There’s nothing wrong with the ordinary dinner-and-a-movie routine—except for the fact that it’s ordinary. In Las Vegas, date night should be extraordinary. In a city built on delivering memorable experiences, even tried-and-true date ideas like cocktails or dessert can be downright dazzling.
The next time Friday rolls around and you’re looking to sweep that special someone off their feet, skip the whole popcorn and rom-com thing and try one of these local date night ideas:
Take a romantic stroll through Las Vegas history at The Neon Museum, a collection of vintage, restored neon signs. Guided tours are available, as are photo shoots for commemorating anniversaries and other occasions. Don’t miss the special “Brilliant” experience in the North Gallery, which uses projection mapping to reanimate 40 historic signs to sparkling effect.
Book a self-guided culinary tour of the sleek, upscale ARIA Las Vegas with Finger Licking Foodie Tours and indulge in three signature dishes (plus cocktails, VIP seating, and a virtual guide with information) at the resort’s most acclaimed restaurants. Options include Carbone, Bardot Brasserie, Jean Georges Steakhouse, and Catch.
For the best date ever, add on an after-dinner flight over the Las Vegas Strip with Maverick Helicopters.
Admit it—you’ve wondered what’s going on at the mysterious AREA15. Find out on your next date night by experiencing this immersive, off-Strip destination. Technically, AREA15 is a retail, dining, art, and entertainment space, but calling it that doesn’t do it justice. After all, where else can you play with an interactive light-up brain, throw axes, have cocktails in a neon forest, and buy strawberry cheesecake taffy?
No one does karaoke like the Las Vegas Strip. Whether you and your partner are American Idol hopefuls or hopelessly tone-deaf, you’ll feel like rock stars at KAMU Karaoke. Located at The Venetian, KAMU offers a swanky karaoke experience complete with bottle service, private luxury suites, award-winning food, and oh yes, thousands of songs for you to sing your heart out to.
Think golfing meets nightlife. A night at Topgolf Las Vegas is like a bunch of dates in one: You’ll hit a few balls, sip frozen Old Fashioneds, enjoy burgers, and take in sweeping views of the Strip. Golf game not so strong? Book a 60-minute lesson for two that includes drinks and an appetizer.
Impress your date with a night at a secret bar in Downtown Las Vegas: The Laundry Room, a speakeasy-style space inside Commonwealth. The intimate lounge makes for a romantic and exclusive evening. All you need is a reservation.
Poised high above the Las Vegas Strip on the 23rd floor, the Waldorf Astoria’s Tea Lounge offers an afternoon tea service that’s ornate without feeling stuffy. Make reservations (and grab a table close to the floor-to-ceiling windows), and enjoy your choice of loose leaf tea alongside seasonal scones, tea sandwiches, and dessert. For a very Vegas twist on the experience, upgrade with a bottle of sparkling wine.
Tucked away in Chinatown, Sweets Raku makes the kind of desserts you’ll want your camera for. Bring a date here for dessert and share a few meticulously crafted menu items from Chef Mio Ogasawara. Enjoy cream puffs, macaroons, sorbets, and more a la carte, or opt for a two-course dessert with a wine pairing. Fair warning: After dessert at Sweets Raku, you’re never going to want to go back to your usual post-dinner carton of ice cream.
In Las Vegas, nothing says romance like a 24-hour tiki bar. Think about it: the lights are low, the drinks are strong, and Martin Denny can be heard from the speakers. If tiki culture is your idea of true love, there’s nothing better than a date night at Frankie’s Tiki Room. The Downtown adjacent venue knows how to set a mood with its kitschy decor and tropical libations. Order classic island cocktails or specialty creations and take home your very own tiki mug.