by Alexander Woods and Sophia Jactel
In the winter, sometimes a jacket isn’t enough. These cold months are the best time to cozy up to a special friend; especially in Atlanta, where the night winds are piercing and the days have so little sunshine. Thanks to the city’s ever-growing youthful population and emerging social and cultural scene, exciting date spots are popping up everywhere.
Castleberry Hill Art Stroll
The Castleberry Hill Art Stroll is held on the second Friday of every month in the famous historic arts district in Atlanta. Invite your date for a fun night of walking through the neighborhood visiting fascinating galleries, neighborhood businesses and local restaurants. Some fun stops may include Iridium 77 clothing boutique, the Besharat Gallery and Elliott Street Deli and Pub.
High Museum of Art
A typical night at the movies can get old. Spice up your date with a cultural infusion at the High Museum of Art. Spend quality time with your guest strolling through the numerous galleries housing the permanent collection and temporary shows. The museum hosts fabulously diverse exhibits tailored to all audiences, ranging from unconventional fashion showcases to displays of traditional African art. End your visit with a meal at their stylish restaurant, Table 1280.
1280 Peachtree St NE
McCormick and Schmicks + SkyView Atlanta
It might seem cliché but just do it — sometimes it's fun to see Atlanta like a tourist. Plan out a special evening by starting with dinner at McCormick and Schmicks at the CNN Center. White tablecloths and candlelit tables provide a romantic atmosphere to indulge in some of Atlanta’s best seafood and steaks, and make sure you don’t miss out on the delectable dessert menu. After dinner, head over to SkyView Atlanta which is within walking distance of the restaurant. You and your friend can get closer in the chilly nighttime air by taking a breathtaking ride on the ferris wheel to see an unbeatable aerial view of the city.
McCormick and Schmicks
190 Marietta Street
168 Luckie Street
Mission Escape Atlanta
Some of the best dates are with your friends. Gather your group and go to Mission Escape Atlanta. It’s a real life escape game where your task is to find a way out of a room you are locked in together within 60 minutes. Work to communicate and find clues while testing your teamwork skills, patience and wit. You’ll get a good taste of how well you and your companions can navigate a sticky situation. Maybe you call it crazy? We call it creative friendship building.
500 Bishop St. NW
Mother Bar & Restaurant
Who says dates are only for weekends? Take your special friend to Mother Bar and Restaurant for $2 Tuesdays, where you can get tacos, tequila, and tecate all for two bucks each. When you’re done at the bar, head upstairs for karaoke. You can also come back for a date on all the other days of the week: Enjoy $5 cocktails for Majestic DJ night on Wednesday, dig out your fanny pack for 90s night on Thursday and show off your moves for the dance parties on Friday and Saturday nights.
Old Fourth Ward
447 Edgewood Avenue SE
Salud Cooking School
Instead of letting a chef do all the work, get intimate with your date as you learn how to make your own fantastic meal. Salud’s Cooking School at Whole Foods Markets offers hands-on, demonstration based date-night cooking classes. Not feeling up to the full task? Enjoy a purely observational session where you watch and taste as an expert chef cooks in front of you. Wine and cheese classes are also offered.
Multiple Metro Locations
SKATE Atlantic Station
It may be your inclination to avoid the outdoors when temperatures drop, but it’s time to celebrate the cold by embracing the ice! SKATE Atlantic Station is the perfect winter activity for you and that special someone. Hold hands as you glide along under the twinkling lights or latch on to each other as you balance on your skates. For pros and rookies alike, a fun-filled romantic experience is guaranteed. To round out your evening, the rink is conveniently centered right in the middle of Atlantic Station, making it the ideal place for an urban date where you have a plethora of eating and shopping choices too.
1380 Atlantic Dr.
Thanks to their over-popularity as a date idea, movie theaters have lost their romantic intrigue. Rekindle that excitement by taking someone to the Starlight Drive-In, Atlanta’s only drive-in movie theater. Enjoy the big screen film from the comfort of your own car by listening through the designated FM radio station. Bring some snacks and cozy up together in the front seat. It’s like having the whole theater to yourself!
2000 Moreland Avenue SE
BONUS: Special Valentine's Date Night Idea!
STK Valentine’s Special
A modern fusion of a steakhouse and lounge with an in-house DJ, STK is a chic, trendy Atlanta restaurant offering a special four-course Valentine’s Day surf and turf menu. Three different seating blocks are available for reservation, and wine and champagne pairings are offered to go along with your meal. This year, STK will continue their annual tradition of sending diners home with the special gift of house-made edible chocolate body paint and a paintbrush, the perfect ingredients that allow for a couple to be intimate and tasty. Finish the night by surprising your date with the Love is Art kit, created by South African artist Jeremy Brown. Warning: this is not a first-date gift. The kit includes washable, body-safe paint (even for the insides), a blank canvas for your masterpiece, and even little footies to run to the shower after your done. Roll around together on a canvas with the paint to create a one-of-a-kind memory of your special evening – a piece of modern art depicting your night of passion.
1075 Peachtree Street