12 Lubbock Date Night Ideas to Try This Month
As much as I love discovering what’s new in the “Hub City,” I’m guilty of frequently falling into date-night ruts. While my go-to restaurants are my favorite spots for a reason, sometimes it’s a little more fun to experience something new with your significant other. Whether you and your date are adventurous, artsy, foodies or laidback, we’ve got you covered with ideas for date night.
No matter what time of year it is, 4ORE! Golf should be on your list for date night. Golf pro or not, this high-tech, 52,000-square-foot facility is perfect for a couple who likes to get a little competitive. Up to six people can play in each climate-controlled tee box, so consider meeting up with another couple and choosing your favorite simulated game.
Lubbock Lake Landmark
It might be more of a “date day” than a date night, but a trip to Lubbock Lake Landmark features everything an outdoorsy couple needs. Take a hike with breathtaking scenery, or spend an afternoon learning about the thousands of years’ worth of history here.
Bonus idea: Be adventurous in a different way by trying out new flavors of your favorite sweets at Holly Hop Ice Cream Shoppe. Not only can you find a plethora of ice cream and soda flavors at this “Hub City” favorite, the 1950s-style sweets shop also has a fun, retro atmosphere inside.
First Friday Art Trail
There’s no date night in Lubbock quite like First Friday Art Trail, a monthly event where the Cultural District takes on a life of its own. On the first Friday of every month, you can explore ever-changing exhibits, meet local artists, listen to live music, try out a new food truck and much more. LHUCA, Charles Adams Studio Project and Tornado Gallery are just a few of the must-see venues on the self-guided trail.
Museum of Texas Tech University
From dinosaur fossils to contemporary sculptures, the Museum of Texas Tech University has more than 7 million objects that are sure to impress you and your significant other. New exhibits regularly join the museum’s already expansive collection. While you’re on the Texas Tech campus, don’t forget to take a tour of the university’s extensive Public Art Collection, which has dozens of pieces spread throughout and was named one of the top 10 public art collections in the nation by Public Art Review.
Bonus idea: Take a drive to Ransom Canyon to check out Robert Bruno’s Steel House. Between the awe-inspiring views and the massive steel structure, you and your date will have plenty to talk about. If you have visited Texas Tech, the Steel House may look familiar: A steel sculpture, relocated in 2015 to outside the Architecture building, was Bruno’s inspiration for the house.
Cocina de La Sirena
Located in Cactus Alley Courtyard, Cocina de La Sirena offers a Latin flair for your perfect foodie date. While the menu changes seasonally, the delicious flavors you’ll find in this distinctive restaurant are available year-round. After you share a plate of tapas and order Mermaid Water, explore the rest of Cactus Alley’s shopping and food options.
The West Table Kitchen & Bar
What date night list would be complete without The West Table? A downtown staple, The West Table offers a constantly rotating menu to ensure your meal is fresh and delectable. From the appetizers to dessert, this first-class eatery will have you and your date already planning another visit. Before dinner, grab a cup of joe at The Coffee Shop, also located in the historic Pioneer Building.
Bonus idea: Try some of the best barbecue in the state at Evie Mae’s Pit Barbecue. Ranked No. 9 in Texas by Texas Monthly, Evie Mae’s food and atmosphere make it a can’t-miss destination for lunch. For more ideas, our Foodie Favorites blog archive showcases our top picks for appetites of all kinds.
Stars & Stripes Drive-in Theatre
Lubbock’s only drive-in movie theater is both a classic and unique date. At Stars & Stripes Drive-in Theatre, you can kick back with your date during a double feature and watch two new movies in the comfort of your own vehicle. For an extra dose of the good ol’ days, check out the 1950s-style café located on site.
Found in the Depot Entertainment District, The Garden is as laidback as it gets. Lubbock’s first beer garden does not disappoint with its wide variety of drink options. You and your date can play life-sized patio games or hang out at one of the many seating areas. Did I mention it’s dog-friendly? And, starting in December, this outdoor venue will transform into a winter wonderland when it launches Lubbock’s only ice skating rink.
Bonus idea: The “Hub City” is home to more than 75 parks, many of which have picnic areas and other amenities. Watching the sunset at Tech Terrace Park (23rd Street and Flint Avenue) or taking a walk at Mackenzie Park (301 I-27) are just a couple ways to peacefully unwind with your date.
To make the most of your date night, be sure to check www.visitlubbock.org/events to stay up to date on the latest “Hub City” happenings. Let us know your favorite “Hub City” date spots by using #LiveLoveLubbock!