Date night ideas in Charlotte

Got a hot new fling? Hoping to spice things up with your longtime partner? We’re here to help plan your next date in the Queen City.

Two individuals sip glasses of wine.

Cheers to creating memorable moments with the one you love.

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Kids, this is the story of how I met your mother, and it was all thanks to CLTtoday.

Ok, so maybe that’s not exactly how the 2000s sitcom went, but if Ted Mosby had consulted us for date night ideas, we could’ve shaved the show down to two seasons (and saved his kids a lot of time). Regardless, whether you’ve met “the one” or are hoping to impress someone new, we’ve got 15+ local date night ideas that are legen — wait for it — dary.

Charlotte, NC

You can reach the Spectrum Center via the Charlotte Area Transit System’s 501 Light (Lynx Blue Line).

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For the ones who want a night out on the town

If the way to their heart is through their stomach

  • Whoever said you can’t find good seafood if you’re not by the coast has obviously never visited Fin & Fino. The downtown restaurant + raw bar serves up an impressive dinner menu complete with tuna crudo, baby octopus, and fresh oysters.
  • Switch up your dinner date routine or impress your new beau with a brunch outing. Spots like Haberdish and 300 East are popular choices.
People on a tour at the US National Whitewater Center

The US National Whitewater Center has ropes courses that incorporate traverses on suspension bridges.

Photo by @usnwc

If you love the great outdoors

For the ones who like to play games (just not with your heart)

  • Add a little danger healthy competition to your date night with axe throwing. The city center is home to Bad Axe Throwing while BATL Axe Throwing has locations in Plaza Midwood and South End.
  • Enjoy some quali-tee with one another on a date at Stroke, a hip indoor golf club with a full service restaurant + bar.
  • Revel in a night of nostalgia with each other by booking a bowling lane at Piedmont Social House. Bonus: If bowling isn’t your thing, Piedmont Social also has billiards, foosball, and ping pong.

If you’re really hoping that it works out

  • Take your relationship to new heights with a climbing session at Inner Peaks Climbing. Choose between the gym’s two locations — Mathews or South End — and fill out a waiver before you go if its your first time.
  • Give “heart opener” a whole new meaning with a class at Okra; we especially love this studio’s candlelight deep stretch classes.
  • Book a private salsa lesson at CLTDance for you and your SO, then head across the street for a delicious Greek meal at Mocco Bistro.

If you want an “old fashioned”-style date

  • Impress your date with a visit to this secret speakeasy. Backstage Lounge is self-described as a “modern take on a traditional concept with an intimate, romantically elevated vibe.” Pro tip: Check out the bar’s Instagram for the “password of the week” — the phrase you must say for entry.
  • Have a romantic milkshake moment at Park Road Soda Shoppe by ordering your favorite flavor + grabbing two straws to share with your honey.

If you wanna show off by knowing all the hottest events in town

  • Shameless plug: Sign up for our daily newsletter, where we call out our top picks of things to do around town. Your date doesn’t have to know we’re behind it, you can take all the credit.
  • Stay up-to-date on the coolest local events around Charlotte with our events page.
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