You finally built up the courage to ask your crush on a date. Now, it’s time to pick the perfect place. You never know what might come of the relationship you start on a first date; it could be the beginning of a long, happy relationship! Or, maybe you’ve been with your significant other for awhile now and want to rekindle the romance. Either way, sharing your heart and enjoying the romance are the keys to an amazing date! There are tons of Austin date night ideas thanks to the amazing food scene and culture. We’ve picked our favorite restaurants and activities for fun, romantic dates.
218 W. 4th St., Austin, TX 78701
Lounge, coffee, and cocktail bar
There’s only one place in Austin where you can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while simultaneously making s’mores at your table. It’s a trendy coffeehouse and bar called Halcyon. This unique concept brings the romance of staying warm by a fire indoors. Take your sweetheart here to enjoy a chocolate espresso martini, a glass of wine, or a cappuccino. You can have an early morning coffee date or an after-hours cocktail. They’re open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. during the week and from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. on the weekends. Monday nights feature live jazz if you’d like soothing background music to accompany your date night conversation.
117 W. 4th St., Austin, TX 78701
Japanese fusion bar and restaurant
Sushi is an excellent date night choice. It’s fun, different, and upscale. RA Sushi has excellent sushi and Japanese food. They are known for their daily happy hours featuring drink specials and select sushi and appetizers from $3.40–$8.99. You and your date can sit on the outside patio that offers a gorgeous view of downtown Austin. The patio is heated depending on the weather. Want to be even more romantic? Go for a shared plate. RA Sushi’s 4 for $30 special is perfect for your dinner date. Four rolls is the perfect amount of food to split between two people, and it includes a side of edamame.
The White Horse
500 Comal St., Austin, TX 78702
Upbeat, East Austin honky tonk
Worried that a sit-down dinner might bore your date? Take them to a place where you can dance to live performances, enjoy a glass of whatever you want, and eat some bomb tacos. We’re talking about The White Horse. There’s so much to love about this place — whiskey on tap, two pool tables, a great outdoor patio, a photo booth, nightly live music, dancing, and tacos. They also have happy hour Monday–Friday from 3–8 p.m. This is a location for an unforgettable date that will give you a chance to show off your fun and charismatic side.
801 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704
Fine dining, Sushi, and contemporary Japanese
If luxury and extravagance are what your date is impressed by, but you can’t stretch your wallet that far, go to Uchi for their great happy hour menu. Prices are more reasonable during this time. This restaurant has a luxurious atmosphere and delicious sushi. Their recipes are authentic to Japanese cuisine. The original Uchi is located in a refurbished South Austin bungalow. Their chef’s creations are award winning and will impress you and your date. Their titles include best sushi this side of Japan by the Wall Street Journal, #4 best fine dining restaurant in the U.S. by TripAdvisor, and the top restaurant in Texas by Business Insider.
1906 E. 12th St., Austin, TX 78702
Pub serving pizza and beer
If you’re taking out a down-to-earth girl or guy who will appreciate a casual atmosphere, try out the King Bee Lounge. This pub has a neighborhood feel where the bartenders and staff treat you like an old friend. They serve some of the best pizza in town in addition to frozen drinks, cocktails, and beer. Consider planning a Monday date night so you can can check out The Little Elmore Reed Blues Band that plays every Monday at 10 p.m. Monday dates are way less pressure, anyway. This is a great place to bring someone that you’re just getting to know and want to enjoy a casual night of pizza and beer with.
5700 Grover Ave., Austin, TX 78756
Bowling alley and restaurant
Maybe you don’t want to play games when it comes to a relationship, but there’s no harm in lightening things up with a fun game of bowling. Dart Bowl is a great place for a double date with another couple. They have 32 lanes for you to play on while listening to great music over their new sound system. Keep up your energy with some food from the Dart Bowl Cafe. They are famous for greasy enchiladas, so be sure to grab napkins. You can also pick up a drink at their full service bar. As a perk, UT students get one free game with a student ID on Friday and Saturday nights.
First Thursday on South Congress
South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704
Stroll arm in arm down South Congress, from Barton Springs Road to Elizabeth Street, at First Thursday on South Congress. On the first Thursday of every month, the block is taken over by live music, craft vendors, and food. Most of the businesses on the strip do something special for the event with sales, drink specials, and discounts. People-watch and then have a drink on the beautiful courtyard of the Hotel San Jose afterward. This is a great opportunity to get to know your date by talking to each other and having fun together in the beautiful city of Austin.
Horse Carriage Ride
Take a hint from the romance movies and take your date on a horse carriage ride through the city. There are multiple companies offering carriage rides in Austin, including Austin Carriage and Rose Carriage, among others. You can sightsee, learn local history, and cozy up close together in the carriage. You’ll feel like you’re in a fairytale, and the mood will be set for the rest of the evening. Follow the carriage ride up with a nice dinner at one of the previous mentioned restaurants for a night of memories.
We hope your date night in Austin is a success and that we’ve given you plenty of ideas for a romantic and fun time with your special someone. From Valentine’s Day dinners to anniversaries, there’s always a reason to celebrate love!