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Date night ideas for every type of Ashevillian

We’re here to help plan your next date in the 828.


Doesn’t this skyline make you feel romantic?

Photo by @drone.pilot.jay

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Kids, this is the story of how I met your mother, and it was all thanks to AVLtoday.

Ok, so maybe that’s not exactly how the 2000s sitcom went, but if Ted Mosby had consulted us for date night ideas, we could’ve shaved the show down to two seasons (and saved his kids a lot of time). Regardless, whether you’ve already met “the one” or are hoping to impress someone new, we’ve got 20+ local date night ideas that are legen — wait for it — dary.

Little Jumbo

Try one of Little Jumbo’s many gin cocktails.

Photo by @littlejumbobar

For the ones who want a night out on the town

Table Asheville

Fried chicken and caviar at Table.

Photo by Nicole Starkweather

If the way to their heart is through their stomach

  • Take a class together at Asheville Mountain Kitchen, where you can learn to prepare delicious dishes from all over the world. If sweets are more your style, find a class for fresh baked goods.
  • Visit one of Asheville’s incredible international grocery markets and make a meal at home.
  • Enjoy a romantic meal together at a popular date night spot like Table, Leo’s House of Thirst, Jargon, or La Bodega by Cúrate.
Sunset at Craggy Pinnacle. Photo: @yohojeremy

Sunset at Craggy Pinnacle.

Photo by @yohojeremy

If you love the great outdoors

Well Played Board Game Cafe

A wall of wonderful games await at Well Played Board Game Cafe.

Photo by @holly_mclay_blalock

For the ones who like to play games (just not with your heart)

  • Grab a fun drink at Rocket Fizz (key lime or marshmallow soda, anyone?) after playing arcade games at the nearby Asheville Pinball Museum. There’s also the Asheville Retrocade if you’re in West Asheville.
  • Feel more comfortable with friends around? Make it a group date and head to Salt Face Mule for a round of mini golf + an evening of fun that even non-athletes will enjoy.
  • Get to know each other over a drink, snack, and board game of your choice at Well Played Board Game Cafe.
View of Riveter's Climbing gym with climbing walls up to the ceilings and people preparing to climb

People of all ages having a blast (and a workout) in the Riveter’s Climbing Gym.

Photo by the AVLtoday team

If you’re really hoping that it works out

  • Make this date the high point of their week by booking a climbing session at Riveter or Cultivate Climbing (depending what side of town you live on). If you’re at Cultivate and want to extend the date, we suggest grabbing Sugar and Snow Gelato, heading to the French Broad Greenway, and watching the sunset on the water.
  • Find inner peace (and with each other) at one of the local yoga studios.
  • Stop by One World - West Asheville on a Wednesday for Latin Dance Night — show up at 8:30 p.m. for a 30-minute dance lesson on Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cumbia, Reggaeton, and beyond.
  • Explore the city together through history, food, art, and more on one of Asheville’s tours.
avl mural

The Indigenous Walls Project has Native-made murals all over town.

Photo via @indigeneouswallsproject

If you want to get artsy

If you wanna show off by knowing all the hottest events in town

  • Shameless plug: Sign up for our daily newsletter, where we call out our top picks of things to do around town. Your date doesn’t have to know we’re behind it, you can take all the credit.
  • Stay up-to-date on the coolest local events around the 828 with our events page (and check out this guide for our tips on navigating the page).
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