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    Date Ideas That Don’t Suck: Houston City Love Edition #thereigndates

    It’s summer time in the city. Whether you’ve managed to secure a seasonal fling, or you and bae have been at it for years, it’s the perfect time to hit the streets and make some memories. After all, Netflix and Chill is sooo 2016. 

    Houston is known for its unique neighborhoods, special blend of cultural diversity, and insane restaurant scene. When planning a flawless date night for you and Mr. Right (or Mr. Right Now; get it how you live), take advantage of all the artsy vibes, hot spots, and hole-in-the-wall treasures our beautiful city has to offer. 

    Location 1: Discovery Green

    Kick off date night in the heart of Downtown Houston at the city’s huge urban park. From famous sculptures and structures like Monument Au Fantome and Synchronicity of Color, to the gorgeous sights of Trees and Gardens at Discovery Green (and plenty other sights in between), you’ll find it to be the ideal location for getting to know that special someone, and their views on art, nature, and life, a little bit better. If you’re lucky, you might be able to catch a free show at the Anheuser-Busch outdoor concert venue. There’s also a lakeside dining option if you want to grab a light snack while you enjoy the lovely view of the water.

    Why I Like It: As a “walks in the park” type of girl, I’m a sucker for scenic views, art displays, and soaking up the sun. Discovery Green is beautiful and quiet, with lots of touring space; just the right atmosphere to spark meaningful conversation, share some laughs, and even partake in a nice handholding session. 

    Location 2: Revelry on Richmond

    If it didn’t involve food, it didn’t happen. After working up an appetite Downtown, the Revelry on Richmond in Montrose is the perfect place to relax and refuel. Their menu selection includes all of your bar faves, such as nachos, burgers, steaks, and tacos, with a unique twist on each, as well as hand-selected wines (hello, rosé), specialty cocktails (they whip up a mean Moscow mule), and lots of craft beer. If you and bae are sports fans, catch a game on one of the big screens. Or head outside to the spacious patio to start a competition of your own with the bar’s giant Jenga, jumbo Connect Four, or mini-basketball court. Eat, sip, and play in one stop, all for a reasonable price.

    Why I Like It: Traditional dinner dates have the potential to be stuffy and awkward, especially if it’s your first time out together. A low-key spot like the Revelry allows you to let loose, dig into some good eats, and play a fun game or two to break the ice.

    Location 3: Unwine on Almeda and Café 4212

    Just a quick five minute drive from the Revelry, you’ll find Unwine on Almeda, a swanky urban wine bar featuring an excellent selection of vino and a spacious rooftop lounge. Score a comfy corner couch and table on the roof for an intimate feel paired with light jazz and/or R&B vibes. Although it closes at midnight, if you don’t want the night to end there, walk a few steps over to Café 4212. Known as the Museum District’s hidden jewel, you’ll enjoy soulful lite bites, more wine and cocktails, and live music and poetry performances on the patio until 2:00 a.m.

    Why I Like It: You can tell a lot about a person from his or her taste in wine, and relaxing on a rooftop on a warm Houston night is nearly unbeatable. Each spot exudes the urban Southern charm of the district and are also both black-owned, which is the ultimate win in my book. So if you want a place to relax, sip, and meaningfully engage, here’s your stop.

    From Downtown staples to Montrose hideaways, the possibilities are endless when it comes to designing a lit date around the city. Cheers to an adventure-filled night you won’t want to end!

    Image Source: GIPHY.com, Flickr.com

    Victoria Jackson
    Victoria Jackson

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