Every couple endures the classic struggle of where they want to go for date night. Next time you have the day off, why not suggest strolling through the streets of Downtown Tampa. This date night destination provides delectable eateries, ornate theatres, and eclectic bars around every corner. With so many options for food and entertainment, there’s bound to be something you and your hubby can agree on.
Can’t decide on what to have for dinner? Why not have it all at Hall on Franklin. This spot is one of the first dining halls introduced to the Tampa food scene. With seven diverse culinary options, guests can sample food from all over the world. Cocktail in hand, you can stroll with your date to pick lunch or dinner. Alternatively, you can enjoy a sit down meal and order from a menu that includes everything the Hall on Franklin has to offer.
One of Tampa’s absolute gems is this non-profit movie palace located on Franklin street. Originally built by Paramount Pictures in 1926, this theatre has persevered through the changing times thanks to Tampa citizens. The Tampa Theatre shows new movies, old classics, shows and concerts. Named to the National Register of Historic Places and a Tampa City Landmark, the ornate architecture of this single auditorium theatre will transport you and your date to a place of magic.
If you or your date would prefer some fresh air, maybe Curtis Hixon is the spot for you. Located on Ashley Street and overlooking the Hillsborough River, this scenic park is a great option for a day time picnic or night time stroll. Complete with a water park, small playground, and plenty of open space, this park is ideal if you want to bring along the kids or fur babies!
This trendy little spot is perfect for a cocktail to begin the night or a nightcap to end the perfect date. Located on Tampa Street, Hotel Bar offers craft cocktails and small plates within a sophisticated and swanky setting. Don’t forget to check out the local artwork!
Bringing together books, great coffee, and delicious foods is Oxford Exchange. Located on West Kennedy Blvd, Oxford Exchange offers brunch, lunch, tea service as well as a coffee and tea bar. The beauty of Oxford Exchange, beyond its gorgeous atrium and cozy décor, is that its not just one thing. You and your date can peruse books and merchandise, sit and chat in the study and lounge area, or grab a table at the restaurant. The possibilities are endless.
A Tampa staple, Jackson’s Bistro provides great food and amazing views of the downtown area. Located on Harbour Island, Jackson’s has an expansive outdoor deck where guests can watch as boats glide into the harbor. The views are only complimented by a huge menu, which includes brunch, sushi, and daily specials.
Located just off of Tyler Street is Tampa’s Center for the Performing Arts. As the largest performing arts center in the Southeast, The Straz Center features a variety of musicals, comedies, and plays that would be perfect for date night. Many classic Broadway shows make stops at the Straz Center and bars and restaurants are located here as well.