Downtown Living Now: Date Night

When eateries and entertainment venues are your next-door neighbors, date night is way easier (and frankly, more frequent). Just choose your own adventure.

The Date: Fancy
Step 1: Sip cocktails to the inimitable sound of live piano in the Art Deco glory of Orchids at Palm Court.

Step 2: Take in a show at Taft Theatre, and pending the weather, a quick sit in the P&G Gardens across the street.

Step 3: Dessert at Boca, where, if we may humbly suggest, you had better order the chocolate terrine…and the Buckeye candy bar. You’re splitting them. Or you’re each ordering two. Whatever. It’s fine.

The Date: Free
Number one killer of date nights: The desire to not spend cash. Not a problem. Start with a stroll along the riverfront, winding through International Friendship Park all the way to the oversized swings of Smale Riverfront Park.

Let your legs take a hiatus in Fountain Square with the frequent programming or people-watching as entertainment, depending on the season.

And have a nightcap of contemporary art at 21c Museum Hotel—the galleries are free and open 24/7.

The Date: Quirky
Start this one early in the five-story-stacks of Ohio Book Store, paying particular attention to the decades of old magazines downstairs.

We can’t think of a weirder downtown dinner experience than the Taco Bell Cantina (a.k.a., the fancy Taco Bell), so uh, go for it.

New on the CBD scene is The Garfield Theatre, a permanent home for the good people at Cincinnati World Cinema. Plan ahead, though: There are only about 150 seats available
for each screening.


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