Date night just got a whole lot easier to plan! We’re helping you take the stress out of finding a way to enjoy time with that special someone. There are plenty of great date night ideas to be found in Tampa Bay. For a more relaxed evening, check out one of the city’s many bars or restaurants. Or, for something a little more active, there are plenty of fun activities to choose from.
Painting with a Twist
2821 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, FL 33629
Lean into your creative side! At Painting with a Twist you can create your own home decor in a step-by-step class. BYOW (bring your own wine) and create lasting memories with a paint brush.
Sur la Table
711 S. Dakota Ave., Tampa, FL 33606
Want to spice up your date night? Reserve a table for two and create new memories as you whip up a dish with this hands-on cooking class. With a wide variety of dinner options to make, you won’t go hungry.
Improv Comedy Theater
1600 E. 8th Ave., C-112, Tampa, FL 33605
Laugh the night away with your date. For 50 years Tampa Improv has been bringing joy and laughter to crowds with the best names in stand-up. Browse its calendar to see which comedians will be performing.
1910 E. 7th Ave., Suite 102, Tampa, FL 33605
Live out your inner romance movie moment as you sculpt your own pottery together. In a two-session class you get 2.5 pounds of clay that you can mold into whatever you want, then come back on another day to paint it. You also have the option to paint a pre-made ceramic item. If you are 21 or older, the class is BYOB (bring your own bottle).
Color Me Mine
730 S. Village Circle, Tampa, FL 33606
Choose from a selection of sculptures or kitchen dishes to create your next masterpiece. Bring it home after it has been glazed to show off your talent. The class offers a lasting memory that can be put on display.
Big Red Balloon
12094 Anderson Road, Suite #189, Tampa, FL 33625
View Tampa from above in this sunrise hot air balloon adventure. Gaze down upon the picturesque landscape and catch glimpses of wildlife pressing through the lush greenery. This one-hour flight ends with a complimentary champagne toast and a free breakfast at Bob Evans.
10690 Palm River Rd., Tampa, FL 33619
Bring on the competition for your next date night. Take aim for large outfield targets and rack up your points, the higher the better. Whether you are good or bad at golf, this fun outdoor game is sure to be a hit.
12938 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, FL 33618
Celebrating 30 years of comedy, Side Splitters in Carrollwood can bring laughter to your next date night. Sidesplitters has become a destination for well-known touring comedians and open-mic nights.
Second Sunday Market + Art Walk
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
1910 N. Ola Ave., Tampa, FL 33602
For this early morning date, stroll hand in hand as you wander through booths of local vendors and admire the art in the Courtyard and Western walkway. To take this free date up a notch, can grab a cup of coffee or a bite at one of Armature Works’ many restaurants.
420 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606
Looking for a new date spot for brunch? Oxford Exchange is a local favorite spot for brunch in a stylish atmosphere. As you wait to be seated, find your next read at the bookstore or peruse the gift shop for unique finds.
1625 W. Snow Cir., Tampa, FL 33606
Visit Cake Drip for a garden brunch experience, lunch, or afternoon tea. Or, if you want to get creative – create a decadent cake with fondant, frosting, decorations, candies and more. If you’re feeling fancy, try a champagne flight accompanied by charcuterie.
1606 W. Snow Ave., Tampa, FL 33606
This popular destination in Hyde Park offers a perfect menu for any date. Whether you are in the mood for just drinks, steak, sushi, seafood or dessert, there is plenty to choose from. Walk off your dinner by exploring Hyde Park Village and window shopping at the nearby stores.
5232 Bridge St., Tampa, FL 33611
It’s the perfect hideaway for wine lovers in Westshore Marina. With a 2,000-bottle wine cellar adorned in the back of the restaurant, enjoy Cru’s award winning burger or newly-added hand-made pizza.
Bella’s Italian Cafe
1413 S. Howard Ave., Ste. 100, Tampa, FL 33606
For over three decades Bella’s has been a renowned Tampa favorite. Enjoy a wood-fired pizza or a pasta dish that is prepared entirely from scratch. Be sure to call ahead for seating.
The Saint Speakeasy
49 24th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33713
On a side street in an unassuming entryway conceals this hidden gem. With an ever-changing passcode to enter, enjoy drinks by professional mischief-makers. Each night of the week offers a unique experience.
1903 Market St., Tampa, FL 33602
Enjoy Tampa’s glowing skyline from the rooftop of M.Bird. Relish in your date night over a glass of your favorite wine, beer or cocktail. Be sure to reserve a table so you can try one of its tasty dishes.
Park & Rec
290 S. Meridian Ave., Tampa, FL 33602
Partake in life-size beer pong, giant connect four or old school video games. Park & Rec takes fun adult games to a whole new level.
Sal Y Mar
3650 Midtown Dr., Tampa, FL 33607
Head to the 7th floor where you will be met with stunning views atop the Aloft hotel. Take in the sights of the city and experience Latin-inspired cuisine paired with a creative cocktail.
1502 E. 7th Ave., Tampa, FL 33605
In the heart of Ybor lies a local favorite cocktail house and kitchen. Copper Shakers offers shareable appetizers, classic and contemporary cocktails and larger plates. With over 700 spirit label selections, crafting your own cocktail is not a hard feat. Creative bartenders are happy to create and accommodate.
2109 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606
Go back in time with your date to a ‘20s-inspired speakeasy. Find this tucked away bar and present the daily passcode (call to get it). Your date will enjoy watching master mixologists carefully craft cocktails, as well as the cravable appetizers and entrees served in an alluring atmosphere.
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