Looking for a few creative and affordable date ideas in the Athens area? Look no further because you’re in good hands. From simple food and drink dates to artistic experiences, you can easily impress your significant other on these local date ideas.
Grabbing drinks is always an easy date to plan. Athens has two impressive local breweries, Creature Comforts and Terrapin. If you want to enjoy a relaxing evening in Downtown Athens, you can play cornhole while trying the various flavors of Creature Comforts beer such as the popular Athena and Tropicalia. If you don’t mind driving to a brewery outside of Downtown, Terrapin also provides a unique and memorable experience and is located on Newton Bridge Road.
If your taste buds are craving flavorful food, Athens has many local restaurants to try out. For an affordable and delicious breakfast date, Mama’s Boy is a very popular joint with two locations offering food items such as fried green tomatoes, banana bread, Georgia peach French toast, and their famous fluffy biscuits. If you’re looking for the best fries in town and a hipster scenery, Trappeze Pub is the spot to go. Along with their Belgian fries, Trappeze also delivers unique cheese plates, salads, sandwiches and burgers. Best of all, they have a variety of special desserts daily listed on the chalkboard wall. However, if you don’t mind a messy date and want to save money on alcohol, check out Pulaski’s Heights BBQ. You can enjoy getting tipsy without the high cost of restaurant prices because Pulaski offers a BYOB special.
If you want to venture away from the typical food and drink date, you can get imaginative at ARTini’s Art Lounge. At ARTini’s, you can paint masterpieces with your significant other while drinking a beverage of choice for only $35 a class. After all, who wouldn’t want to wind down the day with painting and a glass of wine? If you and your significant other are animal lovers, Bear Hollow Zoo and Botanical Gardens are great options for you. Bear Hollow Zoo offers the zoo experience without the guilt, as all the animal are physically or behaviorally rehabilitated and cannot survive on their own. On the otherhand, Botantical Gardens is a great place to explore with numerous trails and natural sights to see.
If you want to enjoy a fun night out, the Georgia Theatre holds concerts weekly. The Georgia Theatre provides national and local acts across all genres of rock, country, alternative, electronic, hip hop, and more! Of course, we all know we may have different music preferences. Therefore, here are a few other activity dates. The Showtime Bowling Center consists of 32 lanes of fun, video games, and pool to bring you back to your childhood memories. If bowling isn’t your thing, I highly recommend you visit the unique movie theater, Cine. Cine is the only mission driven, non-profit, community-based art house movie theater in the region. It is restored from historic venue houses with two cinemas and a full bar. It’s not the typical movie theater, and it would certainly create a lasting impression on your date.
If you desire to adventure away from Athens and into the city of Atlanta for a weekend, here is one date idea you must look into! My boyfriend and I recently journeyed out to Ponce City Market to enjoy a day on the BeltLine. If you want to ride a scooter since they’re banned in Athens, this is the perfect place to ride scooters, bikes, or just simply walk down the BeltLine. In my case, we used Lyft scooters and the cost is very affordable. I rode for almost an hour, and it only cost ten dollars! After enjoying the BeltLine, you can go into the food hall of Ponce City Market to choose from remarkable places such as Bellina Alimentari, Biltong Bar, Brezza Cucina, Dancing Goats Coffee Bar, Miso Ko’s sushi, The Mercury cocktails, and much more!
Now that you’ve had some cute date ideas thrown at you, surprise your significant other with a date experience they’ll surely treasure!