Whether it’s a first date foray or 50th anniversary, these uber-romantic date night destinations are perfect places to woo your chosen one. Put an end to the “You pick”, “No, you pick” guessing game and head to one of these clutch wine-and-dine spots.
House.Wine & Bistro – 1117 W Business 83
Upscale, casual and inviting are three words to describe this McAllen institution that brings the love. The perennial date destination has been stoking love affairs since 2008 with its locally sourced menu and an extensive wine list that will help further your cause. Wine enthusiast or not, this is a great place to try some alcoholic grape juice without feeling intimidated. You can always play it safe with one of the expertly crafted wine cocktails like the Strawberry Bellini or the popular Tincho, but the best date nights are built on a solid base of spontaneity and risk so ask the well-informed wait staff for suggestions. When it comes to food, the house made pasta dishes are a sure bet, but you must always start with the award-winning Garlic Lime Shrimp. You’re welcome.
Infusions Eat & Drinks – 701 N. Main Street
Infusions is home to the Holy date night trinity: outdoor seating, flattering lighting and live music. Its foliage-covered patio has al fresco date night written all over it, making it ideal for maximum romance. The top-notch cocktails and shareable plates will lead to very close talking at this clutch date spot, and nightly live music creates an upbeat atmosphere while still maintaining a feel intimate enough to sneak in a few kisses.
Bonus: Known for basically perfecting the weekend brunch, Infusions is the ultimate place to start a Sunday day date with a mimosa pitcher.
Bodega Tavern & Kitchen – 2901 N. 10th Street
Bodega is ideal for the informal and adventurous couple looking to relax over stiff drinks and carefully crafted bites. Ask to be seated at one of the made-for-two tables tucked away near the bar and order the Oaxacan Rose made with mezcal, prickly pear, lime juice and simple syrup. The adventurous menu at Bodega features a sumptuous selection of house cured and smoked meats that has icebreaker written all over it, so try something new and score major points on date night. Kick the night off here on Tuesdays for all day happy hour and $1 oysters, which basically guarantees the perfect start to your date night.
SALT – 210 N. Main St
When husband and wife restaurateurs open a locally sourced, chef-driven restaurant in the heart of McAllen’s Art District, it automatically becomes an irresistible date destination. Larry and Jessica Delgado (also creators of House.Wine) take farm-to-table dining up a notch with its open-kitchen layout and chef’s counter, where lovebirds can “ooh” and “aah” over the food and each other. SALT is what date night dreams are made of, combining stellar cocktail offerings and seasonal bites in a quaint and cozy atmosphere. This is the quintessential special occasion spot if you want to add more sophistication to your evening.
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Pro-Tip: Sit at the chef’s counter for some extra love and guaranteed bonus points.
The Centennial Club – 1410 Austin Ave
In 2002, the historic building, now known as The Centennial Club, underwent an extensive restoration to bring back the Golden Era of the Roaring ‘20s, and it is prime date territory if you want to take your date on a night out with the alluring charm and mysteriousness of a downtown speakeasy. If you want to get extra cozy (and you do), snag a booth seat where dim lighting and a raised floor promise a good amount of privacy. The date-impressing menu at this gorgeous downtown favorite makes dinner and drinks effortless with items like Escargot imported from France and South Texas Ranch Style Quail Breast that are sure to start date night right.
Pro-Tip: Save room for dessert and order the Crème Brulee. The perfectly seared specialty is prepared tableside, almost assuring your subtle romantic advances will take a step forward.
Take a break from the usual Netflix & chill, and make date night special at one of these reliable options. Your date and your stomach will thank you.