Romantic Date Ideas

Looking for something especially romantic to impress that special someone? Here are some recommendations on some of the most romantic spots or activities in the city.


Venue Restaurant & Lounge

Venue Restaurant & Lounge is one of the go-to date night spots for countless couples in Lincoln. With a stellar menu and romantic atmosphere, you’ll find yourself falling in love with the restaurant every time you go.


Venue FoodVenue Restaurant & Lounge


The Kindler Hotel

Located in the heart of downtown, The Kindler Hotel is a boutique hotel that provides a luxurious night away from home.  Closely located to date night favorites like DISH and the Historic Haymarket District, you can finish off your night with a cocktail at the attached Boitano’s Lounge.


Art Gallery

Nothing beats a romantic walk through an art gallery. Admiring the beautiful and thought-provoking artwork in any of the downtown art galleries like Kiechel Fine Art is a perfect way to change up your date night. Check out a First Friday Art Walk for other gallery receptions to go along with your next night out.


Couple looking at art in galleryKiechel Fine Art



With nationally recognized speakeasies, it’s easy to plan a wonderful night with a delicious cocktail in hand. Whether it’s for the Nebraska-themed cocktails of Kate Martin or the tucked away space of The Other Room, any spot is perfect.


Sip on warm drink

If you’re looking for conversation over a cup of coffee or a warm glass of tea, Lincoln’s coffee shops are happy to oblige every taste. From cozy nooks of The Charging Station to the creative combinations of Reactor, there’s no shortage of romantic stops.



For wine-loving couples, Lincoln is not only home to one of the best wine stores in the country, but also several award-winning wineries. All of which boast great collections with plenty of events like tastings and tours that provide the perfect notes of romance.

Couple in James Arthur Vineyard

James Arthur Vineyard


Green Gateau

This French-inspired restaurant will have you feeling like you’ve been transported to the riviera. Both the menu and wine list will make sure to make every date night special.

Green Gateau Food     

The Green Gateau         


The Scarlet

One of Lincoln’s newest hotels is sure to help make any romantic getaway special. With its own rooftop bar, The Barred Owl, overlooking Lincoln’s downtown, The Scarlet provides a luxurious backdrop for any weekend away.

Scarlet HotelThe Scarlet Hotel


Hyde Memorial Observatory

Looking for something a little more cosmic for your date night plans? Stargazing at Hyde Memorial Observatory provides the perfect opportunity to star gaze while enjoying the Holmes Lake Park in the evening.


Hyde Memorial ObservatoryHyde Memorial Observatory