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 19 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 (yes, there are tons more) throughout Oklahoma, buy Uncovering Oklahoma’s 2014 Date Idea Book. Your purchase benefits this web site, but it benefits you too of course.

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, coffee houses, 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 jury, along with performance art and live music. Think First Friday, but much bigger.

2. The Plaza District

1700 Block NW 16th, Oklahoma City
We have a diverse group of businesses and organizations here in the Plaza District to interest any traveler or local Metro area resident.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.”

The Plaza District features two monthly events, the main one, LIVE on the Plaza, held on the second Friday; and Sunday on the Plaza, held on the first Sunday. For both events, businesses open their doors with monthly visual artists, special promotions, performing artists, and live musicians.

Oak City Comedy. Photo by Dennis Spielman.

3. Film Row

The Historic Film 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 Premiere of Film Row. Held on the Third Friday of each month, Premiere hosts food trucks, art, and of course movies.

H&8th Night Market

4. H&8th

Where North Hudson Avenue and Northwest 8th Street combine, an explosion of food awaits. On the Final Friday during the warmer months of the year, visit the H&8th Night Market for live music, pop-up shops, and city’s largest gathering of food trucks.

OKC Improv. Photo by Dennis Spielman

5. 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. And for those doing birthday outings, the birthday guest gets in free.

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 web site 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!

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6. Reduxion Theatre

914 N. Broadway, 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. 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.”

7. 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 several 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 web site at oklahomarivercruises.com

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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!”

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

Rocktown. Photo by Dennis Spielman

15. Rocktown

200 SE 4th St., Oklahoma City

What better way to liven up the evening than experiencing a new activity together?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 those 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, chalk bags, 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 climbing videos.”

The standard first-visit New Climber package, includes all the necessary equipment, training, and day pass to get you climbing safely.
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16. 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

17. 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, Istvan Gallery, 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.”

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.

One of the best nights to visit Urban Art is during any of the frequent Art Openings at Istvan Gallery. Couples can view and purchase works of fine art, watch demonstrations of the art of fused glass and glass blowing, and enjoy their new deck and sculpture garden. The gallery and sculpture garden are also available for all kinds of events, including romantic weddings and receptions and for an additional charge, you can work with the glass blowers to create a special memento of the event.

18. 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.

19. 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.”


For even more date ideas, read Uncovering Oklahoma’s Date Idea Book