Whether you and your bae are looking to learn something new, get outdoors and be active or enjoy a nice dinner, metro Atlanta offers a plethora of thrilling, unforgettable date spots to add some spice to your dating life.
These are 13 of the best date spots around Atlanta, so you can make plans for several weeks to come:
6365 Spalding Drive, Norcross. 678-728-0100.
Decadent chocolate is always swoon-worthy, but when you and your date collaborate to make your own over a glass of wine, you're definitely upping the romance quotient! Chamberlain's Chocolate Factory offers classes several times a month so the two of you can create treats while you share some BYOB wine and snacks. Each of you will have over a half-pound of your own hand-crafted chocolates to take home in a special box and bag. Classes are $49 each, and you have to be at least 21 years old to drink and 18 or older to participate.
3555 Gwinnett Place Drive NW, Duluth. 678-336-7414.
Relax together at Jeju Sauna, where you can enjoy some separate experiences and also share a hut-shaped sauna and dine at a traditional Korean restaurant. You can also swim, lounge on heated floors or use equipment in the exercise room. Some areas are gender-segregated, but you'll have plenty of activities you can do together. Admission is $25, but services and food are extra. Jeju Sauna is open 24 hours a day every day.
1450 Five Forks Trickum Road SW, Suite 300, Lawrenceville. 678-517-3412.
Learning how to dance will bring you and your date closer together – literally. Even if you don't want to take more than a lesson or two, this activity can make for a fun date, and you may even find a shared interest you'd like to regularly pursue. From a dignified yet romantic waltz to a sexy rumba, you can try a variety of different styles.
40 S. Peachtree St., Norcross. 678-280-9081
Located in a former train depot, The Crossing Steak House offers a wide variety of steak, seafood and chicken dishes as well as cocktails, so you're both sure to find something to love. The atmosphere is warm and friendly and is perfect for a date night whether you stay in the dining room or eat on the patio, which has heaters and lights that help create a romantic setting.
20 Mansell Court East #275, Alpharetta. 678-805-2189. urbanescapegames.com.
Escape rooms give you and your date the chance to bond by working together to solve clues. For an Atlanta-themed room, try Urban Escape's CDC Lockdown, in which you have to stop the outbreak, find the antidote, and save the world. Other rooms include Jewel Heist, which challenges you to steal from the world's greatest thief, and Mr. Magic, where you'll be trying to puzzle your way through the magician's props to escape.
Each escape costs $28 plus tax.
Trattoria one 41
Shops at Warsaw, 9810 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek, 770-497-0021. http://trattoria141.com.
This upscale Italian restaurant delivers dishes that are simply yet perfectly prepared, making the location perfect for a date night.
Start with a selection from the antipasti menu and then choose from the many great fish, chicken, veal and pasta dishes. Enjoy a glass of Italian wine to make your meal even more special.
Roswell Ghost Tour
Meets in the white bandstand/gazebo in Roswell Town Square across from the Roswell Visitor's Center – 617 Atlanta St., Roswell. 770-649-9922. www.roswellghosttour.com.
Cuddle up to your date as you hear about Roswell's ghost stories and see the haunted sights.
The ghost tour is conducted year-round by knowledgeable guides, and you can access more photos and information on your smart phone throughout your tour.
Tours last about two-and-a-half hours and cover a mile that's easy to walk. They're usually held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and start at 8 p.m. A special beer crawl tour is also offered on some Saturdays at 7 p.m, and these last longer since they include the regular tour's information plus some additional stops. Regular ghost tours cost $15, and the beer crawls are $40, which includes all drinks.
Marietta Food Tours
Marietta Square, 1-866-736-6343. http://www.mariettafoodtours.com
Why settle for dining at just one restaurant when you can take a tour that includes a visit to seven food stops? You'll get to try a variety of 10 tastings at locally owned and operated restaurants, bakeries and specialty shops. When you and your date find some of your favorites, make plans to return for a full meal.Tours are held on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. They last about three hours and require about a mile-and-a-half of easy walking. Tickets are $45, and reservations should be made in advance on Marietta Food Tours' website.
The Market Plaza Shopping Center, 1255 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 16, Marietta. 770-973-0100. http://www.redskytapas.com
Indulge in some sharing-size portions of tapas – including scrumptious offerings such as lobster and roasted corn dip – and linger with a glass or wine or cocktail. A dueling piano show that's part music and part comedy is also featured every Friday and Saturday night from 9 until midnight.
2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw. 770-919-0248.
Spend some alone time with your date as you relax and stroll through the peaceful gardens, stopping at points of interests that include a bonsai garden as well as a rose garden. You'll also be able to see some interesting sculptures along your walk.
Starlight Drive-In Theatre
2000 Moreland Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-627-5786. http://starlightdrivein.com/.
Snuggle up to your date as you enjoy a movie at one of Georgia's few remaining drive-in theaters. You can choose from four different screens showing different movies, but arrive early to get a good spot. Your ticket is good for two movies at the same screen, so stick around and enjoy a double feature if the date is going well. And you can still enjoy popcorn with your movie, since a concession stand is on-site.
515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com/
No matter what your musical tastes are, Eddie's Attic has probably hosted musicians you'll love to spend an evening listening to. Since 1991, a wide variety of musicians have played at Eddie's Attic, some of whom are native Atlantans, such as the Indigo Girls, and some are up-and-comers who later made it big, such as John Mayer. The venue's interior has an intimate, comfortable feel, and if you'd like to talk a bit more and enjoy some food and drink, head out to the patio.
The Iberian Pig
121 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-371-8800. www.theiberianpigatl.com
The hospitable, social atmosphere – and definitely the food – makes The Iberian Pig a great spot to take your date. Cured meats are the star, along with other offerings, such as Spanish cheese, tapas and wines from Spain, Chile and Argentina. Order several tapas dishes to share, and then linger over wine or cocktails.
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