Date nights are a time honored tradition in our home and have made quite the evolution in our time together. In recent years, we have taken a more progressive approach to date nights (as seen here), so I wanted to share some of our favorite places to visit for a Raleigh date night. Try them out and let us know which one is your favorite!
The Perfect Raleigh Date Night Itinerary
Mood: Moore Square is the hippest spot in Raleigh right now with some of the best new places surrounding the area either on Blount St. or in City Market. Head here if you’re looking for a unique Raleigh experience for your date night.
Brewery Bhavana: Despite being open for a couple of years now, it’s still really hard to get a reservation here. Instead, grab a seat at the bar and order some bao buns (the pork is our favorite) and a drink to start out. After sampling the bao, take your drink into the library and flower shop for a little perusing before heading to your next stop.
High Horse: High Horse is the best dining experience in Raleigh right now! It’s over the top, fun, and energetic and the perfect spot for stepping out of the normal routine. Be sure to make a reservation in advance and ask the servers for their favorite dishes and drinks. Order a combination of any of these: Grandma’s Cornbread, Charred Shishito Peppers, Bacon Wrapped Dates, Okra, Cauliflower, Crab Guacamole, Grilled Octopus, and Comté Queso.
Amorino: Finish your night with gelato from Amorino right in City Market. This artisanal gelato spot is a great option for building your personalized dessert with all of the flavor options available. Bonus that the presentation is stunning!
Mood: Looking for a casual, yet hip night out? Look no further than historic Oakwood in downtown Raleigh. While I absolutely adore restaurants like Crawford and Sons & Jolie, one of our favorite date nights is low-key with some of our favorite dishes in a cozy, friendly environment.
Atlantic Lounge: You’ll need a key to get into the Atlantic Lounge, a private, members-only bar in Oakwood located under Jolie. While the key makes it different from the other members-only bars in Raleigh, it’s still unpretentious and welcoming. Interested in getting a key? You can request a key by emailing TheAtlanticLounge@gmail.com or through direct message on Instagram.
The Station at Person Street: The Station is one of our very favorite spots in Raleigh. We’ve celebrated David winning a state championship, getting our marriage license, and other smaller milestones here because we just love the vibe so much. The patio is one of my favorite spots year round because of the fireplaces and the greenery. Order the bacon habanero pimento cheese dip!
Oakwood Pizza Box: David is a pizza connoisseur and Oakwood Pizza Box is his favorite pizza place in Raleigh. We love their pepperoni pizza: David because of the small pepperonis reminded him of the pizzas served in Buffalo and me because of the fresh basil that’s included! We also love their takeout option of a pie and a 6 pack!
Krispy Kreme: If you still have room (and even if you don’t!), stop and get a hot donut from the Krispy Kreme right on the corner of Peace Street. You can’t go wrong with this North Carolina classic!
Mood: If you’re in the mood for a laid-back, quintessential Raleigh date night, this is the itinerary for you! Park in a parking deck on Wilmington St. and walk up and down the street hitting some of your favorites.
Raleigh Times: Start here and grab a beer and an order of fried mozzarella. If it’s nice out, head up to the roof top. If not, cozy up at one of the bars and enjoy the history of the building and the energy of a true Raleigh staple.
St. Roch Fine Oysters: I cannot come to Wilmington Street without stopping at St. Roch for pimento’d oysters and pomme frites. Next time, I’ll try a fried oyster slider, too. While David doesn’t eat oysters, he’ll get on board for the pimiento cheese appetizer that’s on the bar snacks menu.
Beasley’s Chicken and Honey: Split the fried chicken and waffles for your entree at Beasley’s. If you’re not pimento’d out (I mean, how is that possible?), order the pimento mac and cheese to share as well. Not interested in sharing? You can’t go wrong with the Classic Chicken Sandwich or the Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich (with the Carolina Reaper sauce on the side… and pro tip: don’t use it if you’re sensitive to heat).
Gallo Pelón: If you’re not quite ready to call it a night, head up to Gallo Pelón for a night cap. Their outdoor patio is a lovely spot, but their bar area is great spot to hang as well.
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Have you experienced a Raleigh date night before? Let me know in a comment below!