Atlanta is the city where my husband and I met, dated, and fell in love, so it’s no wonder I think it can be an incredibly romantic city. We are going back for a visit this weekend to celebrate our friends’ engagement, and there are so many places I’d like to visit (mostly to eat). I’ve been researching Atlanta all week! With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought I’d round up a few of my favorite date night spots in the ATL, in case you’ll be in Atlanta with your sweetie this year!
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1. St. Regis Bar
It’s just gorgeous inside this bar, and super swanky. The inside feels like you’re in a rich person’s living room, and there are some nice fire pits outside to huddle around if it’s cold. Though the drinks are on the pricey side, you can just have one or two before dinner and soak in the atmosphere of the bar where The Wolf on Wall Street was filmed.
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While I wouldn’t call it ‘romantic’ per se, it’s definitely a fun date night experience. Snack on hors d’oeuvres and have a martini or two, mingling with other couples in the central rotunda underneath a massive dinosaur skeleton. The Imax movie is short and fun, and you’ll have a chance to dress up a little and go somewhere different.
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3. Antico Pizza
One of my favorite places in the ATL for any night, but great for a date since it’s casual and fun. Order at the counter and the snag a seat at one of the communal tables as soon as someone else gets up. Then, enjoy the most authentic pizza I’ve ever had in America. The menu is even in Italian, and you’re eating right in the kitchen, watching the chefs take the pizzas out of stone ovens. BYO bottle of wine and some plastic cups, and order some gelato from the truck that’s usually parked across the street. (Tip: It’s pretty warm inside, so go in winter rather than summer!)
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4. Northside Tavern
Sure, it’s a smoky dive bar that doesn’t serve food (and you don’t want it to, trust me), but it has the best live blues in the city. Grab a few bud lights and dance with your honey to some great music. (And don’t forget to bring cash for cover.)
5. Blue Ridge Mountains
So not for a first date, obviously, but rent a cabin in North Georgia with your better half. Since most cabins have lovely fireplaces, and your man can build you a manly bonfire outside too, colder months are perfect for snuggling up in a cabin together. Go hiking during the day, or go explore the cute little towns nearby. (Our favorite is Black Bear Cabins in Blue Ridge, GA.)
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6. Atlanta Food Truck Park
On weekends, the Atlanta Food Truck Park is the place to be. No, really! It’s packed! You can choose from up to 15 amazing food trucks (chicken and waffles, bbq, street tacos, and even the Atlanta-famous King of Pops) and eat outside at the picnic tables. Often you can find live music, and it’s a great place to bring your dog along. Follow the Food Truck Park on Facebook to know about when they will be closed, which trucks will be onsite, and any special events taking place.
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7. Cinebistro, Town Brookhaven
When we lived in Town Brookhaven, we could walk to this theater, and it was one of our favorite date spots. You can choose your seats ahead of time (and since my husband is super picky about movie seats, this saved us tons of time wandering up and down the aisle looking for an acceptable spot), and you can order food and drinks from your seat before the movie starts. They have some unique things on the menu, but they are pretty expensive. We usually just ordered an appetizer and some popcorn. They have great drinks, and even if you’re not seeing a movie, their beautiful lobby bar is a fun place to hang out.
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8. King + Duke, Buckhead
Although the outdoor terrace is popular as a “see and be seen” spot, the restaurant itself is fantastic. With a manlier-than-usual decor and a meat-heavy menu, any guy will enjoy it, and any girl loves being taken to an upscale restaurant, so it’s a win-win. You’ll need to get dressed up and expect to spend a little more, but hey, Atlanta is a foodie town and you need to experience it.
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9. Cafe Jonah and the Magical Attic
Who says brunch can’t be a good date? This is one of the most unique restaurants I’ve ever been to. For starters, their weekend brunch does not have a price. You donate what you feel it’s worth, and the proceeds go to charity. The food is fresh, local, and organic. Grab a spot as soon as someone gets up, in one of the many cozy little tables around the house. They also discourage cell phone use, which is refreshing, especially on weekend mornings.
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10. Sky View Atlanta
Because what’s more romantic than riding a ferris wheel with your honey? Even though we don’t often go to downtown Atlanta, this is one place worth making the trip. At night the ferris wheel is all lit up, and you’ll enjoy a fantastic view of the city. If you’re feeling extra romantic, you can spring for the VIP experience, with leather seats and a glass floor.
Those are ten of my favorites, but if you’re looking for even more ideas, follow my Date Night in the ATL Pinterest board! It’s a map board with tons of great suggestions. Any Atlanta folks out there? What can you add to this list?