Amour in Austin: Date Night in The Domain

Top 10 Ideas for Date Night at Domain NORTHSIDE

No matter the season, love is in the Austin air. Whether yours is a new relationship, has been around for a while or has seen the decades come and go, you’ll find that Domain NORTHSIDE — Austin’s northern mecca for retail, restaurants, relaxation and revelry — is as diverse as the people who come to add a page or two to their love story.

When it’s time for romance, plan your next atypical date night at the best of the best in The Domain.

BEST FUN + GAMES

Photo courtesy of Topgolf International | Archer Hotel Austin
Photo courtesy of Topgolf International

Aiming to improve your love connection? Get into the swing and give Topgolf® a shot. Choose from several types of golfing games in the climate controlled hitting bays — a little competition in love can be fun. Or try your hand at 18-hole miniature golf or the batting cages. A full-service restaurant and bar serve up delightful options for noshing and an outdoor patio with fire pits can, well, fuel the romantic fire.

BEST LAID-BACK VIBE

Photo courtesy of Culinary Dropout | Amour in Austin: Date Night in The Domain | Archer Hotel Austin
Photo courtesy of Culinary Dropout

If there’s one place in Austin that’s unfussy, entertaining and tasty all at once, it’s Culinary Dropout. Classic sharable favorites include soft pretzels and provolone fondue, cheddar & potato pierogies, hummus and hot wings. The Crispy Shrimp Caesar Salad is one of the best around, and the 36-hour pork ribs are rockin’ hot on several levels. Be there to hear a local band play, or play with your significant other: Try your hand at table tennis or cornhole — you just may win in love.

BEST WAY TO UNWIND

Photo courtesy of Viva Day Spa | Amour in Austin: Date Night in The Domain | Archer Hotel Austin
Photo courtesy of Viva Day Spa

One way to ease into date night in The Domain is to let it all go with a Delicious Duet Couples Spa Package at Viva Day Spa. This package includes two 75-minute, detoxifying Swedish massages, Oh So Coconut-Vanilla body wraps, full-body dry brush exfoliation and warm sugar foot scrubs, plus a sauna with cool peppermint towels, hot herbal steam towel treatments, warm coco butter hand hydration treatments and Viva Magic scalp treatments. All of this deliciousness is served up with hot spiced chai and chocolates, and you’ll take home a natural-bristle dry brush.

BEST WAY TO GET THINGS COOKIN’

A good meal is the way to anyone’s heart, really. Why not take it a step further and learn how to create a memorable meal together at Sur la Table for your date night in The Domain? These hands-on classes teach you techniques, as well as recipes, in approximately two hours, and you get to enjoy generous tastes of your creations. Participants receive a coupon for 10 percent off in-store purchases the day of the class. Classes have included Date Night: Italian Feast, Holiday Tamales, Romantic Fall Dinner and Homemade Cannoli Workshop; check the Sur la Table website for specific classes.

BEST SWANKY EATS

Photo courtesy of Sway
Photo courtesy of Sway

Once you’ve built up an appetite, don’t settle for anything bland. Head over to Sway, an Australian-style Thai restaurant (wonderfully weird, yes?) for traditional Thai cuisine with an inventive twist. The well-appointed two-story restaurant serves family-style dishes and specialty cocktails, making it a fab choice for double dates. The Rock Rose location offers the moo sway — a large Thai-style pork shoulder — but call 48 hours in advance to order this Domain-only dish.

BEST GELATO

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Photo courtesy of Frost Gelato

Made fresh daily in-store, Frost Gelato creates authentic Italian gelatos and sorbets — a delicious addition to date night in The Domain. Apart from the milk, sugar and fruit, Frost imports all of its ingredients from Italy. Also straight from the mother country, the modern gelato equipment and display cases give guests a bona fide feel of an Italian gelateria. The only problem? Choosing from the array of tempting flavors.

BEST DESSERT ON A STICK

Photo courtesy of Steel City Pops
Photo courtesy of Steel City Pops

Dessert may not be an everyday occurrence, but it’s the cool thing to do on date night, for sure. And by cool, we mean frozen-cold — think delicious customizable creamy, fruity and cookie pops from Steel City Pops, which are all-natural, gluten-free and made from fresh ingredients. Pop in and lick ’em plain or load ’em up with dipping options that change with the season. Just imagine: a sweet-tart cranberry orange pop dipped in white chocolate and dredged in lightly salted pistachios. Or pick a pop of the month — perfection.

BEST SHARABLE DESSERT

Second Bar + Kitchen at Archer Hotel Austin | Amour in Austin: Date Night in The Domain | Archer Hotel Austin
Second Bar + Kitchen at Archer Hotel Austin

A second, quite-romantic dessert option for date night in The Domain? Go for something delightful at Second Bar + Kitchen, inside Archer Hotel Austin. Whisper sweet nothings over a sharable plate of rocky road chocolate mousse or panna cotta upside down cake. Sample bites of tiramisu brownie or fruit cobbler bar. And savor sweet sips of Marchesi di Gresy la Serra Moscato d’Asti or linger longer over a Ferreira 20-year Tawny Port.

BEST NIGHTLIFE

The Rose Room is The Domain’s happening dance club, open 10 PM – 2 AM Friday – Sunday. In the heart of Rock Rose, the club has three levels of table service: a main dance floor and two upper balconies. VIP areas for those with reservations, hired dancers, plenty of special club effects, a lighted escalator, bottle service and raved-about service await.

BEST BREAKFAST IN BED

Archer’s King Suite — Archer Hotel Austin | Amour in Austin: Date Night in The Domain
Archer’s King Suite — Archer Hotel Austin

What feels as romantically indulgent as breakfast in a most-comfortable bed with the one you love? Archer thinks you deserve it. Pairing with chef David Bull’s acclaimed Second Bar + Kitchen, Archer’s team will deliver your breakfast of choice from the in-room dining menu 6:30 – 11 AM.

Start with a strawberry lavender scone or smoked salmon rillettes. Enjoy a classic Americano egg plate with hash-brown potato cakes and your choice of meat, or go for the crispy French toast (you know you want to) with strawberry-cream cheese filling and honey butter. And there’s no forgetting the steaming coffee and fresh juices to toast to the new morning — and to the two of you.

Let Archer be your host

When the two of you need even more time together, look to Archer — your consummate host —for suggestions on what to do for another date night in The Domain. Archer’s blog presents a range of activities and places to go in Austin, including “Beyond Shopping: Our 5 Favorite Things to Do at The Domain NORTHSIDE” and “Most Romantic Spots in Austin.” Music lovers should check out “Austin’s Best Live Music Venues” and those into art — and fabulous selfies — should peruse “The Weird, Wonderful and Colorful: Exploring Austin’s Street Art.

However you choose to spend your date night in The Domain, we hope that you thoroughly enjoy your time together.

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