Originally published 9/11/17. Updated 9/5/19.
Let us do the planning for your upcoming date night with these awesome and adventurous ideas.
Do you and your significant other just love doing new and different things? Awesome. Are you a couple that’s none too keen on going outside of your comfort zone for fun stuff? Then you probably should try it once in a while. Either way, we’ve put together a list of awesome date ideas to get you out of that same-old-same-old funk and into a night of blushing, giggling, and maybe a coy touch or two.
So relax Columbus, we got your back. These are just the basic blueprints of a great night out on the town, it’s up to you to lay down the charm and do the leg work. But don’t worry, as long as you stick to these rough outlines, and you don’t push your date into oncoming traffic or anything, the rest should be a piece of cake.
Awesome Date Idea #1: Cocktails at Mouton and then Dancing at Rumba Cafe
Ready to dance the night away? Throughout the week, you can catch a variety of bands at Rumba Cafe, with music genres ranging from indie to funk. The jam numbers are enough to get anyone’s big toe flopping in their boot, but in case you need a little liquid encouragement, visit Mouton right before for some deliciously crafted cocktails in a very intimate and comfortable environment. So, drink up, sweat it out, and smile— this is a guaranteed recipe for a good time.
Awesome Date Idea #2: Massage at Le Meridian Columbus, The Joseph Spa then Drinks and Music at Two Truths
How can you go wrong starting a date with a massage? Not only does Le Meridian have a gorgeous and lavish layout, but they offer spa suites so that you and your sig-fig can get some relaxation time. Call up to two hours ahead to reserve one of their amazing treatments including a deep tissue massage, aroma therapy, or a hot stone treatment. Afterward, head over to Two Truths for a fun, hip night of drinks and music. It’s just a hop and skip away and they have some amazing jazz and light DJ acts laying down some feel good sounds.
Awesome Date Idea #3: Sideswipe Brewing and Arcade Super Awesome
Looking for something a bit lower maintenance? Say no more. Sideswipe Brewing is a low-key night waiting to happen. They also offer some pretty killer events, including Yoga in the Brewery. After you’ve had a few delicious beers, work off those carbs at Arcade Super Awesome. You can choose to play some co-op games to strengthen your bond or play against each other to work off that pent up frustration. Either way, you’re both sure to have a good time while you stuff your faces and game it up.
Awesome Date Idea #4: The Pearl and then Bodega Trivia Night
The Pearl is perhaps one of Columbus’ most well-known supper establishments. With a delicious menu that’s both elegant and approachable, you’ll definitely feel like you’re treating yourself for the night but in an atmosphere that’s sure to put you at ease. Their Southern Fried Chicken dinner gets a lot of hype and for good reason. With its cinnamon sticky bun and green bean casserole, you’re sure to fall in love. Afterward hit up Bodega’s Sunday trivia night for some friendly competition and a few pints of the good stuff.
Awesome Date Idea #5: Authentic Korean at Diaspora and a Foreign Film at Gateway
If you’re really trying to get out there to try new things then get a little taste of international travel right here in Columbus. Stop in for dinner at Diaspora, a quaint and charming Korean diner close to OSU campus. Their food will surprise you with just how much flavor and authenticity come in each dish. Afterward, treat yourself to a foreign flick at the nearby Gateway movie theater. They’re always showing international cinema and with October quickly approaching you can catch your fair share of exotic horror flicks. Might I suggest Audition or Oldboy? Just in case you really like watching things that are going to scar you for life.
Where: Diaspora, 2118 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201 and Gateway Film Center, 1550 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201
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