Oklahoma City Date Guide

Uncovering Oklahoma showcases many great places and things to do around Oklahoma City with friends, but how date worthy are the places? Here on this page are suggestions for various fantastic, creative, and local places for amazing, fun, and unique date ideas. 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. 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 outing for couples.

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The Paseo. Photo by Dennis Spielman.

1. The Paseo Arts District

28th & North Walker to 30th & North Dewey, Oklahoma City
Home to a vibrant group of artists, The Paseo Arts District is one of the most creative art venues in the state. The Paseo has over a dozen galleries, all within walking distance, and interwoven with the galleries are restaurants, clothing boutiques, and gift shops.

The best time for couples to experience the Paseo is during the First Friday Gallery Walk. Every month on the first Friday in the evening, you’ll enjoy art openings, wine tasting, live music, drum circles, dancing, and more art.

Every year during Memorial Weekend, the Paseo hosts the Paseo Arts Festival. The Paseo Arts Festival is a showcase for the original works of visual artists selected by a national jury, along with performance art and live music. Think First Friday, but much bigger.

2. The Plaza District

1700 Block NW 16th, Oklahoma City
TIP: The Plaza has it all with places to eat, art galleries to explore, and events to partake in.The Plaza District is a neighborhood commercial district boasting Oklahoma City’s local arts flavor. The Plaza District is home to art galleries, studios, retail shops, restaurants, and creative services. They have a diverse group of businesses and organizations to interest any traveler or local Metro area resident.

For an amazing date night, visit the Plaza during LIVE on the Plaza, held on the second Friday of every month. During LIVE on the Plaza, businesses open their doors with monthly visual artists, special promotions, performing artists, and live musicians.

There’s not a bad place to eat there either with Chiltepes, District House, Empire Slice House, The Mule, Oak & Ore, Saint’s Public House, and for dessert, Pie Junkie and Roxy’s Ice Cream Social.

Anytime you go to the Plaza District, explore the Plaza Walls Murals. From Bad Grannies to Dig It, there’s inventive street art along the back alleys and sides of Plaza businesses.

IAO Gallery - Photo by Dennis Spielman

3. Film Row

The Historic Film Row District of Downtown Oklahoma City was once almost demolished, but thanks to revitalization efforts, the district has been remade into something great, unlike some movie remakes. The best event to get acquainted with the district is The Exchange on Film Row. Held on the Third Friday of each month, The Exchange hosts makers, artisans, food trucks, and art.

Stop by the IAO Gallery to see their commitment to sustaining and encouraging artists in all media who are intellectually and aesthetically provocative or experimental in subject matter or technique. You can also play games together at Flashback Retro Pub or take a workshop at The Plant Shoppe.

For food there’s NOIR – Bistro & Bar, Joey’s Pizzeria, and Caeli’s Sweets Eats & Bar.

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4. Western Avenue

For good finds, good times, every time, Western Avenue has a mix of restaurants for any date in the city’s largest district. There’s just simply too many to list here. Also, drive together along the avenue to see the various murals while there. Be sure to take a selfie together with the art!

As for events, there’s On The Lawn. On The Lawn is family-friendly event series taking place every first Thursday throughout the summer. Then be sure to go to their big annual festival, WestFest.

Paint N Cheers - photo by Dennis Spielman

5. Paint N’ Cheers

1614 N. Gatewood Ave., Oklahoma City
Artistic or not, have fun painting together at Paint N’ Cheers in the Plaza District. An instructor will guide you through step by step recreating the featured nights painting. It’s a easy, fun, and totally stress free date.

It’s recommended you eat either before or after the class as no food is allowed, although honestly, you can’t eat and enjoy painting at the same time. However, they do sell beer, wine, and snacks because after all, they’re called Paint AND Cheers.

6. OKC Improv

OKC Improv is an ideal date night destination. Enjoy the best improvisational comedy and theater in the state. OKC Improv has a cash bar serving beer, wine, soda, and water. You also get first-rate entertainment on stage all for an affordable price.

What better way to bring two people together than through the unifying power of laughter? OKC Improv will give you a night of great shared experiences that you’ll remember for weeks to come.

To learn more about show times, who is performing that night, and venue location, visit OKC Improv’s website at okcimprov.com. You can also buy tickets online for you and your date before the show as they do tend to sell out of seats.

7. Reduxion Theatre

Reduxion Theatre Company, the fresh face of Oklahoma classical theatre, is an up-and-coming performance group known for their boundary pushing stage plays and professional practices. Reduxion Theatre Company performs works by William Shakespeare, other classical authors, American musicals and new stage adaptations. The Reduxion Theatre Company is taking Oklahoma theater to the next level, attracting audiences and artists from around the world.

“Our audiences don’t passively watch a play, they experience it.”“Reduxion Theatre believes in boundary-pushing classical theatre, accessible, understandable and enjoyable to our patrons,” said Managing Director, Erin Woods. “Our audiences don’t passively watch a play, they experience it. At our intimate venue, we at Reduxion wish to engage attendees in the art of live storytelling—to reach out to them human-to-human. We want to bring them into our world and change it, so that each performance is different. We want audiences viscerally involved, as they are the key component of our art.”

8. Oklahoma River Cruise

Relax on a cruise along the Oklahoma River while taking in the fresh breeze or chilling inside the climate-controlled cabin. There are specialty and themed cruises to take, including the romantic (and highly recommend) Sunset Cruise on Friday nights. Ticket prices will vary based on the cruise selected.

If you’re hesitant to get on a boat, you’ll be relieved to know that there isn’t much wake on the waters. Also, the river isn’t deep and should the boat sink, you can stand on the seats and not get your feet wet.

Public cruises sell out fast. A limited number of walk-up tickets are available at each landing. Online ticket purchase is recommended. For options, locations, and times, visit the River Cruises website at oklahomarivercruises.com

9. Lyric Theatre

1727 NW 16th St., Oklahoma City
“Each Lyric season is planned so that there is something for everyone, making a night at the theatre the perfect date,”Founded in 1963, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is the state’s only professional year-round musical theatre company. For almost 50 years, Lyric has produced classic and contemporary musicals featuring both nationally known Broadway stars and local favorites.

“Each Lyric season is planned so that there is something for everyone, making a night at the theatre the perfect date,” said Michaela Webb, Lyric’s public relations manager. “Whether you plan to enjoy a night with your sweetheart, friends or your family, you will create lasting memories at Lyric.”

Lyric fully renovated the historic Plaza Theatre on NW 16th Street in 2010, bringing life back to this beloved neighborhood landmark. The Plaza Theatre is now home to productions of rarely-performed musicals, plays, and new works.

Cafe 7. Photo by Dennis Spielman

10. Café 7

14101 N. May Ave. #117, Oklahoma City
For those who are on a budget, but still want to eat somewhere nice, pick Café 7. They have an amazing section of food that’s customizable so both people, even vegetarians, should be able to find something to enjoy. When you first walk in, there’s a counter with various menu cards. Simply select what you want and present it to the cashier. Then in about 7 minutes your food will be delivered.

With most meals priced around $7, it won’t break the bank. There is a seasonal menu for special tastes that can cost more. Be aware that when it gets busy it can be a challenge to find a seat, but there are patio seats for warmer days.

Cuppies and Joe. Photo by Dennis Spielman

11. Cuppies and Joe

727 Northwest 23rd Street, Oklahoma City
Cuppies & Joe is a great date place because we have delicious desserts and beverages, whether you are a coffee enthusiast or you like your drinks sweeter,” said Elizabeth Diefenderfer. “Our prices are great and occasionally we have live music on the weekend so it’s the perfect cozy spot to end your night!”

12. Groovy’s

5705 Mosteller Drive, Oklahoma City
Visit Groovy’s if you’re looking for some more serious dancing for your date and not the typically bump-n-grind action in other clubs. It’s 21 to Enter and Drink at Groovy’s and they play the fun songs from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

13. Ludivine

805 N Hudson Ave, Oklahoma City
Ludivine is a farm-to-table, open kitchen restaurant in Oklahoma City’s Midtown district. Offering a daily changing menu that is guided by what is available from local farms and ranches in a modern environment, Ludivine features food not seen at common restaurants. They are ideal for nice dates and showing out-of-towners Oklahoma isn’t all fried food and gravy.

14. Martin Park Nature Center

5000 W. Memorial Rd., Oklahoma City
Nestled on the city’s northwest side, Martin Park is home to many species of animals, including birds, deer, butterflies, squirrels, fox and reptiles. There are 3.5 miles of gentle hiking trails that twist through 144 acres of woods and grasslands. Trails are of gravel and packed soil, containing short stretches of moderate slopes and occasional steps. The trails make the perfect get-away for the casual nature observer or exerciser.

Since Martin Park is a protected wildlife sanctuary, pets, fishing, hunting, bicycles, swimming, camp fires and other activities that might be destructive to the habitat are not allowed. The park is closed on all City holidays, as well as the week between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.

15. Oklahoma City Museum of Art

415 Couch Dr., Oklahoma City
MOA. Photo By Dennis SpielmanExperience a superb cuisine in the metropolitan ambiance café, the finest independent, international, and classic films, and three floors of local, national, and international works of art all in the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

For an inexpensive date, come to the museum’s Art After Five. Get into the museum for $5 after 5 p.m. on Thursdays. On days with nice weather, this includes the Cocktails on the Skyline event where couples can enjoy the downtown view from the rooftop with live music.

The museum offers a Dinner and a Movie package that includes one film admission ticket for the Museum’s Noble Theater and a prix fixe meal selection from the Museum Cafe. The Museum Cafe has designed a two–course menu to facilitate a great dinner with a minimal wait. The Dinner and a Movie package can be purchased through the Museum Cafe. Reservations are required. To make your meal and movie selections, call the museum at (405) 235-6262.

OKC Climb Up at the Silos - photo by Dennis Spielman

16. Climb Up

200 SE 4th St., Oklahoma City

For a date filled with the thrill of heights, look no further than Climb Up. They offer a variety of climbing walls for people of all ages and abilities. The Oklahoma City location is in a series of repurposed grain silos, so the climbs stretch to 90 feet in height! If you want to climb, but maybe not so high, visit their Norman location.

17. Science Museum Oklahoma

2100 NE 52nd St., Oklahoma City
“What makes Science Museum Oklahoma a good date night destination is the fact that it’s an active environment. You don’t have a movie distracting you from the company you’re with, but you’re not just sitting across the table waiting for conversation to come up. You’ve got an environment where you and the person your with can play and engage these apparatus, which of course is going to lead to conversation or just at least eliminating the uncomfortableness of not doing anything together. Instead of just sitting down and watching something, the two of you can actually experience something together and that’s got to make the evening that much more meaningful.”
~ Clayton P. Moore, Wonder Instigator and Relevance Czar

Blue Sage Studios at Urban Art. Photo by Dennis Spielman

18. Urban Art

1218 North Western Ave., Oklahoma City
Urban Art is a place where people are welcome to experience all aspects of the artistic process. Urban Art houses Art Fusion Studio and the Blue Sage Glass Blowing Studio.

People wanting to see the glass blowers at work should call (405) 831-2874 to find out when they are in the studio. If you have the money, take a glass blowing class together.

19. Will Rogers Gardens

3400 NW 36th, Oklahoma City
Wander with your date along winding paths where botanical delights await at every turn. Inside the garden walls, visitors are surrounded by thousands of roses, irises, azaleas, peonies, along with many other colorful flowers and plants. The Charles E. Sparks Rose Garden features over 800 individual rose bushes.

The Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center hosts multiple garden-related events and club meetings throughout the year, including free workshops for both the casual backyard landscaper to the expert green thumb, should either of you get inspired.

20. Put A Cork In It

115 E. California, Oklahoma City
At Put A Cork In It Winery produces handcrafted wines from the finest varietal grapes and provide their customers friendly, courteous service for a fun and relaxed wine tasting experience.

“Whether you enjoy a chilled glass of chardonnay, a smooth merlot, or a deliciously fruity sweet wine, we have a wine for you,” said owner, Andrea Griggs. “We offer free wine tastings to persons over 21 years of age. Visit our wine tasting bar and spend some quality time with friends and family, because every hour is a happy hour at Put A Cork In It Winery on the Bricktown Canal in the Heart of Bricktown in Oklahoma City.”

21. Solve Puzzles Together at a Live Action Escape Room

The Escape OKC, Trapped OKC, Escape Games OKC, and The Sanctuary Escape Games are live action escape the room places where you and your group have an hour to solve the puzzles to get the code to escape! For this game, there’s no cheat sheet as it’s all up to you and your date. They are also great for double-dates as you can have up to a group of people in a room. Just so we’re clear: you’re not going to get murdered in these rooms, but it will test your teamwork. Watch the video above on The Escape to get an idea what you’ll encounter.

The Bleu Garten. Photo by Dennis Spielman

22. The Bleu Garten

301 NW 10TH ST, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma’s first food truck park, The Bleu Garten in Oklahoma City’s Midtown District solves the problem of “food differences” with a blind date with several food rotating trucks to pick from along with clean restrooms, two bars, shaded seating, games to play together, and big screen TVs in a repurposed and recycled environment style.

23. The Oklahoma City Ballet

Civic Center Music Hall

201 N. Walker, Oklahoma City

“A night with the Oklahoma City Ballet would make a unique and memorable date night,” said Artistic Director, Robert Mills. “Ballet involves many of the senses, sight, sound and paired with a before or after dinner at one of OKC’s many downtown dining options…even taste! An evening out on the town, dressed to impress, taking in art and culture at the Civic Center Music Hall is sure to score points with the significant other.”

24. iFly

13600 Pawnee Drive, Oklahoma City
Live the thrill of skydiving indoors! Their first-time flyer packages will get both of you airborne in a safe and fun environment. Every package includes a pre-flight training session, all the necessary flight gear (suit, helmet, goggles), and training from a certified flight guide. For couples, select the “Spread Your Wings for Two” package.

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25. Riversport Adventure

800 RIVERSPORT DR, Oklahoma City
For the Ultimate Outdoor Adventure Date in Oklahoma City it would have be RIVERSPORT Adventures. Why? You can go whitewater rafting, kayaking, tubing, take a zip line, scale a climbing wall, ride bikes, slide down a tall slide, and traverse a sky trail. Plus, check out their free movie nights, live music, and food in the Big Water Grill restaurant. There’s Riversport Adventures to be had at their Lake Overholser location, which I recommend going there for kayaking in the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge.

26. Do Bed and Breakfast

Built in 1904, The Grandison Inn at Maney Park (1200 N. Shartel, Oklahoma City) is a fine example of Victorian architecture in Oklahoma. Renovation of the three-story inn restored the elegant Victorian features of this unique home while adding luxurious amenities such as whirlpool tubs and private baths. If you enjoy historic homes, you’ll fall in love with the mahogany woodwork, maple hardwood floors, cozy alcoves, original stained glass and other charming details.

Experience the great outdoors from atop a horse with Rusty Gables’ guided horseback rides (3800 NE 50th St., Oklahoma City
). Explore 30 acres of trails teeming with birds and wildlife while crossing through shaded paths and shallow creeks. After reconnecting with nature, indulge in the on-site spa services. In addition to full body massages, the therapists at Rusty Gables also offer wraps, sea salt scrubs, facials, and reflexology. During your stay at the lodge, don’t miss the Great Room Art Gallery designed for up and coming western artists to have a place to showcase and sell their original works.

Delmar Gardens' First Night - Photo by Dennis Spielman

27. OKC Farmers Public Market District

311 S. Klein Ave., Oklahoma City
Explore the Farmers Market for market activity, vendor-related events, sporting events, concerts, and classic antiques. Who knows what treasures you’ll find together. For food and drinks, visit The Power House and Delmar Gardens Food Truck Park.

28. The Bricktown Nightlife Date

While nightlife clubs in Bricktown tend to come and go, there some local favorites worth visiting for a night on the town.

Club One15 (115 E. Sheridan Ave., Oklahoma City) is an upscale night club, bar, and restaurant all-in-one venue. The full-service kitchen and wait staff will serve dinner until 1 a.m. for the late night dinner crowd. Buy a meal and get into the club for free.

Dancing at The DollhouseOne of the city’s finer nightlife venues, the Dollhouse (210 E. Sheridan, Oklahoma City) features live burlesque performances with a modern twist. Live bands and DJs play between shows if you feel like hitting the dance floor yourself.

JJ’s Alley (212 E. Sheridan Ave., Oklahoma City) is the perfect place for a date because there are several very cozy seating areas where you can relax and listen to great acoustic music. Downstairs there are comfortable couches near the stage where a musician plays each night. Upstairs there are several areas with padded benches lined with plush pillows, including one spot that’s come to be known as “make-out corner.”

Michael Murphy’s Dueling Pianos (7 Mickey Mantle Dr., Oklahoma City) show consists of 3 to 4 piano players who take the stage in rotations while performing a rip-roaring, request driven show, that includes a free dose of side-splitting roasts of other guests and friends. Their drink menu and wine selection is second to none whether you enjoy beer or fruity liquor. You’re certain to have some laughs and a great time.

Malarkey’s Dueling Piano Bar brings in entertainers from around the country for an all-request music show. Malarkey’s is great for dancing and there are great views of with the elevated stage, food available from their appetizer menu, and the separate smoking/cigar lounge.

29. Go Bowling

Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge (410 N.W. 10th Street, Oklahoma City) is a 12-lane bowling alley in Oklahoma City’s growing Midtown neighborhood. The 12,000 square foot facility, which includes a lounge, a full-service bar, and a VIP room with two to four lanes, is a retro-inspired tribute to the classic bowling alley of the 1970s. It’s so retro you and your date will have to keep score with pen and paper. For food and more drinks, above the Dust Bowl is the German restaurant, Fassler Hall.

30. Ride the Wheeler Wheel

1701 S. Western Avenue, Oklahoma City
Ride the Wheeler Ferris Wheel together in the Wheeler District along the Oklahoma River. A single ride ticket is $6 per person and $10 for a day pass. Go during sunset to enjoy romantic views of the city or take your bikes together for a fun adventure along the river. If you go a Tuesday, watch the Wheeler Criterium races together.

31. Art, Eat, and Sleep at 21c Museum Hotel

900 W. Main St, Oklahoma City
Occupying the historic Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City is a 135-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum, and home to Mary Eddy’s Kitchen x Lounge. Start off your date by browsing the free contemporary art in the lobby, which is open 24/7. Then head to Mary Eddy’s for food and drinks. If you want to make it a night, check into one of their luxurious hotel rooms.

32. Oklahoma City Zoo

2101 NE 50TH St, Oklahoma City
Find the explorer in yourselves at a date at the Oklahoma City Zoo. A stroll throughout Oklahoma City’s Zoo can expand to two dates with all of the exhibits to explore. Start off with the train tour of the zoo to get the lay of the land and the details of all the spots to visit, such as the Sting Ray Bay, Oklahoma Trails, and the Butterfly Garden. The train makes stops at several locations to allow passengers to visit areas more in-depth. Participate in the regularly scheduled animal feedings, like for with the Giraffes and Lorikeets, for added fun. Admission for two adults is only $16 and parking is free.

33. Myriad Botanical Gardens

301 W. Reno, Oklahoma City
The 17-acre outdoor grounds of the Myriad Botanical Gardens is a popular downtown place for romantic strolls, marriage proposals, and weddings. While the outdoor grounds are free to enjoy, for $16 two adults can take in the amazing and diverse plant life inside the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory with waterfalls and two tropical climates. The gardens are home to several major events such as the Twilight Concert Series and Downtown in December. If you’re both into running or biking, partake in the Full Moon Run and Ride.

34. NW 9th St

NW 9th St, Oklahoma City
In Automobile Alley, taking Broadway Avenue, head East on 9th Street for a collection of local restaurants, Sara Sara Cupcakes, S&B’s Burger Joint, Hillbilly’s, and Iguana Mexican Grill.

Voted as one of Oklahoma City’s best first date spots, Sara Sara Cupcakes is the perfect place for couples. Owner Toni Hoffman suggests you pick your cupcake flavor and have a seat in their romantic front porch. It’s the perfect end or the perfect beginning to your evening.

The Iguana Mexican Grill, in short, is a spot where you can come and enjoy yourself every day of the week. Their menu is designed around their extensive knowledge of tequila pairing, yet stands alone unto itself. If you’re in the mood for burgers and fries, S&B’s Burger Joint has you covered there. Also from the duo of S&B’s Burger Joint, Hillbilly’s is a Cajan restaurant that borrows flavors from assorted food cultures. All of their drinks are moonshine based, offering a unique twist to the typical drink menu.

For art, you can visit one of the city’s most bold galleries, The Womb. Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips opened the WOMB Gallery with a focus on psychedelic art. While the gallery is extreme for some, it is definitely far from boring, however, they are only open for special occasions, but the murals covering it always available. Another mural to check out is The 9th Street Braid. The mural was painted on a brick building off 9th Street between Oklahoma and Broadway Avenues by Kris Kanaly, Yatika Starr Fields, and Dylan Bradway. Their piece is entitled “Braid,” and features each of the artists’ unique styles woven together.

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