15 Date Night Ideas in Austin

Date Ideas in Austin - A Girl From TX


Looking for some romantic ways to spend Valentines Day or any date night in Austin, Texas? Look no further! Here are 15 Date Night Ideas in Austin that are a blast for everyone! Whether you want to check out the sunset or catch a drive in movie, we have all the best options!


Date Ideas in Austin - A Girl From TX

Explore Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin is a romantic destination all on its own. Start off with a romantic dinner at Numero 28, Italic, or Swifts Attic (some of my favorite downtown eats).

Afterwards, walk along Congress St and 2nd Street for some people watching and gorgeous night lights. End the night off walking over to Congress Bridge to catch a night time skyline view of Austin, also the perfect spot to steal a kiss!


Date Ideas in Austin - A Girl From TX

Catch a Drive-In Movie

Find Blue Starlight Drive-In just south of Austin for a romantic drive-in movie night! Something unique and special, plus you can bring your own popcorn in. You can check out their showings here!


Date Ideas in Austin - A Girl From TX

Roast Marshmellows at Halcyon Downtown

If you’re keeping it low key, then spend a couple hours roasting marshmallows and drinking coffee at Halcyon in Downtown Austin! The perfect spot to sit and chat for a couple hours without the pressure of anything crazy.


Date Ideas in Austin - A Girl From TX

Austin Bouldering Project

If you and your cutie love being active, then make sure you spend some time at the Austin Bouldering Project together! It’s a lot like rock climbing, but without the ropes. Guess you’ll just have to trust your partner to catch you!

***PSA do not try this if you need to be able to feel your arms the next day, learned that the hard way***


Date Ideas in Austin - A Girl From TX

Peter Pan Mini Golf

The ultimate cheesy date outing, and also one of the best! Grab your someone special and head to Peter Pan Mini Golf to show off your putt-putt skills. The course in BYOB as well if you want to bring along some drinks. Afterwards, you can walk over to P Terrys or Chuys right by Zilker Park!


Date Ideas in Austin - A Girl From TX

Picnic at Auditorium Shores

The Auditorium Shores park is without a doubt my favorite spot in Austin. Pack up a picnic and head over to the best view of downtown Austin for an afternoon. Afterwards, walk along the water to Ladybird Lake Boardwalk to watch the sunset and catch the bats flying out from under the bridge.

PSA: Do not stand directly under the bridge when the bats fly out. Just trust me. 


 Date Ideas in Austin - A Girl From TX

Staycation in Austin

If you’re looking to splurge on a romantic evening in Austin, then opt for a staycation! Check out some of my favorite hotels for your special evening:

Hotel Ella – A smaller boutique and one of the most romantic hotels in Austin. Enjoy their cozy rooms and bed and breakfast feel for the day.

Lake Austin Spa Resort – The ultimate relaxing getaway. Splurge on a romantic couples spa day at one of the most beautiful getaways.

Hotel San Jose – Escape to South Austin with one of the most fun and unique Austin hotels. Make sure you check out their pool!

W Hotel Austin – Go all out with a Downtown view and luxury getaway. The W is as glitz and glam as Austin gets.


Date Ideas in Austin - A Girl From TX

Watch the Sunset Over Austin

Drive up to Mount Bonnell or 36o Bridge Overlook to catch the most beautiful sunset over Austin. It’s impossible not to feel the romance when you’re at these spots, plus the drive up is beautiful too!

While you’re up there, head over to Oasis for a gorgeous dinner overlooking Lake Travis. You can’t make reservations, but if you happen to get there at the right time then it’s a dinner you will never forget.


Date Ideas in Austin - A Girl From TX

Visit a Local Winery or Brewery

If you’re a couple of wine lovers, then check out the Dripping Springs Wine Trail where you can have that Napa experience just outside of Austin! It stops by 8 beautiful wineries filled with red, white, and dessert wine joy.

If you’re beer lovers, Austin is filled with some amazing breweries you can spend the afternoon at! We recommend Jester King Brewery or Hops & Grain. Can’t go wrong with a craft beer!


Date Ideas in Austin - A Girl From TX

Swing Dance the Night Away

Every Thursday, the Swing Dance Syndicate hosts a night of swing dancing at the Texas Women’s Federation building. For the first hours, they’ll teach you everything you need to know, and then it’s an open floor until Midnight!

Even those of us with two left feet love to show off our moves, and this is a fool-proof fun night. If you’ve got a dance partner, or even if you don’t, you have to give it a try!


Date Ideas in Austin - A Girl From TX

Catch a Movie at Alamo Drafthouse

Classic Austin, y’all. Catch a movie at one of the many Alamo Drafthouse locations in Austin! Whether you’re up for a comedy or a horror (but like…why) you’ll be sure to enjoy the movie at the Drafthouse.

Especially perfect for those of you trying to keep the night within budget, or wanting to get to know someone better before you go all out on a date!


Date Ideas in Austin - A Girl From TX

Spend a Day on the Lake

If it’s a sunny day (and with Austin it usually is) then head on over to SupATX rentals for some time out on the lake! Whether you’re wanting to attempt kayaking or paddle boarding, they’ve got the best prices for your lake day.


Date Ideas in Austin - A Girl From TX

Top Golf – The Domain

Even those of us that suck at golf (aka me) love some time at Top Golf! It’s the perfect spot for groups or couples, and you can’t not have a blast.

Afterwards, you can walk around the Domain (especially the Domain Northside) and enjoy some drinks at Second Bar + Kitchen followed by an amazing Italian dinner at Mia just down the road.


Date Ideas in Austin - A Girl From TX

Catch a Comedy Show

Everyone loves a good laugh! Austin is home to Esther’s Follies, one of my personal favorite comedy clubs. I laugh so hard my abs hurt every time I go, and I can’t recommend it enough!

Another great Austin comedy location is The New Movement. Although I have not tried it myself, I’ve heard great things!



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