Whether y’all recently swiped right and you need a night out to impress or you've been together forever and need to avoid the monotony of dinner and a movie, it's crucial to have a range of date ideas in your quiver. We can’t promise your Bumble match will lead to happily ever after, but we can get you started on the right path with some fun dates spread around the city. Explore Dallas neighborhoods as a duo, and keep the dating scene interesting during every stage of the relationship.
Bishop Arts District
Snag a seat at a top restaurant, then hit some hard cider
Lucia is consistently ranked as one of the best restaurants in Dallas, and with only 32 seats, this intimate spot is infamously hard to get into. Although it can take weeks to secure a reservation, if you’re lucky, you can walk right in and sit at two of the limited bar stools. Talk about an impressive date. If the place is packed for the night, any of Bishop Arts District’s restaurants are still sure to impress. Explore the area’s unique shops and boutiques, and then enjoy a proper backup meal at Boulevardíer, Tillman’s Roadhouse or Stock & Barrel. Finish the date with dessert from Dude, Sweet Chocolate or hard cider at Bishop Cider Co.
Sip wine while strolling through the 'hood and finish it off with Luscher’s
The Deep Ellum Wine Walk occurs every third Thursday of the month and with the purchase of a $10 collectable wine glass, visitors can sample wine and check out local shops and vendors. After you’ve had your fill of vino, head to Luscher’s Red Hots for some of the best burgers and hot dogs around. No salad ordering allowed.
Brunch and a brewery for day drinking
It’s no secret that Dallas and brunch go hand in hand. So you might as well grab your date’s hand and take them to El Bolero for brunch, a new hotspot in the Design District. After you’ve eaten all the breakfast tacos and lobster omelets you can, head to Community Beer Company for a brewery tour, which are held from 2-5pm every Saturday.
Get your nerd on at the Perot
Spend the day at the interesting and interactive Perot Museum of Nature and Science. After you’ve explored all the museum has to offer, grab a bite to eat from one of the food trucks in Klyde Warren Park, and talk about which of the 11 permanent exhibits were your favorites. Then, head a little farther downtown to Midnight Rambler at The Joule for some of the best drinks in the city.
Catch a show at the Granada Theater
Built in 1946, the Granada Theater is a can’t-miss spot for live music. Check out the event schedule online, and explore the variety of entertainment that rolls through the venue. Upcoming shows all sold out? Grab dinner and drinks at the restaurant next door, Sundown at Granada, which serves up farm-to-table fare and daily drink deals. Sundown also features live music every night and free movie screenings on Wednesdays.
Ball on a budget in Dallas’ priciest neighborhood
A night out in this high-end 'hood doesn’t have to break the bank -- especially on Mondays. One of Dallas’ best new restaurants, Madrina, offers a killer happy hour every weekday -- half off the entire menu. Be sure to order the oysters and wild setas. As for the cocktails, with Michael Martensen behind the bar menu, you know you’re in good hands. Once you’ve tried a couple cocktails, walk next door to Carbone’s for fresh pasta and half-price bottles of wine.
Sneak away to a speakeasy
The Knox/Henderson area has no shortage of great restaurants, and Henry’s Majestic is no exception. Make reservations for dinner, and dine on decadent dishes like the bone marrow-spiked burger or the seared mahi mahi with coconut curry. When dinner is over, impress your date by asking to be taken back to Atwater Alley, the speakeasy connected to Henry’s. It’s the perfect cozy spot to sip on creative cocktails and decide how you’re going to tell people you actually met.
Pack up a premium picnic for the arboretum
General admission to The Dallas Arboretum is $15, and visitors can picnic anywhere on the grounds. Pack a picnic basket (homemade or something you picked up at Eatzi’s), a blanket, and don’t forget the wine. Find a spot on the hill overlooking White Rock Lake for the ultimate scenery. Throw a sunset in there too, if you must.
Instantly bond over your love of cheese and wine
If your date doesn’t like cheese, you may be wasting your time. Our absolute favorite local cheese shop, Scardello, hosts various cheese and wine tastings throughout the month. The cheese mongers know their stuff and the communal tables create a lively and laid-back environment. Seats are limited and fill up fast, so buy your tickets ahead online. If you’re feeling refined with your new knowledge of how to properly taste cheese (yes, there’s a science to it), grab a drink down the street at The Library Bar in the Warwick Melrose Hotel.
Take in the world’s best skyline
Everyone knows everything is bigger (and brighter) in Texas, including Big D's skyline. Dallas' skyline has been named the best in the world, and there's no better place to take it all in than atop the NYLO Hotel. The Soda Bar is a chic, retro-industrial rooftop bar with a prime view of the city, making it a romantic spot for you and your date. Order a glass (bottle) of wine or a NYLOrita and soak up the city lights.
Go on a foodie tour of the world with a progressive dinner
The recently developed Trinity Groves area offers a variety of cuisines and some of the city’s most popular restaurants, all conveniently nestled next to each other. It’d be a fun take on a multi-course dinner to make your way down the row and get a taste of each spot. Start at Casa Rubia for happy hour sangria and tapas, then stop by Souk for goat cheese cigars and a hookah break. Don’t miss the duck egg rolls at Chino Chinatown, and then head to Kitchen LTO for the main dish -- no matter which rotating concept is there at the time, it won’t disappoint. Finish on a sweet note at Saint Rocco’s with the chocolate espresso cake.
Take advantage of Dallas’ limited public transportation by riding the M-Line
The historic trolley is free of charge and rolls through the heart of Uptown’s bar scene. Users can ride the M-Line, hopping off and on for drinks along the way. Start in West Village with the Dallas staple -- a Mambo Taxi at Mi Cocina, then head down McKinney and sip on a Moscow Mule at The Standard Pour, and drop into The Quarter Bar for a cocktail on the roof. Be sure to pace yourself -- you still have to charm your date.
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