Love is in the air in Downtown Arlington! When you’re walking down Abram Street and you are surrounded by the delicious aroma of coffee brewing or burgers frying or cupcakes baking, that’s love. This February, treat that special someone to a night in the city where you can enjoy all three and plenty more. Whether you’re a seasoned couple, long-standing friends, or still trying to figure it out, there is a little something for everybody in Downtown.
First Date, Kind of Nervous
First date jitters are a real thing, especially in the age of online dating. Not only is it difficult to find the right companion, but you also must factor in where to go and what to do. The first date carries a lot of weight and lucky for you, we’re here to lighten the load.
There’s a reason why coffee dates have become so romanticized in literature and media; they’re peaceful, encourage plenty of conversation, and you can tell a lot about a person based on how they take their coffee. With its natural lighting, diverse menu, and spacious seating, Inclusion Coffee makes for the perfect location for a practical first date, and if things go well, it’s surrounded by a variety of restaurants to keep the positive energy going.
What better way to get rid of those first date jitters than over a nice, cold beer? In a bar setting, there’s no need to overcomplicate things, be overly formal or too dressed up because it’ll feel like you’re meeting a (new) friend over drinks. Binions Ice House is a great place to break the ice by bonding over work day grievances, trying one of their house specials, or playing a flirty game of darts.
Indoor axe throwing is a relatively new phenomenon that is sweeping the country. An entertaining alternative to other group outings, think of it like bowling with an edge, pun intended. When faced with the responsibility of choosing the perfect date destination, it’s easy to fall into the stereotypical, safe option of dinner or a movie. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. If you’re looking to give your companion an unforgettable experience, feel free to think outside the box. At Lone Star Axe Throwing, don’t just break the ice, chop it in half!
For Your V.S.O.P. (Very Special Other Person)
For those who are far past the first date nerves, Downtown Arlington is the place to take your long-time sweetie out for a night on the town. Take a trip down memory lane by playing some throwback games at Free Play Arcade, then dive into some fine dining at any of the following Downtown restaurants. Editor’s Pick: Check out why The Sanford House Inn & Spa was named the number one Most Romantic Hotel in the DFW by USA Today.
Maybe the Real Valentine is the Friends We Made Along the Way
There’s no shame in the singles game! At the end of the day, this time of year is all about love. Even if you’re riding solo romantically, you can still enjoy a night out in Downtown Arlington with some of your favorite people. Here’s a list of all the places you and your friends need to check out this Valentine’s Day!