11 Local Places for a Perfect First Date

By H&W on 1st Feb 2019

Finding the perfect date night spot can be tricky. With new bars and restaurants popping up every weekend and events coming to town non-stop; it should be easy to find something to do. But alas, there is still so much pressure to have the perfect romantic evening. Veronica Williams (pictured) offers some advice-based on personal experience!

“Bing!” it’s the ping of your dating app going off, you have a new match. Oh and there’s a message to accompany it. The first date can be intimidating, it’s the one that sets the tone. You want it to be fun but just easy going enough it gets the conversation flowing.

Don’t worry though, I’ve been on loads of dates and done my research. From art to absinthe these are the perfect date night spots in Nashville.

1. Frist Art Musem

May seem a little cliche taking your new love interest to an art museum but with new exhibits every month the Frist is sure to have something interesting. Besides, art sparks conversation! Really get into the nitty-gritty and pick your dates brain.

Now until February 18th, they are even hosting a special exhibit “Live, Love, & Marriage Chests in Renaissance Italy,” what better way to get in the mood than throwing yourself in whirlwind Italian romance, just like Romeo and Juliet?

2. Pinewood Social

Bowl, booze, and brunch all at one spot. If you are looking for a date night that has all of the activities in one place, Pinewood Social is your spot. It’s also great for meeting someone for the first time. It features a restaurant, a bar, a bowling alley, and even a pool in the summer. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; so they are here for your earliest or latest of dates.

3. Love Circle

It wouldn’t be a true Nashville date night list if we didn’t include the one spot where everyone has had at least one romantic moment at. Love Circle is a road that leads up to a hill that conveniently sits at the top of Nashville so for just a few minutes you can feel like you are on top of the city. As you overlook the city lights you may just want to stay until morning to catch the sun peak over the Batman building.

4. Two Ten Jack

Looking for some adventurous cocktails and may be interested in giving chicken hearts a try? Two Ten Jack makes for a great first date night spot. This Izakaya inspired bar and restaurant takes you all the way to Japan. Try out a unique selection of sake and Japanese whiskeys while you snack on small plates of shishito peppers and takoyaki (Japanese style hush puppies).

5. East Side Murals

Why be stuck in just one spot? Get out and go on an adventure! Wander around East Nashville and check out all the East Side Murals. These murals are all over East Nashville and are all painted by local artists. You may even want to stop and grab a slice of Five Points Pizza while you make a stop in 5 points.

6. TopGolf

Are you and your date more of the athletic and competitive type? Why not try out TopGolf. Get your own seat and play a few rounds of gold to see just who has the better swing. It’s a great way to get to know someone and figure out if they really will be a good golf partner later in life.

7. Folk

Everyone loves pizza, but it may not always be the most romantic option for date night.  However, Folk’s wood brick oven pizzas, a collection of small plates, extensive wine menu, and delicious craft cocktails make this pizza perfect for your date night.

Started by the owners of Rolf & Daughter they brought their expertise on Italian food to Nashville giving us surprising dishes every time. If you are looking for a pizza to try, you shouldn’t pass up on their clam pizza, interesting I know, but it works every time!

8. Olive & Sinclair

I don’t know about you but most days I would prefer to skip dinner altogether and go straight for dessert. So why not take your new potential sweetheart out for some sweet treats at Olive & Sinclair chocolatiers. Every Saturday in East Nashville they hold tours of their factory, find out just how your favorite cocoa treats are made.

9. The Green Hour

The Tempered Cafe & Chocolatier has a secret starting Thursday after 8 pm, they have a little green secret. Have you ever wanted to try absinthe? Well, now you can! Try out a full absinthe tasting and do it just like it’s done in Europe. The perfect way to kick off a first date night and make sure the truth serum is flowing.

10. L.A. Jackson

At the top of the Thompson Hotel, you’ll find the perfect rooftop bar in The Gulch with views of the city that will make you remember why you love it. This art deco inspired bar is something out of a Hollywood movie. You walk into a large sprawling bar right in front of open doors that lead to a lively but comfortable rooftop patio. This is one date night that will keep the conversation going until last call.

11. At a Local Event… as mentioned in the last issue of Health & Wellness, why not make that first date at a local event? And there’s an app for that! …..’WillCalled’ started by Nashville duo Lex Lipsitz and Ken Madson pairs ticket holders with ticket seekers. Music, Sports, Movies, Theater, and all other ticketed events are included. They’ve initially just launched in Nashville. If you’re single and used to app dating, WillCalled will pair you with people who are interested in the same event.  No more wondering what to do or having to worry about where you’re going to meet. Take someone or have someone take you”. The WillCalled app is free to download and use. More info: https://willcalled.com.

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