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January 14, 2020

Your Guide to Date Night in Irvine

Everyone loves date night, but let’s be real, no one really likes planning it. And that’s totally understandable given that deciding where to eat, drink and what to do can be overwhelming! We hear you, and we get it. But have no fear, we’ve taken the stress out of date night and planned your next date night adventure for you!  No worries, you can thank us later.


Dinner and Drinks

A staple to any great date night starts with grabbing dinner and drinks in the city. Whether you and your long-time spouse are looking to spend an evening on the town, or even a first date with a stranger, a bite to eat and a glass of wine is a fool-proof way to kick off any date. A few great restaurants in the Irvine area with romantic atmospheres and delicious food include Bistango (modern American fare), Il Fornaio (Italian fare) and Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails (Mediterranian inspired fare). These three Irvine favorites are sure to impress your date, and their tastebuds too!


Catch a Movie

It may seem unoriginal, but dinner and a movie is a classic date night idea! If it’s the first date and maybe watching a movie doesn’t allow you to get to know the person enough, you might just want to go for ice cream or a walk in the park after dinner; but for those who have gone on a few fun dates already and need some inspiration, take it back to the basics! Pick a movie genre that you’ll both enjoy, maybe a romantic comedy or drama, and relax at the movie theater for a bit after your great meal! And lucky for you, Irvine is full of movie theaters showing all of the newest releases, just minutes from wherever you choose to enjoy dinner!


Have a laugh

If dinner and a movie is a little too mainstream for your fun date night taste, explore a different avenue of entertainment and visit a comedy show! There’s nothing like laughing the night away with your date at the Irvine Improv Comedy Club. Pro tip: When purchasing show tickets, keep in mind who the comedian of the evening is and what style of comedy strikes well with you and your date’s humor, because each comedian has a unique style of jokes that may not impress everyone!


Finish with Dessert

A romantic dinner, a comedic movie or show, all wrapped up with a sweet treat and a cherry on top. Skip dessert at the restaurant and wait until a couple of hours later to enjoy a dessert with your date! A few of our favorite Irvine dessert shops include Snow Monster (home of delicious, giant macaron ice cream sandwiches), Meet Fresh (authentic Taiwanese desserts) and iSnö (shaved ‘snow’ desserts and warm pastries). A sweet ending to a spectacular date night in Irvine!


Next time it’s your turn to plan date night, keep this guide in mind and let us know how it goes! Share your experience with us on Facebook and Instagram, and keep following the blog here for more Irvine fun.

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