Best First Dates

Break the ice with these 5 great Fort Worth first dates

Break the ice with these 5 great Fort Worth first dates

Coyote Drive-in Canteen in Fort Worth
Grab some grub at the Coyote Canteen before watching a flick at Coyote Drive-In. Photo courtesy of Coyote Drive-in
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is aglow at night and full of energy for First Friday at the Modern. Photo courtesy of Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Scat Jazz Lounge
Scat Jazz Lounge has a hidden, Old Hollywood vibe. Scat Jazz Lounge/Facebook
Grand Cru Wine Bar & Boutique
Gran Cru is great for both shopping and tasting. Grand Cru/Facebook
Buon Giorno
Warm up to your first date with an espresso at Buon Giorno. Photo courtesy of Buon Giorno
Coyote Drive-in Canteen in Fort Worth
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Scat Jazz Lounge
Grand Cru Wine Bar & Boutique
Buon Giorno

Everything rides on the first date. You’ve got to be creative, seemingly spontaneous, and keep the conversation going. Sure, you could go the dinner and movie route, but Fort Worth provides ample opportunities for first dates that are a little offbeat and sure to impress.

From the iconic coffee date to a jazz lounge and more, here are five of our favorites.

Coffee at Buon Giorno
Who hasn’t had at least one first date at a coffee shop? While there’s always Starbucks, Buon Giorno offers an experience that’s a little less commonplace. The coffee shop specializes in rich espresso and French press brews that are to die for. Patrons are encouraged to slow down, sit back, and strike up a conversation, like the days before we were all connected to our mobile devices. With locations a stone’s throw from Henderson Street in downtown and in Grapevine, Buon Giorno offers two options for a laid-back coffee date that’s beyond ordinary.

Dinner and a show at Coyote Drive-In
Forget the standard dinner-and-a-movie combo and head to Coyote Drive-In instead. Three screens set against the backdrop of downtown display the latest flicks, while the onsite Coyote Canteen provides classic food and snacks to enjoy while you watch. The food’s pretty standard fare, but there are beers on draft, wines by the glass or bottle, and a variety of treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. It’s family and pet-friendly, giving it a cool, laid-back feel. Sitting in the privacy of your own car — tune into the movie’s sound through your car radio — means you can chat or sneak a smooch without too much interruption.

Wine tasting at Grand Cru Wine Bar & Boutique
Show off your oenophile prowess at the quaint Grand Cru Wine Bar & Boutique on Magnolia. The charming, locally owned shop is romantic without stuffy white tablecloths and candlelight. Pop by this classy joint and enjoy a sampling from the tapas-style menu and one of the weekend wine flights, available Thursday through Sunday. In fact, Sunday afternoon may be the best time to visit the small wine bar; the unobtrusive wine staff and the quiet atmosphere make conversation a breeze.

Exploring The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
With more than 2,600 objects in the permanent collection, plus temporary exhibitions, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth always has something on display that will inspire commentary. The museum’s size is comfortable, with several intimate galleries filled with thought-provoking art. Tour the museum on your own, or plan for First Friday at the Modern, where live music, seasonal cuisine and cocktails from Café Modern, and art provide an impressive Friday night out.

Going old school at Scat Jazz Lounge
Like something out of Old Hollywood, Scat Jazz Lounge, located in the basement of the historic Woolworth building in the heart of Sundance Square, is a little hideaway that’s all about live music and a phenomenal cocktail menu. Legit jazz onstage, dark wood floors, and a cozy atmosphere mean there’s a bit of old-school romance in the air. This joint isn’t like the other bars and hangouts around town. Local favorites like Leon Bridges and Luke Wade, as well as iconic performers such as Ellis Marsalis, have graced the stage, making the lounge a perfect first date stop for music lovers.

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