In the winter time, my husband and I become hermits from the cold, but we never let that affect our adventurous spirit. Don’t get me wrong- we love to hang out in our cozy Green Hills apartment and binge on TV-shows as much as any other couple does. While that kind of a night has its own value, we also like to get bundled up and venture out into the cold for a date night. My husband and I truly enjoy exploring Nashville and have several go-to date night ideas planned so we can savor our time together as much as possible. Whether you are adventurous or a homebody, I’m sharing 7 date night ideas (that we actually do in the winter season). I hope that these ideas inspire you and your partner!
For the adventurous couple…
Want to squeeze in a workout on your date? Put on your cutest workout gear and go indoor rock-climbing together at Climb Nashville West . Charlie and I have a monthly membership and go a few times each week. If you aren’t a member, you can buy a Day Pass with gear for $23. Climbing together builds trust and patience in your relationship when you have to belay each other on routes! We like to do 3 routes each and then get beer and burgers at a casual, local bar down the road called M.L. Rose on Charlotte Avenue. If you want to indulge, order a dark porter beer and a Bacon Cheeseburger with waffle fries. If you are trying to maintain your New Year’s Resolution of lighter fare (like me), go with the Avocado Quinoa salad with chickpeas and hazelnuts. Order a cider beer to wash it all down!
Craving a high-energy date in downtown Nashville? Buy tickets to a Preds game at Bridgestone Arena and surprise your partner with a 6pm reservation at The Palm steakhouse before the 7pm game. As for what to wear, reach for a warm coat and jeans because the arena tends to be chilly from the ice. Skip the stress of downtown parking by taking an Uber. Once you arrive at The Palm Restaurant, get a booth and order the crab cakes with mango salsa or the filet mignon with brandy peppercorn sauce. If you prefer something lighter, try the Hearts of Palm salad. It’s not always listed on the menu, but they will always serve this classic and flavorful marinated salad. After dinner, walk across the street to Bridgestone Arena and order a local beer or chilled glass of wine before settling into your seats. Stay as long as you like and have fun cheering with the crowds! Charlie and I have been doing this for years with his family.
If you and your partner are gamers or enjoy arcades, you’ll feel right at home at Two Bits. This Midtown bar features 24 different beers on tap and over 20 retro arcade games, like Pac-Man and Space Invaders. Be sure to wear comfy shoes since you’ll be standing up and walking around to play all the arcade games. This casual spot also features a full menu, but Charlie and I like to go home for dinner and make a variation of this creamy chicken soup recipe with cornbread. This playful date is creative and cheap!
For the romantic couple…
Looking to impress your partner with a romantic night out? Slip into your highest heels and duck in to this unmarked, dimly lit, speakeasy-style bar in Midtown. The Patterson House is one of our favorite bars in Nashville because it just feels swanky. Be sure to order a seasonal cocktail with house-made bitters with a side of sliders or warm olives. Since this place is small and it gets busy on the weekends, avoid the crowds by going during the week (Charlie and I like to go on Wednesdays). It is a terrific way to break up the week and catch up with each other over a cocktail. I highly recommend checking out this place if you haven’t already done so. It has the perfect romantic vibe with its chandeliers and dark wood finishes.
Every Valentine’s Day, we make the trek out to Main Street in downtown Franklin for Cajun cuisine at 55 South Restaurant. Charlie is a huge fan of Louisiana Cajun food and this place does it right. The atmosphere is pretty casual with a sports bar vibe and the prices are moderate. We always order the Bag O’ Shrimp and a bottle of the house wine to start. For the main course, we feast on Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya and the Red Beans and Rice, but we make sure to save room for dessert next door at Kilwin’s. I always buy a piece of fudge while Charlie selects a custom box of chocolates.
For the couple who loves to stay at home…
- For an elevated movie night at home, swing by the grocery store and pick up ingredients for homemade savory Truffle Popcorn as you watch your movie of choice. If you can’t decide on a movie, try to compromise on genre. Often times, I’ll give Charlie a genre that I’m in the mood for, like “animated.” Then, he’ll go and find 5 choices that he likes from that genre and I get to to pick which one I want to watch from his 5 choices. It works and we both get to have a say in the matter! After the popcorn appetizer, bake up a hearty Savory Bread Pudding and wash it down with some red wine.
- If you are looking to reconnect and have an “unplugged” date night at home, put your phones and computers in another room and pull out your board games. We have a wide variety of games, but always come back to Bananagrams. We also love to work on 1000 piece puzzles. We get competitive with the different sections of the puzzle and it passes the time quickly. While we play these games, we sip on Moscow Mules in these hammered copper mugs. We take our cocktails pretty seriously! As for ambiance, put on some records to create a relaxing mood. Our stack of vinyl includes Adele, Bread, John Denver, and Belle and Sebastian. Enjoy the time together and relish the fact that neither of you are glued to your darn phones! (I am so guilty of this!)
So, those are my go-to date nights in the winter time. We like a healthy mix of going out and staying in. How about you and your partner? What are your go-to date nights when it’s cold outside? Tell me about it in the comments!