Amour in Austin Date Night in The Domain
Updated January 2022
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 celebrated a few holidays 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 or Texas weekend getaway at the best of the best in The Domain.
THE MOST CONSUMMATE 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.”
BEST FUN + GAMES
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 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% 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 LAID-BACK VIBE
If there’s one place in Austin that’s unfussy, entertaining and tasty all at once, it’s Culinary Dropout. Classic shareable 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.
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 WAY TO UNWIND
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 SWANKY EATS
Once you’ve built up an appetite, don’t settle for anything bland. Head over to Joi, an Asian bistro bringing Southeastern Asian street cuisine to Domain NORTHSIDE. Serving such approachable dishes as ramen, chicken katsu and a diverse sushi selection in a shared-plates environment, Joi is a foodie lover’s delight. Phenomenal service, beautiful food (vegan options, too), tasty tiki drinks and cocktails — a great date-night spot in the heart of the buzzy neighborhood.
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 CLASSIC SWEETS
A second, on-the-go dessert option for date night in The Domain? Go for something delightful at Sprinkles. Right across the street from Archer, whisper sweet nothings to your SO while choosing your favorite freshly baked cupcakes, cookies, brownies and ice cream. Vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free options abound. And don’t worry about making it to the store before closing time — this ATM serves freshly baked cupcakes and cookies 24/7.
BEST BREAKFAST IN BED
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 7 – 11 AM.
Start with a cranberry-orange scone or caramel pecan cinnamon roll. Enjoy a classic Americano egg plate with hash brown potato cakes and your choice of steak, or go for the Lonestar breakfast tacos (you know you want to) or huevos ranchero Benedict. And there’s no forgetting the steaming coffee and juices to toast to the new morning — and to the two of you.
However you choose to spend your date night (better yet — your weekend getaway) in The Domain, we hope that you thoroughly enjoy your time together.