When the weather gets nicer in March and April, my husband and I like to venture out for outdoor dates. Like most couples, we like variety in our date locations and activities. Since we are constantly exploring new parts of Nashville, I’m sharing a different date night idea for each day of the week this Spring. P.s. If you missed my Week of Winter Date Nights, you can read it here. Keep reading for some romantic date nights during springtime!
Burgers + Beer + Live Music at Tennessee Brew Works
One of the best burgers in Nashville is actually at Tennessee Brew Works in downtown. The parking is a cinch and it is always easy to get a table. Our wedding photographer and friend Paul Rowland recommended it to us and we are forever grateful. There’s a multi-level outdoor patio and live music on the weekend. Order a craft beer and treat yourself to the burger with truffle aioli. It is just divine.
Go See Cheekwood in Bloom
From now until April 15th, go see Cheekwood in Bloom and enjoy the spring flowers and gardens. Wear comfy shoes and bring shades because you’ll be outside the entire time. Go on Saturday or Sunday for food trucks and a beer garden 11am-4pm for a day date. This is a fantastic option if you are craving a more active date because you can stroll for hours if you like. I also love to have friend dates here, especially in the fall.
Cocktails at Sunset on a Rooftop Bar
There are quite a few rooftop bars in Nashville, but I prefer UP and L.A. Jackson in the Gulch. Charlie and I like to dress up a bit and order several appetizers and a couple cocktails for dinner. Since these bars are rooftop, be sure to bring a shawl or sweater in case it gets chilly after the sun goes down.
Mojitos at GreenHouse
GreenHouse Bar is literally a green house with a bar, full of beers on tap and fresh mint mojitos. This Green Hills bar is all about the springtime vibes, replete with greenery everywhere! The vibe is casual and the patio outback is always free to claim. If you want some sunshine and a fruit tea, make plans for a date here.
Romantic Dinner at Cafe Nonna
Located in Sylvan Park, this quaint Italian restaurant called Cafe Nonna serves delicious white wine clam pasta and pesto bean soup. When we are feeling particularly swanky, we make a reservation a week in advance and count down the days. The restaurant is very small and usually lit with candles to set the mood. If the weather is nice, request for a table on the patio for a French cafe vibe. If you want a romantic setting, this is my highest recommendation for dinner.
Rent Bikes at the Greenway
If you want to go for a sunset bike ride, rent a bike at the Greenway in Sylvan Park for $5-7 for a few hours. Charlie and I love to do this when we have friends in town as it’s an active date that also counts as a workout! After you bike around, return the bike to the stall and head over to Local Taco for creative tacos. If this is a daytime date, walk over to Star Bagel and cool off with a green juice or bagel sandwich.
Eat Waterside at Riverview Restaurant
This is probably one of my best kept secrets for date spots, but I’m willing to share it with y’all because I want y’all to enjoy it, too. Located in Ashland City, Riverview Restaurant and Marina is a cozy seafood joint with a huge deck for waterside dining. If you eat inside, you can see the Cumberland River through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows. If you eat on the deck, you are directly alongside the river and have the prettiest view of the water. When we go on dates here, we feel like we are at a marina in a distant beach town. Yes, it is a 30 minute drive from Nashville, but it is 100% worth it! Go at night to watch the sunset or go at noon on Sunday for a sunshine-filled experience. Either way, there is almost never a wait and you won’t have to deal with crazy Nashville crowds. If you go, tell me what you think!
I hope this list of date night options inspires you to go out with your significant other and enjoy the changing of the season. What are your favorite spring time dates?
Photo Credit: Paul Rowland Photography at Radnor Lake