Philadelphia

A Twist on Your Next Philly Date Night by Kate McKeaney

Date night in the city can fall into a normal routine: choosing a restaurant, sitting at the bar for a drink ahead of your reservation, and getting extra crazy by walking home a different way than you came. Soon enough, the excitement of date night might become another routine event. It’s time to mix it up! 

Kick One (Or Two) Back

Start your night in the center of it all – a few steps past City Hall brings you to the front doors of Aqimero, a pan-Latin restaurant from the mind of Chef Richard Sandoval, nestled under The Ritz-Carlton. Sit in the vibrant, spacious lounge or snag a seat at the bar for pre-dinner cocktails; the Dragon Fruit Margarita is a huge hit. 

The Main Course

After drinks, walk five minutes up and over to Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant, where you’ll find a wide selection of food and beer options without breaking the bank. If you’re into craft beer, go for a flight to pair with your dinner. It’s a totally different atmosphere from Aqimero and makes this stop a new experience. 

Roll the Dice

Literally. Fairmount Ave has been home to Thirsty Dice, the city’s first board game café, for about a year now. Bookshelves with over 800 games cover the walls, and their menus are filled with boozy shakes and game-themed cocktails. Take the Broad Street Line to Fairmount Station and walk a couple blocks to add some friendly competition to your date. Join the waitlist or call ahead for reservations to secure your spot.

Get Some Fresh Air

Unload from the night and take a walk through one of Philly’s many parks. Head east to Spruce Street Harbor Park through the end of September for their floating gardens and bright hammocks, or opt to go south for the quieter Rittenhouse Square. If you’re really trying to extend your date, go west from Thirsty Dice over to Kelly Drive, where you’ll see the Art Museum, Boathouse Row, and other sights for miles. 

Philly is an amazing city with hidden gems around every corner. Get out of your comfort zone and leave your date night bubble – all while getting your steps in.