Sweetest Day is coming up quickly. Saturday, actually!
It’s celebrated the third Saturday in October of every year. Did you know it started in Cleveland . . . all the way back in 1922? Herbert Birch Kingston, a philanthropist and candy company employee, wanted to bring smiles to the faces of shut-ins, orphans, and others who were often left behind. He began to distribute candy and small gifts, with the help of his friends, to those who might be otherwise forgotten.
The course of history has shaped the day into a time to illustrate romantic love for your partner – along with appreciation for friends. And one of the biggest experts on romance is GETDOT’s own Nicci Sprouse. Her quickly-ballooning company, A-List Introductions, is helping to spark love connections in the capital city and beyond!
A-List Introductions are the experts when it comes to planning the perfect date, and Nicci and her team are sharing their clients’ favorite date destinations in Columbus! Whether you prefer somewhere casual or with reservations, somewhere creative or tried and true, and inexpensive versus costly – A-List and GETDOT have you covered!
Located in the Arena District, Nada has a great patio if you want to sit outside and enjoy a margarita with their delicious Mexican cuisine.
The Pearl – $$$
The Pearl is a local Columbus favorite located in the Short North. The ambiance is laid back, fun, and modern. This Cameron Mitchell classic prides itself on quality food and excellent service. Insider tip: they also offer a great Happy Hour if you desire an early evening ‘drinks and appetizers’ date.
Tucci’s – $$$$
Located in the heart of Dublin, the patio season here during the summer is beautiful. The live music is also a big plus! If the date is going well, after-dinner drinks on the patio at Brazenhead or ice cream at Jeni’s are perfect accompaniments.
Cooper’s Hawk– $$$
Dining at Cooper’s Hawk at their Easton location is a popular choice, in addition to visiting their Tasting Room. A tasting includes seven to eight different wines and no reservation is necessary.
Located in German Village, Barcelona is consistently voted one of Columbus’s most popular restaurants and patios each year. Plus, there are wine specials and live music on Sunday nights. It is the perfect blend of fancy and fun.
The North Market– $
This is a foodie’s dream, and a perfect first date spot. The North Market has a little bit of everything from different cultures. Try it. You will not regret it.
Akai Hana– $$$
This Upper Arlington sushi classic features traditional Japanese cuisine that offers the perfect portion of appetizers with an unexpected Korean twist. Three words: spicy scallop roll. Your life will be forever changed.
A modern take on classic Italian, this Grandview gem has a fun and warm environment. A cozy spot for you and your date. Follow your date up with a stroll along Grandview Avenue to shop local businesses.
Cameron Mitchell makes our list once again. This unconventional twist of old meets new is a perfect first date spot. From its open air dining room, to crafted cocktails and Italian food, you can never go wrong with Marcella’s, offering two convenient locations (Short North or Lewis Center).
Short North Gallery Hop– varies
The first Saturday of the month has the Short North Arts District hustling and bustling. Strolling and getting to know someone while popping into stores, and stopping for drinks and dinner along the way is always a fun and exciting choice.
$ = $25 and under
$$ = $25 – $40
$$$ = $40 – $55
$$$$ = $55 and over
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