One of the coldest months of the year calls for some hot coffee and an indoor venue for date night. Visit The Roasterie for one of the establishment’s complimentary tours, which are given daily. Learn about cupping, roasting, and blending processes, and sample coffee at the end of the tour. The Roasterie is located at 6223 Brookside Blvd., Kansas City, MO, 64113.
Date night destination: February
Cozy up for cocktails at the Green Lady Lounge, a happening venue with a romantic ambiance that hosts live music by local jazz musicians nightly. Green Lady Lounge offers a variety of great cocktails, which can be sipped at the two-top tables near the front or in a comfy, intimate booth. Green Lady Lounge is located at 1809 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO, 64108.
Date night destination: March
Flash back to some of your earlier date nights at Up-Down, an arcade-bar hybrid that offers over 50 arcade games from the ‘80s and ‘90s, life-size Jenga and Connect Four, pinball machines, skee-ball, and Nintendo and Sega games. Each game only costs 25 cents. The drink menu at Up-Down includes an extensive craft beer selection with over 50 beers on tap — plus bottles and cans — and cocktails also inspired by the ‘80s and ‘90s. Up-Down is located at 101 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108.
Date night destination: April
A super fun and popular date night destination is Top Golf, a top-notch entertainment venue that offers climate-controlled hitting bays where players of all skill levels can practice their swing. There is also a rooftop beer garden, a wide variety of food and signature drinks, and lots of indoor games, including pool, arcade games, and shuffleboard. Top Golf is open from 9 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Top Golf is located at 10611 Nall Avenue, Overland Park, KS, 66207.
Date night destination: May
There's no better way to enjoy the beauty of spring with your sweetie than by visiting a garden full of flowers. Take in the breathtaking sights of acres of beautifully landscaped blooms at Powell Gardens via a casual walk or a relaxing sit. Perfect for an early before-dinner outing or a day date, this sanctuary is less than an hour from Kansas City. Powell Gardens is located at 1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, MO, 64061. The garden is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May to September (and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m October to April).
Date night destination: June
Kick off the summer together at one of America's favorite pastimes — a baseball game! Book your seats at Kauffman Stadium and then sit back, relax, and grab a beer and a hot dog while you watch the Kansas City Royals — 2015 World Series Champions!
Date night destination: July
Tantalize you and your partner's taste buds with an insider's guide to some of Kansas City's best barbecue restaurants. The KC Barbecue Tour is a four-hour, bus-guided tour to well-known established restaurants and "hidden gem" barbecue restaurants. Each restaurant offers one meat and one side dish, but come hungry, because there is plenty of food! Transportation and gratuities are also included in the price, which ranges from $59 to $65. A deposit is required.
Date night destination: August
For an adventurous and memorable date, try zip lining! Zip KC is a 143-acre zip lining park located in Bonner Springs, Kansas. The course includes a 65-foot tower and nine zip lines stretching over 5,800 square feet, up to 50 miles per hour! Zip KC offers several tour packages that range from $59.99 to $99 per person. The Sunset Date Night Tour is perfect for couples and takes you on all nine zip lines through a forest canopy with spectacular views. Zip KC is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Zip KC is located at 12829 Loring Rd., Bonner Springs, KS, 66012.
Date night destination: September
Soak up the last bit of summer at the Char Bar, located in the heart of Westport. Chow down on competition barbecue (who can get too much of Kansas City's signature dish?), then head out to the beer garden to play lawn games, including bocce ball, croquet, and corn hole. Or just grab a beer and relax by the fire pits, which are perfect for chilly late summer nights. Visit Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements at 4050 Pennsylvania Ave. #150, Kansas City, MO 64111.
Date night destination: October
Did you know that Kansas City is the Haunted House Capital of the World? Find out why in the West Bottoms, home to the Edge of Hell— Kansas City's oldest haunted house, The Beast— America's largest haunted house, Macabre Cinema, Chambers of Poe, and the Ghosts & Gangsters Tour. The haunted houses in the West Bottoms are the perfect place to squeeze your main squeeze.
Date night destination: November
Crown Center provides lots of opportunity for a romantic evening, with beautifully lit fountains and hourly dancing water shows. Located right in the heart of Crown Center is Milano Italian Dining, an intimate restaurant with seasonal Italian fare. It's the perfect place to fuel up on carbs before burning calories at Crown Center Ice Terrace, Kansas City's only public outdoor ice-skating rink, which opens in November and remains open until March. Crown Center is located at 2450 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64108.
Date night destination: December
The Country Club Plaza is a perfect date destination all year long, but it's especially charming around the holidays. Enjoy a nice dinner at one of the Plaza's many restaurants, take in the beautifully lit Spanish-inspired architecture and signature fountains while finishing your holiday shopping, and top off the evening with a romantic carriage ride.
Tina Klugman moved to Kansas City after graduating from the University of Central Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2001. Klugman soon fell in love with the city, and enjoys exploring it with her husband, son and twin daughters. Now a resident of Overland Park, Klugman is a frequent contributor to several Kansas City-based magazines.
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