Where to Go on a Date in Atlanta This Summer

From live music to wine tasting to a drive-in movie experience, any of these activities make for the perfect date night.

There’s a lot to do in Atlanta this summer, but when it comes to finding love in the Dirty South, it can be challenging to weave through all of the weekly happenings and special events in order to find the perfect date. Of course, you can’t go wrong with taking your love interest out to one of the city’s sexiest restaurants, but there’s only so many times that you can pull the dinner date card before your hot summer romance starts to lose steam. Atlanta is constantly growing and offering new experiences, so don’t be afraid to try something new—whether that means going to an immersive visiting attraction or checking out one of the city’s latest and greatest rooftop hangouts. Get ready to turn the heat up this summer with one of these 25 amazing date ideas.

Upper Westside
Nothing will break the ice faster between you and your date than seeing each other sing—and probably awkwardly so—karaoke in front of complete strangers, so for a great first date, head over to one of Chattahoochee Food Works’ weekly Karaoke Nights. Hosted by iHeart Radio on-air personality Kalv, Karaoke Night takes place every Thursday from 7 pm to 10 pm, and rather than having just one menu to choose from at typical Karaoke nights, you and your date can check out drink and food options from 31 different vendors on-site. Plus, it’s free to attend.

Rooftop L.O.A.
Rooftop L.O.A.

Westside
The summer of 2022 will undoubtedly belong to Rooftop L.O.A.—aka Atlanta’s jaw-dropping new rooftop oasis that sits atop The Interlock. The sprawling space has so many areas that would make for the perfect date night—from the dark and moody coastal European eatery that’s simply called The Restaurant to the breezy poolside cabanas at The Pool—and since it’s just now opening this summer, your date most likely hasn’t even checked it out yet. Rooftop L.O.A. is absolutely incredible, so get ready to be your date’s favorite suitor of the summer.

Marietta
If you and your date are down for a strange and whimsical experience that you’ll likely never forget, then check out Save The Video Store before it leaves later this summer. The immersive theatrical experience is a wild and comical production that will put you and your date right in the midst of a zany situation at an old-school video store, and the show is packed with nostalgic ‘90s-era movie moments. Plus, after you two team up to save the video store, you’ll be able to enjoy some movie-inspired cocktails and take pictures against iconic ‘90s backdrops at the pop-up bar.

Illuminarium Atlanta
Illuminarium Atlanta

Old Fourth Ward
The Illuminarium is one of Atlanta’s most visually stunning new attractions, but there’s much more to it than its popular African safari-themed WILD exhibition and gorgeous recent 21+ addition, O'KEEFE: One Hundred Flowers. The same 4K projection technology that powers The Illuminarium’s daytime and 21+ After Dark experiences will also be used in the coming weeks to introduce two new exhibitions—Space and Waking Wonderland. If you and your date get hungry, you won’t even have to leave the attraction. The Illuminarium Cafe—which boasts a small but impressive menu consisting of house-smoked brisket mac & cheese, salmon salad, melts, burgers, and more—is what brings it all together and makes The Illuminarium the perfect place for a romantic date night. You and your boo can grab dinner, see an incredible multi-sensory presentation, and enjoy cocktails in one location.

Westside
As we’ve mentioned before in our Buckhead dating guide, shopping—when done right—can make for a really fun date, and later this summer, one of the best shopping experiences returns to the city for a highly anticipated two-day stint. The Atlanta Streetwear Market is taking over Ambient+Studio for the final time on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 from 1 pm to 9 pm each day, giving you and your date plenty of time to explore the 100+ streetwear brands and vendors that will be in attendance. There will also be live music, pop-ups, and giveaways, so whether you two go on one day or both days, it will be a fun date that you’ll always remember.

Music Midtown
Music Midtown | Jamie Lamor Thompson/Shutterstock

Go to a music festival or an epic live concert together

Locations vary
Music brings people together, and after a day (or two or three) at upcoming festivals like the Lost Art Music Festival, Summer Shade Festival, or Music Midtown this summer, you and your date will be closer than ever. On the off-chance that you two aren’t quite in the “let’s hang out in the heat for several hours” stage yet, one-night concerts are still a great move. With exciting shows from Fleet Foxes, Kehlani, The Kid LAROI., Daddy Yankee, and Kendrick Lamar all scheduled over the next few months, you and your date will have a lot of live music to choose from.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta Botanical Garden

Midtown
For a serene date that puts you face to face with some of the most beautiful plantlife in the city, head over to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The current exhibition at the beloved Atlanta attraction is Origami in the Garden, which features a vast assortment of over 70 massive, origami-inspired sculptures spread throughout the garden. On the off-chance that both you and your date have already checked out Origami in the Garden this spring, you can always return to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for the recurring Cocktails in the Garden event. The rejuvenating cocktail party takes place every evening from Tuesday to Sunday between 5 pm and 9 pm, and in addition to being able to explore the garden once the temperature has cooled down a bit, you’ll also be able to sip on cocktails and listen to live music.

Locations vary
If your date was born and raised in Atlanta, you can still show them a different side of the city by taking them on a scenic helicopter ride over the city skyline. Prestige Helicopters offers several aerial tours to choose from, including a 10-minute nighttime tour of the King & Queen buildings in Buckhead, a 30-minute tour throughout Downtown and Buckhead, and the 70-minute Ultimate Tour of the Chattahoochee River, Lake Lanier, Buckhead, Downtown, Decatur, and Stone Mountain. Whether you’re aiming to make an unforgettable impression for your first date or looking for a romantic anniversary celebration, a helicopter ride makes for a great statement date.

SkyView Atlanta
SkyView Atlanta

Downtown
Although you probably drive by it all of the time, a solid year-round date idea is the enormous SkyView Ferris wheel Downtown. For just $14.75 (and $12.75 for seniors, military, and students), SkyView riders can enjoy a nice private ride on one of Atlanta’s tallest attractions, and since it stays open pretty late—till midnight on Fridays and Saturdays—the massive in-town Ferriss wheel can be the perfect way for you and your date to end the night.

Inman Park
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 Instagram-worthy lattes in picturesque glass cups, 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.

Treat Your Feet Buckhead
Treat Your Feet Buckhead

Buckhead
If you and your date have been stressed out this winter, meet up and destress with a couple’s massage at Treat Your Feet Buckhead. The spa—which has welcomed celebrities like Shaq, Dwight Howard, and Keri Hilson over the years—offers a revered full-body couples massage, so you and your boo can spend an hour or two bonding over some much-needed massage therapy.

Locations vary
Whether you’re looking for a change of speed for your next date or your date last night managed to continue on into the morning, brunch is always a solid move, so don’t hesitate to invite your date out for a morning-ish meal and a couple of mimosas. Deep down inside, you’re both probably fantasizing about going out to brunch this weekend, so you might as well do it together.

Puttshack
Puttshack

West Midtown
One of the coolest additions to Atlanta over the last couple of years has been Puttshack, and in addition to being a fun family getaway during the day, it also makes for a great after-dark date night as well. Playing mini-golf has always been fun, and with Puttshack’s engaging new technology, the entire experience has been elevated. Without having to manually keep track of the score, you and your date will be able to focus a lot more on how great Puttshack’s signature cocktails are, from the Hennessy Islands to the Peach Tea on Peachtree.

West End
If Instagram is life for both you and your date, then head to Culture Experience ATL, an interactive photo exhibit that features 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 make for a fun time, and while the typical date will only yield a selfie or two, one hour at Culture Experience ATL will fill up your camera roll with great flicks that show off your outfits and your pop-culture prowess.

3 Parks Wine Shop
3 Parks Wine Shop

Grant Park
3 Parks Wine Shop has an amazing weekend special that allows guests to indulge in a cost-efficient three-part wine tasting. On Fridays from 4 pm to 7:30 pm, Saturdays from 1 pm to 6 pm, and Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm, 3 Parks pours three half glass tastings of wine for just $15 per person, so find out if your crush is an oenophile with this low-key, yet intimate date.

Six Flags Over Georgia & Hurricane Harbor
Six Flags Over Georgia & Hurricane Harbor

Austell
Six Flags Over Georgia is back in full swing, and although you may think that amusement parks are just for teenagers, here’s why you should definitely consider it for your next date. In addition to all of the thrills, fun attractions, and chances to win your date an oversized stuffed animal, you two will almost certainly be forced to spend a significant amount of time together in food and ride lines, so use that time to get more familiar with each other. If you and your date can get through a whole day at Six Flags without getting too bored or feeling too awkward, you might just have a keeper on your hands.

9 Mile Station
9 Mile Station

Old Fourth Ward
There’s no outdoor date that’s more romantic than a sunset dinner overlooking the city at Nine Mile Station. The breathtaking open-air date offers a beautiful rooftop view of Buckhead, Downtown, and Midtown, and the food—we’re talking mouth-watering menu options like Scottish Salmon, Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio, Smoked Trout Croquettes, Sesame Crusted Tuna, and more—is just as impressive as the view. Physically elevate your next dinner date by bringing your SO to an unforgettable meal on top of Ponce City Market, and afterward, go enjoy all of the fun rides and games that Skyline Park has to offer.

Home
Show your crush how creative you can be by having a private at-home paint-n-sip, courtesy of The Paint Factory. The Black- and woman-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.

Georgia Aquarium
Georgia Aquarium

Downtown
Love is not only in the air—it’s in the water too. Throughout the year, the Georgia Aquarium regularly hosts Sips Under the Sea—a 21+ event that gives visitors a boozy perspective of one of Atlanta’s favorite tourist attractions—but while we wait for its return, aquatic animal lovers can still look forward to 20,000 Beers Under The Sea. Tickets to the 21+ fundraiser include after-hours admission to the aquarium as well as access to an all-you-can-eat buffet and unlimited beers, so if you and your date both enjoy drinking and exploring the aquarium, go ahead and secure your tickets before they sell out.

High Museum of Art, Atlanta
High Museum of Art, Atlanta

Midtown
You can’t go wrong with a date at the High Museum of Art, and to make your trip to the High a little easier on the pockets, visit on the second Sunday of the month. That’s when tickets are on the house, which means you’ll be able to show your date exhibitions like What Is Left Unspoken, Love, Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine, and Off the Grid all for free. Just remember that due to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, you need to act fast and reserve your free, timed tickets online. Once you do that, you’re all set for one of the coolest free dates in the city.

Candler Park
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 six- or eight-course tasting menu in the dining room or on the patio. Also, each of the tasting menus can be enhanced with wine pairings.

Fernbank Museum
Fernbank Museum

Druid Hills
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 “UnNatural History,” “Bones and Brews,” and “Senses,” Fernbank’s recurring after-hours event is a surefire way to impress the natural history and science lover in your life this summer.

Midtown
Sometimes the best dates are the ones without frills, gimmicks, or—most importantly—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 hot or peckish, you can get a popsicle from the King Of Pops cart or grab some food from an in-park restaurant like Willy’s Mexicana Grill or Park Tavern.

Amorino
Amorino

Lenox Square, Buckhead
You can’t go wrong with treating your sweetheart to some sweets, and for an aesthetically pleasing dessert that will also help cool you two off, 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 gelato-topped crêpes or waffles for breakfast, if things really work out.

Moreland Avenue
The dinner-and-a-movie formula is pretty hard to screw up, but if you’re still willing to take our advice, skip the chains and opt for a movie going experience that will transport you and your date back in time: the legendary Starlight Drive-In. For what’s arguably the best date-night deal in Atlanta, you can bring your own food and drink and watch a double feature from the sanctuary of your car—all for $10. Plus, you’ll be able to look up at a big giant screen like they used to do in old romantic movies.

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Joshua Robinson is an Atlanta-based contributor for Thrillist who hopes you find some hot romance this summer. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter at @roshrisky.