Looking for fun date night ideas around Atlanta? We add to this list almost every week! 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)
All Out with Red Brick Brewing and REI – This an outdoor celebration that you do not want to miss out on! Join REI on Saturday, Jan. 28 for a day of outdoor events and REI Outdoor School classes. Join together at the brewery for an afternoon of food, beer, and outdoor activities! The first 200 REI members* to register get in FREE! Try out your climbing skills on a mobile climbing wall. Enjoy delicious Red Brick Beer! Hang out with your friends around the fire and roast marshmallows for s’mores. Listen to great live music from the Threadbare Skivvies. All ages welcome, 21+ to drink.
Canoe Trip with Chattahoochee Nature Center – Enjoy guided canoe trips down the Chattahoochee from May through October. Specialty trips are also available including a birding trip, fall colors canoe, or a date night trip.
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.
Rent a boat at Lake Lanier– Spend some time on the water. Rent a ski boat, or take a more leisurely pace with a pontoon
Bike Tour – Cycle the heart of downtown, the Beltline, and more.
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.
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.
Hot Air Balloon Ride – See our gorgeous city from high in the sky.
Outdoor Rock Climbing – There are several places to explore together in Georgia. Use one of the guide services if you don’t have equipment.
Caving – What’s more romantic that mud and bats and sweat and tears??
White Water Rafting – Head to Columbus for sensational white water fun, or try the mountains for even more fun.
Bi Plane Ride – Another chance to see the city from a bird’s-eye-view.
Durham Town Motorcross – Bring your own dirt bike or ATV, or rent equipment from the pros.
Skydiving – Be sure to get the DVD – totally worth the extra cost.
Black Rock Mountain – A perfect place for hiking and adventure in the mountains.
Dinner and a Movie
Garden Party at Milton’s – Skip the movie and hang out in Milton’s Acre for a four-course meal with free-flowing libations.
10 Degrees South – Unbelievable South African cuisine, a sexy patio, and personally…I think their wine selection is the best in the city.
Starlight Drive In – Atlanta’s only drive-in movie theater!
Holeman and Finch – The main menu is delicious, but we love the burger story….come early to secure one of 24 burgers made each night at 10pm. Worth it? Oh yes! (Update: Now we heard they are going back to a 10pm burger but without the limited quantity…)
Brunch at Empire State South – A lovely place for brunch after an overnight stay.
Waffle House Museum – Smothered, covered….however you like it…enjoy it at the first Waffle House, opened in 1955.
Shakespeare Tavern – Exceptional theater in a small, intimate setting – with good food and drinks!
Whole World Improv Theatre – Improv theater that will make you laugh all night.
Martinis and IMAX – Enjoy great films on a large IMAX screen…with live music or dancing, and drinks!
Imperial Fez – Moroccan cuisine…eat delicious food on the floor with your fingers. The atmosphere is intimate, and the belly dancing is fun!
Dr. Bombay’s – A whisical place for daytime conversation. You’ll feel like you entered a quaint shop in India.
The Vortex – Seriously awesome burgers…what’s more sexy that the Carnivorgasm? We really like the theatre there also – great comedians in a small space.
Doraku Sushi – It’s a tame version of Asian flavors that will wow sushi-lovers and lull non-sushi eaters gently to our side. Do not miss the edamame appy or the sake flight. The cocktails here are fun and delicious, but after a few you’ll want to walk over to Gypsy Kitchen to top off the night from on high. The elevated outdoor patio is a lovely way to capture the sunset.
Sandy Springs – Eat at Maya Steakhouse, watch fantastic live music next door at Steve’s Live Music and then escape reality at the newly renovated (and beautiful) Westin Atlanta Perimeter North.
Barnsley Resort – Let the Fairy Godmother set you up with luxury accommodations, spa treatments, outdoor activities, wine tastings, and more.
The Lodge and Spa at Callaway – Luxury lounging with a mega spa, right in the heart of Callaway Gardens.
Adult Treehouse Adventure – This is nothing like you experienced as a kid. Sleep in the trees in style, right in Buckhead.
Martyn House – Adult only glamping, with farm-to-table dining experiences.
Amicalola Lodge – A large fire and the romance of the mountains.
An evening in Buckhead – Stay at the uber luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, or the world class Ritz Carlton, Buckhead, or the upscale and more affordable Westin Buckhead. Look here for the best restaurants in Buckhead.
The Hyatt brand in Atlanta is one of my favorites. From the secret garden at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead to the understated elegance of the Hyatt Regency Downtown. I also love that they house bees and veggies on their rooftop garden for use in the restaurants. Speaking of, you haven’t dined in Atlanta until you have had drinks and dinner under the blue dome of Polaris. For a super fun date night, indulge at Polaris and overnight in a suite with Hyatt Regency. It’s near Tabernacle, so be sure to check the schedule for an awesome concert option.
Want another overnight date night idea? Try Artmore in Midtown. The patio is an oasis, especially at night with string lights and a fire-y fountain. The outside Spanish décor is impeccable, and the modern touches inside will surprise you. We loved the two-story room with striking red accents….it was heaven. In Midtown you can see a show at Alliance, try the Bruce Munro Lights at Atlanta Botanical Garden or take a tour of Fox Theatre.
Atlanta Food Walks – Atlanta Wood 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.
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. Plus, when you’re done you are in the drink and food city d’jour. What else could you ask for?
Southern Beer Tours – One of the best beer tour companies in Atlanta. Three local breweries and a DD. Loads of fun!
North Georgia Wine Tour – Georgia wines will surprise you with their flavor and variety.
You might know about Living Walls, but there are other outdoor art projects going on in Atlanta, too. On a recent daytime date night, hubby and I took a tour of the Outer Space Project murals. A selfie with the Teenage Mutant Kermit Frogs is a must! Another fun project to follow is Tiny Doors.
Dance Lessons – It takes two to Tango….learn how, together.
If you love concerts or shows that run late into the night, like we do, then you’ll love 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.
Cooking Classes in Atlanta – With multiple locations around the city and hundreds of classes. Here are our favorite places for cooking classes.
Bourbon Tastings with Local Three – If you’ve read this blog for long, then you know I’m a whiskey girl! This totally caught my eye, and I can’t wait to try it out. In 2016, Local Three hosts a bourbon dinner each month, focusing on one bourbon-maker or a specific theme
Escape Rooms – Escape rooms are all the rage now, and they can be super fun…if you pick the right one. Follow the link to Word of Escapes, which allows visitors to rate their adventures. Their experience to your benefit!
Atlanta Movie Tour – Hunger Games, Walking Dead, and more…see the filming locations for many Atlanta greats.
Downtown Atlanta – Walk the Park, ride the VIP bucket on Sky Atlanta, and grab a bite at Googie Burger. Make it an overnight with a red-velvet-couch suite at Hyatt Regency.
Castleberry Art Stroll – The best art from Atlanta’s best vendors.
Intown, hit 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 South African food from 10 Degrees South. One of our favorite Atlanta dining destinations.
Need something with a little more “energy?” Hit up Jekyll Brewing for a tour. They are named after the south’s first brewing location- Jekyll Island. I also love that they got their initial funding through a Kickstarter campaign. After your tour and tasting, head to Topgolf for a round with the clubs and more crafty cocktails. You don’t have to be a golfer to love Topgolf!
Music and Drinks
I hesitate to add Grocery on Home to this date night list. 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. 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 dinner 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. More here.
The Hidden Bar at Muss & Turner’s – Head to the back and through the freezer door for a sexy getaway.
The Earl – Awesome burgers on the east side, with great local bands playing the back room.
Rooftop Bar Tour – Take a tour of Atlanta’s best rooftop bars.
Case of the Mondays – Looking for a weeknight date option? Try Showcase of the Monday’s at Hard Rock Cafe. Free music is the perfect backdrop to great food and fun. While you’re there, check out the Bob Marley Signature Series merch, inspired by the iconic reggae singer and benefitting the City of Hope.
Clermont Lounge – “Where strippers go to die.” Not for everyone, but definitely an Atlanta icon.
Alpharetta is filled with great fun date night ideas, including Matilda’s Music 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.
Blind Willies – Great blues music in a cozy atmosphere.
Sometimes the weekends are filled with other commitments, so you need a weekday option. Try A Showcase of the Monday’s at Hard Rock Café. It might be famous for attracting tourists, but the burgers are terrific and the music is awesome.
Red Sky Dueling Pianos – You’ll need an early reservation for this weekly treat.
Do not miss a tour at the new Old Fourth Distillery. They are using organic and local ingredients, old fashioned methods and tons of elbow grease to create unmatched vodka and gin. They also have bourbon in casks…you’ll have to wait 4 more years, but having taste-tested it, it will be well worth your wait. I’m seriously in love with this place for a number of reasons…new article coming soon explaining why I swoon over them. I’ll post here when it is live.
Divan Hookah – Mediterranean cuisine, sexy drinks, and flavored hookah!
Chastain Concert Series – Bring your own drinks and romance to this classic Atlanta concert series.
Steve’s Live Music – This gem hidden away in Sandy Springs is a FUN live music experience; one of the best OTP live venues.
ABG Chef Demo – The Botanical Gardens are lovely in themselves as well, especially good food at Metro Café.
Venkmans – Housed in the renovated NuGrape Soda Factory in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward district, Venkman’s offers guests a curated experience of expertly crafted food and live music ranging from up-and-coming acts to household names.
The Velvet Note – Designed by musicians for musicians to provide the purest vocal and instrumental reception available to a live audience, the city’s Velvet Note is Winner of Downbeat Magazine’s Best Jazz Venues Worldwide Award for 2015, was named “Best Jazz Night” 2015 by the readers of Creative Loafing.
Once again in Alpharetta, try a wine tasting at Cru Food and Wine Bar. It’s wine for the win! You can travel the world with their wine flights. Try a bubbly flight in white and the European Vacation flight in red…two of my personal favorites. And don’t skip on food…the Sinful Experience cheese plate will impress even the most serious cheese lover, or the cheese fondue appy with cast iron seared scallop are a match made in heaven. The rooftop patio is perfect for cooler nights, too.
Rome, Ga – Hiking, Berry College, Cave Spring, and much more
Blue Ridge, Ga – Railroad tours, shopping, hiking, history tours, and more
Helen, Ga – Alpine hiking, German food and drink, tubing, and more
Athens, Ga – The perfect town for foodies and garden lovers.
Apple Picking – Spend time in Ellijay along the apple trail, or head to Mercier for hard apple cider tastings.
Scott Antique Market – For those who love to search out the diamond in the rough.
Wine Tour – Dahlonega is packed with wineries, or you can take a wine tour on the Dahlonega square.
Whiskies of the World – You know me – I love my bourbon! This is a can’t miss fall event! Experience whisky like you never have before. As one of the largest whisky tasting events in the US, Whiskies of the World gathers over 200 of the most fascinating distilled spirits from around the globe, along with their makers and ambassadors, to give guests an unforgettable experience. Located at the Intercontinental Buckhead, the Expo will provide whisky tastings, whisky and food pairings, whisky and cigar pairings, and the chance to interact with outstanding whisky brands as well as fellow whisky enthusiasts.
Lantern Parade – New to Atlanta, this annual festival is drawing over 10,000 on the Beltline with gorgeous lighted works of art.
Oyster Fest – Oysters, beer, live music….perfect way to make it through winter.
Taste of Atlanta – Sample the best of Atlanta’s culinary offerings.
Date Night Ideas on the Cheap in Atlanta
I received a request recently for some ideas for Date Night when times are tough. With a bit of thinking, this is the list that emerged. It might not work for everyone, but I would be in heaven with any of these selections! What would you add?
Tour Oakland Cemetery – See online for self-guided tour info (admission is free,) or take one of several guided tours for as low as $10 per person. Afterwards, head across the street to Six Feet Under, where your ticket is worth $5 toward food or drinks.
Hiking – Imagine a nice hike up Blood Mountain, with a picnic feast at the top. Throw a few Publix sandwiches and a bag of pretzels in your pack. The view is romantic and lovely. Probably my favorite!!
Discount Sites – Groupon and the like are great places to secure deals at otherwise expensive attractions and restaurants. Right now, for example, you can save on ice skating tickets, the Cezanne exhibit at the High, Fernbank, a stay at Courtyard Marriott, and much more. (PS. I have no affiliation with any of those sites.)
Picnic – Pack a picnic for a stroll at Piedmont Park or Lullwater Creek.
Wine Tasting – Wine tastings along Dahlonega and the surrounding areas are very affordable (sometimes free.) Hubby and I did this last winter and had a blast!
Walk Downtown – Especially this time of year! Walk downtown and enjoy the lights and excitement. See the fountains dance, and grab a bite at Googie Burger.
Drive In Theatre – Whether it’s Starlight Six or Swan Drive-in, this is unique and exciting way to catch a show. Pick up snacks at the CVS before heading in, or pack something from home.
Art Stroll – Enjoy the arts? Take a walk! Castelberry Hill, Westside, or many others in Atlanta.
Bike the Beltline – Renting bikes for a ride on the beltline is very affordable (heck, it’s free if you have bikes already!) See the art installations, and grab a drink at one of the restaurants along the way.
Stone Mountain – Only $10 for parking will let you into the park, with a laser show, hiking, a view of the grist mill, and more. Only a tad more and you can take the buckets to the top of the mountain…a great view with all the Christmas lights!
Ormsbys – This joint has great food and brews, plus it’s a one-stop-fun-shop with boccee ball, pool, and shuffleboard.
Shoot the Hooch – OK, in December it is too cold for this, but you’ll thank me for the idea this summer. They have canoes, kayaks, rafts, and tubes!
Disc Golf – Another warm-weather sport…but the above-average fall we’ve had is perfect for this sport. Seek out a location near your house, or travel to somewhere new.
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 talk.
Brewery Tour – Free brewery tours the first Thursday of every month. Add 3 beers and 2 appys for only $10.
Free Music at Hard Rock Cafe – Showcase of the Mondays, Free Music Fridays and more upcoming concerts are great date night ideas! Packed with memorabilia from rock legends, comfortable seating and a full menu and bar, the cafe offers a cozy neighborhood space to enjoy live music in the heart of downtown Atlanta
BONUS For the holiday season, try one of these FREE or CHEAP ideas. They work for the entire family or date night!