Amour in Austin Date Night in The Domain Area
Updated January 2022
Top 10 things to do in Austin for a memorable evening
Skip the typical downtown Austin experience and opt instead for date night in the city’s premier lifestyle destination: The Domain and Domain NORTHSIDE. Austin’s northern mecca for retail, relaxation and revelry also plays host to incredible dining as diverse as the people who visit to add a page or two to their love story.
When it’s time for romance, plan your next date night — or weekend getaway in Texas — to enjoy the best of the best in the Domain neighborhood. Stay at Archer Hotel to relax afterward — or continue the celebration.
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 and Domain NORTHSIDE. 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 Date Night Idea for Fun + Games Near The Domain
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' for Your Austin Date Night
A good meal is the way to anyone’s heart. 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 Domain NORTHSIDE? These hands-on classes teach you techniques and recipes in approximately two hours, and you get to enjoy generous tastes of your creations. Classes have included an Italian feast, holiday tamales, a romantic fall dinner and homemade cannoli; check Sur la Table for the class calendar.
Participants receive a coupon for 10% off in-store purchases the day of the class. Stock up on supplies so that you and your partner can recreate the menu — and the romance — at home.
Best Date Night Idea With a Laid-back Vibe
Looking for chill things to do in Austin? Visit the most unfussy, entertaining and tasty spot in Domain NORTHSIDE: Culinary Dropout. Classic shareable favorites include soft pretzels and provolone fondue, cheddar & potato pierogies, hummus and hot wings. The Caesar with crispy shrimp 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 Nightlife in Domain NORTHSIDE
The Rose Room is the neighborhood’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 on Your Romantic Date Night in Austin
One way to ease into date night in the Domain neighborhood 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 to recreate the ahhh at home (or at neighboring Archer Hotel) with your love.
Best Austin Date Night Swanky Eats
Once you’ve built up an appetite, don’t settle for anything bland. Head 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.
Best Sweet Thing to Do in Austin: Gelato
Satisfy your honey’s sweet tooth with authentic Italian gelatos and sorbets made fresh daily in-store at Frost Gelato. 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. Choose from an array of tempting flavors to savor and share while wandering through Domain NORTHSIDE.
Best Classic Dessert in Domain NORTHSIDE
A second, on-the-go dessert option for date night in Austin? Go for something delightful at Sprinkles. Right across the street from Archer Hotel, 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 — their ATM serves freshly baked cupcakes and cookies 24/7, ideal for a date night that keeps on going.
Best Breakfast in Bed on Your Weekend Texas Getaway
Nothing is as romantically indulgent as breakfast in a most-comfortable bed with the one you love. Archer thinks you deserve it — especially after an exciting date night in Austin. Pairing with chef David Bull’s acclaimed Second Bar + Kitchen, Archer’s team delivers 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 smoked bacon, 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.
Make Archer Hotel Austin Your Romantic Date Night Home Base
However you choose to spend your date night (better yet — your weekend getaway with a stay at Archer) in The Domain neighborhood, we hope that you thoroughly enjoy your time together.