Good news: you scored a date for this weekend. Bad news: you have no idea where to go. We compiled a list of great places to go on a date in Houston. Whether you’re looking for something cozy and intimate or adventurous and sporty, the city has plenty of ways to up your dating game away from boredom and drag.
1. Have a sunset dinner with Fantasea Dinner Cruises
Instead of dining amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, drive just south of Houston and board FantaSea’s luxury yacht to enjoy a romantic, sunset dinner for two. Get there early, grab a drink from one of the full-service bars and enjoy walking the climate-controlled decks with your sweetheart before you set sail. Each cruise includes an extravagant and satisfying meal, as well as beautiful, brilliant sunsets.
2. Take romantic pictures at Water Wall
Positioned in the Galleria area of Houston, the Water Wall is not only one of the most stunning sights in the city, but it is also one of the most romantic places to visit after sunset. You both can enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants in Uptown and then stroll over to this 64-story marvel that glistens and sparkles as thousands of gallons of water spill over the smooth rock. This place is really stunning for taking pictures which will make your date unforgettable!
3. Test your tastes compatibility at Wooster’s Garden
An attractive space helps set the tone for a special occasion, and no bar in Midtown is prettier than Wooster’s. The flexible space features a long bar, intimate tables and lounge seating, which means ayou can have a little privacy with your date during the important getting-to-know-you phase. Bar bites, created by former Soma chef Gabe Medina, are perfect for sharing — and help you learn how compatible your taste in food is. Choose a beer from one of the 49 craft taps or indulge in one of cocktail wizard Steven Salazar’s creative drinks that utilize a variety of housemade syrups.
4. Soar to new heights with Air Texas Balloon Adventures
Surprise your date: take a hot air balloon ride through Air Texas Balloon Adventures! It’s such a romantic way to start your day! Each balloon takes off just as the sun’s gorgeous rays begin peeking through the clouds and continues into the bright blue skies to give guests a breathtaking view of the area below. When the incredible flight is winding down, the pilot will even provide toasting champagne. What can be better than a glass of champagne at sunset?
5. Sweeten your evening at The Chocolate Bar
Serving one of the sweetest, most tantalizing aphrodisiacs, the Chocolate Bar is the place to go to wrap up a romantic evening. Order a rich hot chocolate to share with your sweetie at one of the more private, corner tables, or dip straight into multi-layered cakes like the dark chocolate Aunt Etta’s. Decadent favorites like chocolate-covered popcorn, hand-dipped Oreos and chocolate pizzas can also be boxed to enjoy your date in the comfort of your home.
6. Break the ice at Houston Improv comedy
If you believe that humor is the best way to break the ice, what’s better spot for a first (or another) date than a top-notch comedy club? The Houston Improv offers cozy seating for two, drinks and a delectable food menu, so that you can enjoy dinner and a show, without having to worry about any awkward silences (at least until the car ride home). This popular Houston laugh spot brings in big names that you’ve likely seen on Comedy Central, Chelsea Lately and Last Comic Standing. Show dates and times vary, but comedy acts are typically featured Thursday through Sunday, starting between 7 and 10:30 p.m, with the occasional Wednesday set or earlier showing. Bring some comedy to your life!
7. Watch your favorite movie at the Showboat Drive-In
We know that the ‘dinner and a movie’ date is soooo cliché. But you can still see a movie at the Showboat Drive-In, which is pretty cool…not overrated or lame…and if it’s one of those dates that you were hoping wouldn’t ever end, one admission gets you a double-feature. There’s a concession stand, so you can share a shake and some nachos, while trying to keep the party in the front seat. Just remember, you won’t get to impress anybody with a platinum credit card here, it’s cash only!