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Dozens of Unique Date Night Ideas in Alpharetta
Making new memories with your significant other can be one of the best ways to stay in tune and focused on keeping your relationship fun and intriguing. Whether dating, newly married or longtime lovebirds, there is an epic romantic escape awaiting you in Alpharetta, Georgia. Discover unique interests about each other along the way as you experience new adventures. You are guaranteed to find the perfect date night for you and your sweetheart in this beautiful, southern city.
ATTENTION FOODIES: Taste of Atlanta is back with a new event recipe!
After a 2-year hiatus, Taste of Atlanta is BACK with a brand-new format: Four all-inclusive VIP tasting experiences bring you closer to the chefs you love, in the communities you live. The next must-do experience is in Chamblee on November 4th & 5th. Located at the new Chamblee City Hall, you’re able to experience the best restaurants in the Chamblee, Brookhaven, and Doraville communities.
Your all-inclusive ticket provides unlimited bites, bottomless beverages, fabulous live entertainment and Chamblee chef demonstrations and pairings. Perfect for a date night, girls’ night out, or a group outing. 20+ participating restaurants. 21+ only. Rain or Shine at Chamblee City Hall.
Blue Ridge is the perfect mountain escape for couples
Candlelight dining, fireside chats after a waterfall hike, a wine tasting on a chilly afternoon…there are a dozen ways to say I love you in Blue Ridge. Regardless of how you decide to ‘wine and dine’, the ultimate wrap on a romantic escape is where you kiss goodnight. Be sure to plan your overnight here– it’s guaranteed to put the amore in your getaway.
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ADD A FUN DATE TO THE MIX (ALSO GREAT FOR DOUBLE DATES)
GRAB DRINKS AT 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 - Eleanor's. 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.
Insider Tip: Going early will ensure you get a table, but you'll find more of a "dinner crowd" at the bar than a "speakeasy scene." For the best experience, IMHO, go after the dinner crowd.
HEAD TO THE ROOF AT 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! And maybe even check out the rest of Ponce City Market while you're there.
CATCH A SHOW (OR SCHEDULE A CLASS) AT DAD'S GARAGE
We are huge fans of improv comedy, and Dad's Garage never disappoints. On my bucket list? Taking an Improv Class with my main man. Join their mailing list to hear about any special events!
SAVOR THE BEST MEAL OF YOUR LIFE AT GUNSHOW
Hands down, Gunshow Atlanta 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.
BEAT THE BOMB (OPENING THIS OCTOBER)
Want a unique date night or double date experience? Visit the world's first immersive social video game company, announced the upcoming Grand Opening of Beat The Bomb Atlanta, October 13th at 1483 Chattahoochee Avenue NW, in Atlanta’s Upper Westside. Use the 25% off early bird tickets (using code: ATL25) now on sale.
Beat the Bomb's signature experience is a one hour Mission in which 4-6 players put on hazmat suits, take photos and TikTok videos, and progress through five hi-tech rooms with touch screens, motion cameras, RFID readers, projectors, and Lasers.
Each room deploys a different game built to test aspects of the team's communication, coordination, movement, reaction, collective memory, or other group skills. As the team advances through levels, they earn time on ‘Bomb Clock.’
In the 5th and final 'Bomb Room,' the team must disarm the World’s Largest Paint Bomb -- before their clock runs out -- or else Get Blasted with glowing neon Paint! Are you ready for the challenge?
They claim only 10% of teams will beat the challenge, but you'll have 100% fun!
GET INSPIRED WITH THESE UNIQUE DATE IDEAS
FLY IN A HUEY
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.
GLAMPING DONE RIGHT
If you're feeling more "mountains" than "motor oil" then go north for a stay in a romantic tiny house or treehouse. A bottle of bubbly, a few candles...what else do you need? We also love these cute cabins from Getaway House.
SOAR IN THE CLOUDS WITH A HANG GLIDING TOUR
Head up to Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding for the chance of a lifetime! Hang glide tandem style for spectacular views!! Want to make a night of it? Grab a cabin or yurt at nearby Cloudland Canyon.
EXPLORE STONE MOUNTAIN
Nestled in 3,200 acres of natural beauty, Stone Mountain Park features attractions, outdoor recreational activities, and a variety of on-site lodging options so you can stay where you play!
Who doesn't love an aquarium and sea creatures? The Georgia Aquarium houses 8 million gallons of fresh and marine water and more than 100,000 animals, including four whale sharks, the largest fish. It consistently ranks as the best attraction in the state.
EXPLORE GARDENS AND PARKS
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a 30 acres botanical garden located adjacent to Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta. There are tons of events and classes to partake in as well.
CHEAP DATE NIGHTS (UNDER $50)
Matildas Music Under the Pines. Bring a picnic spread (including wine!) while you listen at Matildas. 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!)
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.
Krog Street Market. It's been called one of the "world's best food halls". It's easily accessible by foot, bike, or automobile and is located in heart of Inman Park along the Atlanta Beltline. Featuring Georgia and locally-grown produce, prepared foods, and gourmet treats.
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.
Waterfall Fun. Stop at Sunrise Grocery in Blairsville for some hot boiled peanuts, then head to Helton Creek Falls for some great scenery.
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 people 90-minute glassblowing lesson. For only $216 total, each person will get to make at least one piece, choosing from the following items: flower, paperweight, or ornament. If you want to double date, the price is a little less for four people if couples split it.
Grant Park Food Tour. Delve into the future of Southern cuisine while exploring Atlanta's deep past in this delicious food tour through the Victorian Grant Park neighborhood and Oakland Cemetery. Try 8 modern Southern and Southern fusion tastings from 3 locally-owned restaurants and food shops on this small-group tour, including a jaunt through Oakland Cemetery.
ROMANTIC DATE NIGHT IDEAS
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!
Sautee. Just outside Helen is the romantic little town of Sautee-Nacoochee, with bed and breakfasts, wineries, and plenty of exciting shops and adventures.
The Cloister at Sea Island. This Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond Resort range from guest rooms, to suites and private cottages. Uber romantic restaurant and luxury on the beach!
Blairsville. Pack a picnic basket and thermos of coffee, hike up to Brasstown Bald and make a wish under the stars at Georgia's highest peak.
Cooking Classes in Atlanta - With multiple locations around the city and hundreds of classes. Here are our favorite places for cooking classes. (We like the one near Krog Street, so you can wander and explore right before or after)
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!
FREE DATE IDEAS (OR SUPER-DUPER CHEAP OUTINGS)
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 for the next fun party location, and be sure to RSVP.
High Museum of Art Jazz Nights. This program is free for members. In addition to Jazz Nights, First Friday has drop-in art making and live demonstrations, and Conversations with Contemporary Artists lets you meet the people behind the art.
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 Mountain are 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 Atlanta Beltline! You can see art along here, as well. It's beautiful. Click thru the link here to see a ton of other bike trail options.
Geocaching. How romantic to get lost in the woods, or find a new spot you'll love. Hubby and I fell upon one of our favorite swimming holes during a geocaching expedition!
Castleberry Art Stroll. Visit on the second Friday of each month, touring the art galleries.
WINTER DATE IDEAS
Ice Skating. Find a great rink near you and skate your heart out. Then warm up with a Hot Toddy! We love Park Tavern for a casual date or the Astor Rink at St Regis for a more upscale option.
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 "overnighter" 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!
Try a Holiday Pop Up like Miracle Bar around the city or McCallister's Christmas in Buford. We've got a full list for you here.
Rock Climbing or Bowling. Head indoors and work up a sweat while it's cold outside. Take on a mountain (albeit an indoor one!) or put on a pair of sassy shoes and bowl the night away!
ANNIVERSARY DATE IDEAS
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.
CREATIVE DATE IDEAS
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.
The Splatter Studio. Throw on a smock and some shoes covers, and you're in for the time of your life. You'll get an unlimited amount of paint and a canvas to create your own splatter paint portrait. Yes - there is even a squirt gun!!
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.
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!
COOL DATE IDEAS
Cool Vibes and Cool Drinks. Some of our favorite - unique - places to grab cocktail include TikiTango, The Garden Room, or Red Phone Booth.
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.
Read More: 17 GAME BARS AND ARCADES IN ATLANTA (WHERE YOU CAN DO MORE THAN JUST DRINK)
RAINY DAY DATE IDEAS
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.
Puttshack. Good vibes only as you navigate the crazy, tech-infused mini-golf courses (indoors) located in the Interlock community on Howell Mill. All that winning (or losing) will work up an appetite, so you'll want to grab a bite and drink while you're there. Get your game face ready for a perfect outing of friendly competition, drinks and dining.
Revery VR Bar: It's a cocktail bar...it's a VR club...it's hella fun! Only for 21+ so no kids to contend with. Each party has their own, private space, and there is a live DJ in the late night.
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.
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.
SUMMER DATE NIGHTS
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.
White Water Rafting. One summer Dan and I took a date night adventure on the white water of Columbus, and it was fabulous! Pick your Georgia rapids location and make it a day!
Ice Cream. There are so many yummy ice cream places in Atlanta, with unique flavors and great toppings. Try one - or three!
LATE NIGHT DATE IDEAS
SkyView. 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.
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.
DAY TRIPS OUTSIDE GEORGIA
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.
DATE NIGHTS AT HOME
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!
Find more romantic staycation ideas here!
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!
MORE INFORMATION FOR YOUR TRIP TO GEORGIA
- YOUR GEORGIA VACATION
- IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES: 10 Outstanding Immersive Experiences In Atlanta
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