BY Leslie | 365 Atlanta Family| FEB 28, 2018
Looking for fun date night ideas around Atlanta? I mean something really fun – more than just a movie date! We’ve got dozens of ideas lined up for you here, and we add to this list regularly! Be sure to check back often for Atlanta date ideas you won’t regret! And to sweeten the deal, we’re giving you $50 in Lyft credits to get yourself a driver for the evening. (Must be a first time Lyft customer.)
Paint with a Twist. Customize your date night with a paint and sip evening. From landscapes to local skylines, double canvas couples art and more, there is something for everyone! One of the talented artists will be with you every step of the way as you eat, drink your favorite wine, and paint your way to a finished work of art. Visit the Paint with a Twist calendar for the latest date night ideas.
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Eleanor’s Speakeasy. You’ve heard of Muss & Turner’s for great bites, but did you know about the hidden bar there? Head to the back of the restaurant and through the cooler door for a sweet escape. We like it here for drinks before we head to our “main event” date night activity, but you could easily park yourself on a stool and enjoy an entire night chatting it up.
Caving. What’s more fun than mud and bats and sweat and tears?? Sue took her entire family (and I’d love to do that, too) but how great would it be to experience this as a couple – without worry about the kids?!!
Escape Rooms. Escape rooms are all the rage now. You can pick creepy rooms or zombie rooms..even secret military spy escapes. It’s even better when you bring your friends!
Skyline Park. Skyline park is fun with the kids in the daytime, but at night it’s all about the adults. You’ll take in great views of the city and smart cocktails, plus add a little old-school fun. Make it an entire night of it by eating at Nine Mile Station while you’re there!
Gunshow Atlanta. Hands down, this is my favorite restaurant in the state. And can a restaurant be “fun?” YES! I love the way guests make dim sum selections throughout the night..I love the rolling drink cart…I love the community tables…and if you want something super special, then visit during the monthly Hired Guns event. Here’s what I said for USAToday:
Celebrity Chef Kevin Gillespie challenges the typical restaurant experience: multiple chefs work to prepare their unique creations, then leave the safety of the kitchen to hustle those dishes to customers ordering a la carte….There is no pretentious vibe here; the setting is comfortable, simple, and humble. However, the food is far from plain. Dishes are sophisticated, genuine, from the heart, and full of flavor.
Helicopters and Beer. Henry County is the place to be for an epic experience. The Army Aviation and Heritage Center offers affordable helicopter rides in real Huey choppers. After that, head over to Jailhouse Brewing for delicious craft beer. I love that you can hang out here drinking your beer…and order food from across the street. They just bring it over to you!
Blue Ridge Treehouse. Of course you’ve heard about the world-famous Buckhead Treehouse…but prices are steep and they are booked up 18 months in advance. Solve your treehouse craving by heading to Blue Ridge‘s little gem. We visited with the boys, but thought it would even make a better date night getaway.
A Porsche Night. Southern hospitality, German style. That sounds amazing, right?? Spend the afternoon at the Porsche Experience Center taking on the driver’s experience, the simulator, and a tour. Then check into the new Solis hotel next to the Porsche center. it overlooks the track, with subtle touches of racing decor. With their restaurant Apron for dinner, and the rooftop Overdrive Lounge for drinks later, you’ll never want to leave.
Elatse’yi. If you’re feeling more “mountains” than “motor oil” then head to Ellijay for a stay with the folks at this SPECTACULAR escape. You can pick an airstream cabin or a geodesic dome…how’s THAT for unique! In fact, Ellijay is an top-notch date night city…checkout our Ellijay post about what to do without the kids (and more details about Elatse’yi.) Want to save $40? Book on AirBnB and use our code.
Matildas Under The Pines. Come after dinner (try Colletta’s or El Felix at Avalon) or bring a picnic spread (including wine!) You might also want to bring your own lawn chairs, though there is seating for those who get there early. Dogs on a leash are also welcome. Here are more Alpharetta ideas.
Grocery on Home. I hesitate to even add this. In fact, I was writing an AJC article about Date Nights and decided to leave them off. Why?? Because it is a freakin’ fabulous music venue that primarily rocks because of the intimacy of the space and the lack of mainstream promotion diluting the product. I don’t want to share my favorite spot!
It’s a private location owned by Matt Arnett. Anyone is welcome, but you have to RSVP on the Facebook page. Show up at 7pm with your own snack (we brought Publix sandwiches) and a bottle of vino. Relax and eat, and then put it all away for a show that will bring you tears of joy. Probably one of my favorite date nights on planet earth. It’s “free” but a donation is appreciated – it all goes to the artist, not to Matt. (We give about $40 when we go.)
Vino Venue. You get to put as little or as much as you’d like on a wine card, and taste selections you’re sure to fall in love with. Save a little cash by ordering appys in the wine-tasting section, rather than making a reservation (though if you can indulge – it is totally worth it!)
Coffee Shop Talk. Grab a secluded corner at one of these Atlanta coffee shops, and chat the afternoon away. You can chat about that vacation you’re saving for, what you’d do with a million dollars, or whisper sweet nothings for half-caff lattes.
Starlight Drive In. Atlanta’s only drive-in movie theater is a romantic and affordable destination. You can watch two current movies for under $20, and snacks are available (or pack your own romantic in-car picnic.)
Mac Lab Bakery. If your sweetie loves sweets, then this is a super treat! They carry macarons in the city (not macaroons!!) and are known for their sweet unicorn creation (weekends only.) Even better? Visit near a holiday and see the special creations they create!
Victory. The Jack and Coke slushie, people, will make your someone-special fall madly in love with you! We also love how casual it is here; just a place to relax and be yourself. Pick up sandwiches, slushies and appy for you both, for under $50.
Festivals. One of our favorite day time dates is to head to a festival! We’ve got our favorites listed for you here (Spring/Summer) and here (Fall/Winter.) Live music and Atlanta’s great food truck scene can’t be missed!
Ellijay Wine Tasting. Head to the hills for an amazing tour through six Ellijay wineries. From Cartecay to Fainting Goats, and everything in between…enjoy the grapes in this mountain town typically known for apples.
Southern Beer Tours. One of the best beer tour companies in Atlanta. Three local breweries and a designated driver. Loads of fun!
Fly Fishing Class. The North Georgia Mountains are brimming with great trout – why not learn how to catch some! I loved this class, just over the border in Alabama, but there are a few single-day classes at several Orvis stores in the city.
Gibbs Gardens. Several hundred acres – the largest residential gardens in the nation with 24 ponds, 32 bridges, and 19 waterfalls in the North Georgia mountains. Every season brings a new show.
Decatur Glassblowing Date Night Class. Looking for a unique experience? Try their 2 person 90-minute glassblowing lesson. For only $170 total, each person will get to make at least one piece, choosing from the following items: flower, paperweight, or ornament.
Atlanta Movie Tour. Hunger Games, Walking Dead, and more…see the filming locations for many Atlanta greats.
Wine Tasting. Wine tastings in Dahlonega and the surrounding areas are very affordable (sometimes free.) Hubby and I did this last winter and had a blast!
Polaris. This is our go-to romantic restaurant. Delicious food with gorgeous views of the city from the spinning blue dome. For a special occasion, make a reservation at Hyatt Regency – and reserve the corner suite.
The Cloister at Sea Island. This Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond Resort range from guest rooms, to suites and private cottages. Uber romance and luxury on the beach!
Cooking Classes in Atlanta – With multiple locations around the city and hundreds of classes. Here are our favorite places for cooking classes.
JeJu Sauna. It looks unimpressive from the outside – I’ll give you that. But inside is pure heaven – a Korean public bathhouse furnished with hot tubs, showers, and Korean traditional kiln saunas. Several of the areas are co-ed, so there is plenty to enjoy together, 24 hours a day!
Party with the Past. This free Atlanta History Center program connect young (and young at heart) ATLiens to the historic locations around town (and the cold brews they crave.) Look online each month for the fun party location, and be sure to RSVP.
Fresh Air Hiking. You can take a short hike and relax together…but Dan and I love to take date night times to do those hikes that our kids can not yet do…Yonah Mountain or Tray Mountainare great ideas.
Farmers Market. Find the right market and you’ll see demonstrations, get food samples and more! Dip into the grocery fund a little and you could go home with a wealth of veggies for a great date night dinner.
Bike Tour. Bring your bikes and explore the Beltline! You can see art along here, as well. It’s beautiful.
Castleberry Art Stroll. Visit on the second Friday of each month, touring the art galleries.
Sandy Springs. Warm up with a bottle of wine at MAYA Steakhouse, then continue the part inside at Steve’s Live Music. We absolutely love it here! And for that special occasion, check out the Romance Package at Westin Atlanta Perimeter North. All the details are in the link above!
Wrecking Bar Bloody Mary. Wrecking Bar is the coziest of winter date night options for dinner (or even just drinks!) But if you are doing an “over nighter” together, then hitting them up for brunch is a MUST. The Bloody Mary is the best in the city – I adore the stout pour-over. It will warm you from the inside!
Greyfield Inn. Check out Sue’s post about this luxurious hotel on Cumberland Island. She visited on her anniversary and, “After all, if John Kennedy Jr. chose it for his wedding, surely it would be perfect for our anniversary.”
Barnsley Resort. Let the Fairy Godmother set you up with luxury accommodations, spa treatments, outdoor activities, wine tastings, and more.
10 Degrees South. Just need dinner? Head to Buckhead…10 Degrees South offers unbelievable South African cuisine, a sexy patio, and personally…I think their wine selection is the best in the city.
Atlas. Make dinner at Atlas, with a cozy patio and delightful bar. Its sophisticated style and locally-focused food makes it worthy in its own right. But let’s forget the ambiance and cuisine for a moment, and focus on your dinner dates for the evening: van Gogh, Matisse and Picasso, just to name a few.
Atlas houses an astonishing collection of private art including works from Freud, Bacon, Soutine and Chagall. Atlas’ library features more than 300 books, each hand selected to reflect Atlanta’s culture and history.
Look closely for two historic Atlanta artifacts: a program from the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize dinner honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., the youngest person and first Georgian to receive the prize; and a letter from President John F. Kennedy to Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr., recognizing his leadership during the Civil Rights movement.
Hike Inn. Hike into the mountains for an overnight at this rustic retreat in the mountains. The morning sunrise experience is everything! Looking for a way to celebrate the wilderness without exerting so much effort? Try Amicalola Lodge at the same state park.
Howard Finster’s Paradise Gardens. Not your typical gardens, but a garden of folk art! Don’t miss the chance to stay at the onsite cabin, across from the gardens. It’s an AirBNB exclusive. Want to save $40? Use our code here!
French Night. Have you noticed the great French restaurants in Atlanta? Anis Bistro is our go-to neighborhood restaurant, but we also enjoy Le Bilboquet and Babette’s, and Ameli’s for sensational coffee and dessert.
Atlanta Food Walks. Atlanta Food Walks is the ideal way to see the city, hear some backstory and taste amazing food. I personally know the owner and couldn’t recommend a more ideal person to arrange your escapade. 15 tastings, 7 food stops and a ton of fun.
Bad Axe Throwing. Feeling frustrated? This will help! Instructors assist with throwing forms, techniques and playing fun games including a tournament! Also fun, you can bring your own food and drink. Awesome!
Hotel Indigo. “Cool” is an understatement. The modern design and decor are electric! And it’s right int he heart of downtown, with so much to do!
Atlantic Station Restaurant Hopping. Atlantic Station is such a fun place; haven’t you ever wanted to try all those cool restaurants there? What about a progressive dinner date in the area? Appys at Rosa Mexicana, a salad at Atlantic Grill, main course at …well, you get the idea. And two dessert stop really work (there are no calories on date nights!)
Xocolatl Tour. Around the corner from Hop City and across from French Market Flowers, Xocolatl’s (chock-oh-LAH-tul, in case you were wondering) space contains shelves of products made on site, plus counter service and the factory operations. Sampling and touring are the best way to learn your way around this incredible delight.
Bourbon Tasting. If you love bourbon like we do, then try a flight at The Pinewood in Decatur, featuring samplings from all qualities – including a Pappy van Winkle! Bourbon not your thing? Try a tasting with Vino Venue!
Date Night at Argosy. Once a month, Argosy is home to great comedians offerings hilarious antics for only the price of a Lincoln (well, a Hamilton if you can’t prove you love each other.) Fun and food in one location; check their events on the Facebook page for details.
Sister Louisa’s Church. This isn’t a worship session (or a great dinner selection.) Church is all about the atmosphere. Religious-based folk art adorns the walls, and walks the fine line between adoration and blasphemy. Don’t bring your mom here, that’s for sure. But for a PBR or Sangria, it’s a fun place to chill.
Dr. Bombay’s Tea House. This is a wonderful place, especially on a cold or rainy day. Share a pot of tea and sit together in a warm ambiance. There are also a few snacks, all lovely. It’s a perfect place to unwind and reconnect.
iFly. Ready for some indoor skydiving?? Be careful – it’s easy to get addicted to this sport. And whatever you do, get the photo package! We have more tips for your visit at the link above.
Fernbank After Dark. Having recently replaced Martini’s and IMAX, this is Fernbak’s newest date night spot and it is on point! Movies, mixology and museum antics promise lots of rainy day fun.
Sips Under The Sea – If you’re looking for a unique date night experience, then you’ve got to learn more about Sips Under The Sea at Georgia Aquarium. It’s not your average “adult-night” at a local attraction. It’s a fierce, energetic and distinct way to spend your Friday night!
TopGolf and Jekyll Brewing. While Topgolf allows you to “golf” outside, it’s in a covered area that is opened in the rain (but keeps you dry.) You don’t have to be a golf-lover to enjoy this place…and the food is delicious. There are options in Midtown or Alpharetta. If you’re at the Alpharetta location, I recommend including a stop at Jekyll Brewing when you’re done.
The Painted Pin. Here’s a post about our family visit, but after 5pm they don’t allow kiddos so you’re in the clear for date night. The food and drinks are above average, and the lounge-style gaming area is uber cool. If you’d rather skip a meal here (though I don’t recommend it,) you can impress your date with a stop at Eclipse di Luna which is also in Miami Circle. Great tapas and drinks are the perfect compliment.
Banning Mills. Take a trip on the world’s longest and largest zip line! There is also a beautiful B&B if you want to make it an overnight excursion. Here are a few other places to zip line in Georgia.
Lake Oconee. Take a ride on gorgeous Lake Oconee, with your own boat or with a rental. I recommend making it an over-night and renting a cottage in the luxury resort community of Reynolds Lake Oconee.
Garden Party at Milton’s. Skip the movie and hang out in Milton’s Acre for a four-course meal with free-flowing libations. There are only a few events a year, so make your reservations now.
Ice Cream. There are so many yummy ice cream places in Atlanta, with unique flavors and great toppings. Try one – or three!
SkyView and Embassy Suites. SkyView is not just for tourists; it’s ultra romantic too…especially late night. It stays open until midnight (bonus, shorter lines!) Then grab a room at Embassy Suites, with awesome views of the Ferris wheel.
Lowes/Laughing Skull/Sweet Hut. This was one of my most memorable date nights of 2017. Maybe because we met and hung out with Bobcat Goldthwait! So, stay at Loews – so romantic! Grab a late night show at Laughing Skull (it’s an easy walk so you can drink without issue while you listen to the show!) and then grab a snack at Sweet Hut (open until 1am) before heading back to the hotel.
Octopus Bar. They are open to 2:30 am on the weekends in a cozy, dark setting with great drinks. There is everything from PBR to Champagne. The mixed drinks are also impressive. Try the Asian-inspired dishes like rabbit and shrimp wonton in noodle soup or the delicious Hamachi kama and yellowtail.
Blind Willies. Great blues music in a cozy atmosphere. And oh that music! You MUST add this to your bucket list!
Clermont Lounge. The Clermont Lounge is Atlanta’s oldest strip club. Although the basement space began life as an upscale supper club, it was reborn in 1965 and has become an Atlanta landmark.
Charleston, South Carolina. I loved our hotel…and the yacht ride…and the tea farm…such a romantic city!
Oxford, Mississippi. It’s more than just football…so many great restaurants…and The Graduate is GREAT!
Orange Beach, Alabama. What’s more romantic that the beach? We love the Alabama Beaches for a date night weekend. And whatever you do, don’t miss dinner at Voyagers (so fancy and good!) and a Bloody Mary brunch at The Ruby Slipper. More on the best eats here.
Indoor Picnic. When the kids go to bed, move the coffee table and plan a spread right in front of the fire. Crackers, cheese, grapes and wine…
Beer Tastings. Think you know which beer is your favorite? Think again with a blind taste test…using choice Atlanta selections, of course!
Strategy Game. Does he love you for your mind? Then challenge him to a duel – of wit, that is. Settlers of Catan is our favorite!
Plan Your Next Vacation. Whether it’s Florida or Florence, use this time to plan your vacation. When, where, how…what will you do??
Cook Together. The way to their heart? In the kitchen! Cook up something new together…maybe just a few desserts!