Date Night: 12 Unique Things to Do in San Antonio

When it comes to romance, San Antonio seems to know how to make anyone swoon. According to Time Magazine, the Alamo City was ranked the #1 “Most Romantic City in America” in 2014! This award comes as no surprise to us. The romance of the Spanish architecture, the spiciness of the Hispanic influence, and a dash of German charm gives this city an old-world kind of magic. If you want to share this city with someone you love, we have more than a few suggestions! San Antonio holds something different for every kind of date. Morning or evening, active or slow-paced, quirky or classic, make your date memorable with one of these fresh ideas.

1. Two step at Gruene Hall

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If you’re looking for some old-fashioned Texas music and dancing, you absolutely cannot miss Gruene Hall! Popularly known as the oldest dance hall in Texas, Gruene Hall is a concert/two-stepping venue located close in New Braunfels, just outside of San Antonio city limits. The historic small town of Gruene has plenty of Hill Country charm, and the dance hall draws in big-name artists like George Strait, among others! You and your date can dance the night away at this classic Texas gem, and afterwards take a stroll under the cafe lights or by the Comal River.

2. Silo Elevated Cuisine

Silo’s Elevated Cuisine is quite literally a step above the rest. A relatively new addition to the San Antonio fine dining realm, Silo has already been listed as one of OpenTable’s Top American US Restaurants! Silo’s atmosphere is upscale, but still relaxing. Besides evening dining, this establishment offers occasional lunch and brunch menus as well. You can enjoy world-class food at any of the three locations around the city. Visit at happy hour or look for lunch specials if you’re looking to save!

3. Shop the Pearl Farmer’s Market

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The award-winning Pearl Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 9am-1pm. If you’re interested in a morning date, head over to 312 Pearl Pkwy, where you can find everything from chocolate to mushrooms. You and your date can leisurely stroll the vendor lanes or shop with a purpose. We recommend buying some farm-fresh ingredients to cook with together! This date is both practical and fun, transitioning from breakfast to dinner with ease.

4. Visit Biga on the Banks for a classic River Walk experience

If you’re looking for a classic San Antonio experience, you can’t go wrong with Biga on the Banks. This restaurant was voted the best Riverwalk eatery on Zagat and was recently featured in Texas Monthly for its “new American cuisine.” Their menu is seasonal, meaning you’ll only be served the best and freshest ingredients in creative dishes. The elegant atmosphere overlooks the scenic San Antonio Riverwalk and is perfect for dinner for two. Afterward, you can stroll the banks of the San Antonio River and take in the atmosphere of the downtown scene.

5. Get in touch with your inner child at The DoSeum

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The Doseum isn't just for kids! This brand-new children’s museum opened its doors this past summer and has already generated quite a bit of buzz from kids and parents alike. The museum has occasional “ReDo Recess” nights, where anyone 21+ can explore the exhibits while enjoying adult beverages. Check their events calendar for dates and tickets! The quirky exhibits are sure to bring a unique dose of fun to your evening.

6. Candlelight Coffeehouse

If you’re looking for a locally acclaimed “hangout spot”, Candlelight Coffeehouse is a must-visit. This hidden gem is located in the downtown area, but still far enough away from the River Walk to keep the crowds low-key. Pop in for an impressive selection of wines, desserts, and coffee, or come in earlier for dinner or weekend brunch. Furnished with couches and a cozy “living room” environment, this is a great spot for an intimate conversation or a low-key evening.

7. Score at Bowlero

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Bring back some childhood nostalgia at Bowlero, a modern spin on a retro bowling alley. Built specifically for couples who are tired of the same old nightlife routine, Bowlero is a sort of upscale gaming, bowling, dining experience. After you’re finished with a game of bowling, you can try the zero-gravity ropes course, relax in a lounge area, or try your hand at a number of arcade games.

8. Relax in the Ocho Lounge

On the north stretch of the San Antonio Riverwalk lies Hotel Havana, a beautiful building that captures the diversity of San Antonio culture. Featuring Spanish Colonial architecture and Mediterranean Revival design, Hotel Havana is a lush solace in the midst of the Texan heat. The best hidden gem of the hotel is Ocho’s: the Cuban-inspired restaurant and bar. Ocho’s is a local favorite for both its Latin fare and relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy tapas and drinks in either the downstair intimate meeting spot with leather chairs and velvet couches. Stop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or an evening bite!

9. See the skyline in The Tower of the Americas

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If you want a classic look at San Antonio without the price tag, check out happy hour at the Tower of Americas! This date is not for the faint of heart...there’s nothing quite like enjoying cocktails while suspended over 600 feet in the air. Mixed drinks are only $6! Your swanky date doesn’t have to have a swanky price tag.

10. Check out Southtown on First Friday

If you’ve never been to Southtown, you are seriously missing out. This corner of downtown is known for its emerging art scene, trendy restaurants and bars, and unique vibe. The streets are lined with vintage boutiques, taco trucks that truly are “the real deal", and art galleries of all kinds. On the first Friday of every month, Southtown hosts an art walk starting at South Alamo Street. This event is a chance to celebrate local artists and culture. Festivities usually start around 6 and end around 10. Stop by for food, live music, and crafts!

11. Soak up some history on The Mission Reach

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Though the San Antonio River Walk has historically been limited to a 2.5-mile loop in the middle of the city, recent improvement projects have seriously expanded the reach of this favorite local attraction! Perhaps the most romantic walk in the city, The Mission Reach trail is sure to wow nature and history lovers alike. The trail features the natural ecosystem and wildlife of the area, as well pedestrian bridges, pavilions, and access to views of four old Spanish missions (Concepción, San José, San Juan and Espada). Explore the trails at sunset for an extra dose of old-world beauty.

12. Smell the roses (and sip mimosas) at the Botanical Garden

If you enjoy natural beauty even a little bit, the Botanical Gardens will have you swooning. This San Antonio treasure offers 38 acres of flowers, paths, and trails. The modern architecture of the Lucile Halsell Conservatory will captivate you, while the Japanese garden will transport you across continents. When you’re finished taking in all the scenery, you can stop in for a bite at Anne Marie’s Carriage House Bistro. Besides delicious food, this peaceful spot offers build-your-own mimosas!

San Antonio’s date ideas are practically endless...these are just a few to get you started! No matter your age, relationship, or interests, this city has something beautiful in store for you and your loved one. 

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