Top 9 Cincinnati Date Ideas

Try any of these fun ideas on your next date night!

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Jan 21, 2021

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If you’re looking for a new idea for date night in Cincinnati, consider checking out any of the ideas we’ve put on this list. Whether you’d like a nice dinner out on the town, prefer to catch a show, or even try something more adventurous-- there’s plenty to do in Cincinnati. Also, don’t let the cold weather keep you and your date from enjoying your date night! There are plenty of indoor activities to keep you busy all winter. When the warmer weather does return, just be sure to add in some outdoor fun-- like picnicking, biking, or horseback riding--  to your weekends.

1. Breakout Games - Escape Room Cincinnati

Put Your Sleuthing Skills to the Test

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See if your date can follow the clues and solve the puzzle in time! Image courtesy of Breakout Games.

3653 Michigan Ave., Ste 205B
Cincinnati, OH 45208

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If you and your date are looking for an interesting way to spend the evening-- then look no further than Breakout Games. Here you’ll get to participate in a 60 minute puzzle-- one that it’s all up to your team to solve. You’ll have to work together to crack codes, solve puzzles, and follow the clues-- all of which will lead you to your final destination.

Kids Playing breakout games

There are a couple of different themed games you and your sweetheart can tackle-- there is a runaway train scenario, and burglary gone wrong game, and and mystery mansion-- just to name a few. These types of games are well written and require you to use teamwork and have your best sleuthing skills available. This would be a fun idea for those couples looking for something a little different-- and something that requires them to use their critical thinking skills.

2. Go Bananas Comedy Club

LOL with the Love of Your Life

Standups on stage at Go Bananas Comedy Club
Image courtesy of Go Bananas Comedy Club. You and your date will be in stitches after seeing any of the variety of shows this club has.

8410 Market Place Lane
Montgomery, OH 45242

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When Cincinnati wants a laugh, they know exactly where to go-- Go Bananas Comedy Club. The acts that perform here are some of the funniest around-- and they’re always looking for new talent. They have everyone from amateurs to touring comics appear on stage-- you can even sign up for your minute in the spotlight as well!

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If you and your date would prefer to stay in the audience-- that’s just fine. You’re always guaranteed to see a couple of acts-- including some names you may have even heard of.  Seeing a comedy show is a great way to end the week on a high note, and spend some quality time with your significant other. It’s also a great way to unwind too!

3. Loveland Castle

Get the Royal Treatment Right Here in Cincinnati

Loveland Castle
Image courtesy of Loveland Castle. Spend a day touring the castle and accompanying gardens.

12025 Shore Dr.
Loveland, OH 45140

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If you feel like treating your significant other to being a king or queen for a day, make sure you check out the real life Loveland Castle. This place is open year round, but if you want to see the attached gardens, it’s probably better to come in the warmer months. This castle was built by Harry Delos Andrews as a tribute to the golden age of knights and courtly living. All of the specifications of this amazing castle match those that are found all over Great Britain.

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There is a self guided tour-- but there are always Knights of the Golden Trail available to answer any questions you might have about Harry and his castle. The grounds are just stunning, and would be the perfect place to spend the day and have a picnic. This castle even comes complete with a secret door to the garden that was only recently found. Make sure you inquire about the resident ghosts as well!

4. Fifty West Brewing Co.

Former Speakeasy Turned Craft Brewery

Exterior of the Fifty West Brewing ompany
Image courtesy of Fifty West Brewing Co. Stop in and try their amazing selection of local craft brews.

7668 Wooster Pike
Cincinnati, OH 45227

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If you and your sweetie are looking to try some new beer, check out Fifty West Brewing Co. There are lots of great breweries that have popped up around Cincinnati lately-- and any one of them would be a great date night. We thought Fifty West would be particularly interesting because it is located on the land of a former prohibition speakeasy. So you can soak up a little history while you try some of their delicious craft brews.

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Make sure you check out their events page before you go-- there’s always something going on at this busy place. There are weekly trivia, wing nights, and beer dinner series just to name a few. Also be on the lookout for Saturdays when there is live entertainment to go with your beer. This is a great way to get out an try not only new beers-- but see a different part of Cincinnati while you’re at it.

5. Shumrick and Leys Distillery

Sample Small Batch Whiskey in the Heart of Cincinnati

Image courtesy of Shumrick and Leys. Stop into this small-batch distillery for a wonderful date night experience.

2810 Highland Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45212

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Hours of Operation

Fri 4pm-10pm & Sat 1pm-10pm

If you and your significant other like trying new things, consider visiting the Shumrick and Leys Distillery. Here you’ll get the chance to taste whiskey the way it was meant to be-- created slowly by hand and in small batches. The staff here is very well versed in the distillation process, and can answer any questions you might have. You can taste a wide variety of whiskey that they have on hand-- and even purchase the ones you like.

This wonderful spot has rye whiskey, bourbon, and even a handful of rums that you’re sure to like. Don’t forget to couple all those spirits with some of their delicious snacks-- they’re paired to compliment the alcohol tastings. Why not try a date night here and maybe learn something along the way? Who knows, you might even find your new favorite drink of choice!

6. RockQuest Climbing Center

The Perfect Date for Thrill Seekers

RockQuest Climbing Center
Image courtesy of RockQuest Climbing Center. Try your hand at rock climbing and have an athletic date night!

3475 E. Kemper Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45241

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Hours of Operation

Mon-Fri 10am-10pm & Sat-Sun 10am-9pm

If you and your date are looking for something more athletic, consider planning a date night for the RockQuest Climbing Center. Here you will be challenged to tackle various walls and courses-- all designed to push your limits. Don’t worry if you’ve never done rock climbing before-- this place can accommodate all ages ability levels. A staff member will walk you through all you need to know in order to start climbing. They are all about safety here, and want to make sure everyone has a fun-- and safe-- climbing experience.

women at Rockquest Climbing Center

This is an out of the ordinary date night idea-- sure to be fun for the both of you! If you’re both new to rock climbing, why not take a lesson together? RockQuest can arrange for private lessons for two people or small groups.

7. Kentucky Bourbon Trail

The Best Bourbon in Kentucky… in Cincinnati

Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Image courtesy of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Get out the city for the day and take a tour of the birthplace of bourbon!

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If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, grab your significant other and head out on the Cincinnati Brew bus and take in the Kentucky Bourbon Trail! Bourbon country is right across the Ohio River-- and what better way to experience it than through a fantastic tour that leaves right from Cincinnati. You’ll be driven to each distillery and allowed to taste some of the finest bourbon in Kentucky. You can arrange for either two stops or three-- and at the end-- the bus will take you back over the river to Cincinnati.

man holding glass of whiskey

This is a great idea for a day trip date-- you get out of your comfort zone and get to explore another state for the day. After spending the day tasting new bourbon and learning about the distillation process-- be sure to purchase the bourbon you like the best for an end of the day drink!

8. Jag’s Steak and Seafood

Some of the Best Surf n Turf in Cincy

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Image courtesy of Jag’s Steak and Seafood. This place is known all over Cincinnati for the best steak, seafood, and raw bar around.

5980 West Chester Rd.
West Chester Twp., OH 45069

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Hours of Operation

Mon-Thurs 5pm-9:30pm & Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm

Sometimes you and your date just want to have a fancy dinner out on the town. One of the best places to do that is Jag’s Steak and Seafood. They have an amazing selection of all kinds of aged steaks-- as well as some fantastic seafood choices on their menu. This place has been around since 2003, and it is one of the most popular places when you’re looking for amazing food coupled with exemplary service. Their raw bar is also one of the best in Cincinnati-- so if it’s oysters you want, make sure you check this place out as well.

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You and your sweetie can enjoy a night out at the end of a long work week-- it’s a great way to catch up with each other-- as well as enjoy some of the best food and wine in the Cincinnati area. You’ll be sure to enjoy the piano bar as well-- which operates each night of the week!

9. Eat Drink Paint

Sip and Paint for a Truly Creative Date Night

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Image courtesy of Eat Drink Paint. This is such a fun date idea-- sip on some wine and let your creative juices flow!

Cincinnati, OH

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Eat Drink Paint has been catching on across the country-- who doesn’t like to have a little wine, hang out with friends, and paint? It’s a fantastic experience that is celebrating three years of going strong in Cincinnati. This place is all about fun-- and would be a great idea for a different type of date night! Have some wine, listen to some music, and paint til your heart’s content-- that’s the gist behind all the fun. There are instructors on hand as well to help guide you-- but this is where you get to let your creativity shine.

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You are sure to have a good time relaxing and painting the night away. It’s a good thing there are a couple of these events each week-- they tend to fill up fast so be sure to book early!

Cincinnati has so many options when it comes to date night. You can have a fantastic dinner and watch a show, go indoor rock climbing, or even tour the bourbon trail. There so much to see in and around Cincinnati-- you’ll never have a boring date again! What’s your favorite thing to do for date night? Let us know in the comments!

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