Confession: I’ve been on a lot of dates. Great dates, lame dates, expensive dates, cheap dates, double dates, awkward dates, and Bumble dates. You name it. One takeaway from my stint as a serial dater is that if you live in New Orleans, there is NO EXCUSE for a truly bad (I mean horrifically tragic) date. With so much to do in this city, no bro should ever be pulling the “drinks at Barrel Proof” card again.
Is there a guy in your life that needs some inspiration? Here’s a roundup of Fall date ideas that don’t suck for every type of NOLA babe.
For the Foodie Babe
The Paradigm Gardens Concert Series is a bi-monthly culinary event is hosted in a dreamy garden space that throws some of the city’s best chefs and restaurants together for a night under the stars. There’s live music, tons of great food, and an option to BYOB, all for a pretty reasonable ticket price. Check out their Fall concert series here.
For a dinner date that’s sure to impress, Coquette‘s No Menu Tuesday’s are back this Fall. Chefs Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus serve up some delicious surprises for adventurous foodies with multi-course themed tasting menus that range between $45 and $70. As you can guess, it’s a blind tasting, but you can bet your money every single dish is going to be fantastic.
For the Outdoorsy Babe
Let’s be real. Being “outdoorsy” in NOLA really just means you like drinking on patios when it’s not 150 degrees outside. While NOLA isn’t exactly known for it’s picturesque hikes or natural wonders, there’s still tons of outdoorsy outings you can put a NOLA twist on.
Kayak and Po-boy? Netflix and Chill is dead. Throw a six-pack in a cooler bag and head to Mid-City to rent a kayak at Bayou Paddlesports and launch right into good ole’ Bayou St. John. While I don’t recommend taking a dip, kayaking the BSJ with some cold beer on a Fall day is pretty picturesque.
Since being SO outdoorsy is such hard work, reward yourselves after by heading to nearby Parkway Bakery and Tavern for a post-kayak fried oyster po-boy and gravy fries. And another beer, obvi.
Plan a day trip to the Northshore and find the Tammany Trace Trailhead right next to a snowball shack that doubles as a bike rental shop. Rent a couple of bikes and hit the trail toward the Abita Brewery in Abita Springs. (If you can’t find the trailhead, just ask any passerby and they can point you in the right direction).
The reward? You veer off the trail when you reach Abita Springs and follow the signs to the Abita Brewery. $5 brewery tours and tastings make it worth the trek there. After you’ve had enough of the brewery, bike over to the nearby rustic Abita Brew Pub and chow down on a burger to soak up the brews before biking back to Mandeville.
The trail is an easy 45-minute bike ride from trailhead to brewery and is even great for the athletically challenged. On a cool Fall day, this ride makes the perfect group date.
For the Fun Babe
For the babe who knows how to have a good time and laugh off the fact that she still uses the bumpers – head to Ye Ole College Inn for a solid New Orleans dinner and cocktail, then jaunt across the street to Rock ‘n’ Bowl for live music, drinks and some good old fashioned bowling.
Don’t want the night to end? Uber over to Barcadia for some more fun. And by more fun, I mean more games you will probably kick his a** at.
For the Music Loving Babe
There is no shortage of live music to be found in Nola, but Tipitina’s is one of the best venues in the city to catch a live show. To set up for a perfect live music date night, start at Shaya for a drink and small plates and then walk down Napoleon to catch a show at Tip’s.
Don’t want the night to end? Uber it down to Frenchman Street for some live jazz at the Spotted Cat or The Maison. Or if you find yourself Uptown, Rebirth Brass Band at the Maple Leaf Bar on Tuesday nights or the newly opened Three Muses Maple Street never disappoint.
For the Classic Babe
Dinner and a movie is a classic date night that never goes out of style. Start at Origami for sushi and sake and then put a NOLA spin on it by catching a BYOB movie at the Prytania Theatre. Let this historic single-screen theatre from the 1910s transport you back in time…to when dating was so much simpler.
Once the movie wraps, satisfy your sweet tooth with a slice of doberge and after-movie cocktails or coffee at Bakery Bar.
For the Babe on a Budget
Romance can still be had on a budget. Swing by Whole Foods or St. James Cheese Co. to pack a picnic with a bottle of wine to go relax and catch the sunset at The Fly.
For the Artsy Babe
Head to the Arts District where 12 different galleries line both sides of Julia St. Of course, there’s no better way to browse than by grabbing a go-cup for a gallery stroll. After you’ve gotten your fill of culture, head to nearby Emeril’s for a classic Nola dinner done right. For more art after dark, cab on over to Frenchman Street to peruse the Frenchman Art Market and catch some late-night jazz.
If you’re planning a weekday date night swing by Ogden Museum’s After hours on Thursdays for some new music, art and cocktails in one of the coolest museum spaces in the city.
Whether you’re committed, single, or just casually dating, these fall date ideas surely won’t let you down.
Did I miss any? Add your perfect NOLA date nights in the comments babes!