Where to Go on a Date in Atlanta This Summer
Get back out there.
Don’t let all of the #HotGirlSummer and #CityBoySummer social media posts fool you—love is still in the air. With the right attitude, any season can be cuffing season, so whether you’re focused on making an unforgettable first impression on a beautiful fellow Atlantan or working toward the relationship stage, this summer is full of possibilities.
Considering that most of us were stuck at home for a large chunk of 2020, there’s probably plenty of Atlantans who have no idea where to start, and that’s perfectly fine! To help make your summer as romantic as possible, here are 15 date ideas in Atlanta that are perfect for these hotter months — from luxurious poolside dates to cool indoor experiences. Prepare to elevate your love life in Atlanta this summer.
One of the best new additions to Atlanta this year has been Puttshack, and luckily, it makes for a great date night as well. Playing mini-golf has always been fun, but with Puttshack’s stunning technology, the entire experience has been elevated. Without having to manually keep track of score, you’ll be able to throw back some of Puttshack’s signature Hennessy Island cocktails and get as much flirting in as possible.
It’s the summer, so why not have a poolside date? Atlanta’s heat is sure to make your makeup run or sweat out that nice shirt you just bought, so keep things simple by hitting The Wet Deck at the W Atlanta Downtown. By securing two day passes via ResortPass, you two can lounge poolside while enjoying some thirst-quenching craft cocktails.
Old Fourth Ward
Sure, you can always woo someone by taking them out on a super expensive dinner date, but if you and your date have been there and done that, add a twist to the classic dinner date by becoming the chefs. On select Tuesdays throughout the summer, Bellina Alimentari is offering Italian cooking classes, including a fresh pasta course and an authentic Italian-style pizza walkthrough. In addition to being able to eat your tasty creations, you’ll also be treated to various bites and cocktails from Bellina Alimentari. The classes sell out fast, so grab your tickets as soon as possible!
Old Fourth Ward
For an impressive open air date, take your special someone to The Roof at Ponce City Market. Offering a beautiful rooftop view of Buckhead, Downtown, and Midtown, Skyline Park boasts several activities that you and your date can take part in, from rooftop amusement rides to Coney Island-style games. There’s plenty of space for photo ops, access to cocktail bars and good ass food, and (most importantly!) plenty of opportunities to win your date a prize that they can cherish long after the date is over. Plus, The Roof is also currently offering the Endless Summer Beach Bar, serving classic 80's cocktail favorites like Sex on the Beach, Mai Tai, Tequila Sunrise, Singapore Sling, and new frozen drink flavors like Watermelon, Margarita, Raspberry Daiquiri, and Lemonade.
Show your crush how creative you can be by having a private at-home paint-n-sip, courtesy of The Paint Factory. The Black-owned paint-and-sip company brings painting parties to its patrons, complete with live step-by-step instructions, sketched canvases, easels, paint, brushes, and aprons. With it being held at you or your date’s home, you won’t even have to BYOB because it’ll already be there. Just pour a glass of that special bottle of wine that you’ve been saving and enjoy the romantic, intimate, and artsy occasion.
The city is opening up more and more everyday, but it’s still very important to protect yourself from COVID-19. Wearing a mask and social distancing while out will help keep you COVID-free, but we all know that nothing beats staying home, so if that’s more your speed, Sommify—a new board game built around wine tasting—is the perfect at-home activity. Grab your SO and some of your couple friends to expand your wine palate with a game that gives you a reason to spend the night tasting different wines. The game has a playable wine list, so get your bottles from a local like 3 Parks Wine Shop (via curbside pickup or delivery).
As far as first dates go, you can’t go wrong with grabbing a cup of coffee, and you’ll definitely get cool points if you take your date to Victory Coffee at 900 Dekalb Avenue NE. In addition to serving its lattes in some picturesque glasses, Victory’s front patio offers patrons a serene view of Dekalb Avenue, right in front of a MARTA track. Get to know the beautiful person sitting beside you while sipping on great coffee and watching MARTA trains whiz past you.
Take your loved one to the High Museum of Art. For a more cost-efficient trip, visit on the second Sunday of the month, when admission is free for all visitors. Just remember that due to COVID-related changes, you need to act fast to secure a Second Sundays ticket. Once you reserve your free timed tickets online, however, you’re all set for one of the coolest free dates in the city.
If Instagram is life for both you and your date, then head to Culture Experience ATL, an interactive photo exhibit that boasts more than 20 Atlanta-related photo ops. Learn your date’s angles and take them through Atlanta’s rich history and culture, from Freaknik to HBCU homecomings. It’s sure to be a fun and quirky date, and while the typical date will only yield a selfie or two, some time at Culture Experience ATL will fill up your camera roll with great flicks that capture your fill outfits.
Fernbank’s monthly event series “Fernbank After Dark” is 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. With upcoming themes like “Microbe Brews” and “Great Outdoors,” Fernbank’s recurring after-hours event is a surefire way to impress the nature and science lover in your life.
With all of the incredible restaurants in Atlanta, the sheer number of places where you can take your date out to eat can be overwhelming. If you’re looking to have a truly special experience, however, skip that spot that y’all always go to and make a reservation at Lazy Betty, where you both can enjoy a seven- or 10-course tasting menu, which you can enjoy in the dining room or on the patio. Also, each of the tasting menus can be enhanced with wine pairings.
Lenox Square, Buckhead
You can’t go wrong with treating your sweetheart to some sweets. If you really want to wow your date with an aesthetically pleasing dessert, 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. Seriously, how romantic is that? 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.
Love is not only in the air—it’s in the water too. Once a month, the Georgia Aquarium hosts Sips Under the Sea, a 21+ event that gives visitors a boozy perspective of one of Atlanta’s favorite tourist attractions. Tickets include after-hours admission to the aquarium as well as access to onsite cocktails and dining options, so if you and your date both enjoy drinking and gazing at aquatic animals, go ahead and secure your tickets before they sell out.
Sometimes the best dates are the ones without frills, gimmicks, or bills. If your pockets are tight, but you still want to spend some one-on-one time with your boo, invite your date to take a stroll with you through Piedmont Park. And if you and your date do happen to get a little peckish or overheated, you can order some food from an in-park restaurant like Willy’s Mexicana Grill or grab a popsicle from a King of Pops cart.
The dinner-and-a-movie formula is pretty hard to screw up. 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 the northern perimeter. However, there will probably never be a better date night deal than Atlanta’s legendary Starlight. You can bring your own food and drink, and 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.