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 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.
For even more ideas throughout Oklahoma, buy Uncovering Oklahoma’s 2013 Date Idea Book.
14101 N. May Ave. #117, Oklahoma City
I have to say, Cafe 7 is a great place to bring a date. They have an amazing section of food that’s customizable so both people, even vegetarians, should be able to find something that he or she will 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.
It’s not too expensive either, with each meal priced under $7, so if one person is paying for the date, it won’t break the bank. However, when it gets busy it can be a challenge to find a seat, but there are patio seats for warmer days. Cafe 7 also offers wines and deserts. Plus, there’s a cupcake shop in the same shopping plaza within walking distance. Highly recommended for a date, especially for first dates.
727 Northwest 23rd Street, Oklahoma City
Cuppies and Joe is one of Oklahoma City’s favorite date spots with it’s relaxing atmosphere, warm drinks, and yummy treats.
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.
1700 Block NW 16th, Oklahoma City
LIVE on the Plaza is a monthly art walk event held on the second friday of the month, which promotes emerging artistic talent in Oklahoma City. Plaza District businesses open their doors with monthly visual artists, performing artists, and live musicians. Many special events also take place during LIVE on the Plaza, such as Lyric Theater performances, CD releases, private parties, holiday retail events, and so much more. LIVE on the Plaza provides the community an opportunity to view emerging talent each month, as well as socialize with a diverse mix of artists, professionals, neighborhood residents, and families.
“The Plaza District is a neighborhood commercial district boasting Oklahoma City’s local arts flavor,” said Executive Director, Kristen Vails. “The Plaza District is home to art galleries, studios, retail shops, restaurants, and creative services. We have a diverse group of businesses and organizations here in the Plaza District to interest any traveler or local Metro area resident.”
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.
Founded in 1963, Lyric Theatre is Oklahoma’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.
“Lyric’s season shows are the perfect way to spend a date night,” said Public Relations Manager, Cristen Shepherd. “Whether it is your special someone or a date with your kids, you will always find a show fit for you.
What better way to spend your night by going to one of the Plaza District’s new and hip restaurants and then walking down the street to a Lyric show at the Plaza Theatre.”
Lyric Theatre has completed the renovation of the historic Plaza Theatre on NW 16th Street, bringing life back to this beloved neighborhood landmark. The renovated Plaza is now home to year- round productions of rarely-performed musicals, plays, and new works, all in an intimate 270-seat setting theatre.
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.
301 W. Reno, Oklahoma City
The 17-acre outdoor grounds of the Myriad Botanical is a popular downtown place for a stroll. While the outdoor grounds are free to enjoy, for $14 two adults can take-in the amazing and diverse plant life inside the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory with waterfalls and two tropical climates.
1613 N. Broadway Ave., Oklahoma City
OKC Improv is an ideal date night destination. Based out of Reduxion Theatre they are just down the street from from the great dining options along Automobile Alley such as Hideaway Pizza, Pachinko Parlor, and S&B Burger Joint. They are also only a few minutes away from other popular dining options in Bricktown and Midtown.
After catching a great meal head on over and enjoy the best improvisational comedy and theater in the state. OKC Improv is an intimate space featuring the most comfortable theater seating in the metro, a cash bar serving beer, wine, soda, and water, and first rate entertainment on stage all for the affordable price of $12 for a ticket. You get in free when you’re celebrating your birthday with them.
What better way to bring two people together than through the unifying power of laughter. Take the pressure off for two hours and 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 and who is performing that night, visit OKC Improv’s web site at okcimprov.com Buy tickets online for you and your date as the shows do tend to sell out!
415 Couch Dr., Oklahoma City
Experience 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. In the summer months, 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 is $28 per person and can be purchased through the Museum Cafe. Reservations are required. To make your meal and movie selections, call (405) 235-6262.
Relax on a cruise along the Oklahoma River while taking in the fresh breeze or chilling inside the climate-controlled cabin. There are several specialty and themed cruises to take, including the romantic Sunset Cruise on Friday nights for $29 per person. For the other cruise offerings, ticket prices will vary based on the cruise.
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 web site at: oklahomarivercruises.com
2905 NW 36th St., Oklahoma City
“Come to Pole Position Raceway because it’s a fun, fast, exciting adrenaline-filled time,” said General Manger, Greg Slaton. Pole Position Raceway offers several racing options with the most-popular racing format being their “Arrive & Drive” program that allows customers to show up individually or in small groups and race in standard races that last approximately 10 minutes.
Before visiting, be sure to visit the web site to check the calendar for track availability and special deals.
1613 N. Broadway Ave., Oklahoma City
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. At the Broadway Theater, Reduxion Theatre Company performs works by William Shakespeare, other classical authors, American musicals and new stage adaptations of Jane Austen. The Reduxion Theatre Company is taking Oklahoma theater to the next level, attracting audiences and artists from around the world.
“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, the Broadway Theater near downtown Oklahoma City, 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.”
200 SE 4th St., Oklahoma City
Rocktown is the metro’s premier rock climbing destination. Featuring indoor and outdoor top rope and lead climbs up to 90 feet, bouldering, and instruction. They cater not only to the die-hard expert climber but to families and those of all with abilities to seek adventure.
“What better way to liven up the evening than experiencing a new activity together?” said Aaron Gibson. “Rock climbing provides a prefect opportunity for two people to experience a little “risk” together, while at the same time providing plenty of opportunity for fun and bonding. At Rocktown Climbing Gym we have all the equipment; harness, shoes, chalkbags, etc. We’ll show you the ropes and how to use them. After a short training session you’re on your way to enjoy the thrill of rock climbing at your own pace. Climbs vary in height and difficulty so there’s plenty of routes to pick from. And girls, you’re in luck, more often than not you are better climbers than the guys! And if you’re still desperate for dinner and a movie – we have energy bars and show climbing videos.”
The standard first-visit New Climber package, includes all the necessary equipment, training, and day pass to get you climbing safely for $27 per person.
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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
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, Istvan Gallery, Maya Trading Company, and the Blue Sage Glass Blowing Studio.
“Istvan Gallery has art, jewelry and other items from some of the best artists in Oklahoma to view and purchase,” said Stephen Kovash of Istvan Galley. “The glass art and jewelry is especially romantic but a gift of art is pretty classy. If properly timed, watching the glass blowers and fused glass artists is fascinating and a lot of fun to watch.”
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 got the money, take a glass blowing class together. One of the best nights to visit Urban Art is during LIVE on the Plaza or an Artist Opening at Istvan Gallery as all of the studios are open, showing off their work.
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.