Planning the perfect date is an opportunity to create memorable moments with your partner, a chance to step away from the routine of daily life to make memories, and a prime opportunity to explore all that Richmond has to offer. The perfect blank canvas for a memorable excursion, Richmond is brimming with unique activities that pair perfectly with Richmond’s local restaurant scene – a winning combination sure to impress your partner, whether it’s your first date or fiftieth. Make it a night, or day, to remember with some of the ideas we’ve included below.

A band on stage at The Tin Pan with a female singer

The Tin Pan

The Tin Pan: A High Note

Nestled in the West End near Regency, The Tin Pan is a delightful spot for music lovers. This intimate music venue features live performances ranging from jazz to folk music. Grab a table, order some delicious food and drinks, and let the melodies create a romantic backdrop for your evening.

The Tin Pan offers food but if you want to elevate your night, pair with dinner at Buckhead’s.

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Rigby’s Jig Ballroom Dance Studio

Rigby’s Jig Ballroom Dance Studio: Dance the Night Away

For couples who love to dance or are willing to try something new, Rigby’s Jig Ballroom Dance Studio is a must-visit. Whether you’re beginners or experienced dancers, the friendly instructors will guide you through a fun-filled evening of ballroom dancing. It’s a perfect way to connect and have a good laugh together.

Pair it with dinner at Hobnob.

A train case filled with colorful mini-golf balls

Hotel Greene

Hotel Greene: A Hole in One

Hotel Greene takes mini-golf to a new level. This isn’t your typical mini-golf course; it’s set in an elaborately designed hotel-themed indoor space that offers a unique ‘high-falutin’ mini-golf experience. After playing a round or two, enjoy a cocktail at their bar and revel in the quirky, upscale atmosphere.

Hotel Greene offers food, but you can also pair it with dinner at Lillie Pearl.

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The Byrd Theatre

The Byrd Theatre: A Classic Date Experience

The Byrd Theatre is more than just a place to watch a movie; it’s an experience. This historic cinema known as “Richmond’s Grand Movie Palace,” offers a nostalgic ambiance that modern contemporary theaters can’t match. Watching a film here can feel like stepping back in time, perfect for a romantic and relaxed evening.

Pair it with dinner at Can Can Brasserie.

The exterior of Virginia Museum of Fne Arts

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: A Thoughtful Backdrop

For art-lovers and novices alike, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is the perfect spot for a date thanks to the combination of opportunities for light conversation coupled with a treasure trove of artwork to provide prompts along the way. Spend your evening exploring impressive collections that span across various cultures and eras in a serene atmosphere or, when weather permits, enjoy the grounds and outdoor events.

Pair it with dinner at Sabai.

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Discover Richmond Food Tour

Discover Richmond Food Tour: A Taste of the City

They say that the closest way to someone’s heart is often through their stomach. Embark on a tasty exploration of Richmond’s rich culinary scene with one of Discover Richmond’s food tours. Choose a neighborhood-specific tour or focus on a topic like pizza and ice cream or Richmond’s breweries.

While you’ll eat on the tour, if you’re looking for a proper meal, pair it with dinner at Alewife.

a couple stands with baseball bats and a car to smash

Rage RVA

Rage RVA: Unleash Your Wild Side

For something completely different, check out Rage RVA. Here, you can engage in the cathartic experience of smashing objects in a safe environment. It’s a unique way to release stress and have a blast together.

Pair it with dinner at Pizza & Beer of Richmond.

A haunted building in Richmond

Haunts of Richmond

Haunts of Richmond: A Spooky Adventure

Finally, for couples who enjoy a bit of a thrill, Haunts of Richmond offers ghost tours that explore the city’s spooky side. These tours are not only entertaining but also provide a glimpse into the darker aspects of Richmond’s history.

Pair it with dinner at Grandstaff & Stein, Richmond’s own speakeasy.