5 Date Night Ideas that Are Better Than Your Average Dinner

Here is a list of date night ideas that aren’t dinner, whether it’s your first date, your 7th, or your 35th.

Dating

Confession time: I haven’t been on a first date in a minute, but boy do I reminisce on those days.


Admittedly, with my past dating experiences I’ve always tried to venture out of the default dinner date night bubble and what’s considered to be the first date norm. Despite the fact that I am a bit of a film buff, I absolutely hated the idea of a first date being at the movies.

1) You spend two or more hours sitting in the dark trying to pretend you don’t talk to the screen during movies like the actors can hear you.

2) It’s a very intimate setting done in a way that’s impersonal – because essentially you don’t know the person you’re there with. Granted, it lays the groundwork for beautiful conversation after, but still.

I wrote guys off sometimes if they questioned why I wasn’t up for a movie during the first date.

Dinner was another thing. It’s the end all be all and the often used option when planning to go out on a date night. And, it’s glamorous.

You can wear that LBD from your closet that you invested in as a staple piece, do something different with the two-day old twist out you often rock, make an effort to be sexy. The fact that I love food makes dinner all the more my go-to answer to the commonly asked: “What do you want to do tonight?” It’s a safe bet.

For that very reason, I abstained from dinner dates whenever possible, seeking to do something active, something that would tell me more about the person I was going on a date with versus a dinner date where impressing me would be the main objective because my panties were something he wanted at the end of the night. I’ve always had the most fun on active dates that took me out of my comfort zone and that were not dinner.

[Tweet "In a comfortable, long term relationship, you may revert to ways you didn't care for while single."]

And as I settle into the, at times, monotonous mundane routines of being in a comfortable, functioning long term relationship, I’ve noticed how much I readily revert to ways I didn’t care for while I was single. Food is lovely, but it’s just dinner at the end of the day, you know? Yes, being comfortable has gotten us into a date night rut ladies! So I started to remember that getting out of that comfort zone shouldn’t just be reduced to our bedroom adventures or first dates, and that our 35th date could have just as much personality, if not more. So here's a list of date night ideas that aren’t dinner in case it’s your first date, your 7th, or your 35th – something to challenge your comfort levels. Check them out below!

Open Mic Night

I’m all about poetry, whether it be in the form of an artist who spits rhymes, an artist who sings her truth, or one who indulges in spoken word. Open Mic Nights are a more intimate and less elaborate alternative to full-on concerts. It’s a great way to engage in the sounds of local artists while being inspiring and renewing. Talk that talk honey, walk that walk money. Y’all know that “Love Jones”.

Indoor Wall Climbing

For the physically active, indoor wall climbing for me is kind of up there with indoor trampolines. So do one or both. I think if you’re really into using your body, you will absolutely LOVE incorporating fitness during a date night sans the gym. It can be really tough, but it’s also a nice segue into some friendly competition. Indoor trampoline places like Skyzone are fun--you literally feel like you’re flying. I promise the laughter between you will not stop.

Scavenger Hunt

The term “scavenger hunt” isn’t something we readily apply to life as adults, and definitely not through a romantic lens, but I had an amazing scavenger hunt once. There are a lot of murals in my city (through art initiatives like The Living Walls and WeLoveATL) and I decided to make a game of it by hunting down each one and documenting them. The whole day was filled with tracking these art pieces: paintings, murals, sculptures, interactive art. We took photos with them and of them and it was really fun, learned a lot about one another along the way. So choose something obscure and make a game of it.

Art Walks

I am such a fan of art, so here is another entry in favor of the art world on this list. A lot of cities offer Downtown Art Walks at the beginning of every month, especially during the warmer seasons. These art walks consists of gallery hopping and pop up eateries with food specials and great glasses of wine. It’s typically free aside from food and drinks and a great way to expose yourself to flavor and culture of your city with your date.

A Roadmap Dinner Date

In case you can’t shake the old faithful dinner routine, exchange it for a remixed version of it. Again, I am a big proponent of active dates, so this fulfills two of my biggest loves: food and my need to be active during dates. Pick a restaurant to grab an appetizer from and only an appetizer. Next, head to another spot to eat your entree. Then, hit up the last place for dessert. And if you’re up for a nightcap with drinks, by all means, start the turn up. It’s a great way to add some additional adventure to dinner and is one of my favorite ways to do date night.

These date night options are slowly but surely helping me come up with new answers to bae’s “What do you want to do tonight?” question and it’s helping us out of our date night rut. Dinner is cool and all, but change can be good.

What are some things you do to shake up the default date night ideas? Share below and give your girl some more ideas! Thank ya!

Sign up today and be the first to get notified on new updates, exclusive events, retreats and giveaways!

More Posts

When I was 19, I was somewhere twerking, smoking pot, and being an embarrassment to my parents. Only a year shy of 20, Yara Shahidi is on a much different path and it has greatness written all over it.

Keep reading... Show less

When you're on a path to becoming greater than your old self, there are a few keys you really need to get that level up just right. One of the biggest involves mentorship. Mentorship helps us take the clues that those before us have left and use them to get to our next destination. We partnered with Toyota and asked some of our favorite boss babes to share their mentor and mentee stories with us.

Keep reading... Show less

As life would have it, as I'm starting this piece, Kelis' music video for "Bossy" is playing on the tube. Something that I've always liked about Kelis, as an artist, is she's gonna do whatever she wants to do. We don't have to get it, so long as she does. If we like it, that's merely a bonus. Yeah, Kelis would be the opposite of the kinds of folks we're gonna talk about today. She appears to be very anti-self-critical. And that's beautiful.

Keep reading... Show less

Serena Williams just dropped her nighttime beauty routine and it's safe to say that she can add beauty maven to her long list of accolades. While most of her time is spent slaying tennis courts around the world, the rest is spent being fabulous AF alongside her husband and adorable daughter, Olympia.

Keep reading... Show less

I recently read an article that discussed all of the scientific signs that point to whether a person is falling in love or not. I'm not gonna share all 13 of 'em, but here are the ones that personally stood out to me—elevated levels of dopamine that cause you to focus your attention on someone; spending (wow) 85 percent of your time thinking about that individual; developing strong feelings of empathy for another person; desiring an emotional connection over a sexual one with them and, believing that your "love feelings" are something that you are not able to control. Maybe, but as Chris Rock once said, "You can't control who you love, but you can control how you love." That's good food for thought right there.

Keep reading... Show less
Exclusive Interviews
Latest Posts