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Couples looking for a romantic getaway will find plenty of fun things to do in Austin, from foodie favorites to active adventures. Get some tips for your next date with these 15 ideas.
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1. Get pampered with a luxurious spa treatment.
Enjoy a soothing massage alongside your sweetheart with a spa day at one of the many spas in Austin. For massages and body treatments, book the Delicious Duet Spa Package (2 hours, 20 minutes) at Viva Day Spa, or opt for the Couples Retreat (3 hours) at Milk + Honey.
2. Tantalize your taste buds with romantic restaurants in Austin.
From super-casual eateries to upscale restaurants, take your beloved out for a night of cuisine and conversation. Impress your date with cutting-edge Mexican cuisine at the sexy Comedor or the four-course tasting menu at the glamorous Lenoir. Share a few slices of gourmet pizza at Bufalina, get interactive with hot pot dining at DipDipDip Tatsu-Ya (named 2019 Restaurant of the Year by Eater Austin) or flirt over French dishes under the candlelit winter tent at Justine’s. Dine on the homey veranda at Olamaie (don’t miss the Southern biscuits!) or snag a table at Fabi + Rosi, serving European dishes in a charming bungalow. Enjoy Lady Bird Lake views at Arlo Grey, located in the hip LINE hotel and headed by Top Chef 10 winner Kristen Kish, who melds French and Italian traditions.
3. Sip handcrafted cocktails in cozy cocktail bars.
For classic cocktails, slip into a velvet booth at The Roosevelt Room or make a reservation at the speakeasy-inspired Midnight Cowboy. Go for exotic tiki drinks at She’s Not Here, featuring charming decor inspired by 1920s hotel lobbies. Grab a seat at Domo Alley-Gato, a patio bar-and-restaurant designed to look like a colorful Tokyo alley, mixing Japanese-inspired cocktails. At the ranch-style Contigo, head outdoors (yep, even in winter) to cozy up around the fire pit with a drink in hand. Or kick back with snacks and spirits by the poolside fireplace at The Pool Deck atop the Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt.
4. Experience the magic of the theater.
No matter what kind of show you’re in the mood for, you’re bound to find the perfect date night entertainment in Austin. Catch everything from ballet to Shakespeare at Long Center for the Performing Arts, laugh the night away with a comedy at Cap City Comedy Club, or jam out to an Austin City Limits Live concert at The Moody Theater.
5. Go boot scootin’ at an iconic dancehall.
For cheap beers, “bomb tacos” and a whole lotta boot scootin’, get on over to the legendary Broken Spoke (a mainstay since 1964) or The White Horse, which boasts live country jams and some of the best two-steppers around (Insider tip: if your moves could use a little help, show up early for a dance lesson).
6. Visit a world-class art museum.
You’re bound to see something conversation-starting at the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin, where more than 17,000 works comprise the permanent collection. Peruse the exhibits and then swap ideas on your own interpretations.
7. Score a hole in one.
8. Catch a movie on the big screen.
Skip the mainstream blockbuster and opt for cult classics, limited-release films and artistic cinema when you visit one of the many specialty movie houses around town, such as AFS Cinema, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema or Violet Crown (Insider tip: they all offer concessions, plus beer and cocktails).
9. Sip your way through Austin’s wineries, breweries or cideries.
Get a taste of Austin’s booming craft beer scene with a pint of something unique at St. Elmo Brewing Co., Lazarus Brewing Company or the new Central Machine Works Brewery and Beer Hall. If handcrafted cider made from freshly pressed apples is more your style, bring your date to the tap room of Texas Keeper Cider, Argus Cidery or Austin Eastciders. Or, sample a flight of Texas-made wines at urban winery Infinite Monkey Theorem or Texas Reds and Whites Tasting Room.
10. Take your charcuterie up a notch.
Did you know there are seven basic styles of cheese? Learn all about them—all while tasting the differences, of course—with a cheese class at Antonelli’s Cheese Shop.
11. Take a couples cooking class.
Want to get even more advanced with your culinary prowess? Sign up for a cooking class at Kitchen Underground to learn a variety of cooking and baking skills, from a crash course in Thai food to a fundamental skills class for making pasta from scratch. Maybe this will lead to more date nights in the kitchen.
12. Take in the views from the Greenbelt.
Get your heart racing out in nature when you explore the 7.8-mile Barton Creek Greenbelt. Hike, mountain bike or just stroll through the scenic beauty, and stop at one of the swimming holes along the way to cool off.
13. Go climbing and reach new heights.
Seek a fun challenge with a bouldering session at the Austin Bouldering Project. Unlike climbing, you don’t need to use ropes or harnesses, but you still get all the thrill of problem-solving and overcoming obstacles. For newbies, take an Intro to ABP class, which is offered every Saturday for free with the purchase of a day pass.
14. Indulge in Italian sweets.
15. Do some sight-seeing.
Want to keep it simple? Enjoy a leisurely stroll on South Congress, and stop in the shops along the way (Insider tip: Amy’s Ice Creams is always a good choice). Make sure to pause by the “I love you so much” mural located on the side of Jo’s Coffee for a selfie with your sweetheart.
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