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Romantic Atlanta

Romantic Dining
Romantic Atlanta
In addition to romantic restaurants, cozy wine bars, and luxurious spas, Atlanta offers couples a range of unique ways to spend time together, from urban kayaking to comedy shows to mixology classes.
By Caroline Eubanks, AFAR Local Expert
Photo by Caroline Eubanks
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    Romantic Dining
    Romantic Dining
    For a romantic dinner with your special someone, snag a reservation at Staplehouse, the city’s hottest restaurant, or request a table in the private dining room at Bacchanalia. At Canoe in Vinings, you can share a private moment in the gardens before dining within view of the Chattahoochee River. Also worth a date night are Rathbun’s (an acclaimed spot in the Old Fourth Ward from restaurateur Kevin Rathbun) and Ecco (which offers Italian and Mediterranean dishes best shared between two).
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    Wine Bars and Wineries
    Wine Bars and Wineries
    A haven for oenophiles, Atlanta has wine bars and wineries in spades. Barcelona Wine Bar serves delicious tapas alongside the best selection of Spanish varietals, while Three Sheets offers classes on how to pair wine with grilled cheese sandwiches. If you’d rather go straight to the source, visit Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in Braselton. For $20, you can tour the 3,500 acres of chardonnay, merlot, cabernet, and riesling grapes and even taste some of the wines. Just two hours north in the North Georgia Mountains, you’ll find even more vineyards, including the family-run Crane Creek, which offers a guesthouse and regular tapas nights.
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    Offbeat Date Nights
    Offbeat Date Nights
    Atlanta has several options for those seeking a date night beyond dinner and a movie. Pair your meal with a hookah pipe at Mediterranean restaurant and lounge Divan, or head to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History for “Martinis and IMAX,” a regular event that includes cocktails, live music, and a film screening. You can also learn to two-step at Grown Folks Cafe in College Park, attend the Castleberry Hill Art Stroll, or go ice-skating in Centennial Olympic Park during the winter months.
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    Dinner and Entertainment
    Dinner and Entertainment
    For a date night with a little culture, attend a show at the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern, which is housed in a building that looks like the Globe Theatre. Other fun, slightly quirkier options include Agatha’s, where audience members enjoy a five-course dinner while actors perform a comedic murder mystery, and Laughing Skull Lounge, which hosts well-known standup acts for comedy shows. If you really just want to watch a movie, head to the Phipps Plaza theater, which has cozy, reclining seats, or the Starlight Six, the last remaining drive-in theater in town.
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    Cooking and Mixology Classes
    Cooking and Mixology Classes
    Learn a new recipe and enjoy the fruits of your labor during a cooking or mixology class. The Cook’s Warehouse offers renowned classes with well-known local chefs at locations in Decatur, Midtown, and East Cobb, while the Cooking School at Irwin Street showcases several different cuisines. For those more interested in cocktails, No Mas Cantina in Castleberry Hill offers tequila-tasting classes that teach the difference between anejo and reposado and even pair samples with dishes from the restaurant.
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    Active Dates
    Active Dates
    If you and your loved one want to get your blood flowing, go for a walk on the BeltLine, a running and biking trail built on a former railroad track. There are several shops and restaurants along the way where you can stop for a break as you wind your way around the city. Alternatively, rent a bike from Bicycle Tours of Atlanta and explore the area, or take one of their tours through downtown and the artsy areas of Edgewood. Since the Chattahoochee River runs through Atlanta, you can even rent a kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or tube from High Country Outfitters and head downstream from Morgan Falls Overlook Park.
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    Scenic Viewpoints
    Scenic Viewpoints
    Whether you’re popping the question or simply need a break from the hustle and bustle, head to one of Atlanta’s many scenic viewpoints. A romantic spot on the top floor of one of downtown’s tallest buildings, The Sun Dial offers views for miles. It’s even a revolving restaurant so every seat has the perfect panorama. Polaris in the Hyatt Regency also rotates, while Whiskey Blue at the W Hotel Buckhead offers hip cocktails and private booths to go with its vistas. For less formal but equally stunning views, climb Stone or Kennesaw mountains.
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    Loving Competition
    Loving Competition
    Heat things up with some friendly competition. Unlike your average bowling alley, the Painted Pin in Buckhead offers a full bar and delicious menu. You could also go for a test drive at the Porsche Experience Center, or play pinball at Joystick, a gamer bar in Edgewood. Topgolf, which has locations in Alpharetta and the Westside, offers point-scoring golf, driving, and target games.
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    Pamper Yourselves
    Pamper Yourselves
    Relax with a couple’s treatment at any one of Atlanta’s award-winning spas. The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental is the city’s most luxurious option, with spa suites and a full-day couple’s retreat that includes foot, scalp, and full-body massages. The adjoining fitness center even features a pool and views of the English gardens. Spa Sydell has locations all over the city and focuses on skincare and massage therapy, while exhale at The Loews offers a slate of fitness classes. For something extra, try one of the “pod” treatments at Spa810.
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