30+ Atlanta Date Night Ideas
Need some fresh date night inspiration? Here’s what to do around Atlanta when you have a night away from the kids.
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Sleepy Hollow: An Immersive Cocktail Experience in Underground Atlanta. On the night of the harvest festival in 1799, spirits will be raised during this comedy-horror event. Sept. 22-Oct. 16.
The Ghastly Dreadfuls at Center for Puppetry Arts. This show is a combination of ghost stories, catchy music, gothic aesthetic and grim humor featuring talented performers, live music, storytelling and different styles of puppetry. Oct. 12-29.
Fernbank After Dark: Science & Spirits at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Enjoy a ghoulishly good time with live music by Villain Family. Oct. 14.
The Rocky Horror Show at Woodstock Arts. A suburban couple get stranded with a group of misfit cinephiles and a creepy castle. Oct. 14-30.
History After Hours: Swan House of Horrors at Atlanta History Center. Explore the haunted mansion, the Swan House of Horrors, grab a spooky signature cocktail, go dancing, participate in a costume contest and more. Oct. 20.
Trick or Drink at Avalon. Halloween festivities include costumes, specialty cocktails and dancing to a live band. Oct. 28.
Sips Under the Sea: Halloween at Georgia Aquarium. Wear a Halloween costume to peruse the galleries, grab a drink and dance at this themed cocktail party. Oct. 28.
The BeltLine: Stroll for exercise and enjoyment of the public art along The BeltLine. Finish with a bite at one of the restaurants and dessert spots along the path, including those in Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market.
Joystick Game Bar: Play classic arcade games and pinball while enjoying some cocktails and chef-made plates.
Starlight Drive-In: Metro Atlanta’s only drive-in theater shows films on multiple screens. Snuggle in the car or pack lawn chairs for outdoor viewing.
The Cooking School at Irwin Street Market: Chefs and top-notch cooking instructors teach adult-only gourmet workshops. Of course, you get to eat what you make.
Buford Highway: Go beyond your usual date night spots and try the Chinese hand-pulled noodles at LanZhou Ramen, or authentic Mexican food at El Rey del Taco. Check out Havana Sandwich Shop for authentic Cuban fare.
Skyline Park at Ponce City Market: Head up to the rooftop amusement park for classic gaming and adult drinking.
Stone Mountain Park: When the sun sets, it’s time for a choreographed musical laser show on the side of Stone Mountain (select dates April-October).
Dad’s Garage Theatre: Reserve two seats for some of the best improv in Atlanta, plus original scripted plays.
Downtown & Westside
Chick-fil-A Fan College Football Hall of Fame: Any football fan will enjoy an afternoon at this museum. Admire memorabilia from college football greats and try your hand at the Skill Zone. Hit The Varsity afterward for a “naked dog,” or their famous Frosted Orange Drink. Don’t forget to order a side of hand-cut fries or onion rings.
Sweetwater Brewery: Visit one of Atlanta’s most popular microbreweries for a tour and to check out the taproom. On various weeks, you’ll find live music and food trucks on site. Find more of our favorite breweries here.
The Fox Theatre: See a Broadway-style production or book a tour to learn about the golden era of the movie palace at the Fox Theatre.
Castleberry Hill Art Stroll: On the second Friday of every month, follow the map to visit diverse galleries and get a taste of what this vibrant arts scene.
SkyView Atlanta: Take a romantic gondola trip for two. The 20-story Ferris wheel in Centennial Park offers amazing city views.
Atlanta Botanical Gardens: Visit for a nighttime program in the gardens for adults. The schedule includes cocktail hours, concerts and seasonal strolls.
Topgolf: Rent a bay and try to top each other’s score as you putt micro-chipped golf balls onto the green’s targets. Grab a bite and a beer while you’re at it!
iFly: Take the leap together! Go indoor skydiving for an adventurous outing.
Ghost Tour: Roswell, Marietta and Covington offer evening walking tours to give your date thrills and chills.
Puttshack: This upscale, tech-infused mini golf experience has interactive leader boards, a prize wheel and paperless scoring. After 8 p.m., admittance is limited to 21 years and older.
Karaoke Melody: Grab some friends, reserve a private room, and sing your heart out!
Chattahoochee Nature Center: Paddle down the Chattahoochee River on an evening adults-only canoe trip. (Select dates.)
Red Sky Tapas Dueling Pianos: Make reservations for this music-comedy hybrid that features two talented local musicians facing off for your entertainment.
Escalade Climbing Gym: Spend an active indoor evening climbing the walls! Two locations: Kennesaw and Peachtree City.
Fernbank After Dark at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Enjoy a night of science, activities, drinks, music and more at these after-hours events. Oct. 14.
Atlanta Motor Speedway: Go to a race or book an exotic car driving experience.
Classic Cue: Shoot pool at a true billiard room, where you can set your playlist on a classic jukebox.
Mastermind Escape Games: Can you get out? Test your teamwork and thinking skills together. Three locations: Peachtree City, Sandy Springs and Augusta.
Locust Grove Train Watching Platform: See more than 40 trains come through daily from the viewing space in historic downtown. Walk to restaurants and shops nearby when you’ve had your fill of people-watching and train cars.
Hard Labor Creek Observatory: An hour from the city lights, three different research telescopes give stargazers a closeup view of their universe. Check the calendar for observatory open houses, held one Saturday a month March-October. Open houses are temporarily suspended.
Dick Lane Velodrome: Watch cyclists race on an enclosed track for a fast-paced spectator sport. Watch their event calendar for weeknight racing and special events.
Palette’s Paint & Wine Bar: BYOB and create a couple of masterpieces to hang in your home.
Frederick Brown Amphitheater: National touring acts and tribute bands take the stage at “The Fred” for live entertainment evenings.
– Dalia Faupel and Teresa Farkas