Couples enjoy date night at Angad Arts Hotel.

24 Date Night Spots in St. Louis

Wednesday January 24, 2024

By Rachel Huffman

Date nights are important in any relationship, whether you’re a brand-new duo or a lifelong couple. Coming up with enticing ways to spend time together – that don’t involve a remote and sweatpants – can be challenging, though. That’s why you have us!

We’ve created a list of the best date night spots in St. Louis. From restaurants to museums and entertainment venues to Ferris wheels, these local haunts will really up the romance in your life.

Want to make your date an overnight affair? Book a room at Angad Arts Hotel (whose on-site restaurant Commonwealth is pictured above) or one of the other chic, sophisticated hotels in St. Louis.

Date night movies have been a popular choice for as long as films have existed. They take the pressure off, allowing you to hang out with each other without needing to say something clever or funny. If you go see a movie at Alamo Drafthouse – one of the top things to do at City Foundry STL – make sure to get tickets to The Big Show. Harnessing cutting-edge technology, The Big Show delivers the biggest, boldest, purest way to see a film – exactly the way the director intended! Leather recliners, side tables and efficient service add to the best film-watching experience in St. Louis, which will surely impress your date.

Amp Up Action Park guarantees fun at every turn. Zip around a custom-built track in the most technologically advanced indoor kart in the world or complete a heart-pounding adventure in the three-level, black light-lit laser tag arena. If your date is up for it, there’s also an elevated ropes course, axe throwing, arcade games and pickleball. When you need a break, grab an adult beverage. Insider tip: Order between 5 and 6 p.m. on any day of the week and receive $1 off beers, wines, seltzers, slushies and Margaritas.

You’ll never get bored during date night at Armory STL, where the vibe is fun and casual. Known to incite laughter, the adult seesaws, table tennis played with oversized paddles and bright-green, two-story slide are some of our go-to activities. Cornhole, snookball and arcade games will also work up an appetite. Luckily, the kitchen serves delectable dishes – think a pulled pork chip board, creamy garlic chicken wings and roasted sweet potato tacos – and there’s approximately 500 feet of bar space where you can order your drink of choice. While you eat and drink, the largest indoor TV screen in Missouri will continue to entertain.

Nothing says I love you like chocolate. At Baileys’ Chocolate Bar in Lafayette Square, the decadent ingredient stars in Martinis and desserts. For date night, try The Very Dark, a seductive blend of housemade chocolate and coffee liqueurs, or Chocolate Inebriation, a chocolate stout cake with bourbon ganache, passion fruit and honeycomb. If you want to share, order the Lovers’ Plate, which offers a sampling of Baileys’ signature desserts that will send sparks across the table.

“Great date nights are always experiences, where you can discover something together. You get to see your partner in an unfamiliar situation, which provides deeper insight into their character, and it’s proven that when you learn something with someone, you develop a stronger connection. At our cocktail classes, you also get delicious drinks to smooth the conversation.”

– David Weglarz of StilL 630

Serving French brasserie fare in the heart of the Central West End, Brasserie by Niche kindles stimulating conversation over luxurious courses. The restaurant regularly draws couples for date nights, which unfold over bottles of Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc and plates of goat cheese tarts, wild Burgundy escargot and pan-seared trout amandine. You can also enjoy a day date at Brasserie, which has one of the best brunches in town.

City Winery St. Louis delivers an indelible experience where guests can enjoy intimate performances, upscale dining and house-fermented wine. Hosting approximately 200 shows a year, the live entertainment venue makes for a memorable date night. Preorder wine to have a bottle waiting at the table when you arrive – owner Michael Dorf recommends Pinot Noir or Roussanne – and pair it with small plates such as pistachio dukkah hummus, kung pao cauliflower, charred octopus, lamb meatballs and duck tacos.

The idea of wandering around Green Door Art Gallery arm in arm with your date has great appeal. You can get to know each other as you look at marvelously unique pieces from 36 resident artists; however, if you want a more hands-on experience, book a class! The Webster Groves art gallery offers everything from watercolor classes to fiber workshops to art journaling, where you can show off your skills – or lack thereof.

Thai flavors and Japanese techniques combine to create the extraordinary dining experience at Indo. When dishes such as shrimp toast, palm sugar ribs, lamb tartare and crab fried rice hit the table, the date will become a party. “It gets you in the mood to continue ordering and having fun,” chef-owner Nick Bognar says. “Seeing everyone having fun makes me happy.”

You’ll never have a bad experience at this date night spot in the Grand Center Arts District. Spotlighting diverse jazz performers in an intimate setting, Jazz St. Louis boasts an air of sophistication with notes of gaiety and revelry. Living legends as well as rising stars take the stage, and even if you don’t recognize their names, you’ll enjoy their music.

Couples enjoy date night at Olive and Oak in St. Louis.
Olive + Oak | Photo by Gregg Goldman

Grab one of the hottest tables in town on your next date night. Known for its warm hospitality, chic décor, brilliant bites and innovative sips, Olive + Oak changes its menu daily, so you’ll always have something new and exciting to try. Past highlights include blue crab gratin with Calabrian chile, celery and pretzel bread; local beet carpaccio with pickled blueberries, mustard seed and horseradish aïoli; and beef tenderloin with balsamic onions, grilled potato bread and honey-fig blue cheese.

We’ll spare you the bowling puns and get straight to the point: Pin-Up Bowl is fun at any age. Located in the Delmar Loop, the intimate bowling lounge is filled with bowling memorabilia and 1940s pin-up girl collectibles, which make for great conversation starters. Monday through Sunday, Pin-Up Bowl is open until the wee hours of the morning, and Tuesday through Saturday, the kitchen keeps cooking until 2 a.m.

Not your typical mini golf course, Puttshack features Instagram-worthy, tech-infused holes that level up the game. As you play, chip your ball into a beer pong table for a hole-in-one. Sail it down a half pipe while avoiding hazards. Tap it through a Tetris board without hitting any of the pieces. And putt it past True or False depending on your answers to trivia questions. Upbeat tunes will prepare you to face these over-the-top challenges, and if you want to extend the date, check out the global flavors and craft cocktails at the bar.

Illuminated at night, the St. Louis skyline will make your date swoon. The best way to see it? Aboard the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch! Book a two-hour Skyline Dinner Cruise (available on select Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from March through December) for a romantic evening on the Mississippi River.

From the mood lighting of certain galleries to the salacious history of different artworks, museums are undeniably sexy. They encourage conversation, virtually eliminating the need to come up with talking points – plus, some museums such as the Saint Louis Art Museum are free! That’s a lot cheaper than dinner and a movie. Plan your next date night at the art museum on Friday when you can enjoy free admission to ticketed exhibitions, live music, gallery activations, open studios, performances and films until 9 p.m.

“With intimate, dimly lit spaces and swanky décor, Thaxton Speakeasy is a great place to be unseen. After 16 years in business, it’s still relatively unknown to locals, with more than 85 percent of our underground lounge clientele coming from out of town.”

– Kimberly Pitliangas of Thaxton Speakeasy

St. Louis Sports Venues

Cold beer, hot dogs and plenty of people watching – what more could you want on a date? Sporting events also keep the mood light, and St. Louis teams, including the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis CITY SC and St. Louis Battlehawks, will give you a lot of opportunities to cheer. If racing is more your speed, check out the events calendar at World Wide Technology Raceway.

Imagine bundling up in your cutest scarf, stepping into a festive atmosphere and holding onto your date for stability – whether or not you need the extra help. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a winter activity as magical as ice skating. At Steinberg Rink in Forest Park, the largest outdoor ice-skating rink in the Midwest, both shaky skaters and seasoned professionals enjoy taking laps in between sips of hot chocolate.

Resembling the lab of a mad scientist, StilL 630 is lined with small bottles that owner David Weglarz uses to guide his creative process, which has yielded the most award-winning spirits in the state. Want to experience the downtown distillery in person? Reserve a spot at one of its cocktail classes, where Weglarz also serves samples of his latest experimental spirit. Held on Friday nights from 5 to 9 p.m., the classes have fun themes such as “drink your vegetables.”

Quiet corners, low lighting and an air of mystique make Thaxton Speakeasy an alluring option for date night in downtown St. Louis. Among the swanky décor, indulge in luscious libations such as A Sunday Kind of Love (Champagne, elderflower liqueur, lemon shrub, yuzu bitters, Elemakule Tiki Bitters) or Beyond the Pleasure Principle (vodka, pear syrup, lemon, elderflower liqueur, scorched rosemary). Note: To enter the underground cocktail lounge, you’ll need the password.

Hands-on creativity awaits at The Candle Fusion Studio. When you arrive, head to the fragrance library to find your signature scent. Does Anjou pear, baked bread, bonsai, bubble bath, campfire, fig, Hawaiian lei, lemongrass, straight razor or whipped cream appeal to your senses? Once you’ve made your decision, the candle-making process takes approximately 30 minutes. After they’re poured, the candles take two hours to set, which gives you time to embark on another adventure with your date.

The Dark Room at The Grandel hosts live jazz in a sultry setting.
The Dark Room at The Grandel | Photo courtesy of Kranzberg Arts Foundation

Electrified music fills the sultry setting of The Dark Room at The Grandel. As you listen to live jazz from some of the best musicians in the region, you can also savor artisanal cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. In between sets, sneak off to the gallery space where dynamic photography exhibitions celebrate the sights of St. Louis.

Whether it’s your first or five hundredth, a kiss atop a Ferris wheel is special. Reaching a height of 200 feet, The St. Louis Wheel is the perfect setting for such a moment. During your visit, splurge on the date night package, which includes two tickets to The St. Louis Wheel, two souvenir photos and two drinks from Anheuser-Busch for $50 a couple.

Try something new together on your next date. Anchoring the Delmar Maker District, Third Degree Glass Factory hosts private training sessions, in which you can work with the fluid, molten material. “It’s so dynamic,” co-founder and glass artist Douglas Auer says, “and it’s really captivating – which is a good thing because if you don’t pay attention, that glowing mass will just drool onto the floor.” If you don’t mind messing up in front of other people, you can also reserve the Intro to Glassblowing class at the facility.

At Vicia, vegetables are dressed for the spotlight. The fine-dining restaurant doesn’t have a menu; instead, its three-course Farmers Feast celebrates the bounty of the Midwest with fresh, inventive dishes such as vegetable top pesto, delicata squash tempura and creamy Missouri rice mixed with preserved mushrooms, nutty sunchokes and rich Parmesan. With co-owners Michael and Tara Gallina as your hosts, you’re in good hands. The power couple uses storytelling, along with exceptional hospitality and guest engagement, to craft the Vicia experience. “You’re not pressured to order the right thing,” Tara says. “We customize the experience for you, so you can simply relax and enjoy the creativity of our kitchen. We never want to overwhelm guests, but we certainly want to exceed their expectations.”

A little friendly competition never hurt anyone. At Westport Social, you can face off against your date in classic games such as bocce ball, darts, foosball, ping-pong, shuffleboard and washers. If you’re up for it, see who can own the mic in one of the private karaoke rooms, too.