New city, new date destinations! If you’re planning a night out with a special someone in Cedar Rapids and don’t know where to start, we’re here to help. Here are some stellar romantic spots and date night ideas in Cedar Rapids that will make your date swoon.
Presenting a range of events from big-name popular musicians to world-class dancers and Orchestra Iowa, your date will no doubt be impressed by this historic “movie palace”. Built in the extravagant fashion that was popular in the late 20’s, the original character of the building has been preserved and, after the 2008 flood, restored to full glory with some upgrades to patron experience. Take a look at the calendar and choose a show that suits your sweetheart’s tastes, and let this beautiful theater do the rest.
Lion Bridge Brewing Co.
Prefer something a little more laid back and casual? Visit the Lion Bridge Brewing tasting room in the Czech Village and sample artisanal, small-batch brews and nosh on what they call “beer-centric foods” from their small kitchen. Frequently collaborating with other local restaurants and caterers, Lion Bridge is big on community building and innovative but approachable beers. Brush up on your beer terminology and go geek out with your date as you peek through the viewing windows at the brew tanks. Say, what kind of hops are those?
Penguins Comedy Club
Is there anything better to break the ice than a good laugh? Check out Open Mic on Wednesday night for a few local laughs, or catch a big-name comedian when they come to town for a weekend show. The Penguins website has links so you can get a taste of the comedian before you sit down for your date… just in case your date is the sensitive type.
Looking to get a little silly with your love? Go jump on the trampolines. You’ll get in some laughs, maybe someone will get a little too competitive at basketball, and then someone else will take the cake at laser tag. It’s all fun and games at AirFX, so long as you two can be good sports.
Ramsey’s Wine Bar
A classy glass of wine in a semi-casual atmosphere with live music Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday? Sounds like the recipe for a romantic date spot in Cedar Rapids, IA. Unwind with your sweetheart over a flight of wines so you two can get a sample to suit both of your palettes. And if the date’s going really well, you might just grab a bottle to go!
For the sports fans among you, take your date to see the game at the Field House. A Hawkeye-themed sports bar with an impressive selection of draft beers and pub-style food, you and your date can yell at the television in good company on those big game nights. Just don’t come here if quiet conversation is what you’re really hoping for.
Uptown Friday Nights
The McGrath Amphitheater is tucked along the waterfront with an amazing view of downtown and a vibrant calendar of events during the warmer months. Just $5 will get you past the gate to check out live music, comedy, or provocative movies. The venue is 18+, so you and your date can relax in a kid-free outdoor zone. Bring a blanket and start the weekend right.