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Unique date night ideas in Cleveland

Michelle McQuade | December 28, 2018

Want to try something new for your next date night? In case you’re tired of the usual dinner-and-a-movie sequence, here are a few unique Cleveland date ideas you may want to consider:

Downtown Cleveland Ohio glows in early evening from a vantage point on the near west side

Bowling, bocce, and delicious Italian-American cuisine

Electrify your evening by playing a game of bocce or bowling at Pinstripes, one of the newest destinations in Orange Village’s Pinecrest development. Bowling lanes and bocce courts at Pinstripes are equipped with plush seating and feature first-class game-side food and beverage service.

After your game, refuel at the restaurant by ordering a delicious wood-fired pizza, a hearty sandwich, or a refreshing gelato. Pinstripes also serves wines from their extensive wine list, handcrafted cocktails, and craft beers from some of the best local breweries in Cleveland.

Comfort food, art, and vintage records

Spend a truly romantic evening by soaking in Cleveland’s rich history and arts and culture scene. Get a taste of the city’s past by heading to Sokolowski’s (1201 University Rd.), Cleveland’s oldest family owned restaurant for some delicious comfort food and a breathtaking view of the downtown skyline.

Afterwards, stop by Loop (2180 West 11th St.), a coffee shop, record store, and art gallery all rolled into one. Browse their selection of new and vintage records, and check out the works of art at the gallery, which are updated every month.

Head to Mill Creek Falls

Mill Creek is one of Cleveland’s top outdoor destinations, and is home to Mill Creek Falls, the tallest waterfall in Cuyahoga County. After taking in the scenic views, grab a bite at the Red Chimney, a longstanding Slavic Village favorite for locals and visitors. Be sure to try their pierogi dinner, which is absolutely divine

Play some pinball

Located in the heart of the Gordon Square Arts District, the vibrant Superelectric Pinball Parlor (6500 Detroit Ave.) is sure to provide a fun-filled evening. Their collection of games ranges from 50’s classics all the way to today’s latest releases, and their oversized glass windows offers a fantastic view of the busy street.

Sip on some Old City Soda as you play, or head to their bar just down the street if you’d rather enjoy it in cocktail form. Cap off your evening with a delicious sundae at Sweet Moses (6800 Detroit Ave.), an old fashioned soda fountain and treat shop.

Antique shopping at Larchmere

Cleveland’s Larchmere district boasts an old-world charm and is home to a colorful selection of over 40 boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and more. Within this vibrant neighborhood is the Larchmere Antique District, which features a string of antique shops – the perfect place to make fond new memories while browsing through a vast collection of vintage, quirky items.

While you’re in the area, be sure to check out Flying Cranes Café (13006 Larchmere Blvd.), a cozy corner café that specializes in a variety of Japanese rice and noodle dishes. The café is also perfect for tea lovers, as they have an enticing selection of black, herbal, maccha-genmai teas, and more.

Shop at Cleveland’s oldest public market

The aisles of Cleveland’s West Side Market (1979 West 25th St.) features an incredible fusion of international flavors which can impress connoisseurs, foodies, or simply anyone in search of a new experience. Be sure to head up to the venue’s balcony for a sweeping view of the building’s elegant architecture.

Located a short walk from the West Side Market is Passenger’s Café (2090 West 25th St.), a multi roaster coffee shop featuring a changing catalogue of specialty coffee roasters from different parts of the country. Be sure to get a table at the rooftop patio for a stunning view of the market as well as the Cleveland skyline.

Looking for more great activities and destinations in Cleveland? Read our other blog articles here.

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