We love a romantic date night any time of the year, but there’s something in the winter air that seems to make date nights just a little more special during these cooler months. Lucky for us, there are plenty of warm, fun and delicious spots to cozy up in with your plus one.
Whether you’re a playful couple, fellow foodies or up for something totally different, we think you’ll love the recommendations we’ve drummed up for you.
Fun-loving couples can add some friendly competition to their date at Beachside Social, an expansive ocean-liner-inspired games bar. Challenge yourself to a game of floor shuffleboard, bocce or classic board games, while enjoying handcrafted cocktails, beers and delicious food in a truly unique atmosphere, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Dinner and a show? Well, an oyster-shucking show that is! Grab two seats at the raw bar at The Atlantic on Pacific and enjoy an extensive selection of oysters, as well as a list of wines and bubbles that pair expertly with your choice of salty-sweet bivalves. Take a peek at their delicious menu of cold and hot starters and entrees, too, and toast to the night with one of their signature cocktails (crafted with house shrubs and homemade bitters). Cheers!
Consider Love Song the cure to your winter blues! The new wine bar at the Oceanfront District specializes in natural and biodynamic wines and keeps its wine list ever-changing, giving you plenty of reason to visit often. The intimate spot at the Oceanfront District serves a tasty menu of plates and platters prepared and meant to be shared with – as its name suggests – a lot of love.
Head under-the-sea on your special someone without ever leaving the shore. While the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center makes for a great afternoon date anytime of the year, during the month of December, there are some uniquely fun opportunities to enjoy the aquarium’s 800,000 gallons after-hours with seasonal events like Sharks After Dark and Holi-Rays, including the opportunity to see a scuba-diving Santa. How’s that for a magical evening?
For a truly classic date night with an elegant 1930s flair, don your winter best and drop by the Cavalier Hotel’s Raleigh Room, the hotel’s modern take on the original Grand Salon from 1927. With plush seating, drink carts, game tables, billiards, a grand piano and expertly crafted cocktails with a nod to decades past, this is an idyllic spot for pre- or post-dinner drinks that’ll feel like a step back in time. Looking for a date on the earlier side? Enjoy Afternoon Tea, including a seasonal Holiday Afternoon Tea for an added touch of romance and festivity.