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Published November 30, 2023

18 Unexpected Date Ideas in Austin

Because life is too short to waste any more time on a boring date. 馃拺

by Austin Bucket List

Are you looking for a fun date idea? You鈥檝e come to the right place! In an eclectic city like Austin, there are many memorable places to explore. It鈥檚 even more fun with a special someone by your side.

Whether it鈥檚 a first date or an outing with your long-time love, date nights don鈥檛 have to be the traditional dinner and a movie night. Spice things up and kick it up a notch! We鈥檝e rounded up a list of outings that are not only unique but will last you through many dates to come.

A Curated Guide to the Best Fun and Unique Date Ideas in Austin

Grab Some Brews or Cocktails at the Sign Bar

Head to this immersive bar experience if you and your date want to feel nostalgic. Housing all the famous signs from popular Austin establishments of years past, Sign Bar is an ode to Austin culture. Sip on your favorite beverage as you reminisce and share memories of your favorite city places.

Where: 9909 FM 969 Bldg 3, Austin, TX
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Cozy Up by The Fire at Skinny's off-Track Bar

Cozy up by the fire and enjoy S'mores, cocktails, and a show at Skinny's Off-Track Bar. You can hang out on the back patio during Monday Bachelor Watch Parties or catch a great movie the other days of the week. Round things out and grab a bite from Skinny's food truck serving up delicious burgers, Caesar salad wraps, fries, and more.

Where: Skinny's Off Track Bar: 1806 E 12th St, Austin, TX
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1806 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
Fireside Festivities
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Eat Unlimited Ice Cream at the Museum of Ice Cream After Dark

Few people can refuse an evening of unlimited cocktails and ice cream. Reserve a spot for a 鈥淪ips and Scoops鈥 night at the museum. Not only can you indulge鈥攜our first drink will be complimentary鈥攂ut there are plenty of selfie ops with your boo as you stroll through the Instagrammable rooms.

Where: 11506 Century Oaks Terrace #128, Austin, TX
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Museum of Ice Cream, 11506 Century Oaks Terrace #128, Austin, TX 78758, USA
Museum of Ice Cream After Dark: Sips & Scoops
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Wander Around the Cathedral of Junk

Behold the Cathedral of Junk, which happens to be one of the most unique date ideas any city could have to offer. The tower is a colossus of upcycled material turned into a funky sculpture that鈥檚 fun to observe and explore. With 60+ pieces, it has been added to over the years. The tower is almost invisible from the street, so you鈥檒l have to walk to the back of the house to see it.

Where: 4422 Lareina Dr, Austin, TX
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Enjoy a Traditional Chinese Tea at West China Tea

Want to learn about tea? Book a 鈥淗osted Tea Sit鈥 at the West China Tea, where you鈥檒l sip on one of their 130+ teas while learning from an experienced tea server. There is also a self-service tea option if you鈥檇 like some alone time.

Where: 4706 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX
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Have a Picnic at Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve

You鈥檝e heard of having picnics at Zilker Park, right? It鈥檚 a rite of passage for all who live or move to Austin. But have you looked into Mayfield? Grab your favorite bites and a bottle of vino, and enjoy fresh air, a nature oasis, and peacocks. Yep, you read that right. You鈥檒l get to see some magnificent peacocks roaming around the ponds.

Where: 3505 W 35th St, Austin, TX
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Take a Glassblowing Class at Ghost Pepper Glass

Check glassblowing off your bucket list! You and your date can engage in a private lesson where you鈥檒l learn about the technique before creating a small souvenir to take home.

Where: 979 Springdale Rd Ste. 100, Austin, TX
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Catch a Drive-In Movie on a Rooftop

Up for a double feature? We said no to dinner and a movie, but this isn鈥檛 the traditional setup. Grab your favorite snacks and blankets, and get ready to cuddle with your date at the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In. The rooftop setting under the stars will make this moment picture-perfect.

Where: 300 San Antonio St, Austin, TX
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Go for a Hike or Bike Ride from East to West Austin

There鈥檚 no shortage of hiking spots in Austin. We have Barton Creek Greenbelt, Twin Falls, and Mount Bonell, all popular with the locals. But have you been on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-And-Bike Trail? The trail and boardwalk runs along Lady Bird Lake, all the way from the east side, going under I-35, and then on to the west side. That should give you plenty of time to get to know your date.

Where: Downtown Austin
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Visit a Museum for Free at Laguna Gloria

Laguna Gloria is a good place to wander for a little bit of education and class. Full of modern pieces and Instagrammable aesthetics, you can explore the grounds while having some sophisticated conversations. The best part? It's free if you reserve tickets for a Thursday visit!

Where: 3809 W 35th St, Austin, TX
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Take a Tour of Casa Neverlandia

It doesn鈥檛 get more Austin than this hidden gem! take your date on a tour of one of Austin鈥檚 weirdest homes. The Casa has limited openings, so you have to keep an eye out on their Facebook page. Once you snag tickets, get ready to see something magical. The home sparks joy as you wander from room to room, filled with colors and eclectic pieces. This is the place to go with a date who appreciates art.

Where: 305 W Milton St, Austin, TX
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Try Goat Yoga at YOGA & GOGA

Looking for a sober date idea? Let loose at goat yoga. You and your date will get to practice yoga as your workout for the day, and do it in a less intimidating environment. Stretch, laugh, and cuddle with goats. Talk about a memorable and zen moment!

Where: 2700 Hill Country Blvd S-115, Bee Cave, TX
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Road Trip to Driftwood for a Wine Tasting

Only 30 minutes from downtown, Driftwood is a small winery oasis with pretty hill country views and even some great BBQ. We recommend starting the day at Salt Lick for a BBQ lunch, then heading to Fall Creek Vineyards across the road. The next stop should take you to Driftwood Estate Winery for more tasty vino and gorgeous views. Lastly, head to Duchman Family Winery for a glass and a romantic meal at their trattoria.

Where: All Around Driftwood, TX
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Create a Rug Keepsake at Fuzz Lab Craft Store

If you're on TikTok, you鈥檝e probably seen the rug-tufting trend pop-up on your screen. Take your date for the experience in person and create personalized rugs together. It鈥檒l get your creative juices flowing, from picking the yarn colors to making it by hand. Plus, you'll leave a cute rug to remind you of your time together!

Where: 2307 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX
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Listen to Live Jazz Music at the Elephant Room

If it鈥檚 moody and intimate, you seek鈥攁 date straight out of the movies鈥攍ook no further than some underground jazz at the Elephant Room. In the heart of downtown, live jazz music plays nightly in the cozy basement lounge. Sip on some cocktails while you both enjoy the sounds of New York and Chicago-style jazz.

Where: Swift Building, 315 Congress Ave., Austin, TX
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Book a Walking Ghost Tour

For anyone looking to summon the spirits, try a year-round ghost tour. Austin boasts a rich history of lingering souls among its historical sites, creating a chilling yet thrilling tour experience filled with entertainment and plenty of opportunities for some nervous arm-grabbing.

Where: Multiple Locations
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Grab Drinks and Bites at Apt 115

You鈥檙e not visiting an apartment, but it is a converted space within an apartment building. In this 750-square-foot wine bar, you can enjoy a chef鈥檚 tasting menu while listening to a curated soundtrack on vinyl. Apt 115 is a whole vibe with an open kitchen and cozy atmosphere, and your date is sure to be impressed.

Where: 2025 E 7th St, Austin, TX
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Cuddle with Baby Kittens at Purr-fecto Cat Lounge 

Got a cat-obsessed special someone in your life? This cat lounge is the *purrfect* spot to take them. There are kitties to be loved on and coffee to sit back and enjoy. You may even leave with one of your own; every kitten is adoptable!

Where: 2300 S Lamar Blvd Unit 104, Austin, TX
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