8 Creative Nashville Date Ideas

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Tired of going to a bar or restaurant for every date? Whether you’re just getting to know each other or have been married for years, these twists on traditional date nights will make everyone happy.

8 Creative Nashville Date Ideas


Hand Pour a Candle

Pick a vessel, find a fragrance, place your wick, and pour the wax at Paddywax Candle Bar. This hand pouring candle experience happens on the hour every hour, so make a reservation or call ahead to see if any seats are open. Bring a bottle of wine or champagne to enhance the experience. Your candle will dry within a couple hours, which you can pick up or have shipped. It’s only $35 per person.

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See Art for Free

At the elegant 21c Museum Hotel downtown, you’re welcome to get tipsy and artsy at the same time. Start by grabbing a creative cocktail at the hotel bar, Gray & Dudley, and take it with you as you stroll through the adjacent museum’s modern (and occasionally interactive) exhibits. Spanning more than 10,000 square feet, this one-of-a-kind art collection is free to view and open to the public.

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Create a Couple Masterpieces

If you prefer do-it-yourself art, make your next date night a BYOB painting class—zero experience or talent required. Nashville is not lacking for options of this popular two-for-one activity, with franchises Sip ’N’ Strokes and Painting with a Twist as well as the locally owned Dabble Studio.

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Upgrade Your Movie Experience

The recliners at the Green Hills theater are nice and all, but Marvel sequels don’t exactly scream “date night.” The intimate Belcourt Theatre offers a truly unique movie experience with new releases, and midnight screenings.

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Go Absinthe Tasting

The Germantown sweet spot known as Tempered Cafe & Chocolate has a secret identity: On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 5:00pm, it transforms into an absinthe bar called The Green Hour. (You’ll know the time is right when the green light in the front window flicks on.) Learn how to do a traditional absinthe ritual called la louche, which involves dissolving a sugar cube with iced water before imbibing.

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Dance the Night Away

So you think you can’t dance? Change that attitude via Swing Dance Nashville, which offers a drop-in demonstration before its Friday night free-for-all. If you’re feeling fairly confident in your Lindy hop, show off those moves at The 5 Spot’s popular Monday night dance party which segues into the Motown Monday sweat fest. For a different pace, the Nashville Country Dancers host a contra dance with live music every Friday; get there a half hour early for a beginner lesson.

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Reach Great Heights

A couple’s ultimate test of trust, patience and communication: climbing to the top of a giant rock wall together. No matter how long you’ve been together, you’ll likely survive a trip to Climb Nashville because it’s more fun than frightening. Day passes start at $17, depending on the type of equipment you need, and both gym locations are open until 9:00pm during the week in case you’re feeling ambitious after digesting dinner.

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Nerd Out

Every few months, the Adventure Science Center hosts a special ticketed event especially for the 21-and-up crowd. The themes range drastically—from crime solving to Harry Potter—but expect a blend of science, pop culture, costumes and adult beverages.

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Have other creative date ideas in Nashville? Let us know in the comments!

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