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Date Night in Dallas: Five Fresh Ideas

Date Night in DallasIt’s easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to date night.  My husband and I find ourselves doing “dinner and a movie” more often than not.  Lately, it’s become dinner at the movie thanks to the plethora of dine-in theaters.

But stepping off the beaten path and doing something different for date night can be exciting and fun.

Here’s a list of 5 out-of-the-box date night ideas to help get your creative juices flowing as you plan that next evening out with the one you love.

Jimmy’s Food Store

Locally owned and operated for 42 years, this little Italian food store is famous for its deli and imported wines and foods.  But did you know they have occasional evening wine tasting dinners and promotions only available to those who sign up on their email list?  The wine dinners vary in number of wines tasted and food served (it could be appetizers or a full four course meal) and are priced anywhere between $18-$90 per person.  The email notifications come at random, but when they do, respond quickly.  Space is limited and fills up fast.

Dallas Museum of Art

Our local art museum began offering FREE general admission last year.  On Thursdays they are open until 9 PM, and on every third Friday the hours are 6 PM-Midnight.  I can just imagine strolling through an art museum, arm in arm with my spouse, sharing ideas and opinions about art and life. After a day spent wiping noses and making PBJ’s, a sophisticated evening like this would be a welcome dose of adult time!  View the DMA calendar online to verify hours and find out what special exhibits are available.  (Special exhibits are separate from the free general admission and vary in cost.)

Bishop Arts District/Dude Sweet Chocolate

One of the most delightful shopping areas in Dallas has plenty to offer for date night.  Park the car and set off on foot to explore the boutique stores, art galleries, coffee shops, and restaurants.  The atmosphere is relaxed but tinged with an air of energy and an eclectic vibe.  No visit to Bishop Arts is complete without a stop at Dude Sweet Chocolate for some samples of their exotically flavored treats.   The best days of the week for this outing are Th-Sat when the stores stay open later.  (Avoid Mondays when most stores are closed.)  Read more about the stores and special events in Bishop Arts District here.

Central Market Cooking School

Couples can sign up for a cooking class at Central Market on anything from basic knife skills to making sushi.  Classes are small and hands on as participants chop and sauté their way to a feast at the end of class.  The knowledgeable instructors pass along a wealth of information and tips.  Wine is even provided throughout the cooking experience.  Find a list of available classes and sign up online at Central Market Cooking School.

Reunion Tower GeO-Deck

I was excited when Reunion Tower reopened last October sporting a new technologically savvy observation deck.  My full review for DMB can be found here.  In my review I mentioned it would make a great date night experience.  The view of the city at night is stunning.  Just one level below the observation deck is Wolfgang Puck’s 560 Bar and Lounge serving happy hour cocktails and appetizers from 5-7 PM Mon-Thurs.  My advice would be to grab drinks and food during happy hour then head to the observation deck to play with the huge interactive screens and soak in the beautiful night view.

Dinner and a movie can be fun, but sometimes shaking things up a little is a breath of fresh air.  Thankfully, we live in a city with lots of exciting options for date night.  Do you know of a unique date night spot?  Tell us about it in the comments.

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