First dates are…well, they’re first dates. Sometimes they go well, and sometimes they don’t. If you’ve been talking to someone really great, you want to impress them with a great (romantic!) spot. And if you’re really not so sure about this date, you don’t want to invest too much time or money into it. Choosing a spot for your first date spot in Austin isn’t always easy, which is why we have 100 ideas here.
Categorized into five groups (bars, restaurants, alcohol-free, entertainment, and nature), these 100 first-date spots will hopefully help you have a handful of good suggestions near you for the next time you’re going out on a date.
Use the map below to find something near you!
100 Ideas For First Date Spots in Austin
1. Hold Out Brewer/Better Half Bar
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: it’s a big open-air brewery with lots of seating, indoor/outdoor options, and really good food (for when the date is going well, and you want to extend it into a meal.) And if you or your date don’t drink alcohol, it’s connected to a great coffee shop/eatery called Better Half (pictured above.) Just head over there and get a latte instead.
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: cool little indoor/outdoor bar at the entrance to Hestia restaurant. They have pintxos, so you can get a little bite to eat or just enjoy a glass of wine in downtown Austin. Want to go all out? Get wine at Kalimotxo and then a dinner reservation indoors at Hestia.
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: located on Rainey Street and has the city’s largest beer tap wall. They have lots of big picnic tables, so there’s always a crowd around - no awkward silences! And then you can go to another bar on Rainey St if things are going well.
5. Central District
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: not only do they have beer and food, but they also have cocktails and wine in case either of you isn’t into beer. Lots of indoor/outdoor spaces and a free parking lot, which is getting harder to find in east Austin.
6. Tiki Tatsu-ya
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: a super cool and memorable tiki cocktail bar (honestly, a fully immersive experience!) from a great hospitality company. You’ll have to make reservations.
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: one of the best cocktail bars in Austin. Small, cozy, intimate, and has a really good food program, too if you want a bite to eat.
8. Easy Tiger
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: an Austin classic! They have a couple of locations around Austin, and they’re all casual and chill, with lots of beverage options, and plenty of indoor/outdoor seating.
9. Aviary Wine Bar
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: one of the best wine bars in Austin! A really chic, beautiful bar in case you just want to grab a pair of bar stools, some indoor tables, and outdoor patio dining.
12. The Roosevelt Room
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: if you’re looking for a downtown Austin bar for your first date spot, Roosevelt Room has incredible cocktails. It’s a dark and intimate space, and the downtown location is incredibly convenient.
14. Higher Ground
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: a very unique, “church”-themed bar in downtown Austin including stained glass windows and cocktails based on the seven deadly sins.
15. Kinda Tropical
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: if you’re going for a more casual/laid-back vibe for your first date, Kinda Tropical in east Austin is a winner. They have delicious bar food/snacks and some really great cocktails, plus a giant outdoor patio in case your date is on a nice summer evening.
16. Seven Grand
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: if your date is a whisky drinker, impress them with this downtown Austin bar, which has one of the most robust selections of whisky in Austin. And if they’re more into mezcal, Seven Grand is connected to the bar next door….
17. Las Perlas
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: Located next to Seven Grand (connected by a courtyard with an amazing taco stand called Asador - definitely get one of those!), Las Perlas has a huge selection of mezcal. Whether you’re a mezcal pro or you just want to learn more about it on your date, Las Perlas is sure to impress.
18. The Driskill Bar
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: iconic, classic, and cozy with dark wood and leather finishing, The Driskill Bar is a great place to meet up for a first date in Austin. While the cocktail program isn’t quite as interesting as some of the other exceptional cocktail bars listed here (DrinkWell, Garage, and Roosevelt Room, among others), you can get good classics.
19. Upstairs At Caroline
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: is your date on a beautiful evening in Austin? You should go to Upstairs at Caroline. It’s located in the Aloft Hotel on the second floor, and it has an open-air concept so you can enjoy the night air while you’re also enjoying cocktails at a fun downtown bar. They have bar games and brisket tacos, too.
20. Half Step
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: want a fun date spot on Rainey Street? Half Step has incredible cocktails, a cozy indoor space, and a nice outdoor patio.
21. APT 115
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: slightly more hidden than some of the really popular/crowded wine bars in Austin, but APT 115 is absolutely exceptional. They source unique bottles of wine, and the entire wine bar is designed to feel like you’re inside someone’s apartment unique (albeit a beautifully decorated one with servers who bring you food and wine…)
22. Wanderlust Wine
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: serve-yourself wine bar so it’s slightly interactive as well as a good way for each person on the date to get whatever style of wine/cider they prefer.
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: this beautiful french gastropub near the UT campus is anything but a college bar! A great beer list, beautiful cocktails, and delicious food, and the space are cozy and dark and absolutely perfect for a first date.
26. P6 at The LINE Hotel
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: this rooftop bar in the LINE hotel has one of the best views in Austin, overlooking Lady Bird Lake.
27. Midnight Cowboy
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: Midnight Cowboy is such a fun experience! Make reservations to get the secret door to enter this speakeasy on Sixth Street. They bring a bar cart to your table and make the cocktails right in front of you.
30. Goldie’s Sunken Bar
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: although it’s a hotel lobby bar, Goldie’s feels like one of the hottest bars in the city. The bar will often be 3 people deep on a Saturday night, so expect a crowd!
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: casual, chill, and some of the best beer in the city. The outdoor beer garden is a wonderful spot for a conversation.
33. De Nada Cantina
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: a fun taco spot in east Austin with legit Mexican tacos, great margaritas, and a really fun vibe.
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: no reservations necessary! Loro is a counter-service Asian smokehouse with crazy good food, fun cocktails, and a lively atmosphere - great for a first date.
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: some of the best modern Thai food in Austin, a rooftop view of downtown Austin, and excellent beverages. The entire restaurant is beautiful and romantic and makes a lovely dinner meeting spot for your first date.
37. Juliet Italian Kitchen
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: Italian food is a great option for first dates! There are two locations: one on Barton Springs Rd and one in north Austin.
38. Lin Asian Bar
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: really intimate, unique, and one of the all-time best restaurants in Austin. (The soup dumplings are out of this world.) Be sure to make reservations far in advance, though.
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: this upscale Mexican restaurant in east Austin has shareable plates (aww! cute!) and great margaritas. If you haven’t been yet, there’s nothing like a first date to check out one of the best restaurants in Austin.
40. Joann’s Fine Food
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: SOCO is fun and casual enough for an afternoon or evening meet-up, and Joann’s Fine Food is a really cool, retro spot to grab a cocktail and a bite to eat and enjoy the sidewalk cafe.
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: truly one of the most beautiful Mediterranean restaurants in Austin. Try to make a reservation for the outdoor patio, if possible.
41. Kome Sushi Kitchen
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: if you and your date are both into sushi, Kome is a perfect spot for your first meeting. It’s cozy and comfortable (made to mimic a Japanese kitchen), and the prices are very reasonable.
43. Hank’s Austin
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: the all-day eatery, so whether you’re going for coffee, weekend brunch, happy hour, dinner, or drinks at the bar, Hank’s fits the bill. Oh, and it’s a beautiful space in a part of Austin that doesn’t have very many restaurants.
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: nothing more romantic than one of those little patio tables at June’s, a great bottle of wine, and some delicious food. It feels like you’re in a Parisian cafe.
45. Wax Myrtle’s at The Thompson Hotel
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: a rooftop bar is a really fun way to impress your date, and Wax Myrtle’s has good food, good drinks, and good views.
46. Odd duck
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: it’s a tried-and-true Austin classic, and there’s a reason why this farm-to-table restaurant in Austin is consistently fully booked.
47. Dip Dip Dip Tatsu-ya
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: shabu-shabu makes a very fun date experience! It’s interactive (you have to dip the meat into your bowl of steaming broth to cook it), so it’s perfect if you’re a bit anxious about holding a conversation for a full date.
48. Local Foods
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: if your date wants a healthier option that’s still absolutely stunning, head to Local Foods in downtown Austin. Micael Hsu Architecture designed the two-story dining room, and it’s absolutely beautiful. And even though everything is super fresh and locally sourced (lots of salads and yummy sandwiches here), they have wine and beer, so it can still feel like an actual date instead of a casual lunch.
49. Fixe Southern House
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: a beautiful, upscale, modern southern restaurant in the heart of downtown Austin. (Get the biscuits.)
50. Maie Day
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: Maie Day just feels fun! It’s a chop house with locally sourced steaks, shareable sides, and killer cocktails. If you didn’t make a reservation, you’ll probably be able to snag two bar stools.
51. Clark’s Oyster Bar
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: Clark’s is sophisticated and intimate, and fun. Whether it’s martinis and raw oysters for happy hour, or a full dinner with a bottle of wine and lobster rolls, Clark’s is a great option for a first date.
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: this award-winning New American restaurant in east Austin is an excellent spot to impress your date with your appreciation of the Austin food scene. The outdoor patio is really fun in the warm months.
53. Hillside Farmacy
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: one of Austin’s favorite farm-to-table restaurants in east Austin. It’s especially great for brunch.
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: Go to Epicerie for brunch! It’s small and unique, they have excellent French food, and the tiny patio is oh-so-cute.
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: looking for a beautiful restaurant in Austin for a date? Go to Mattie’s. A historic mansion, peacocks roaming the grounds, excellent southern food, and iconic cocktails (talking about the punch.)
56. Home Slice Pizza
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: Sure, it’s a really casual spot, but Home Slice is a great option for a first date because you can get excellent cocktails here at the north location (the SOCO location has wine/beer), and pretty much everyone loves pizza.
58. Foreign and Domestic
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: one of the most charming neighborhood restaurants in Austin! Great for a full dinner date if that’s what you’re looking for.
59. El Naranjo
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: James Beard Award-winning chef Iliana de la Vega, El Naranjo is one of the top choices for interior Mexican cuisine in Austin. The restaurant is beautiful and calm, the service is exceptional, and the food will wow you.
Why it’s a good option: a fun spot for outdoor dining (that SOCO patio!), or a fun bar where you can pop in for a coastal cocktail and some raw oysters.
63. Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: you just can’t beat this view! Mozart’s dock on Lake Austin is one of the most beautiful spots for a first date in Austin.
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: the coffee shop itself is pretty small (only about 4 tables inside), but step out to the South Congress Hotel courtyard, and you can enjoy your coffee and pastries at one of the outdoor tables. They have some of the best pastries in the entire city, btw.
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: their coffee and pastries are amaaaazing, and if the date is going great and you want to prolong it, their food program is awesome. Grab some brunch or lunch here and enjoy it in their charming outdoor space.
66. Cuvee Coffee Bar
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: a great little spot in east Austin because they not only serve coffee (try the cold brew), but they also have a beer bar with local beer on tap. It has an industrial feel to it, and Cuvee is within walking distance of several other fun east Austin restaurants and bars.
67. Carpenter Coffee Bar
Why it’s a good option: cozy and cute, really good coffee, and you could easily get a latte from this coffee shop and walk across the street to Lady Bird Lake.
68. Houndstooth Lamar
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: Houndstooth is consistently considered one of the best coffee shops in Austin. The Lamar location has a handful of indoor and outdoor tables, so you should be able to snag one for your date.
69. Spokesman Coffee
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: a fun coffee shop located at The Yard in south Austin. The spokesman also serves beer later in the date.
70. Merit Coffee
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: excellent coffee + pastries at multiple locations in Austin. The S Lamar Merit gets pretty crowded inside, but the front deck often has a couple of tables available.
71. Medici Roasting
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: Medici has lots of locations, but the Medici Roasting in east Austin at Springdale General is a fun spot for dates because it’s a large indoor space that has lots of tables, lots of parking, and great coffee. An easy spot to have a conversation.
73. Southaus Coffee
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: there aren’t a lot of really good coffee shops in far south Austin, but Stouthaus is one of the few options. They also have a beer!
75. Thunderbird Coffee
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: super iconic Austin coffee shop on Manor with a fun outdoor yard space where you can enjoy your latte and strike up a convo.
76. Juan Pelota Cafe
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: as far as downtown Austin coffee shops go, Juan Pelota is one of the most unique: it’s located inside a bike shop!
77. Alfred Coffee at The LINE
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: Alfred Coffee itself is just a tiny shop inside the lobby of The LINE hotel, but once you get your coffee you can take it outside the hotel where there’s a path down to Lady Bird Lake. Enjoy your latte while you walk under the Congress bridge.
78. Codependent Coffee & Cocktails
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: want coffee? Check. Want cocktails? Check. Want a gorgeous, trendy space? Check.
80. Brew and Brew
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: it feels equally bar-like as it does coffee shop-like, so Brew and Brew is a perfect idea for your first date in Austin, no matter what time of day it is.
81. Lazarus Brewing Co
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: ditto to Brew and Brew, Lazarus has really good coffee and really good beer + tacos. It’s a fun spot to go at any time of the day. Expect a quieter space in the early part of the day, and then as the evening rolls around, it tends to get pretty loud/crowded (which is often a better date environment, anyway.)
84. Alamo Drafthouse
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: all Drafthouse locations are located near bars and restaurants, so you can start off with a drink before heading to a movie.
87. Continental Club
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: if this date goes well, for the rest of your lives, you’ll be able to say your first date was at the Continental Club, which is pretty cool.
88. Punch Bowl Social
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: they have a little bit of everything here, so you can enjoy some bowling, mini golf, karaoke, or other games, in addition to cocktails and food.
89. Yard Bar
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: do you and your date have dogs? Go to Yard Bar! Get burgers at Fat City Stacks and then play with the pups at one of Austin’s favorite dog-friendly bars.
91. Violet Crown
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: Violet Crown cinema has excellent food, craft cocktails, and local craft beer on tap, and you can enjoy your food and BEVs in the lobby restaurant space or bring them into the theater. They tend to show more indie-focused movies, but you can see mainstream stuff here, too.
92. Little Brother Bar + Walk on SOCO
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: grab a kolache and cappuccino at this cute walk-up window on South Congress and then stroll the shops while you talk.
93. Bouldin Acres
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: if you want a more interactive date experience, head to Bouldin Acres and book a pickleball court! They have burgers, tacos, cocktails, and other bar food and lawn games.
94. Seasonal: trail of lights
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: while it’s only around for December, Trail of Lights is a really sweet first date idea. Walk the trail, enjoy some hot cocoa and kettle corn, and soak up the magic of Christmas on your first date.
95. Seasonal: Gibson Street Bar for Halloween or Christmas
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: Gibson Street Bar goes all out for the holidays, so if your first date is in October or December, keep this place in mind! Fun holiday decor and seasonal cocktails.
96. See the bats under the congress bridge
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: it’s not incredibly taxing or interactive, but it gives you something to do/a place to meet where you can talk, walk the late, and then maybe head to get a drink.
97. Walk Around The Lake With A Coffee
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: a few places mentioned above that are good for this: Carpenter Coffee Bar and Alfred Coffee at The LINE.
99. Hike the greenbelt
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: it’s a pretty short hike to get to one of the swimming holes, where you can perch on a rock and chat, jump in for a quick swim, or continue walking the trail.
100. Hang out in Zilker Park
Why it’s good for a first date in Austin: bring a cute picnic and some local craft beers and hang out in the park. Literally nothing more Austin-y than that.
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