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Date Night Ideas for Columbia, SC

With its mix of tranquil nature, artsy vibe, and lively cosmopolitan, South Carolina’s capital provides a wide range of things to do for people of all ages and types. When it comes to date night, living in Columbia, SC means you’ve got lots of options.

This city is riddled with romantic spots that are sure to help light that spark while ensuring a good time, including these options.

Sunset Watching and a Concert at West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater

The 3.5-mile system of boardwalks along the Congaree River in the West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater are ideal for strolling hand-in-hand enjoying the picturesque views. If you time it right it you can walk along the river while enjoying a sunset, with glorious colors splashed behind the downtown skyline. 

There are often concerts held here like the free Rhythm on the River series that make it easy to enjoy to extend your time for the complete date night. 

A Romantic Dinner Out

Some of the best restaurants in Columbia offer the perfect romantic dinner out, with everything from farm-to-table southern classics to traditional Italian. 

Halls Chophouse offers gorgeous views and an elegant atmosphere for dining on New American fare paired with fine wines from across the globe. The impressive menu features items like locally raised trout, 28-day dry aged steaks, and Japanese Wagyu filets with decadent desserts to finish. Live music can be enjoyed every night, with jazz hosted on select evenings.

Or head to Ristorante Divino in historic Congaree Vista to enjoy five-star, authentic Northern Italian cuisine in an atmospheric setting. 

Catch a Classic at the Nickelodeon Theatre

On historic Main Street you’ll find the only independent movie theater in Columbia, the Nickelodeon. It’s the perfect place to fall in love with a classic film all over again, and with each other while sipping a glass of Cabernet. Afterward, head to The Roof Top Lounge to cap off the evening with a panoramic view of the sparkling lights of the city. 

Axe Throwing and Game Night

While it might sound like one of the more bizarre activities you can do together, couples who’ve been there and done that, enjoy a little friendly competition, and are looking to do something different should consider Craft Axe Throwing. This unique trend can also be a great first date when you want to avoid awkward conversations. It’s just like throwing darts only on a larger scale. 

After you’ve slung like Vikings, end the night with games at Transmission Arcade. Open until 2 a.m. every day except Sunday, this classic arcade and bar on Main Street downtown has pinball machines and more than two dozen arcade games.

Take a Cooking Class

By taking a cooking class, you might learn how to make your favorite dishes for each other for future date nights. Let’s Cook Culinary Studio provides this ideal hands-on, shared experience that allows you to prepare items under the guidance of a professional chef.

Final Door Escape

One of the most fun and interactive things to do in Columbia, SC is to take part in a Final Door Escape Game. It’s the top-rated escape room in the city with rooms for all ages. It can be a test of your relationship, however, as you’ll need to work together to find clues, solve puzzles, and ultimately try to escape the room.

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