7 ideas to impress your date that aren’t dinner or drinks in metro Atlanta

033121 Atlanta: Atlanta entrepreneur Alan Greenberg (second from left) gives visitors a glimpse of Illuminarium, Wednesday, March 31, 2021. “Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com”
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Going on a date? Swipe left on regular restaurants and bars and swipe right on these unique Atlanta experiences that will ensure that you’ll make an impression (after all, who wants to get ghosted? No one!)

Battle and Brew

This establishment in Sandy Springs brings new meaning to “having game.” You and your date can sit on the couch together and engage in a little competitiveness with the multitude of gaming consoles, including Nintendo, Playstation and Xbox. You can also break the ice and get to know each other better with an array of board and card games. For food, you have a variety of American and Korean-inspired delicacies mixed with a hint of nerddom.

Location: Sandy Springs - 5920 Roswell Rd a120, Sandy Springs, GA 30328; Website: battleandbrew.com; Contact: 678-560-1500

Starlight Drive-In Theatre

Take it back old-school with a classic drive-in theatre experience at Starlight Drive-In Theatre. You and your date can sit back, relax and enjoy the latest movies in the comfort of the car. The experience costs $10 per ticket for adults. And because we want you to avoid any embarrassing last-minute mishaps, here are some tips: make sure you arrive early if you want a prime spot, prep the audio through your FM transmitter and make sure your car battery can handle your radio broadcasting the 2.5-hour film so you don’t need a jump-start.

Location: Southeast - 2000 Moreland Ave SE; Website: starlightdrivein.com; Contact: info@starlightdrivein.com

The ROOF at Ponce City Market

Situated on the rooftop of Ponce City Market is a glorious treasure trove of a variety of activities that would serve as a fantastic date night, all set against a backdrop of the Atlanta skyline. Start with mini-golf, carnival-style games and a giant slide at Skyline Park, followed by dinner at 9 Mile Station (reservation highly recommended), followed by post-dinner drinks at 12 Cocktail Bar.

Location: East Atlanta - 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE; Website: poncecityroof.com; Contact: 770-999-1530


From Thursday to Sunday starting at 7 p.m., Illuminarium offers “After Dark” options for adults only. You and your date can enjoy a 360-degree immersive 4K experience of everything from space to sea to cities around the world and even to the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe (the destinations are different each night), with additional surprise and delights including scent, haptics and laser beams. The cafe offers small bites and tapas in addition to a selection of cocktails, beer and wine.

Location: East Atlanta - 550 Somerset Terrace NE; Website: illuminarium.com; Contact: 404-341-1000

Porsche Experience Center Atlanta

The North American headquarters of Porsche is located south of Atlanta, and they offer experiences on and off their testing track that will have your date falling head over wheels in love. Whether behind the wheel or just in the passenger seat, experience the inner workings of Porsche vehicles and embark on a thrill ride (up to 197 miles per hour). Top it off by exploring the history of Porsche with a 90-minute tour of the campus and a fine dining experience overlooking the track at Restaurant 356.

Location: Southeast Atlanta - One Porsche Dr; Website: porschedriving.com; Contact: 1-888-204-7474

Laughing Skull Lounge

Calling comedy lovers: grab dinner at the Vortex Bar and Grill Midtown and then hop over to the Laughing Skull Lounge right next door for a night of hilarity. Attend their “Best of Atlanta Showcase” from Thursday to Sunday at 8 p.m., or their open mic nights from Monday to Wednesday. Even better, YOU can plan a few weeks in advance to actually perform on stage during open mic nights and impress your date with your jokes (we recommend attending Laughing Skull’s six-week comedy class if you really want to go the extra mile).

CHECK OUT: Laugh it off! Come for open mic, stay for the pro sets

Location: Midtown - 878 Peachtree St NE; Website: laughingskulllounge.com; Contact: 678-701-6114

Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse

Transport yourself to Atlanta’s version of London’s Globe Theatre with a night of Shakespeare. Hosted by the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Tavern is a unique experience that brings the works of William Shakespeare to life on stage, combined with many options for food and drinks. For your date to be or not to be impressed, that will be the ultimate question.

Location: Downtown - 499 Peachtree St NE; Website: shakespearetavern.com; Contact: 404-874-5299

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