20 Date Night Ideas in Indianapolis

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Grab your Honey; it’s date night! Whether you want a chill night or an exciting night out on the town, it’s good to get out of the house sometimes–and be safe while you do it. Are you going out to celebrate something (dare we say, an engagement?), or perhaps just looking for some new places to venture out to? We all need a night out from time to time, which is why we created the perfect list of places for a date night around Indianapolis.

16-Bit Bar & Arcade


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If you’re in the mood for a nostalgic date night, don’t walk, run, on over to 16-Bit Bar & Arcade. This is your place for classic arcade games, an extensive cocktail list, and a fantastic beer menu! Unleash your inner child and play all night long. 


Gordon’s Milkshake Bar

Got a sweet tooth? Gordon’s Milkshake Bar is for you! Head on over to their Instagram to explore all their tasty, handcrafted options. You’ll want to spend some time looking at pictures because they’ve got it all. 


Michael’s Soul Kitchen

Grab some soul food at this swanky jazz club in the heart of downtown Indianapolis! Michael’s Soul Kitchen is the perfect spot for a romantic ambiance at a place that represents class, elegance, and sophistication!


The Garage Food Hall

The Garage is a new addition to the heart of Bottleworks District in Indy! They describe themselves as “the community hub for all things culinary, arts and entertainment.” The Garage is a great date night for a couple looking for options as they have various restaurant styles. 


The Biergarten at Rathskeller

The Rathskeller is reminiscent of both a quaint inn tucked in the Bavarian hills and a lively beer hall in Munich. The Biergarten at the Rathskeller is perfect for date night, where they hold events during the warmer months! Enjoy some German food and brews, live music, and fresh air in the Biergarten.


Gondola Ride on the Canal

It’s basically like you’re in Italy, but a little closer to home. Catch a gondola ride and enjoy the romance as a couple while you float down the canal in downtown Indianapolis. 


Bad Axe Throwing


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Take your date to Bad Axe Throwing after a long day or week. It’s therapeutic, really. This is the perfect place to (safely) experience the rush of axe throwing. You can even bring snacks and drinks with you!


Sub Zero

Sub Zero is just one of those places that you’ve got to try once. Head over to Sub Zero on Mass Ave, where you get to watch them make your ice cream through a unique process! There are plenty of flavors, and the location is an excellent setting. There are so many shops and restaurants around that you can head to before or after!


TeeJays Sweet Tooth

Speaking of a sweet tooth–have you ever heard of TeeJays? Whether you’re in the mood for a milkshake, ice cream, donut sandwich, they have it all! North of Indianapolis, TeeJays is the place where you can find something you’ve likely never had before! A must-try for you and your significant other on date night. You can even take it to a park to enjoy!


Tibbs Drive-In

A date night favorite of ours is heading out to the drive-in to enjoy a movie under the stars. You can even bring your pet if you want (which is the best bonus ever)! The concession stand is bursting at the seams where you can find all types of snacks to munch on while you enjoy movie(s).



Newfields is where you and your date can see inspiring works of art in the Indianapolis Museum of Art, stroll through lush gardens with a drink, and discover a 100-acre nature park. There is plenty to discover here for you and your date!


Jazz Kitchen


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This Jazz and Blues club offers live music nightly. If you’re looking for a cozy club to enjoy some music, this is your place to go! Not to mention they’ve got food and drinks, what more could you want?


Hotel Tango

Hotel Tango is a warehouse-style tasting room of a craft spirits distillery with stone & brick walls & a fireplace. The ambiance sets the mood for a romantic date night. It’s also the first combat-disabled, veteran-owned distillery in the U.S.A., which is so amazing!


Stroll Around Monument Circle

Looking for a chill night but still want to get out of the house? Head Downtown Indianapolis to Monument Circle for some fresh air. There are plenty of shops, activities, and places to pop-a-squat for some good conversation.


Speedway Indoor Karting

Buckle up for this date night adventure; things can get wild. If you want a competitive sporty date, this is your place to go.


Go Ape! Adventures

Are you looking to get your hands dirty? Take your date night to the next level at Go Ape! Adventures in Indianapolis. Located in eagle creek, this is the perfect place for an adventurous couple looking for a new date night activity in Indiana! They offer zip lining, obstacle courses, and more! Make sure to bring your hiking boots.


Penn & Beech Candle Co.

Penn & Beech is something all couples should experience if they can! What’s better than customizing your own candle to a scent that you love? Have some drinks and make candles while spending quality time together at this candle boutique & fragrance bar! Take the candle home and burn it as you enjoy a cuddled up movie night or game night!



Bluebeard is located just on the edge of Downtown Indianapolis. This place is known for their killer sharing plates and craft cocktails! Definitely a must go for any foodies looking for a new date night restaurant!


Order Out and Have a Picnic

A classic date for any couple. Picnics are so romantic, and the best part about them is that you can have one anywhere! There are so many parks around the Indianapolis area where you can park your car and venture to a picnic spot. Whether you’re around the IMA, Fort Harrison, Holliday Park, your options are endless.


Slippery Noodle

Slippery noodle is Indiana’s oldest, continually operated bar in the original building. How cool is that?! Enjoy some live music in multiple rooms, good food, drinks and, history. This is the perfect setting for a couple looking to catch some live music, and it’s right downtown!

We love being able to give you ideas on ways to celebrate your love, even if it is as simple as going on a date night. We hope these ideas help anyone looking for new ways to spice up their date night activities! Let us know if we’re missing any other date night ideas so we can add them to the list!




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