Recently I found myself wrapped up in one of those fleeting moments of self-empowerment, tickled by a craving for adventure.Interested in re-entering the dating pool, but also daunted by how exhausting the process can be, I decided the only way to start dating was to cannon ball in.Radio Coffee & Beer took three of Austin’s favorite things and combined them: good coffee, craft beer and live music.This South Austin treasure has a little something for everyone.Throw in incredible handmade pasta, live theatre, trivia nights and classy cocktails, and you’ve got the perfect date destination.
Don’t forget there are half-price pastries daily from This Sixth Street bakery and beer garden is easily one of the top first date spots in the city, so it certainly warrants a mention.If you don’t know the person well, stick with drinks under the moonlight. But behind Metier Cook’s Supply and the Lenior dining room (which serves a delicious menu nightly) sits a fenced-off back patio that screams date night.Want to impress them, but not dent your wallet too badly? A giant oak tree strewn with paper lanterns stretches its arms over wood and stone picnic tables.Going to Mozart’s is like having a lake party without the cost of a yacht. If it’s Christmas time, take in the famous light show.It will definitely add a spark to your romantic evening.A first date over drinks is a time-honored tradition. If after one drink you decide you aren’t right for each other, you simply take a last sip, pay out and say your amicable goodbyes.If you are connecting, you can hit up the inevitable restaurant close by.At Cafe Monet, you and your date can each decorate something that will last. If it doesn’t last, at least you got a cool mug out of the deal!The recently-relocated giant crafting studio, CRAFT, makes for a great date destination.Stay for a glass or wine or share appetizers, like a thick slice of bread covered in heirloom tomato bruschetta with feta and basil.It feels like a little-known secret tucked away right off First Street.