Unique Atlanta Date Ideas

  • 01 of 05

    Unique Date Ideas in Atlanta

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    Atlanta is bustling with many exciting opportunities to keep the spark alive. To wit, we’ve rounded up the best romantic, fun and entertaining spots, guaranteeing a memorable date with that special someone—there’s something for every personality and budget.

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  • 02 of 05

    Romantic Date Ideas in Atlanta

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    Georgia is home to dozens of award-winning wineries, most of which offer tastings and tours upping the ante on romantic dates. Just a short drive outside the city, you’ll find stunning wineries, like Chateau Élan, which offers many romantic options, like cooking classes, wine tastings, and an indulgent overnight stay. With postcard-worthy views of over 3,500 acres of vineyards and an impeccable Chardonnay, you can’t go wrong. Likewise, the handful of wineries in North Georgia, like Wolf Mountain (don’t miss their terrace brunch) and Three Sisters, would make for a fairy-tale date you won’t soon forget.

    If you’re looking to stay in town, visit the fabulous Fox Theatre for a fun twist on the classic “dinner and a movie” date. Before the show, hit up some of our favorite Midtown restaurants—Hugh Acheson’s Empire State South is a great date spot.

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  • 03 of 05

    Fun Date Ideas in Atlanta

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    For those hoping to do something outside the box, Atlanta has plenty to offer for the adventurers and thrill seekers. For just $23 per couple (there’s also a special Groupon offer), you can ride in the Skyview Ferris Wheel, garnering a glimpse of the striking views of downtown Atlanta from 200 feet above the skyline—a one-of-a-kind magical experience. If you really want to impress your date, upgrade to a private gondola, access to a VIP tent, a red rose, a horse-drawn carriage ride, and a dessert voucher ($69 a couple, Mondays through Thursdays, through Groupon).

    If grand gestures are more your style, consider an extravagant hot air balloon at sunrise or sunset with Magic Carpet Ride, another sure thrill. A standard package ($395 a person) is an unforgettable three-hour adventure start to finish that includes transportation to the launch site, around one hour of flight time and complimentary champagne celebration afterward. You can fly on a small, private balloon for a more intimate experience or opt to include other people to lower the cost to $295 a person. Make this a tailored date by choosing your launch site based on different areas of the city or a deluxe package that flies over Lake Lanier ($650 a person). Start in Cumming or Snellville and fly wherever the wind takes you: the routes change daily depending on the weather, upping the spontaneous factor.

    A modern twist on an old favorite, Painted Pin is an upscale bowling alley featuring chef-driven dining options (such as wood-fired pizzas spiked with truffle oil and scrumptious sliders reminiscent of the famous In-and-Out burger), craft cocktails and complimentary games like shuffleboard, skeeball, and ping pong to help break the ice. With a 21-and-up age requirement, a dress code—no athletic clothing such as workout clothes, sweats, or sleeveless shirts after 5 p.m.—and live music on the weekends, Painted Pin is a sophisticated date venue perfect for socializing and people watching. Shoes will cost you $4.50, and a game of bowling runs $25 per lane per hour Monday-Thursday and $35 per lane per hour on the weekends. It’s first-come, first served (no reservations) so arrive early to beat the crowds—though their signature Moscow Mule Slushy can console you if you have to wait. 

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  • 04 of 05

    Cheap Date Ideas in Atlanta

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    Going on an amazing date doesn’t have to break the bank, especially for nature enthusiasts. Take your date into the great outdoors for little to no money at all—we recommend a bike ride through the city (the BeltLine is a perfect place to start, and you can pop into the restaurants along the Eastside Trail as you bike), a relaxing day spent on the Chattahoochee River, or take a hike and explore one of the state’s gorgeous mountains, like Black Rock Mountain. Boost the romance quotient and pack a picnic (we recommend one that includes wine and cheese) to help you enjoy the incredible sunset views you’ll find on the trails.

    Going to the movies isn’t exactly cheap anymore, what with the rising ticket costs and overpriced concessions; fortunately Atlanta has dozens of outdoor movies (many of which are free) offered in romantic settings, like beautiful parks and bustling cityscapes. Make sure to bring a blanket and a bottle of wine to up the romance factor.

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  • 05 of 05

    Foodie Date Ideas in Atlanta

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    Perhaps the best date night is the most traditional: a romantic dinner. Hey, classics are classics for a reason. We recommend Bacchanalia, Restaurant Eugene, and Aria for a delicious, intimate meal in a fanciful atmosphere. See more options for Atlanta’s most romantic restaurants.

    Atlanta Food Walks puts a fun twist on your average meal out with a guided walking food tour (plan to walk just over two miles over 3.5 hours) combining history and delicious bites. Expect to stop at seven downtown Atlanta restaurants, which is a great way to sample signature dishes (from BBQ to shrimp and grits and fried chicken) from some of Atlanta’s most storied restaurants.

    Learning a skill together is a proven way to bond or break the ice. What’s more? Taking a cooking class is the perfect way to brush up on your culinary skills and dish up an amazing meal. We recommend the Cook’s Warehouse, awarded Creative Loafing’s “Best Cooking Classes in Atlanta” for unique classes led by some of Atlanta’s most accomplished chefs (think Restaurant Eugene’s Linton Hopkins and Cakes & Ale’s Billy Allin). Cook’s Warehouse even offers a special “Date Night” series with classes on topics like An Evening in Provence.