13 Great Atlanta Dates To Go On Right Now
It’s tough out there, so let's make things a bit easier.
Dating is hard enough. Add the additional layer of COVID-19 to the formula, and we’ve got a major dilemma -- how the hell are we supposed to date responsibly in times like these? Love may not cost a thing, but an irresponsible date can cost you a lot right about now, whether it’s a blow to your pockets or -- even worse -- your health. Even though Cupid’s in hiding until 2021, we figured we’d do his job for him and help you romantics find a variety of smart and fun dates to experience this fall in Atlanta, from dinner dates to drive-in flicks. Mask up and prepare to safely elevate your love life.
Drink local coffee together
If you’re considering a chain like Starbucks or Dunkin for a first date, then we’ve got more work to do than we thought. Visiting a place in SoBU with a potential “NuBu” is much more romantic, and East Pole coffee shop -- which just celebrated its three-year anniversary -- is a great place to link and get to know each other. Hopefully, you don’t mind being seen because the place is well-lit and has tall windows, which gives it a “it’s fine if we end up in the friend zone and just become coffee buds, too” kinda vibe. So really, it’s a win-win. Other local coffee shops that would also be great contenders for this type of date include Urban Grind, Joe's East Atlanta Coffee Shop, and Apotheos Roastery (formerly known as San Francisco Coffee Roasting Co.).
No, don’t do drugs on your date (not on the first one, at least) -- take them to the High Museum of Art on Second Sundays, when it’s free for anybody, instead of the normal fee of $30 for two. However, due to new COVID-19 safety guidelines, you’ve gotta be proactive if you want to have a successful Second Sundays visit. Walkups are no longer accepted, so be sure to reserve a (still free!) timed ticket online and arrive to the High within 10 minutes of your time slot.
Old Fourth Ward
Drinks and jokes are an amazing combination, and Role Call Theatre’s Laugh Out Loud Comedy series presents a cost-efficient opportunity to safely enjoy both. Held at the Ponce City Market Amphitheater every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the outdoor LOLO events allow you to bring your own drinks, food, and blankets while you witness live stand up, improv, and sketch comedy. Tickets are cheaper when you buy them online in advance, so plan ahead to enjoy a hilarious and affordable evening outdoors.
Do open-air yoga
As autumn breezes start to make being outdoors in Georgia actually enjoyable, you can’t go wrong with taking your special someone on an open-air yoga date. If you’re more of an evening person, you can visit The Battery and participate in their free Wellness Yoga events in the plaza on Mondays at 6:30pm. Perhaps even consider hanging out after the class is over -- it is The Battery afterall. Also, for a seamless yoga-to-bar date, Atlanta Social Yoga regularly hosts patio yoga at the Sweetwater Brewery Taproom on Sunday mornings. This one you’ve gotta sacrifice $20 for, but it does come with a complimentary beer of your choice from Sweetwater’s massive taproom. Whichever you choose to go with, don’t forget to bring your own mat!
A one-day pass is only $3, and not only can you ride the Streetcar through central Downtown, through areas of Georgia State, and pass by the Old Fourth Ward bars, but there’s something even sexier about paying the fare for the two of you -- you’ll probably have the car all to yourself. The Streetcar is hardly ever crowded, and it’s unbelievably clean. Simply bring your mask and enjoy an eccentric tour of Atlanta’s epicenter.
Fernbank’s monthly event series “Fernbank After Dark” returned earlier this summer after the initial city-wide closures due to the pandemic. It’s an adult-only event that happens every second Friday of the month, featuring unique after-hours experiences. No, that doesn’t mean sexy time near the dinosaur bones, but visitors do have access to alcohol and live music while enjoying fascinating science demonstrations. Tickets are considerably cheaper for members, so if you and your date really kick it off at Fernbank, it may be something that you’re interested in considering.
The food at Krog Street Market isn’t known for being inexpensive (don’t blame them; that’s some costly real estate), but Suzy Siu’s Baos has Taiwanese-inspired street buns for under $5 each, and they have a deal where you can get all six baos on the menu (Korean BBQ brisket, fried chicken, etc.) for $22. Order some to-go online or in-person and enjoy your baos box together while meandering along the Beltline.
Lenox Square, Buckhead
Even if the weather has gotten a bit chillier, dates are the best opportunities that you can get to step up your sweets game. You have so many options when it comes to ice cream shops in Atlanta, but if you really want to wow your date, you should take them to Amorino. Paris-level dessert luxury awaits you there, where gelato artists will shape delicious flavors of frosty sweet cream into edible flower petals. Also get the French/Italian café’s macaroons, gelato cakes, pastries, and even their version of pancakes and waffles for breakfast, if things really work out.
You can tell a lot about someone by how they take down fresh oysters, so if you’re willing to put your date to the test, you’ve gotta come correct with some delicious bivalves. You can’t beat Kimball House in terms of oyster freshness, flavor, and financial accessibility, and you can enjoy them either via dine-in or takeout. If it’s you two’s first date, then dining in is probably your best bet, but if you all are pretty serious, then an at-home oyster fest paired with homemade cocktails doesn’t sound too bad.
See a drive-in movie
The classic dinner and a movie is a formula that’s pretty hard to screw up, and seeing as theaters were closed for most of the summer, you and your date are probably long overdue. Our advice? Skip the chains and opt for a movie-going experience that both of you will be sure to remember. Plaza Theatre is absolutely killing it with its parking lot-turned-drive-in theater, and the Springs Cinema & Taphouse is a great weekend drive-in solution for anyone straddling their northern perimeter. However, there will never be a better date night deal than Atlanta’s legendary Starlight. You can bring your own food and drink, plus it only costs $10 to watch two movies from the sanctuary of your car, looking up at a big giant screen like they used to do in old romantic movies. Hopefully you haven’t already seen Poetic Justice (RIP Q-Tip).
Sometimes the best dates are the ones without frills, gimmicks, and -- most importantly -- bills. If your pockets are tight, but you still want to shoot your shot, invite your prospective sweetheart to take a stroll with you through Piedmont Park. The beauty of nature can not be overstated, and it’ll give you the prime opportunity to talk to your date and really get a feel for their vibe. You may even get cool points for suggesting a date that follows COVID-19 safety guidelines. If not, just add some last-minute to-go food from a nearby restaurant -- like tapas from Loca Luna or vegan BBQ from Orpheus Brewing -- and make it a picnic.
If you are both music lovers, then live music is an easy call for a potential date. However, with practically all of Atlanta’s major music venues in limbo due to the pandemic, finding good live music that you’re both into can be quite the challenge. Luckily, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is a pretty safe option, and the classical music collective is bringing their virtuosity to Serenbe, which makes for an impressive date suggestion. The socially-distanced, outdoor concert series is held in the Wildflower Meadow at Serenbe, so with the combined vibes of music and nature, your date is bound to be a success.
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