Blowing it on a first date can be a real bummer, so we’ve lined up your guide to the most ideal date spots in the city. Our money says this list has most certainly been battle tested by the local Tinder community. So whether you’re using an app to find true love or the girl of your dreams spilled coffee all over your favorite denim, we’ve got you covered.
Share Small Plates at Abigail Street
Chef Wright of Abigail Street and Senate is whipping up tasteful bites at this romantic spot on Vine. A tapas restaurant offering a plethora of menu options is perfect for sharing. Standouts include their chorizo stuffed dates, wood grilled lamb sliders and gnocchi. If you’re a fan of Mediterranean style food, I recommend the almond baklava which is perfectly flakey and so sticky you’ll be licking your fingers.
Take the Prohibition Resistance Brewery Tour
Did you know there were 36 breweries in Cincinnati pre-Prohibition? A�You can tour some of these breweries, cellars and tunnels as part of Prohibition Resistance: The Lager Tour. These tours operate on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer and will run $20/person. Your tickets include a few beers after the tour at the OTR Biergarten. This is a great opportunity to learn about Cincinnati’s rich brewing history, as well as, finding out how your date handles their hops.
Just doing drinks? Hit up the Blind Lemon in Mt. Adams. The patio, bar and live music allow for laughter and conversation that offer a variety of music performed live in their one-of-a-kind garden.
On a warm summer night, sit outside while enjoying one of their praised, specialty cocktails. Favorites include the Lemontini, Pomegranate twist and Mojito. Blind Lemon is truly an intimate date spot to enjoy a drink in the Cincinnati sunset.
A Divine Italian Dish from Sotto
The traditional Italian trattoria is combining casual intimacy and communal romance. Ia��d recommend the goat cheese and hazelnut honey bruschetta served on La Brea Bakery bread, polenta with fried egg, short rib cappellacci and braised beef peposo.
Their menu features a wide selection of Italian wines and you can’t go wrong with their mouthwatering ricotta doughnuts for dessert. Anticipate a dimly-lit ambiance and community tables to soften the mood for a friendly and inviting night.
Hyde Park Farmera��s Market & a Picnic (Starting May 18th)
On a sunny Sunday take a long, romantic walk through the square at the Hyde Park Farmers Market and pick up some simple ingredients for a casual picnic at Ault Park. Everyone loves someone who can think on their toes.
While you stroll, purchase a refreshing Streetpop, a La Terza coffee or a smoothie from Eco Garden. Pro tip: bring some cash on this date and your own reusable bags to help out the local vendors and demonstrate your compassion for the environment (everyone loves a soft side).
Enjoy a performance at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Music Hall. Pop in early to take part in a truly educational discussion and learn about the conductor, guests and pieces being performed.
Follow up with a meal at Zula, a modern restaurant with an eclectic menu that will suit any palette. This is the perfect place to stop in for an elegant dinner to share. Try their Thai mussels, roasted beet napoleon, yellow fin tuna crudo and goat cheese z-flat bread.
Study the Art at the Contemporary Art Center
Free on Mondays after 5:00PM, the CAC is your gateway to becoming a badass art aficionado. They offer a speaker series, film screenings, hands on workshops, educational programs and of course, gallery tours. A�Enjoy a walk through the gallery with your date and explore the current exhibits,A�Buildering: Misbehaving the City,A�Michael Sailstofer: Every piece is a new problemA�andA�Shall I tell you the secret of the whole world? Painting, Parody & Disguise.
A Walk In the Park (Seriously there’s a ton)
A simple date open to any budget is a stroll around Eden Park completed by enjoying a casual picnic by the Twin Lakes. We recommend continuing the date with a jaunt to the Krohn Conservatory and enjoying the beautiful sights and smells.
Located in Mt. Lookout, Ault Park offers a variety of activities making it the perfect date spot. Go for a walk or a jog down one of the parks many trails (couples that workout together stay together). Be sure to enjoy the gardens and the grand pavilion. A�Additionally, the park offers different fitness classes and yoga on the weekends. Get active with your date, but make sure they’re the type that appreciates outdoors activity before you plan a 10-mile run.
Devou Park, located in the hills overlooking Covington and downtown Cincinnati, offers a variety of activities including theater, symphony, walking trails, golf, tennis, picnic areas and fishing. Take a long walk through the trails with your date and watch the sunset over Cincinnati. Seriously, the view of Cincinnati from Devou is gorgeous.
Attend a Glass Blowing Class
Brazee Street Studios offers all types of classes from beginner to novice. For a date, take the two-hour introduction to glass, Make+Bake, an introductory class in kiln forming, glass blowing and casting. You’ll learn the basics and create an original piece of glass art.
Enjoy a Calming Hike at Mt. Airy
Mt. Airy Forest has miles of hiking trails, specialty gardens, gazebos and a picturesque lake. Go for a relaxing hike and enjoy the scenic trails, stone steps and the regions only public tree house- it’s seriously badass! A�They have tables and charcoal grills if you’re in the mood for grillina��.
Dinner & Karaoke at Kaze (If you want to unleash the inner Diva)
Every Wednesday, Kaze OTR offers karaoke in the bar with DJ Sean P. Hafer. This is the perfect mid-week pick me up date! Order up a few Araki 2.0’s and you’ll be buzzed enough to show up even Beyonce. Back up dancers not included.
Burger Night at Dutcha��s Wine & Bottle Shop
This neighborhood bar is quickly going to turn into your favorite date spot! Located in East Hyde Park, Dutcha��s offers a bar, larder and bottle shop, featuring over 120 different craft brews. If you’re the carnivorous type, head here on a Thursday to partake in Burger Night.
Pro tip: Grab a bottle of Delirium to share on the patio over a game of Bocce ball. Just don’t get your ass kicked too badly.
Take the Segway Tour! (Points for originality!)
This fun and unusual adventure allows for a two-hour tour of the city on your own, private Segway. With 15-minutes of training and 90-minutes of riding, you can explore the Riverfront, Eden Park or the center of Downtown. You can even rent a goPro to record your tour experience and your dates wipeouts to hold as ransom. This will be exhilarating and entertaining as you experience parts of the city like never before.
Beer, Beer, Peanuts and a Reda��s Game
Baseball games are a great way to combine dating and sports. You’ll have a lot of opportunities to talk during the breaks in the action, as baseball is the most laid back of sporting atmospheres. Have a few beers from Rhinegeist, enjoy the official waffle of the Red’s from Taste of Belgium and enjoy the 7th inning entertainment. If the Kiss Cam spots you, be sure to put on a good show!
Hopefully our suggestions will inspire you to create the perfect date combination for your lucky significant other. Do just one, or mix a few together. If you strike out, just keep swiping right, you’ll soon find your match.