dream is to play games all day while building trust and communication skills! Compliment your afternoon of team building challenges by including food and drinks, all customizable to fit your groups needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions


How old do I have to be to play?

  • Axe throwing: 18+
  • Virtual reality: 10+
  • Escape room: all ages, though 8+ is recommended
  • Arcade and bowling: all ages


Do I need to make a reservation?

The Escape Room can be booked ahead of time through our website, but walk-ins are welcome. All other attractions are first come, first served. Occasionally, The Den may be closed for a private event. Call or check our online reservations to learn more.


What should I wear?

If you are participating in axe throwing, Beat Saber, or bowling, you must wear closed toe shoes. Otherwise, we’re a casual establishment, and normal dress and footwear is cool with us…though we always encourage some Den-inspired plaid!


Can I bring my own axe?

We have axes on site, so please leave yours at home!


What about drinking and axe throwing?

You’re welcome to enjoy the bar after your round, but drinks are not permitted in the axe throwing lanes for our patrons’ safety.


Do you do shoe rentals for bowling?

Nope! You get to wear your own shoes. (We’re all happy about that!)


Can I book a private event at The Den?

Yes. We welcome private events, birthday parties, and group/company outings for groups of 8 or more. Call 231-534-6336 or email [email protected].

Spring Break Packages

Spring Break Packages

Unwind with us this spring and stay with us on our one or two-night spring break packages. Click below to book your getaway.

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Winter Golf

Head to the Clubhouse all season long and practice your swing game on our TrackMan simulators. Click below to learn more.

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Traverse City Restaurant Week

Traverse City Restaurant Week

Join us in Aerie Restaurant & Lounge for Traverse City Restaurant Week February 25 - March 2. Click below to learn more and book your table.

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Barefoot Podcast

The official lifestyle podcast of Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

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