Whether you plan to enjoy some drinks, dinner, a show – or any combination of the three – there are plenty of wonderful places to relish a fabulous date night in Lakewood and the surrounding Dallas area. Let’s begin with scoping out excellent bars to enjoy some pre-dinner libations.
Ideas for date night in Lakewood
Start the evening with a cocktail at the casual yet classy Libertine Bar
. This local gastropub offers patrons a relaxed atmosphere in which to savor sophisticated bar fare (served late) and an array of beer and spirits. Each week, they feature two special cocktails; offerings have included the Chocolate Maple Old Fashioned and the Brooklyn, a cocktail prepared with Old Overholt Rye Whiskey, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Amaro, and Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur.
Featured spirits include Transcontinental Rum Line Fiji 2014 and Lone Elm Small Batch Texas Whiskey, aged in American oak barrels and made from local red winter wheat and filtered rainwater. If you are somewhat of a cocktail connoisseur or you’re looking to impress your date with phenomenal drinks, the Libertine Bar is the spot for you.
Secondly, Times Ten Cellars
is a posh winery and wine bar that works with Texas and California vineyards to source and produce unique, approachable wines. Their Prospect Avenue location features a tasting room, lounge, and patio to savor their small production wines. Wine flight options include Classic Reds, Flight of Fancy, Crisp & Clean, and Texas-Born, giving every discerning wine enthusiast an arrangement they can get behind. All flights are two-ounce pours, and you’ll likely find one you love and end up sharing a bottle in the lounge. If you and your partner want to snack on something, order a cheese board or Mediterranean assortment to pair with your wine tasting.
Bodega Wine Bar
provides a warm ambiance as an intimate spot suitable for pre-dinner drinks. Boasting a cozy fireplace and an extensive selection of bottles, Bodega is an ideal destination to share some wine, cheese, charcuterie, and laughs with your favorite person. Alternatively, the ambiance is so inviting and approachable that you could easily come here for a casual first or second date.
For a more luxurious setting to delight in signature cocktails and classic bar fares, head to The Library Bar
. This bar has been touted as “the Top Place to Sip and Sup” by the Wall Street Journal, “Best Bar in the Greatest City on Earth” by Maxim magazine, and one of the best “Seduction Spots for America’s Best Bars” by Playboy magazine — it’s clear The Library Bar is a must-visit! Signature cocktails include the Warwick International with Yamazaki Whiskey, the Aviation made with #3 London Dry Gin, and South of the Border featuring Tres Generaciones Blanco Tequila. The newly revamped bar menu includes various shareable plates and new dinner favorites, like the heirloom tomato napoleon and crab cannoli. Given the elegant environment and fabulous drinks, you’ll likely opt to stay for dinner!
Rosewood Hotels presents The Mansion Restaurant
— a contemporary American restaurant with French flair. The freshest local ingredients are used to prepare the refined and approachable menu, teeming with dishes boasting bold flavors. Start date night by sharing some decadent black truffle risotto and half a dozen oysters. Be sure to order the Japanese A5 wagyu striploin or the seared diver scallops so that you can sample both delectable entrees.
What could be more romantic than feeding your love a taste of exquisite, tender Japanese wagyu? The sheer elegance and allure of The Mansion doesn't stop there, as their wine selection is so impressive they won Wine Spectator’s 2021 Best of Award of Excellence. If all of the plates sound too delicious, and you’re having trouble deciding what to eat, opt for the chef’s seasonal tasting menu — they even have a pre-fixe menu for Valentine’s Day!
St. Martin's Wine Bistro
is also an excellent date night destination. They have perfected the art of dining by combining innovative style with chic European sophistication, elegant decor, and attentive service. This French restaurant features exceptional culinary creations inspired by traditional favorites, a wine list comprising over 200 different options with an extensive by-the-glass selection, live piano bar entertainment, and complimentary valet services. St. Martin’s genuinely possesses everything you need to create a beautiful and memorable evening with your sweetheart.
If you and your partner have an insatiable craving for red meat, reserve a table at Knife
. This highly anticipated restaurant was created by nationally acclaimed James Beard-nominated “Top Chef” contestant Chef John Tesar. Recently named “Best Steakhouse” in Dallas, Texas, by D Magazine, you’ll indeed savor a melt-in-your-mouth chop here.
The fares at Knife meld classic and modern steakhouse dishes featuring all-natural born and raised Texas beef, pork, and lamb in dry-aged prime cuts prepared in cast irons and customary steakhouse broilers. Additional specialty cuts include flat irons, Wagyu skirt steak, tri-tip, culotte, beef cheeks, pork belly, oxtail, pigs head, and exotic Akaushi beef. They offer signature cocktails, local, craft, and imported beers, and a 300+ label wine list with a Sommelier on staff nightly to assist you with finding the exact wine to compliment your hearty steakhouse dinner.
Finally, Fearing's Restaurant
offers elevated American fares with bold flavors, created by a James Beard Award-winning chef, restaurateur, kitchen designer, country recording artist, and best-selling cookbook author, Dean Fearing. As one of the most popular restaurants in Texas, travelers, locals, celebrities, and sports stars frequent Fearing’s Restaurant.
The culinary team serves some seriously sumptuous and inventive dishes like the Lone Star surf and turf carpaccio and lobster coconut bisque featuring Thai pork dumplings, sizzling lemongrass-scented fried rice, and sweet soy caramel. Main courses range from maple/black peppercorn-soaked buffalo tenderloin to pan-seared sea scallops with acorn squash/sorghum puree. For the ultimate indulgence, add some seared foie gras to your meal — you won’t regret it! This is an excellent date night destination for a couple of foodies.
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If you and your love have an affinity for great cocktails, live jazz, blues, and R&B, you must check out The Balcony Club
. This cozy and intimate venue is ideal for sipping a couple of drinks while you delight in some lyrical stylings by local, regional, and international musicians.
To quote USA Today: “As the saying goes, sometimes the best things come in small packages, which is undoubtedly the case with this intimate jewel of a jazz joint. And what this laid-back watering hole lacks in square footage, it more than makes up for in ambiance, not to mention live music -- which is served up seven nights a week. The club's repertoire features both local and national jazz artists as well as everything from R&B to soul, funk, classic rock, and even country."
Additionally, the Granada Theater
is an independently owned and operated Dallas Landmark, providing Dallas with endless entertainment since 1946. Decked out in Art-Deco decor, the original paint was restored to highlight the 75-year-old hand-painted murals and original details. Easily one of Dallas’ best live music venues, current owners Mike Schoder and Julia Garton have channeled their love of live music into this intimate, diverse theater. Catch the latest and greatest music acts at Granada Theater on your next night out on the town.
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