5 Spots That Will Make Sure The First Date Isn’t The Last

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Today's National Holiday is #NightOut Day (We're aware of the paradox this presents.) If we can have Christmas in July, why not have Valentine's Day in August? Here are a few ideas on where to enjoy a date night in the Burg.

TryWine for the dating winos

TryWine is new to St. Pete and the concept they're introducing the Sunshine City to reinvents the way you interact with wine. TryWine allows customers to sample several different wines based on their preferred flavor palate. Don't worry if you're not imbued with tannin omniscience,  the highly trained and friendly staff at TryWine are here to pair you with the perfect wine for a beautiful night. Plus, you might be surprised to find the place offer some of the best prices on wine bottles in town if you just want to grab a good bottle for your homemade dinner for two.

Whether you're a beginner or a certified master, TryWine has the bottle or bottles with your name on it. TryWine located at 110 1st St N.

Everything Dolce to cap off a night with sweet delight

If you want to go somewhere with live music, sinfully good chocolate and drinks to boot then you need to start and end your date night with Everything Dolce. While they host date nights every Saturday at 8pm, there isn't a wrong night to enjoy an evening with your partner at the dessert bar and satisy your sweet tooth. You might be surprised but the space has been known to host some pretty romantic wedding proposals. The chocolate covered strawberries may have helped.

If the date is less than smooth, just know that you at least have a plate of chocolate to look forward to after the awkwardness has settled. Everything Dolce 937 Central Ave.

Il Ritorno's got aphrodisiacs by the dollar

The restaurant promises to introduce your taste buds to an entirely new flavor experience through traditional Italian dishes. Why is it perfect for a first date? Since most meet cute small talk doesn't center around dietary restrictions and issue of the gastro intestinal nature, finding a restaurant that you both can dine comfortably at is often difficult. Il Ritorno can accomodate most food allergies and since their food is always fresh they offer a transparent view into how each dish is prepared.

You know what they say about oysters? Il Ritorno offers $1 oysters on top of their unbeatable happy hour specials every Thursday from 5-7pm. Enjoy a unique culinary experience while enjoying the company of someone who complements your taste and personality. Il Ritorno 449 Central Ave Suite 101. 

The Hangar to watch the planes fly by across the Burg's sunset sky

An airplane hangar might not be your first choice when it comes to picking something out for a date night. The Hangar Restaurant in St. Pete will have you looking at these machines in a new way. Watch as small planes ascend into the incendiary Burg sky. The Hangar hosts one of the best happy hours in St. Pete and cooks up the finest burger you've ever had.

The Hangar offers gorgeous outdoor seating to watch pilots and travelers take off on adventures and land back home. Now tell us that wouldn't be romantic?! The Hangar 540 1st St SE.

Rococo Steak for fine dining and a picturesque sunset view


Dine to impress. Rococo Steak is a culinary exhibit featuring the inexhaustible ferocity of a meal prepared with care and expertise. If you want to add some refined swag to your evening, enjoy the artisan cocktails Rococo offers, notably their Texas Mule, before digging into to a carefully prepared piece of steak.

Their ingredients are all locally sourced so you can even feel a sense of intimacy with your dish. Tuck in that shirt, polish your shoes, tie your tie, press your dress, style and straighten your hair, because Rococo brings upscale downtown. Rococo Steak 655 2nd Ave S. 

Do you remember the first date you ever had in St. Pete? Share your experience in a comment! 

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of iLovetheBurg.com. New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape." He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. He can be reached by phone: (727) 896-3435 or email: andrew@rkc.me