It’s date night and you can’t make a decision, right? Been there, done that. Trust us. That’s why we are making it easy for you! We have pulled together a list of our favorite date night ideas in Indianapolis and surrounding areas. From casual dates to fancy nights out or even day dates in the city – we covered it all! Our Indianapolis Area Date Night Guide is ideal to make sure you aren’t missing the fun around our city.
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Indianapolis Area Date Night Guide
Day Date Ideas
Topgolf Fishers is a great place to grab a lane, order some food and hit some balls in the mid afternoon. No need to worry about the weather because each bay is heated – included heated seats!
Books&Brews is a quaint place with several area locations where you can grab a beer, check out their variety of used books (in which proceeds support IndyReads) and play a game for a casual, and chill afternoon.
Punch Bowl Social, located downtown Indianapolis, provides all the fun with bowling, vintage arcade games and table games too! Grab a bite to eat from their full menu and a drink of choice while you play.
Massage Heights offers affordable massages for first timers so why not schedule an afternoon couples massage together? Add in the hot stones while you’re at it!
Goose the Market has a cellar where you can split a charcuterie board and a glass of wine together or grab the sandwich of the day.
Speedway Indoor Karting will make all your need for speed dreams come true as you zip around their indoor tracks in go karts.
Rize offers amazing farm to table breakfast and lunch options and has two locations in both Fishers and Ironworks. Grab a house blended smoothie, kombucha or a tasty breakfast bowl to fill your stomach and soul.
Newfields is magical place here in Indianapolis that is just perfect for a day date out! You can explore the 100 acres, visit the Lilly House and grab a beer at the Beer Garden all in one day.
The Sun King Carmel Distillery has handmade spirits and beer right in the heart of Midtown Carmel. You can get your food and take it outside to enjoy the weather or even play a game of Cornhole.
The Escape Room Fishers is an interactive adventure game where you are locked in a room and have one hour to get out. Using the clues, solving the puzzles and finding the keys are the only way you will be able to “escape” your room!
Midland Arts and Antique Market is super fun if you’re looking for vintage pieces for your home…or maybe you aren’t looking for anything at all! This place is filled with all the treasures and you will both spend hours browsing the unique trinkets they have in stock. Sometimes it’s fun to just window shop too!
Casual Date Ideas
Tappers Arcade Bar is located in the Historic Fletcher’s Place and offers a variety of local craft beer plus some tasty cocktails and is filled with over 60 free-to-place classic arcade games. Yes, we are talking Donkey Kong and PacMan.
Bad Axe Throwing is the ideal way to relieve some stress during date night by throwing axes – yes, axes! Put on your flannel, pack your own snacks and get ready for an evening of friendly competition.
Kingmakers on Mass Ave have trained Board Game Sommeliers that will teach you and your date a new game. Or feel free to play one of their recommended games and enjoy a beer too.
Hotel Tango lets you grab a cocktail or a cocktail and cozy up in their chic atmosphere with your date.
16-Bit Bar and Arcade is another local arcade bar that is located next to University Square and perfect for a casual evening out.
Penn & Beech has scent experts that will help you and your date blend oils together to create your own candle that you will love.
Gallery Pastry Shop has cooking classes for you and your partner to enjoy. Classes include making your own macrons, croissants or even sushi – just check their schedule to see their upcoming classes!
ComdeySportz offers nightly live comedy shows that will have you laughing together all night long.
Duckpin Bowling are vintage lanes in Fountain Square that makes for a fun date night! The game is a little different than regular bowling but easy to pick up quickly.
Keystone Art Cinema is located in the Fashion Mall and is great if you want to catch dinner and movie at the same time! Grab your movie tickets, then order your food and drinks and take them into your movie for a low-key evening together.
The White Rabbit Cabaret is in the heart of Fountain Square. This venue hosts a variety of entertainment from musical acts to burlesque shows – and so much more! Seating is first-come, first served so be sure to get there early!
Garfield Brewery is located in the heart of Garfield Park. It’s your neighborhood brewery and whether you have been there one time or twenty times, the quaint atmosphere makes you feel at home, which is perfect for a casual date night.
Syd’s Fine Food & Spirits is the epitome of classic “dive bar” that has been around since well, forever. But if you’re looking for some good bar food and even better company, you definitely can find it at Syd’s in Noblesville.
Fancy Date Night Ideas
Beef & Boards lets you dress up, grab dinner and enjoy a Broadway musical and live play.
The Eagle’s Nest is fine dining in downtown Indianapolis on the rooftop of the Hyatt Regency. Enjoy a delicious dinner in the trendy, revolving eatery and get the 360 degree views of the city.
Nicky Blaine’s Cocktail Lounge has classic cocktails, fine wines and light bites which makes a perfect late evening date. They also have over 25 different brands of cigars and offer a relaxed environment where you can kick back in an armchair and take some time to connect with your partner.
Tastings Wine Bar and Bistro has over 200 wines in stock that you can taste and enjoy. You simply read the description at the tasting stations, use your Tastings Card to pour yourself a quick sip and take notes on your notecards about your favorites. Then you can buy a bottle and an appetizer to enjoy together.
Bonge’s Tavern is located in Perkinsville and while we wouldn’t call it “fancy,” it’s definitely a must-do date night experience! Meals are a bit pricer than usual but we promise it’s worth every penny. You will never forget that Perkinsville Pork. Bonge’s is small and fills up quick so get there early or grab your chairs to enjoy the tailgating before you get a seat!
Indiana Repertory Theatre has a variety of plays throughout the year from artists and actors all around the country. With affordable tickets you could plan on a couple of shows throughout the year!
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