Fun Date Ideas in Raleigh

Couple on a fun date in Raleigh, NCYou don’t have to wait until February 14th to plan a special night out for you and your beau. Raleigh is the perfect location for a date night any day of the week or a weekend romantic getaway. We’ve put together some of our favorite fun and romantic date ideas in Raleigh, NC.

Downtown Ice Skating 

The Polar Iceplex is the perfect place for a date! Skate hand in hand with your beau around the rink, only stopping for a quick smooch or cup of hot cocoa to warm up. The rink is open daily to the public with $3 skate rentals available. General admission is $10 on weekends and $7 on weekdays.

Unique Bars

Boxcar Bar and Arcade

Drink, play, and hang at Raleigh’s Boxcar Bar and Arcade, named one of the best bars in Raleigh. Boxcar Bar and Arcade is located in Raleigh’s downtown Warehouse District and has all your entertainment needs, making it the perfect first date spot. Not only do they have hundreds of arcade-style games to choose from, but they also host special events and live music throughout the year. With 24 rotating American craft drafts, specialty cocktails, and several local liquors, you and your date are sure to find the perfect drink to saluté!

C. Grace Bar

If you’re looking to turn the romance up, get dolled up and stop in at C. Grace Bar. This quaint little jazz bar has all the fixings for a romantic evening from their jazz music to their low lighting. Sip one of their handcrafted cocktails like the Peggy Rose, Garden Party or Praised Bee while you enjoy the live music or gazing into your sweetheart’s eyes.

Raleigh’s unique bars and nightlife are sure to set the mood for any date out!

Billiards, Bowling, & More!

King’s means serious business when it comes to dining and entertainment! Check out their retro arcade games, billiards, 10-pin bowling alley, and more. This is your date night one-stop-shop, you can even make dine and bowl reservations ahead of time! You can also enjoy a craft beer or cocktail while challenging your significant other to a friendly game of table tennis! King’s Dining & Entertainment is open from 2-11 pm, Sunday-Thursday and 11-1 am, Friday and Saturday.  

Dinner & A Movie

Mood lighting, great food and drinks, and a captivating feature film, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema have all your date night essentials covered! From the comfort of your theater seat, you can enjoy cold drinks and a variety of food from their mouthwatering menu.  If you need something, just raise a card and your server will bring whatever you need to make your experience the best! The hardest part of your night will be deciding which movie to watch.

Local Breweries

An ice-cold beer, intimate setting, and great conversation can make the perfect date night. Lucky for you, Raleigh has some of the best breweries around! Brewery Bhavana, for its serene setting, and Clouds Brewing, for its laid-back atmosphere are two we highly recommend for a couple’s day out.