If you’re looking for a fun and romantic date night, Fort Lauderdale has no shortage of options. From clubs and bars to outdoor activities and entertainment, there’s something for every couple. And while you might have your own speed and pace, we’re going to help you plan the perfect date night by providing a quick rundown of some top options.

Without further ado, let’s dive into the top 10 date nights in downtown Fort Lauderdale! 


As fun as a sit-down dinner can be, there’s something to be said for letting loose and enjoying yourself with a casual night out. And nothing says casual quite like throwing axes and drinking beer. (Actually, it screams casual.)

Billed as a world-class cocktail bar and axe throwing lodge, this little hot spot is a self-proclaimed “purveyor of social experiences.” Whether you want to go with your significant other or invite a whole group, you’ll get a fun and unique experience.

In addition to good drinks and axe throwing, you’ll enjoy a tasty menu that includes a melt-in-your-mouth grilled cheese and tomato soup that will have you returning the next night.

The Wilder Fort Lauderdale

  1.  The Wilder

Want something a little more upscale, but with a fun vibe that allows you to let loose and relax with your date? The Wilder is one of the most unique, yet engaging venues in the city. OpenTable calls it a “watering hole for bon vivants with a vision.”

The Wilder features three different rooms, each of which boasts a unique personality. There’s the great room, which hosts nightly parties for some of the city’s most sophisticated young professionals. Then there’s a trendy cocktail bar with gorgeous decor that will make you feel like you stepped onto a movie scene. Finally, there’s a sunny terrace for warm evenings. 

Fort Lauderdale Riverfront Gondola Tours

  1. Riverfront Gondola Tours

Step off the land and enjoy a Riverfront Gondola Tour that will take you through the belly of Fort Lauderdale and to some of the most beautiful and iconic views the city has to offer. 

While there are plenty of gondola tour companies to choose from, Riverfront is arguably the best option. The Exclusive Tour, which holds up to six passengers and lasts for 90 minutes, is a relaxed tour that takes you past stunning mansions and beautiful sites. And because the gondolas are electric, there’s no noise or fumes – just a peaceful evening.

Want something more? The Dinner Cruise Tour is one of the best around. Riverfront supplies the boat, table, and scenery, while Casa Sensei (the restaurant next door) provides the food. 

Glitch Arcade Bar Fort Lauderdale

  1. Glitch Bar

Whether you’re a gamer, or you’re simply looking for a unique date experience that helps you break through the cliche dinner-and-a-movie routine, Glitch Bar is the place for you!

This place is high energy, loud, and full of life. (If you’re on a first date, you should probably go elsewhere. But if you know each other pretty well and want to have some fun, this arcade bar is for you.)

You won’t find the latest Xbox or Playstation at Glitch Bar. Instead, there are classics like Asteroids, Donkey Kong, Millipede, Pac-Man, NFL Blitz, Skee Ball, Street Fighter II, and TMNT. 

At the bar, you’ll find a fairly impressive beer list, as well as a food menu that includes rather eclectic options, like The Dorito Pie, Salami Testarossa, and Psychic Chicken Tenders.

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

  1. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

If you and your date are outdoorsy people, then you might enjoy visiting Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Labeled “an urban oasis nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and intercoastal waterway,” this place is borderline magical! 

It’ll cost you $6 per car, but can be enjoyed for several hours without spending much more. Often referred to as Fort Lauderdale’s “Central Park,” you’ll find wildlife, shady palms and oaks, picnic areas, walking trails, and more. 

Bonnet House Museum & Garden

  1. Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

This 35-acre historic estate rests on Fort Lauderdale Beach and provides visitors with an astonishing setting for a date night or getaway. Once a romantic winter escape for the wealthy artist Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife and fellow artist, Evelyn, the estate has been perfectly preserved in its original 1930s and 1940s glory. 

Spend time strolling the grounds, touring the museum, and escaping the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours. You’ll walk away feeling refreshed and connected.

Jungle Queen River Boat Fort Lauderdale

  1. Jungle Queen River Boat

If the gondola ride is more of a quiet and quaint date, the Jungle Queen River Boat tour is lively and full of life. Started in the 1930s by Al Starts, the Jungle Queen Cruise has been in the family for nearly 100 years. And with several expeditions happening throughout the day (including the last one at 7 p.m.), there’s something for everyone.

You can try the exotic animal tour or the dinner shows that serve delicious food and good laughs (thanks to the boat’s original comedy acts).

Shooters Waterfront Restaurant

  1. Shooters Waterfront

Casual dining meets a posh clientele at Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale. A staple of the area since 1982, this little restaurant on the Intracoastal serves up fresh seafood, weekend brunch, and a number of lively events throughout the week. 

While it’s the vibe that attracts locals and visitors alike, it’s ultimately the first-class food and drinks that leave people satisfied and coming back for more. 

Think Escape Games Fort Lauderdale

  1. Think Escape Games

If you’ve never participated in an escape room challenge, you should absolutely try one! And there’s no better place to experiment than Think Escape Games. 

This option is great for a casual date night where you have a group of couples. It’s a bonding experience where you’ll share a few laughs, build some trust, and learn a lot about your fellow teammates. 

Sky Thai Sushi Fort Lauderdale

  1.  Sky Thai Sushi

Sushi lovers rejoice! Voted the Best Asian Restaurant in Broward County for 2019, Sky Thai Sushi has a reputation that precedes it. This charming little spot is always hopping between the ambiance and generous portions – particularly on the weekends. You’d be wise to grab a reservation before heading that way!

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