It is easy to get comfortable in your relationship, but it is important to spice things up sometimes and still go out for a date night whether you’ve been together for 5 months or 5 years. However, going out every weekend can get pretty pricey if you’re not careful. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some fun date night ideas that won’t break the bank when you wanna go out with your hunny in Denver, CO!
3264 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Dio Mio is casual enough to wear jeans but delicious enough for you to impress a date. You order at the counter and find yourself a seat throughout the dining room. The open kitchen concept also allows you to see the chefs hard at work. There are starters, pizza pies, and main dishes. The menu offers such impressive options as lemon-roasted chicken and anchovy garlic steak. House-made pasta also allows you to indulge in flavorful options. If the date goes particularly well, you may even want to share a cannoli. Check them out for happy hour for some awesome deals on popular dishes.
1808 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202
Pony Up is one of the happening places to be in Denver. The neighborhood atmosphere is ideal when you’re meeting your date at the restaurant, and the tables are large enough if you want to make it a double (or triple) date. The bartenders love to have fun with the cocktails, and it shows with what’s offered on the menu as well as how the drinks are garnished. As for food, you’ll find an entire list of French dips as well as various sides and snacks that are fun for sharing. Events take place periodically, including burlesque brunches, so be sure to check their website.
2715 17th St, Denver, CO 80211
Postino is a wine café so that you can relax and get to know your partner a little better. Enjoy as the conversations flow just as easily as the wine in a rustic-chic environment. You’ll find outdoor seating is open when the weather isn’t too cold, and you can always order the food to-go, too. Plenty of couches and chairs are found along with traditional dining tables so that you can chill for a while. The menu is Italian-influenced, which bruschetta, meat and cheese boards, and various “snacky things.”
2500 Larimer St #100, Denver, CO 80205
Don’t assume that this is a go-kart track. Instead, it’s a southern Italian restaurant that is inspired by automobiles. The intimate location offers seating inside and outside, though the atmosphere is casual enough that this can be a laid-back first date. Wood-fired pizza, oysters on the half shell, and more are available. There’s also a happy hour, providing you with great deals on appetizers and drinks. If you’re planning on a late-night date, there’s a menu dedicated to those who visit between 10 and midnight.
Blue Moon Brewery
3750 Chestnut Pl, Denver, CO 80216
Blue Moon Brewery is the perfect place for a date, allowing you to indulge in beer that is made fresh. The cavernous location offers a lot of funky décor, perfect for using as backdrops when you want to commemorate your date. In addition to beer on the menu, you’ll find classic American food with a twist, including loaded nachos, burgers, and more. There’s a patio so that you can enjoy the fresh Denver air. And it’s always a good idea to make reservations before you head there.
Sunnyside Supper Club
2915 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Fresh and organic is the name of the game at Sunnyside, complete with bread made daily using Colorado flour. Beef, lamb, and pork are sourced locally, offering a farm-to-table style menu for you to explore. The supper club is still new to the scene, so you’ll want to make reservations as it’s a hot spot. The chefs took over Ernie’s Lounge and Supper Club, which dates back to 1843. You’ll find daily features along with a serious list of craft beers to choose from. Cozy booths and high-top tables alike fill the dining room, allowing you to decide how intimate you want your date to be. Check out their happy hour menus for super cheap yet delicious options on food and drink.
Mazevo Mediterranean Eatery
3961 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
Mazevo is a top-rated Mediterranean restaurant that offers a relaxed atmosphere. The dining room is light and airy, and the fireplace is always lit during the colder nights of winter. The menu offers such favorites as tagine and kebabs using fresh, local ingredients. Every dish is well-flavored and full of color. You’ll be able to explore a comprehensive beer and wine menu, too. The atmosphere is never too loud, allowing you to have conversations with your partner. Plus, the portions are often large enough that you’ll bring home a to-go box.
Restaurant recommendations kindly provided by: Haley Paez | @milehighandhungry
Haley Paez is the food lover behind one of Denver’s best food Instagram accounts and blog – @milehighandhungry. With close to 50K followers, she updates locals and travelers on the best eats in town. Even though she is not a Denver native, since moving here from a food capital – Chicago – her love for culture, cuisine, and community came with her and blossomed into this Instagram page.
She tells Denver’s story through the lens of food. All the creative artisans that put themselves on plates are often untold and she brings them and their treasures to life via pictures and video. As someone who grew up with a desire to travel, she accomplished this by trying the food of far away places right in her neighborhood. Therefore, her page shows a wide variety of cuisines to show that traveling doesn’t always take place on planes, instead it finds a way to come through on our plates as well. Follow her on instagram @milehighandhungry to join her journey through the Denver food scene and beyond!