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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.