Keeping date nights varied and exciting can be hard sometimes, but we are here to help! Nashville has plenty of far-from-cookie-cutter options for a fun night out with your special someone. We rounded up some of our favorite spots for every type of couple — from first dates to foodie adventures.
The ideal first date scenario would give you the opportunity to talk and get to know one another, while also providing a possible distraction in case the conversation isn’t quite what you’d hoped. Nothing says date night like dinner and a movie, but Belcourt‘s unique list of independent and classic films set it apart from any other theater in town. Any of the films shown here are sure to spur insightful conversation, so walk across the street to Fido afterward to sit and discuss. Fido is both a coffee shop and full restaurant, so you can choose exactly how long you want this portion of your date to last. A quick sip can get things moving, or a full meal and dessert can let you linger as long as you’d like.
Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary or an accomplishment at work, date night can be the perfect time to reconnect to what’s important. For a romantic evening sure to spark some nostalgia, take a slow stroll through the Frist Art Museum’s current exhibition of French art from the Mellon Collection. Check out scenes of France in all its romantic glory, from impressionist masters like Van Gogh and Degas until May 5. When you finish up there, head next door to the historic Union Station Hotel’s bar and restaurant, Carter’s. Their modern take on Southern favorites makes for a delicious experience in a gorgeous atmosphere. As a Jack Daniel’s partner, they even offer a unique bottle specifically made for the hotel.
If you’re the type of couple who’s always on the move, your dates don’t need to be any different! Radnor Lake is just a short drive outside of town and offers a slew of activities to fill an outdoorsy day. From year-round hiking to summer canoe floats, you’re sure to find something exciting to get the heart racing. After a reflective afternoon in nature, head toward downtown for a fun night at Topgolf. They offer plenty of drinks and dining options to take care of the appetite you’ll work up as you swing. Perfect for couples with a competitive streak, this can settle the score — at least until your next visit.
Date night doesn’t have to be serious and stuffy! Nashville’s lively social landscape is ideal to loosen up and have some fun. Pinewood Social is a favorite of tourists and locals alike, and there’s no question why. A tasty menu for any meal, great cocktails, a bocce court, old-school bowling lanes, a poolside airstream bar … the list goes on and on! Reserve a lane to get the good times started. After that, grab dessert at the Soda Parlor in time for one of their many trivia nights. Forcing your significant other into watching every episode of “Friends” can finally pay off!
For those looking to experience something new on date night, Nashville offers plenty of opportunities for a quick adrenaline rush or learning a new skill. If you have stored up creative energy or you wonder how pasta can be that good, check out some of the classes offered at Dabble Studio. They teach a variety of classes from painting and cooking and even have some combo classes. After that, let your inner star shine at one of the many karaoke bars around town. What could be more romantic than butchering a ballad together? WannaB’s is a great place to give it a shot — you’ll never see these tourists again!
Fitting date night into a busy schedule can be tough since so much is demanded of our precious free time. But using it as an opportunity to relax and recharge together can put you in the right frame of mind for the week ahead. A leisurely stroll across the pedestrian bridge downtown offers great views (and people-watching) and a chance for easy conversation. Go for sunset as the neon lights start to spark up and the roar of downtown shenanigans begins to build. Once you’ve had your fill of sights, head to the Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden for a casual and delicious bite in their twinkling backyard and open-air patio.
The path to the heart is through the stomach, and Nashville’s reputation as a foodie town makes it a great place to fill up and get cozy. One unique and buzzed about option for dinner is Iberian-inspired Peninsula. Chef Jake Howell’s creativity helped it secure Eater Nashville’s Editor’s Choice for Restaurant of the Year in 2018. Their menu changes constantly, so a new food experience awaits with every visit. After a stylish dinner, settle into a less pretentious dessert: ice cream. Every sweet tooth and foodie across the country ogles Jeni’s list of eccentric flavors with rotating seasonal features. Their four new dairy-free options mean there’s a perfect scoop for everyone.
Here’s to mixing it up on your next Nashville date night!
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