In a metropolis like Houston, Texas, it may seem daunting to choose where to bring someone on a first date; this list of Houston hot spots takes the guesswork out of it so that all you need to do is show up, relax, and have fun.
Show Your Date a Fantastic Time
To plan a successful date, first take into account the interests of the person who will be accompanying you. Does she like outdoor activities, or perhaps drinks and dancing? Will she want dinner? Luckily enough, Houston has got something for everyone.
For the active date, consider the multitude of outdoor activities Houston has to offer: the extensive disc golf course at Agnes Moffitt Park, the serene golf course and running tracks at Hermann park, and the beautiful bicycle trail at Memorial. Feeling brave? Take on Critical Mass, and keep up with the fast paced swarm of cyclists careening around the city. Show off your skills and let her show off hers for a fun- and not to mention healthy- afternoon.
Does your date love to dance, dine, or socialize? Consider bringing her to Midtown for all three activities. The center of Houston, Midtown has a variety of first date options, each place bringing something different and interesting to the table. Try the historic La Carafe, one of the oldest buildings in the city, for a romantic ambience and lots of character. For the music enthusiast, edgy, not-quite-gentrified Barbarella offers 80s, 90s, and Selena themed club nights. Charivari is an excellent choice for a traditional date, complete with cloth napkins, candlelight, and renowned European cuisine.
To really make an impression, head to Montrose for upscale entertainment that doesn’t compromise fun for fanciness. Located in the heart of the neighborhood, Uchi has a tasting menu that will impress even the most jaded raw seafood enthusiast. If your date is a wine connoisseur, let her order for you at Boheme and enjoy your drinks and snacks in a funky, vintage environment complete with a backyard of twinkle lights. Pop over to Brazil for dessert and coffee afterwards to round out a perfect evening.
Have A Fun Evening
A date in River Oaks guarantees a beautiful time in beautiful surroundings. Check out sultry, unassuming Marfreless, known only by its bright blue door. Take in an offbeat dramedy at the River oaks Theater and then to a decadent multi-course meal at Triniti.
Chinatown is a prime dating hot spot for the adventurous foodie, with a myriad of options in addition to actual Chinese food. A true Cantonese gourmet will want to experience Jade Garden for its two lobster special (one for each of you!) and then Hong Kong market for its specialty fabric and antique shops. From Vietnamese banh mi to Japanese shabu shabu, Chinatown is a cultural playground and every activity a conversation starter.
Not all dating has to be about food or sports; what better way to get to know someone than to engage in something around which the conversation flows? There’s no better way to get the conversational ball rolling than with glow in the dark bowling at Bowlmor. At Pinot’s Palette you and your date can paint side by side while sipping wine and take home your finished painting at the end of the night. Discovery Green downtown always has an event to go to, such as a festival or a free concert.
A first date can set the tone for all future interactions between two people. It is often the deciding factor for whether or not there will be a second date, let alone a relationship. Help yourself avoid possible awkwardness by choosing an incredible place to go; one where your date will definitely enjoy herself.