Romance on the Easton Side
Here at Easton Park, we like to play cupid, especially around the month of February. Whether you’re dating someone new or celebrating your silver anniversary, keep the romance alive with these fun date ideas:
If your romance is on the fresh side, nothing breaks the ice and gives you something to talk about like taking a class at Craft. An art room for adults, Craft offers workshops on everything from soap-making and screen-printing to macramé and sushi making. When school’s out, fetch some craft cocktails at Kitty Cohen’s where, weather permitting, you can put your feet in the pool (technically, it’s a fountain). If there’s no pop-up food at Kitty’s, warm up with a custom Neapolitan pizza at Bufalina and flirtatious convos about your next collaboration.
If you need pure wooing power, there’s no better option than Justine’s. Located in a funky-but-beautiful old house near 5th and Springdale, Justine’s makes you lose all track of time (and no, it’s not just the wine). Start with champagne or a Sazerac before diving into traditional French staples like Escargots, Steak Frites and Confit de Canard. When your bellies are full, take a Ride Austin over to Stay Gold. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see some of Austin’s finest live funk, jazz and soul music from one of the padded booths. Or maybe you’ll be too busy staring into your true love’s eyes…
Studies have shown that taking risks together builds bonds. And who doesn’t like getting strapped into a harness on a date? Not like THAT—we’re talking about a trip to the Austin Bouldering Project, Austin’s coolest rock climbing gym. Whether it’s your first time or you’re experienced at the art of belay, the team at ABP can get you geared up and on the wall before you know it (first-time visitors get free shoe rentals—whoohoo!). After you and your darling have worked up a sweat, grab some Bento Picnic to-go boxes. This food truck makes yummy-but-healthy meals that are perfect to take to McKinney Falls State Park for a picnic. Depending how much energy you have left, you can take a hike along Onion Creek or just plop down and enjoy the beauty of the falls. Bring a blanket, and if you time things right, you can squeeze in a few hours of stargazing before the park closes at 10 p.m.
Honky Tonk Date
Kick off the night at Chicon, where the restaurant’s ranch chic concept is reflected in the leather-and-wood decor and the locally sourced proteins You and your honey should share a bunch of the snacks—don’t miss the pretzel or the fried Brussels sprouts—and split a main like the Stuffed Texas Quail or the Fried Chicken Sandwich (they had us at smoked bacon fat mayo). Next, work off those eats and get a little closer with two-stepping at the White Horse. You’ll find amazing live music almost every night of the week, plus free two-step lessons on Saturdays. Yeehaw!