Oklahoma City Date Guide

OKC Date Guide site

Uncovering Oklahoma showcases many great places and things to do in 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. This guide focuses on local things that people can only do in Oklahoma City, with some extraordinary exceptions.

Date ideas are sorted in collections of districts, areas, or themes, making it easier to string together an itinerary. For example, start a date at a coffee shop and then walk across the street to an art gallery. Districts are organized alphabetically, with notes of any special district events, followed by a quick summary of locally owned food and drinks in the area, and then activities.

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ADVENTURE DISTRICT

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum - photo by Dennis Spielman

1700 NE 63rd Street, Oklahoma City
The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is America’s premier institution of Western history, art, and culture. The museum in Oklahoma City collects, preserves and exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts while sponsoring dynamic educational programs and scholarly research to stimulate interest in the enduring legacy of the American West. The place is cooler than what people may first assume, especially with their Western Town. They also have several selfie stations for added fun.

2101 NE 50TH Street, 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.

1 Remington Place, Oklahoma City
Place your bets for a good time at Remington Park. Oklahoma’s only major league horse racing attraction, Remington Park features both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse seasons, while offering simulcast racing from coast-to-coast seven days a week. Watch the horse races while enjoying a fine meal. Silks Fine Dining has an outstanding view of the track while you both enjoy five tiers of fine dining from the Remington Park Culinary staff. Even in the off-season, there’s fun to be had at the casino with over 700 state-of-the-art electronic gaming machines. Admission is always free.

2100 NE 52nd Street, Oklahoma City
While Science Museum Oklahoma is great for families, adult couples can have fun too, espeically with their smART Space Exhibits.

“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 you’re 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

AUTOMOBILE ALLEY

Automobile Alley photo by Dennis Spielman

Automobile Alley is filled with celebrations during Cinco de Mayo with Cultivar, Iguana Mexican Grill, Waters Edge Winery, and The Yard hosting their own special events, including outdoor concerts.

For art, you can visit one of the city’s colorful building, 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 (such as AMP Festival), 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.

Food and Drinks in Automobile Alley

Broadway 10 Bar & Chophouse for a refined, unaffected approach to the urban chophouse.

Coffee Slingers for relationship coffee and handbuilt beverages. “Walking over to the open floor plan roastery will do nothing but start a conversation between you and your date,” said co-owner and creator, Melody Harwell. “In fact come to brew better workshop and learn your stuff so you can impress your date with all your coffee knowledge!”

Cultivar for craft tacos, fresh salads, hearty burritos, and seasonal cocktails.

Hatch for early-mood food that’s next-level.

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. Watch Video on Iguana.

Kamp’s 1910 Café for a fast-casual cafe with Modern American Cuisine including sandwiches and treats.

Nashbird for hot damn chicken in a fast-casual setting.

Prairie Artisan Ales Taproom for beer that can range from big bold barrel aged stouts to super crisp and funky farmhouse ales.

Red PrimeSteak for a modern fine-dining restaurant situated beyond the traditional steakhouse experience. With its selection of fine meats and wines, Red is best suited for a special occasion night.

Sidecar Barley & Wine Bar for barley and wine in a small, casual space.

Twisted Spike for beer where quality is achieved by giving first-rate ingredients to first-rate people in a space where they are free to pursue their passion.

The Yard for an open-air beer garden made entirely out of shipping containers.

Waters Edge Winery for their own handcrafted wines using grapes gathered from around the world.

Yuzo Sushi Tapas for sushi that combines the meticulous technique of deep Japanese tradition with the poolside frivolity of tropical Latin whim.

BOATHOUSE DISTRICT

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

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800 Riversport Drive, 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.

BRICKTOWN

The best dates happen in Bricktown when you take advantage of the close proximity of everything. It’s one of the few places where food and fun are within walking distance of each other. Be fun by renting a pair of Segways, having a go with the Bricktown Bike Bar, or for a more romantic method of travel, rent a horse-drawn carriage. Just simply walking around Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district is a great way to get to know each other. If you two just want to dance, I am pretty sure there are some places where you can do just that.

Food in Bricktown

Bricktown Brewery for great food, great beer, and a great experience in their original location.

Knucks Wheelhouse for casual New York style pizza and wings.

Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse for a classic steakhouse with a contemporary American flair in both menu and design.

Pearl’s Crabtown for seafood and Cajun-inspired dishes. They are famous for their crab boils that are poured right onto your butcher paper-covered table.

Sussy’s for an eclectic food and wine menu will make everyone happy. They are known for bringing back the original pizza that Jack Sussman back in 1947.

Bricktown Nightlife

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

Club One15 is an upscale nightclub, 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 features live burlesque performances with a modern twist. Live bands and DJs play between shows if you feel like hitting the dance floor yourself.

Dream Nightclub provides a passionate environment with a striking interior to set the stage for an elegance nightlife experience.

Greystone Lounge is a Nightlife Experience Designed For People Who Don’t “Go Out.” Immerse your senses in this eccentric, yet brilliantly distinct hideout and be swept away by intriguing live performances, carefully curated cocktails, and boundless amusement in the anything but ordinary, posh ambiance of Greystone.

JJ’s Alley 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 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 will fit those that enjoy a beer or a fruity liquor. You’re certain to have some laughs and a great time.

The Pretty Please Social Room describes themselves as a place where everyone comes to be pretty, including their drinks.

Bricktown Water Taxi - photo by Dennis Spielman

111 South Mickey Mantle Drive, Oklahoma City
No visit to Bricktown is complete without a ride on the water taxi. The Bricktown Water Taxi runs a continual service like a bus. All Water Taxi Ambassadors narrate points of interest along the way. A round trip takes about 40 minutes. During their regular season, guests can board a Water Taxi every 10-15 minutes at a landing along the Bricktown Canal.

Mini-Golf at Brickopolis - photo by Dennis Spielman

101 South Mickey Mantle Drive, Oklahoma City
For all-ages fun, Brickopolis offers mini-golf, laser tag, and arcade games along with a pizza buffet.

115 East 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.”

CHISHOLM CREEK

Located on West Memorial Road between Pennsylvania and Western, Chisholm Creek is a 190-acre complex with a focus on being pedestrian-friendly mix-use area.

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.

DOWNTOWN OKC

OKC Climb Up at the Silos - photo by Dennis Spielman

200 SE 4th Street, 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.

301 West 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.

Civic Center Music Hall

201 North 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.”

415 Couch Drive, 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 pm on Thursdays. There’s an extra special event programming on the Third Thursdays where the museum will open up their rooftop.

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.

For something that’s literary underground, Downtown OKC’s Underground is a series of tunnels and skywalks that connect buildings and parking garages. The tunnel system is about one mile long, covering more than 20 square blocks, and is host to art installations and photo galleries. It’s fun to take pictures together there.

DEEP DUECE DISTRICT

While the Deep Duece is packed with apartments and hotels, hidden throughout the area are things to do. The Deep Deuce Sessions is a new music-art walk highlighting some of Oklahoma City’s best music artists on stages across the neighborhood the final Saturday of each month. Walk, dine, drink, and listen your way across venues along 2nd and 3rd streets in the Deep Deuce District to experience hip-hop, singer-songwriter, and pop artists showcased throughout the evening. All doors are open for free to the listening public.

Food and Drinks in the Deep Duece District

Anchor Down for craft drinks and gourmet corn dogs.

Deep Deuce Grill for an American Bar and Grill.

Leaf & Bean for good coffees, good peoples, and good vibes.

Stag Lounge for whiskey, cocktails, and cigars.

Wheeze The Juice for local, raw, handcrafted juices and smoothies.

WXYZ Lounge to mix and mingle over specialty cocktails, beer, wine and bite-size snacks at Aloft’s signature 2-story W XYZ® bar.

1 NE 3RD Street, Oklahoma City
[Artspace] at Untitled is a contemporary art center designed to stimulate creative thought and new ideas through the presentation of exhibits focusing on national and international artists.

FARMERS MARKET DISTRICT

Delmar Gardens' First Night - Photo by Dennis Spielman

Food and Drinks in Farmers Market District

Delmar Gardens Food Truck Park for rotating food trucks.

The Power House for cocktails and speciality comfort bar food. They are famous for their Chile Pork Verde.

The Loaded Bowl for vegetarian and vegan bowls in an industrial-chic fast-casual eatery.

OKC Farmers Public Market

311 South Klein Avenue, 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. On Saturdays from 9 am until 2 pm, they host a traditional public farmers market with produce, meat, baked goods, and more. The market is open year-round and located on the first floor of the Historic Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market.

FILM ROW

IAO Gallery - Photo by Dennis Spielman

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.

One of the biggest events coming to Film Row is the AMP Festival. AMP (Art, Music, Power) Festival is an outdoor festival celebrating art, movies, and music created by women and girls. The all-day event will host all-female bands, movie screenings, female-fronted bands and solo performers, as well as a variety of artists/artisans.

Food and Drinks in Film Row

Caeli’s Sweets Eats & Bar cool drinks, fresh food, and fresh out the oven sweets such as slices of cake so big, you can’t eat alone.

Flashback Retro Pub for retro arcade games and 80s themed cocktails.

Joey’s Pizzeria for pizza, pasta, and toasted subs.

The Jones Assembly for refined regional cuisine. Keep in mind that the dining room is closed on show days so check concert schedule for dates or simply make a dinner reservation.

Mary Eddy’s Kitchen x Lounge for an eclectic take on New American cuisine, in an art-filled, communal setting.

NOIR – Bistro & Bar for soups, salads, entrees, and spirits served casual bistro style.

Okay Yeah to say cheers to the day wtih coffee, tea, and eats.

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.

706 West Sheridan, Oklahoma City
Individual Artists of Oklahoma encourages progressive artists in Oklahoma working in all disciplines through monthly exhibitions, educational programs, and community partnerships. IAO promotes inclusion of the arts in the community and in education by keeping nearly 100% of its programs and admission to the gallery completely free to the public. Watch video about IAO Gallery.

21c Museum Hotel

900 West Main Street, 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.

MIDTOWN OKC

The Bleu Garten. Photo by Dennis Spielman

The Midtown OKC District became well known in the community with the H&8th Night Market, which has gone from a monthly to a once a year event. Also come to Midtown for the Midtown Walkabout, held twice a year. On St. Patrick’s Day, McNellie’s Public House throws a big block party.

Food and Drinks in Midtown

1492 New World Latin Cuisine for Latin and Tex-Mex inspried dishes in modern setting.

Barrios Fine Mexican Dishes for fine, fresh, made-with-love Mexican food.

The Bleu Garten for food trucks and drinks. Oklahoma’s first food truck park solves the problem of “food differences” with a blind date with several rotating trucks to pick from along with clean restrooms, multiple bars, shaded seating, games to play together, and big screen TVs in a repurposed and recycled environment style.

Bossa Nova for specialties drinks named after some of the songs that defined the Bossa Nova era in Brasil.

Cafe do Brasil for Brasilian cuisine that combines flavor, uniqueness, and comfort.

Elemental Coffee Roasters for coffee in its purest form.

Esca Vitae for a European bakery modeled after the traditional bakeries of Germany.

GoGo Sushi for sushi in casual, chic atmosphere.

Gogi Go for Koren bowls in a fast-casual, modern environment. Watch a video on GoGi Go here.

Hank’s Coffee & Wine for coffee in a welcoming atmosphere with vintage charm with modern amenities.

Kaiser’s Diner for classic American diner food where the desserts are the star in an old-fashioned building.

Kong’s Tavern for craft cocktails, frozen margaritas, Alcoholic milkshakes, delicious food, and plenty of games for all ages.

Ludivine for a daily changing menu with a farm-to-table, open kitchen approach. They are ideal for nice dates and showing out-of-towners Oklahoma isn’t all fried food and gravy. Watch a video about Ludivine.

McNellie’s Public House for an Irish Pub with over 300 beers.

Nic’s Place Diner and Lounge for a Nic’s Burger with a handcrafted cocktail served in our speakeasy basement lounge.

O Bar for creative signature cocktails, an extensive wine list, a full dinner menu, and penthouse status in an upscale rooftop terrace bar with a great view of the city.

Packard’s New American Kitchen for inventive, artisanal spins on classic American fare. Packard’s offers a brunch on Saturday and Sunday featuring a Bloody Mary bar, brunch cocktails and mimosa carafes with an eclectic food menu.

Revolucion for a taco and tequila focused, high-energy, late-night eats and drinks destination.

R&J Lounge and Supper Club for food crafted using menus from the 1950s and 1960s in a swanky decor environment that’s an ode to classic cool.

Stella Modern Italian Cuisine for everything from a casual pizza and wine to a night of elegant dining. The wood-fired brick oven is the centerpiece of Stella. You can sit at the bar and watch the flames while enjoying a drink in each other’s company.

Sunnyside Diner delicious breakfast food, great coffee, and a thick slice of home-cooked happiness.

Tamashii Ramen House for ramen packed with flavor.

The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen for wood-fired pizza and a rooftop patio.

The Viceroy Grille for contemporary, upscale cuisine in a casual, intimate setting inside the Ambassador Hotel.

Waffle Champion for the champion of waffles! No pancakes here.

410 N.W. 10th Street, Oklahoma City
Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge 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.

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.

Food and Drinks in the Paseo Arts District

Picasso Cafe for an French-American restaurant that caters to all tastes and lifestyles with locally sourced meats as well as vegetarian and vegan offerings.

Paseo Grill for casual fine dining, featuring Classic American Cuisine with an International flair and a top-rated selection of wines in a romantic atmosphere.

Sauced on Paseo for quirky charms of its neighborhood with an assortment of New York style pizzas, sandwiches, and appetizers. Sauced has a spacious patio perfect for leisurely meals, people watching, or enjoying live music.

Scratch Kitchen for a plethora of custom cocktails and made from scratch food.

THE PLAZA DISTRICT

Plaza Festival 2015 - photo by Dennis Spielman

1700 Block NW 16th, Oklahoma City
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.

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.

Food and Drinks in the Plaza District

Aurora for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Watch video on Aurora.

District House for casual coffee and meeting up.

Empire Slice House for massive pizza. Seriously, they only have one size of pizza and it can feed everyone on a double date.

Gorō Ramen + Izakaya for a fun take on noodles, Japanese inspired street food, and drinks.

The Mule for hot melts and cold beer.

Oak & Ore for upscale bar food and beer served the way the brewers intended.

Pie Junkie for pie of course!

The Press for southwestern comfort food.

The Pritchard Wine Bar for an upscale yet casual bar and restaurant featuring varietally correct wines from all over the world, delicious craft cocktails and an ingredient-driven menu sourced as locally as possible.

Roxy’s Ice Cream Social for ice cream at their orginal location.

Saint’s Public House for an Irish Pub with a novel approach to Irish cuisine.

Lyric Theatre

1727 NW 16th Street, 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.

Paint N Cheers - photo by Dennis Spielman

Paint N’ Cheers

1614 North Gatewood Avenue, 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.

39TH STREET DISTRICT

While the 39th District is home to many gay restaurants and clubs, the district is also host to a mix of entertainment, services, shops, and community organizations. The district’s largest event is the annual OKC Pride festival and parade.

Food and Drinks in the 39th District

Apothecary 39 for people having fun and drinking booze.

The Boom for dinner, drinks, dancing, and drama. Catch one of their one classy, sassy, and fantastic drag shows or one of their many other great shows—some limited and others regular—so hit them up online for the latest show information or just go in for a fabulous dinner.

The Habana Inn for a collective of LGBT friendly clubs in a resort setting.

Partners for a Lesbian dance club that welcomes all.

Phoenix Rising for a neighborhood bar with a patio and drag shows every Saturday night.

The Wreckroom for a dance club for patrons 16 and up that’s also a drug and alcohol-free environment for you to dance and spend time together.

UPTOWN 23RD

Located along historic Route 66 with many iconic landmarks such as the Tower Theater, Gold Dome, the historic Milk Bottle, and Oklahoma City University’s gothic towers, the Uptown 23rd District stretches from Broadway to Pennsylvania on NW 23rd Street.

Food and Drinks in Uptown 23rd

Big Truck Tacos for Mexican street food with a chef’s twist.

Bunker Club for an atomic age dive bar.

Cheever’s Cafe for New American Restaurant.

Chick N Beer for unique and bold flavored wings with an emphasis on all things local.

Cuppies and Joe. Photo by Dennis SpielmanCuppies & Joe for coffee and treats. “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!”

The Drake for all kinds of seafood from fresh fish to oysters.

Guyutes for elevated street food made with local ingredients.

HunnyBunny Biscuit Co for fresh sweet and savory biscuits as well as coffee and mimosas. Watch a video on HunnyBunny here.

Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs for gourmet hot dogs.

Pizzeria Gusto for Neapolitan pizza.

The Pump for funky bar in a former gas station with eclectic bar bites, small plates, and creative cocktails.

Scottie’s Deli for a deli that blends together several deli styles. Watch a video on Scottie’s Deli here.

UR/BUN for a casual steamed buns.

519 NW 23rd Street, Oklahoma City
The Art Hall can be easily missed because it is the size of a hallway, but it’s not to be missed when in the Uptown 23rd area. This non-traditional, public gallery space hosts local artists through an open call.

425 NW 23rd Street, Oklahoma City
To put it plainly, Tower Theare is an event space, concert venue, and movie theatre all-in-one. Browse their jammed packed schedule for something you both are intrested in doing together. Besides the impressive programming, there are several bars and resturants within walking distance making for a complete date night.

WESTERN AVENUE

Mural in Western Avenue

For good finds, good times, every time, Western Avenue has a mix of everything. As the largest district, they also encompass Will Rogers Theatre area, Classen Curve, and the Nichols Hill Plaza. 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. If you’re both fans of Harry Potter, be sure to check out Wizards on Western.

Food and Drinks in the Western Avenue District

The Barrel for gastro pub, serving seasonal food and drinks.

The Drum Room for fine fowl and fixin’s.

En Croûte for the comfort and leisurely lifestyle enjoyed in the fromageries, cafes, and bars in European country villages, but with an American twist.

The Hutch on Avondale for an emphasize on modern cooking techniques with room for experimentation.

The Lobby Cafe & Bar for noirishly cool atmosphere featuring restored art deco bar and original 1946 mural of Will Rogers. Full bar with original artisan cocktails and over 20 wines by the glass.

Musashi’s for a Japanese steakhouse that will perform tricks while preparing your food. Musashi’s has an open atmosphere along with some of the finest cuisine and entertainment in a restaurant.

Provision Kitchen for a farm-to-table restaurant, featuring seasonally-inspired dishes made from the highest quality local and organic ingredients.

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

Saturn Grill for a chef-driven, fast-casual restaurant with an eclectic variety of freshly prepared, made-from-scratch dishes in a fun and unique atmosphere.

The Sandwich Club for creative sandwiches, build-your-own food dreams, and radical memories.

St. Mark’s Chop Room for an intimate neighborhood joint known for steaks, fine wines, and spirits in Nichols Hills Plaza.

Sushi Neko for delicious Japanese cuisine.

Vintage Coffee for coffee, especially cold coffee drinks.

VZD’s for a mix of food and live music. Watch video about VZD’s food.

WHEELER DISTRICT

1701 South 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 in the summer months, watch or participate in the Wheeler Criterium races together.

BED AND BREAKFASTS

1200 North Shartel, Oklahoma City
Built in 1904, The Grandison Inn at Maney Park 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.

3800 NE 50th Street, Oklahoma City
Experience the great outdoors from atop a horse with Rusty Gables’ guided horseback rides. 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.

ESCAPE ROOMS
Solve Puzzles Together at a Live Action Escape Room

Baker Street Escapes, 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 OKC to get an idea what you’ll encounter.

OTHER OKLAHOMA CITY DESTINATIONS

Cafe 7. Photo by Dennis Spielman

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.

820 North MacArthur Blvd, Oklahoma City
Castle Falls, a historic castle nestled on five acres near the heart of Oklahoma City, is the perfect backdrop for romance. On any Thursday, Friday, or Saturday evening, make a reservation for Garden dining, semi-private dining, or simply reserve a table in The Cellar.
 Castle Falls’ European-influenced cuisine includes the castle’s signature Filet or Chicken Stroganoff and the house specialty dessert, a rich freshly baked bread pudding.

11501 N. I-35 Service Road, Oklahoma City
“As Oklahoma’s only theme park, to locals it doesn’t need any explanation, but if you’re new to the state, you and yours definitely need to spend a day here,” said Director of Marketing, Jo Ann Keirsey. “Frontier City has over fifty rides, and attractions including four roller coasters, water rides, and an all-new water element with 198 ways to stay cool. There is the Summer Concert Series and live shows such as The World of Magic and Wild West Gunfighters Stunt Show. It is hard to visit the park and not have a memorable experience together.”

3031 West Memorial Road, Oklahoma City
For a romantic getaway without needing a passport, visit the French Chinese restaurant Kwan’s Kitchen. Kwan’s Kitchen will have you feeling like you’ve been taken from Oklahoma City and dropped into China in a split second.

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.

Martin Park Nature Center

5000 West Memorial Road, 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, campfires 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.

12101 North I-35 Service Road, Oklahoma City
The Sanctuary is not only home to a haunted attraction, but a restaurant, escape room games, and a live concert venue. For a fun date outing, you two can try to sovle elaborate puzzles and then have a meal together at the Ruins. The Scantuary is a destation place.

Blue Sage Studios at Urban Art. Photo by Dennis Spielman

Urban Art

1218 North Western Avenue, 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.

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.


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