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13 Kick-Ass Ideas for A First Date in Atlanta

If this year has you entering or reentering the dating scene, fear not. While we can’t guarantee that whoever you’re meeting off of Hinge will look like their profile pic, we’ve at least got a great list of first date spots for you so you can rest easy knowing that at least great vibes, amazing food, and fantastic drinks are in store for your evening! Restaurants and attractions listed below in alphabetical order. 

Le Bilboquet - Patio | Photo: Facebook/lebilboquet
Le Bilboquet – Patio | Photo: Facebook/lebilboquet

1. Le Bilboquet

3027 Bolling Way NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

We love this elegant Buckhead spot and your date will, too! It’s a great place to feel extra ✨ swanky, ✨ and you really can’t ever go wrong with French cuisine. Their patio is perfect for soaking in the vibes in fair weather. Hop on over for cocktails and drinks and stay for a fantastic dinner, or if you want to switch up the scene and go for some more lowkey greasy grub, walk over to Shake Shack after drinks for a date pleasing bite to eat. 

The Blind Pig - Interior | Photo: theblindpigparlourbar.com
The Blind Pig – Interior | Photo: theblindpigparlourbar.com

2. The Blind Pig

128 E Andrews Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

Bring in the roaring 20’s with a trip to the Blind Pig. This speakeasy is located in the back of Chido & Padre’s and is both sexy and unexpected. We love the swanky seating, their excellent cocktail menu, and live music Thursdays. It’s a great place to have an intimate conversation with a date, and the ambiance really helps dial the romance up a notch. 

3. Bon Ton Atlanta

674 Myrtle St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

Seafood is always the right option for a date, and Bon Ton Atlanta does it so well and with a cajun Vietnamese twist. We love their hip, cozy interiors that just seem to mandate a great time. While there is some socially distanced interior seating at this time, you can get their very tasty po boys and banh mi delivered for some Netflix and chill if you feel safer doing so. 

 

4. Chairs

2783 Main St
East Point, GA 30344

Chairs in East Point is THE place to go for a laidback, fun first date with some cheap well drinks, great beer, and surprisingly fantastic food. The co-owner, Meg Sellers, even reports that she knows of at least 5 couples who have met at Chairs and gotten married! Step right in and all your first date jitters will vanish away because this place is just cozy, comfortable, neighborhood bar fun. There are tons of puzzles, pool tables, foosball, and arcade games to occupy you, and they also do drag bingo on Mondays. Chairs is open during the pandemic–but their smoky, brisket sandwich and full menu is available to go as well if you’re trying to play it extra safe. 

Dancing Goats Coffee Bar - Ponce City Market Location | Photo: Facebook/dancinggoatscoffee
Dancing Goats Coffee Bar – Ponce City Market Location | Photo: Facebook/dancinggoatscoffee

5. Dancing Goats Coffee Bar

650 North Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

Coffee dates are always a great, low-key, and cheap place to go for a date. And the Dancing Goats Coffee Bar by Ponce City Market has one of the coolest set-ups in town. There’s tons of fun comfy swinging chairs, their cold brew always hits the spot, and the Beltline is a step away if you prefer to take your cup of Joe to go.

The Earl - Interior
The Earl – Interior

6. The Earl

488 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

The Earl is everything you want in a dive bar. Rock music, cheap but tasty food, and stiff drinks at great prices. While there aren’t shows currently due to COVID-19, you can still eat and drink at The Real, both inside and outside, and remember to go back for a show once the pandemic’s over. 

Forza Storico - Patio } Photo: Facebook/forzastorico
Forza Storico – Patio } Photo: Facebook/forzastorico

7. Forza Storico

1198 Howell Mill Rd #020
Atlanta, GA 30318

Perfect patio check! Forza Storico, from the folks behind Storico Fresco, have opened up a fantastic date night spot in West Midtown over by JCT Kitchen. Their patio is our favorite place to be, with plenty of heaters to keep you cozy in the fall and winter time. The energy is both lively and cozy, leading to a more relaxed atmosphere for you and your date. 

Ladybird - Nashville Hot Chicken | Photo: Yelp
Ladybird – Nashville Hot Chicken | Photo: Yelp

8. Ladybird

684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

Ladybird has the best backyard hangout vibes, with truly fantastic food as well. Sip a cocktail or some punch on their patio–and you can even bring your pup, too. Their whole menu is excellent, but we recommend you dig into their Nashville hot chicken or their burger–one of the best in town! 

Little Spirit - Painting | Photo: Facebook/littlespiritatl
Little Spirit – Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. Painting | Photo: Facebook/littlespiritatl

9. Little Spirit

299 North Highland Avenue Northeast r3
Atlanta, GA 30307

Little Spirit is a dark and trendy place in the heart of Inman Park that’s perfect for pre-dinner or post-dinner cocktails. You’ll also love how they pay homage to music legends like Tupac and Bowie with an assortment of fun and cheeky paintings hanging up on the walls. While there is distancing measures in place, this drink spot doesn’t have much outdoor seating options and is quite intimate, so it could be a great place to bookmark for a date to visit post-vaccine if you’re exercising the utmost caution. 

Little Trouble - Interior | Photo: Facebook/littletroubleatl
Little Trouble – Interior | Photo: Facebook/littletroubleatl

10. Little Trouble

1170 Howell Mill Rd NW Suite P-10C
Atlanta, GA 30318

Little Trouble is a moody lounge in West Midtown that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to the trendiest of underground clubs in Asia. The drinks are strong and the pan-Asian street food is excellent to pair with a bit of sake. The volume and music can be a little loud, which will just encourage you to lean in a little closer. Head there between 6pm-7pm for an excellent happy hour! 

Osha Thai Sushi Galleria - Red Snapper
Osha Thai Sushi Galleria – Red Snapper

11. Osha Thai Sushi Galleria

1820 Peachtree Rd #1
Atlanta, GA 30309

Thai food is always a great idea, and Osha Thai Sushi Galleria is an excellent choice in particular for a date because their Asian fusion menu has a little something for everyone. And just as important, the interiors and the vibe of the place is really a true showstopper. Some of the co-owners are artists and you can see that reflected in the decor, with hand-drawn art on the walls and art pieces sourced from Thailand. The cocktails are really something special, and there’s outdoor seating as well if you feel more comfortable dining outside. 

Ruby Chow - Interiors | Photo: rubychows.com
Ruby Chow – Interiors | Photo: rubychows.com

12. Ruby Chow’s

620 Glen Iris Dr NE Unit C-1
Atlanta, GA 30308

New to ATL, Ruby Chow’s by Ponce City Market has some truly luxurious interiors and some heated outdoor seating as well if you prefer to dine outside. Their menu is an eclectic mix of pan-Asian tapas. They’re also open to 11:00pm on Friday and Saturday evenings, making it a great place to linger over dinner. Or hop on over to the Beltline for a stroll or to Ponce City Market for some gelato from Honeysuckle gelato post date! 

13. Sri Thai Atlanta 

1380 Atlantic Dr #14275
Atlanta, GA 30363

Atlantic Station is really ideal for a date night spot, when you think about it. There’s an awesome spread of restaurants, a cushy movie theatre, and plenty of picturesque streets to stroll on post dinner date. Sri Thai is one of the newer places to open up in Atlantic Station, and they have unexpectedly authentic Thai cuisine and fresh sushi. Go for a sweet treat at Kilwin’s post dinner date to end the night! 

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