The Norman Date Guide contains suggestions for various fantastic, creative, and local places for amazing, fun, and unique dates. Young or old, straight or gay, romantic or fun, first date or long time married–there are ideas for all kinds of couples and types of dates in Norman. This isn’t a laundry list of places – it’s a thoughtful collection of eateries, activities, and options with remarks about what special characteristic makes it a good date choice.
TIP: Pay attention to doors! You’ll walk right past hidden treasures, like Gallery123. On 123 E. Main St. in downtown is a doorway leading upstairs to several small art studios. The 2nd Friday Circuit of Art is a monthly, citywide celebration of art. It’s a collaboration between artists, art organizations, and businesses, brought to you by the Norman Arts Council. Most of the action of the art walk is in Downtown Norman along Main Street.
Whether couples like dance, painting, photography, or music, there will be something for everybody to see, hear, and do during the 2nd Friday of every month in Norman. All events are free and open to the public from 6 p.m. until at least 9 p.m.
3300 Market Place, Norman
“Andy Alligator’s is the perfect place for a date! There is no better way to re-live your childhood then playing a game of miniature golf. A date filled with 18 holes of fun is never complete without a few arguments over who had the best putting form or who ultimately won the game. After playing a game of golf, try out our huge arcade guaranteed to take you back to your childhood fun of winning tickets and saving up for the big prize.”
~ Kyle Allison
1000 E. Alameda, Norman
Three words: Cake Eaters Club. Every Thursday, shop owner of Cookies-N-Cards, Nancy Russell, brings out a variety of hot cakes served with frozen custard. Each slice of cake is $3. No membership required, just bring your date for some delicious cake. Cookiesn-N-Cards is also home to many other treats during normal business hours.
3201 Market Place, Norman
HeyDay is a family fun center where they cater to the kid in everyone with laser tag, an arcade, rope course, mini-golf, and bowling. Their two-level laser tag arena allows players to cross bridges, travel up and down ramps, hide behind illuminated pillars, and weave between arches and passageways. In the Ropes Course, you’ll get to explore the multi-path jungle of ropes, balance beams, planks, and bridges.
The main attraction to HeyDay are the bowling lanes. Be sure to visit Revolution upstairs, a chic, 21+ environment featuring comfortable seating, a cozy fireplace, a billiards table and bar-rail seating which overlooks the bowling lanes downstairs. Revolutions is also home to eight beautiful cherry wood bowling lanes – the perfect setting for challenging friends and coworkers.
The 18-hole mini-golf course features varying elevations, accented by rippling streams, ponds, waterfalls, a bridge, beautiful landscaping, and even some sand traps.
HeyDay also offers group Adult Laser Tag Packages that includes a session of laser tag, tokens, pizza, and drinks—perfect for date nights with other couples.
207 E. Main St., Norman
“Michelangelo’s is to me a unique place to go to on a first date because you can meet here to have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and either party of the date won’t feel like they have to maybe turn down an alcoholic drink. We have a small menu of light foods as well, but it’s a very casual place. It’s quiet. The music is never too loud, but it’s loud enough just so that the people from the next table can’t hear your conversation and I think that’s important on a first date because people are kind of on the edge of their chairs, pretty much for that whole first date cause I’ve been there myself. You want to talk to about yourself or you want to hear what the other person has to say, but you don’t want the whole room to hear you.”
~ Owner Michael Palermo
2260 W. Main St., Norman
Want to dance, but don’t know how? Shall We Dance? offers private instruction, group instruction, and practice parties for various styles of partner dancing including, Ballroom, Latin, Swing, and Country dances. They are Norman’s only studio dedicated to offering all the partner dance styles.
They offer an Introductory Special to get your feet warmed up that includes two 1/2 hour private lessons, one group class, and one practice party.
Every Friday at Shall We Dance? is party night. They start with a group class at 7 p.m., and dance from 8 pm to 10 pm. During the party they play all the different types of music for all the partner dances, ensuring that everyone has a chance to dance no matter what types of dance they are learning or already know. No reservations or prior classes are required to join the party.
747 Asp Avenue, Norman
A Modern-American restaurant, Seven 47 casual art-deco atmosphere will lure you in and the food will have you coming back. Their menu consists of a variety of American and southwestern cuisine.
“We may be in a college town but our dinner focus goes well beyond the college student,” said owner, Hunter Mankin. “Some of our popular items include our famous Big Boy Mac & Cheese, Potachos appetizer, and our selection of Artisan Flatbreads. The perfect spot for a date, our entrée prices range from $8 to $18 which fit many budgets.”
In addition to their dinner menu, they offer numerous specialty drink selections and an expanded wine menu.
“We invite all dinner guests to stay after to enjoy cocktails in our upscale bar area or on one of our three patios,” said Mankin. “If drinks aren’t in the cards, our desserts will delight. Popular among couples is our campfire s’mores. This comes to the table with a small flame, graham crackers, mallows, our whiskey chocolate sauce and skewers for guests to make their own s’mores.”
Seven 47 is also the only business on Campus Corner to offer an elevated rooftop patio with a bar.
Every Wednesday night while University of Oklahoma (OU) is in session, the Physics and Astronomy department hosts public star parties on the roof of their observatory. The star parties have several telescopes with each one set up to view a binary star, nebula, planet, or star cluster. While the staff of the star parties will admit Norman isn’t the most ideal place to view the cosmos due to the brightness of the city, there are still beautiful sights to see. Read more about the OU Star Parties here.
“We offer a romantic and intimate atmosphere, perfect for date night.”283 34th Ave. SW, Norman
Gaberino’s Homestyle Italian Restaurant is a small family owned local diner, tucked away in Norman’s West Side.
“We offer a romantic and intimate atmosphere, perfect for date night,” said owners Laura and Mitch Duprez. “With fresh flowers on the tables, mason jar pendant lights, red-checkered tablecloths and Frank Sinatra playing in the background, prepare to be whisked away to a small cafe in Rome, the romance capital of the world!”
All of the dishes are made fresh and in-house. Compliment your pasta with a glass or carafe of one of their Italian wines or a local beer. The Italian Cream Cake is the perfect ending to any meal, and perfect for sharing.
As the name implies, Scratch makes their meals and cocktails from, well, scratch. They are “nerds about flavor” and it shows from the quality of this fine American style dining restaurant. Watch this video on Scratch.
Downtown Norman is home to some wonderful public art. Take an expedition as an art filled date anytime. Read this article I wrote about 8 Public Art Displays in Downtown Norman to See in Person.
2228 W Main St, Norman
I’m a huge supporter of having fun by playing on a date. For $5 a person, you get an all-day pass to play any of Loot&XP’s games from their massive library, which includes card games, board games, and even roleplaying games. Plus: they got a cafe for coffee and drinks!
660 Parrington Oval, Norman
During the OU Ghost Tours, Freshman Programs Instructor Jeff Provine escorts curious guests to selected points of unexplained OU lore and legend, presenting his ongoing research into the mysterious side of the University of Oklahoma campus. This nighttime walking tour will add intrigue to existing knowledge of Oklahoma’s iconic institution of higher learning. Pair the date with a restaurant in Campus Corner, which is within walking distance from the tour’s starting point. To take the tour, sign up here and check out the complete schedule details.
327 White St., Norman
Victoria’s is a popular place for dates in Campus Corner and it’s easy to see why: fresh pasta in a comfortable, community restaurant. They are simply, delicious.
The Redbud Ridge Vineyard & Winery (7301 E. State Highway 9, Norman) features dinner wines that can be paired with food of varying intensities from a ribeye off the grill with the Big Red Steak Wine to salmon, ham and turkey with dark rose blend of Cab, Merlot, and Zinfandel called 3 Roses. Redbud Ridge is also the home of the infamous Wine for Stoops, which is lightly sweetened with the taste of victory.
Canadian River Winery (7050 Slaughterville Rd., Lexington) has up to 12 wines and several fresh Oklahoma grape juices to taste, such as their Chocolate Merlot, a chocolate flavored Merlot, with hints of cherry and sweetened for those who prefer a sweeter wine, and their Strawberry Zinfandel, a sweet red wine with strawberry.
Native Spirits Winery (10500 E. Lindsey St., Norman ) offers wine on their patio overlooking their vineyard and farm pond or enjoy a leisurely walk through the vineyard. They have Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, and Syrah grape vines growing in their vineyard and a variety of wines to taste.
Whispering Pines (7820 E. State Highway 9, Norman) has the look and feel of a 1900’s mansion, accompanied by a wrap-around porch, gazebo, and grand staircase. Baskets of goodies are found in every room, from the elegant main house suites to the rustic Pine Cone Cottage. They say there is no need to get ready early as they deliver a freshly prepared private breakfast to each room.
The three bedroom home at The Cutting Garden (927 W. Boyd St., Norman) is a cozy oasis with a lush, natural backyard with flowers, herbs, and pecan trees. Their back deck is great for sitting back with a drink and letting your worries drift away.
Filled with history, warmth, and kindness the Holmberg House (766 DeBarr Ave., Norman) has all the charm of a 100-year-old home and all the comforts of 21st Century technology, including “indoor plumbing,” private bathrooms, flat screen TV’s, and free Wi-Fi.
The grounds at The Manor (917 W. Boyd St., Norman ) offer large trees, lush greens, and beautiful flowers along with a fire pit to sit by and enjoy together. The Manor Bed and Breakfast offers only one guest suite, which allows their innkeepers to provide one-on-one service and undivided attention to their guests. The personal bathroom for guests has a beautiful walk-in shower and a two-person corner Jacuzzi tub. Guests can enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the suite or on the dining porch.
1544 W. State Highway 9, Norman
The Riverwind Casino presents the monthly music and food truck festival series, Beats and Bites. The free event features an impressive stage that you can enjoy live music no matter where you two go to enjoy the food trucks, vendors, and beer/wine selection. If you two are feeling lucky, go inside Riverwind Casino to play one of their many games.
123 E. Main St., Norman
Sergio’s serves traditional and fresh Italian food, pizzas, salads, and Italian sandwiches in a place that will feel like you brought your date to someone’s home. Their tiramisu is some of the best in the city.
104 E. Gray Street, Norman
You may want to get up early for this breakfast boutique. The boutique atmosphere of Syrup compliments the food that’s both filling and beautiful. If either of you need a wake up boost, the coffee is strong and hot.
In 2010, The Norman Arts Council and Norman Public Arts Board started working with the Firehouse Art Center to develop community-based public sculptures that would foster social interaction, develop arts awareness, and enhance Norman’s parks. The original “Samo Ducky” resides in Lions Park, while the other ducks, painted by local artists, have been placed in parks around the community.
Have an adventurous date together, taking selfies with as many ducks as you can find and have a picnic together at one of the parks. For the location of all the Samo Ducks, click here.
2020 W. Lindsey Street, Norman
“The lights are bouncing off your date’s eyes as you hold hands and glide around the skate floor to “your song.” That’s a date! An excuse to hold hands and have fun,” said, Bethany Cypert, Director of Operations. “I think too often we forget that going out means that we should be having a good time. Let’s face it, roller skating is fun and takes that pressure off of any date. Couples, friends, or families all enjoy a Star Skate experience because it’s not a big deal, it’s just fun! Get up and get moving with your date. Do something different. Don’t be serious just have some serious fun! And yes, you can request ‘your song.'”
555 Elm Avenue, Norman
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art of Art is a great date destination for a few reasons. First of all, they have a world-class collection of art including French Impressionism, Native American, contemporary American, and much more. Next, admission is always free, so they’re a great place to spend a few hours without breaking the bank. They’re open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays and have a wonderful selection of gifts and unique items in their museum store if you’d like to remember your time together. Visiting a museum with a special person is a great way to spark conversation and get to know each other better. If the date really takes off, there’s also a great selection of public art on view and within walking distance on the University of Oklahoma campus, including Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture, which is perfect for taking photos together!