Dating can sometimes seem seem challenging and daunting. It’s all about combining two different worlds into one and compromising for the sake of that loving unity.
It is often necessary to let go of some things on our part in order to embrace new dating ideas and exciting challenges.
It’s about opening yourself up to someone in a way you never dared to dream about.
It’s about giving our hearts to others and trusting that they will keep them safe.
But love is so much more than just that.
Love is laughing till you can feel abs forming and your face hurting. Love is dancing in the rain and feeling good about embarrassing yourself while singing at a karaoke bar.
Love is cooking dinner and then forgetting all about it because you started making out.
It is about late night tours of new places while exploring the lengths of your love in a big city that suddenly seems so small next to your loved one.
Love is knowing that no matter how tough life gets, it’s all going to be okay because you have that special someone by your side. And with that person, you feel completely content and at ease in any environment.
Which is why we need to cherish love. We need to work on it and fight for it.
We need to water it with our laughter, with our joy and our pain as well.
We need to chase our loves even when they’re already ours and date them no matter how much time passes by.
Since I’m a sucker for all those magical love stories, the ones that you see in the movies or read about in books, I’ve gathered twenty amazing late night date ideas you can always try to give that extra kick to your relationship.
And the best part? They’re not complicated at all. There’s no need for you to spend hundreds of dollars to do them.
There’s no need to bust your ass to impress the other person.
They’re all about bonding, spending time together, and enjoying each other. Like I said, I’m a sucker for romance, and I love it!
If you crave to reignite that spark with your partner and get back the feeling from your first date that gave you the shivers, this is where you’ll get what you need.
Here, I’ve collected various date night ideas for lovers who want to nurture their relationship and show their partners how committed and in love they still are.
Be that a simple beverage at a coffee shop, a ride through the drive-in, ordering your favorite takeout, visiting various bowling alleys and pool halls looking for the perfect one or simply immersing yourselves in some phenomenal live music, you can’t go wrong when you’re with the right person!
So go visit that art gallery you know your girlfriend is dying to see, and go to your local pub for trivia night that you know your boyfriend is obsessed with.
Love is about compromising but never losing who you are in the meantime.
I’m sure you’re going to find so much joy seeing your partner’s face light up when they realize you’re surprising them with their favorite thing ever.
Here are some amazing late night date ideas that will surely do the trick and satisfy even the toughest crowd. Enjoy these, and remember—it’s all about that smile on your partner’s face and knowing you’ve just made them the happiest they’ve been in a long time!
1. Truth or dare
Create your own truth or dare game when you’re together. Bonus points if you’re playing it while you’re somewhere outside of the house.
Dare him to scream your name at the diner or to propose to a random girl at the bar.
Or you could dare him to seduce you like you guys just met. Only the sky is your limit, and this is a sure way to get to know each other better and have fun while doing it.
Besides, this way you can ask him all about his deepest fantasies without making it awkward. Fun date idea, am I right?
2. Roaming around late night markets
Buy each other the most random stuff you find there. It may sound dull, but there’s something about roaming endless aisles of a random market and just observing people who are there to get what they need.
And you can make up all little stories about the people you see to find out who has a better imagination.
Or you could find random food you never eaten before and try it out together.
It’s one of the best date ideas if you like exciting adventures and spontaneous decisions.
3. Moonlight walks
If you’re looking for something more romantic and perfect for those late night conversations, this is it.
You know, those conversations where you can talk about your deepest fears or the meaning of life without feeling awkward because it feels so easy to talk about things under the moonlight while stargazing romantically.
And there’s only one kind of kiss that’s more magical than the one under the moonlight, and that’s kissing under the rain.
This is the perfect date idea for a romantic cuddle and just enjoying each other’s presence, knowing nothing can ruin this moment you’re sharing.
4. Netflix and chill
You can go to the movies or stay at home and challenge yourself to see how long you’ll actually last watching the movie.
Or if you’re both passionate about TV shows, this one is actually perfect.
Buy yourselves a bunch of ice cream, beer, and whatever favorite snacks you’re in the mood for and there you go—fun movie date!
Order takeout from a 24 hour-diner and get lost in that amazing world of your favorite show.
Plus, you can use all of that ice cream later for a different kind of fun that involves just the two of you and ice cream—minus the clothes, of course You don’t even have to dress up for this one—which is an added plus!
5. Cook dinner together
If you combine this one with shopping for groceries together, get ready for one hell of a night.
And it’s okay if you mess up the food. It’s okay if something burns because it’s all about spending time together and having fun.
You can always order takeout to treat yourself for all the hard work you did!
Besides, getting it on in the kitchen is truly something. Or it’s just because you’re close to the food, but either way, it’s something. And I love it!
6. Massage time!
I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a nice, sensual, romantic massage? And it doesn’t have to be perfect.
It’s all about the fact that you care about each other enough to devote time to actually making each other feel good!
And it’s about spending time together and finding out what your partner enjoys and what he doesn’t.
Once you’re done, switch places and let him work you over. And the best part? You get to have a happy ending! This beats board games anytime.
7. Strip poker
Or strip anything, really. I never cared to learn the rules of poker, so I’m not of any use to explain them to you.
I just know that playing strip poker is one hell of a lot of fun.
And somehow, I always end up being the winner, since I always get what I came for—if you know what I mean—and I’m sure you can, too.
Social lounges, a dance class, and mini golf are all fun and cute options, but playing strip poker, knowing just how sexy it’s likely to end up being…who would choose anything but this?
8. Wait for the sunrise together
There is something magical about watching the sunrise together. In that moment, you feel like anything is possible.
In that moment, it feels like the whole world is in your hands, and you can do whatever you want with it.
In that moment, you can see all the beauty of this crazy universe we’re living in, the warmth of the sun, and your man beside you.
Maybe I’m looking at this in overly romantic way, but this is something I truly enjoy doing alone, and asking someone to do it with me is the most intimate thing I can imagine.
It’s like sharing the most vulnerable part of me because in that moment, I still feel like a kid who woke up early just to see the sun before it’s gone.
9. Night swimming
Is there a more exciting and playful way to get your freak on than to go night swimming with your favorite person?
And if there’s no sea near you, you can always crash some pools and add a little bit of excitement and adrenaline to the whole thing.
The fear of getting caught and the knowledge that you’re doing something you shouldn’t adds to that bond you two are creating.
Now you’re some sort of ‘criminals’ who share a dirty little secret. And that’s a feeling you’re never going to forget.
A little bit of competition never killed anybody. You can even spice it up a bit by agreeing that the winner gets to do whatever they want in the bedroom that night—or anywhere really.
And think of all the possibilities you can get by winning. You can dare him to bring you that ice cream you love all across town or to give you the longest massage ever.
Or you can simply tell him to lay down and enjoy as you do what you please with him.
Getting embarrassed together is the best kind of bonding. Find some bar that hosts karaoke nights and you can either sing a duet or sing separately while cheering for each other.
It’s the cutest way possible to spend your night while still having fun.
You never know—your man could be an incredible singer, but you never got the chance to hear him sing.
Or you could have another embarrassing memory to tell your children about some day.
12. Pub crawling
Okay, I know that this is something you usually do with a bunch of your friends until one of you passes out and the rest of you give them hell about it for the rest of the month.
But getting drunk with your significant other is even more awesome than that.
You get to see each other getting totally wasted, and once again, you’re moving those boundaries of being comfortable with each other.
The best way to get to know someone is to get them drunk because it’s like all of the things you’re keeping buried down get out.
Some people cry, some people laugh uncontrollably, and some people simply go to sleep. The whole point is that you do it together.
You can end up going on a wild scavenger hunt, make drunk diy presents for each other, go wine tasting even though you’re already buzzed, and God knows where else the night might take you. Aren’t you curious to see where it can all lead?
13. Picnic under the stars
Bring some wine, some blankets so you don’t get cold (although you sure know a way to warm up when you’re with your boo), some strawberries and snacks, and just enjoy yourselves.
You can play some chill music while watching the stars and feeding each other.
The thing is, it’s nighttime and no one can see you, so you can be as cheesy as you want and do it like Hollywood does—over the top and sprinkled with cheesy lines and moves.
14. Get the kink on!
There are a few ways you can do this one. You can play a game, pretending that you two are strangers and you need to seduce each other. You can even come up with different identities and role play.
Or you can get yourself a sex dice and play it all night long. To make it more adventurous, you can play it at random bars or diners, whatever rocks your boat.
You can go ice skating, roller skating or regular skating. As long as you’re having fun, it’s going to be an amazing date night.
And is there a better person to teach you how to skate if you don’t know how than your boyfriend? It’s even better if you’re teaching him how to do it.
The thing with dates is that they’re opportunities for you two to create memories together, and with every date night, you get another opportunity to do something together you’ve never done before.
Skating, cliff climbing, cooking, dancing—the list goes on and on. You just need a little bit of imagination and well, a person to do it with.
16. Go camping
Far away from all the noise of the modern world, far away from all the electronics, phones, Instagram and social media.
This is the perfect way to have time just for the two of you, to get away from everything that’s stressing you out, and to commit to each other completely.
Build a tent together, cook some food, and just enjoy the time you have without all the distractions.
Push the boundaries of your strength together and face your fears or enjoy your time—depends on how much you like or hate camping.
The point is, this is time just for the two of you and no one and nothing else.
17. Romance each other’s pants off!
Cook him some dinner, buy some expensive wine (or the cheapest one—no one really cares), put on a fancy dress, light the candles, and play easy music while you’re eating.
Do it like they do it in the movies, and don’t feel weird about it. Your relationship is one place where you can be yourself, where you can do whatever you want without being judged.
And if that means bathing in thousands of rose petals, so be it! It’s all about showing your love, dedication, and commitment, and not caring about anyone but the person right in front of you.
18. Road trip
There’s no better therapy than hitting the road and driving around aimlessly while playing your favorite tunes! And when you’re doing it with the person that means the world to you, it’s on a whole other level.
Feeling the breeze on your face while you’re just wandering around with your thoughts, your car… It’s pure magic, really!
19. Visit a local carnival
Another movie cliché, but it doesn’t mean it’s any less magical or fun.
Hit the roller coasters and win each other stuffed animals. Indulge in a huge amount of candies, sugar, and corn dogs.
Just pretend like you’re teenagers all over again, and enjoy a night filled with fun and excitement.
And the best part? You can scream with laughter, run around and play tag, and no one will look at you. Everyone is there to have a good time and so are you.
20. Dance to the beat of your own music
Dance at the bar, dance around your apartment, dance around your kitchen or your hallway.
Dance at the beach, at the carnival or in the middle of the street. Imagine that the whole world is gone and there’s no one left but the two of you and your own music, your favorite song, and your heartbeats.
Cherish that moment you shared, and keep it close to your heart when he’s not around to dance with you.
Memories are what keeps us going when distance drives us apart. Memories are what keeps us coming back to each other, and is there anything better than dancing slowly to your own music with your favorite human being?