Easy Columbus: Great dates

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Who knew Columbus could be such a romantic city? With endless restaurants, coffee shops and entertainment venues, the passion-inducing possibilities are infinite. Here are some of our favorite spots to bring a date.


1. Dinner and Games at Gameworks

2. Window Shopping at Easton Town Center

3. Dessert at Cosi

Since it opened 10 years ago, Easton Town Center has been a popular destination for Columbus natives and tourists alike. Start the evening at Gameworks, the one-stop shop for fun. Share a pizza before challenging your date to pool, darts and virtual bowling.

Cool down with a walk around Easton, browsing the 140-plus stores the outdoor mall has to offer. Finish up the night at Cosi, a cafe with great treats. Conjure up the great outdoors while roasting marshmallows over your own personal flame to create delicious S'mores.


1. Sunday Brunch at Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails

2. CATCO Matinee

3. Macarons at Pistacia Vera

Contrary to popular belief, there's plenty of fun to be had Downtown.

Start with brunch at Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails. The Gay Street restaurant serves interesting twists on comfort-food favorites. Try the Blue Ribbon Breakfast Skillet, starring Tip Top's famous pot roast.

Next, catch a matinee performance from the CATCO crew. The theater company produces buzzy new plays, American classics and original works at the Riffe Center. Show your student ID to get a reduced rate on tickets.

Wrap up the afternoon with coffee and sweets at Pistacia Vera, the dessert boutique famous for its Parisian-style macarons. The meringue sandwich cookies come in fun flavors like Pistachio, Meyer Lemon and Black Raspberry.

Short North

1. Gallery Hop

2. Ice Cream at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

3. Dancing at Skully's Music Diner

The Short North is packed with great date destinations, and Gallery Hop is a good way to check out all the art galleries, restaurants and boutiques. The Hop runs from 4-10 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month.

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. The Jeni's team serves up innovative options like Salty Caramel and Thai Chili, all made here in Columbus.

Complete the evening with some dancing at Skully's Music Diner. This High Street hot spot has live music almost every night of the week. If all that dancing makes you work up an appetite, Skully's offers a menu full of diner fare, including breakfast all day.

Heather Weekley is a junior at Otterbein College majoring in Broadcasting.

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