8 Excellent Date Ideas in (and around) Seattle

Unfortunately summer has come to an end, and beautiful hikes, beach parties and warm night walks in the park are few and far between. Now all of you boys and girls have to get a little more creative to impress your next date while keeping warm and dry. We all know that Seattle is a town for foodies and there is an enormous amount of great restaurants to try. But if you're looking to stand out and have a memorable date filled with unique activities, read on for our autumn date suggestions for any type of guy or gal.

1.     For a Table-Top Gamer – TWIF Bingo Night

Here at TWIF we like to have fun and encourage everyone to do so—even our Bingo nights are filled with laughs, physical challenges, trivia questions and name that tune. It’s always good to show your date that you can make fun of yourself and have a good time.


2.     For a Golfer – Flatstick Pub

Let’s admit it, no one likes to golf in nasty weather, so how about an indoor beer-themed 9-hole mini golf course instead? Flatstick Pub is an awesome little gem in Kirkland that offers 24 rotating taps featuring delicious local-only beer and cider. And bring your pooch because they are dog friendly.


“Flatstick Pub: Mini Golf Elite Event” by Yelp Inc. via Flickr Licensed under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

3.     For an Art Connoisseur – Art Walks

Seattle is heaven for artistic individuals; the town itself is one huge piece of art with its colorful murals, random street art and unique architecture.  Everyone knows about the famous Pioneer Square Art Walk (BTW, officially known as the first art walk in the US), but not every Seattleite knows that there are over TWENTY year round art walks happening in the metro area.


“2nd Avenue” by Curtis Cronn via Flickr. Licensed under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

4.     For an Arcade Fanatic – Round 1

If you and your date both can’t live without video games, then a stop by Round 1 in Tukwila is a must. The place has it all: tons of arcade games, pool, bowling, ping pong tables, darts and even a karaoke room; some people swear it’s better than Dave and Busters.


Round 1: beat mania IIDX” by Dick Thomas Johnson via Flickr. Licensed under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

5.     For a Movie Fan – Big Picture

If you want to have a quieter date watching a movie, then try Big Picture. It’s not your regular movie theater packed with screaming children; it’s an exclusive and intimate place that serves adult beverages during the show.


“004/365” by Halina V via Flickr. Licensed under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

6.     For a Book Lover – The Elliot Bay Book Company

This is not your average bookstore—Elliot Bay is over a decade old and family-owned—a paradise for bibliophiles. Their events calendar is impressive and chock-full; they have an average of ten literary events each week.


 Elliot Bay Books (Capitol Hill) interior pano 01” by Joe Mabel. Licensed under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

7.      For The Performance Admirer – Fremont Abbey Arts Center

It doesn’t matter what kind of performance you’re into, you’ll find them all here at Fremont Abbey Art Center. It’s a beautifully restored 100 year old building that is home to everyone who wants to learn, grow, create and perform. Check out their events calendar to find the next show you’ll take your date to.


8.     For a Chef-At-Heart – Cooking Class

Anyone can take a date out to a fancy restaurant, but not everyone can cook. It’s a super fun bonding activity, you learn together, you work together and at the end you get to enjoy a dinner together.

The Seattle area offers a variety of places to take a class:

Hipcooks, located in SLU, has a huge diversity of classes.  You can learn Italian, Thai, Japanese, Spanish, Greek and even Brazilian cuisines in a fun and colorful kitchen. If your date is serious about cooking, then book a class at Hot Stove Society, operated by Tom Douglas Restaurants. They offer very unique and specific classes taught by professional chefs. And if your partner has a sweet tooth, go to A la Mode and learn how to make one of the best pies in the world.


  “Sushi buddies” by Dana Robinson via Flickr. Licensed under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

-Julia Robinson, TWIF Sherpa