5 Unique Date Ideas in Kansas City
Editor’s note: The following is a guest post from Shanley Cox of the Out to Eat blog, one of the most influential food and travel blogs in Kansas City. It was originally written for Valentine’s Day, but these ideas make for unique date venues throughout the year!
Searching for the perfect Valentine’s date destination? It’s time to think outside the box. Try one of these five date ideas if you want to fight fewer crowds, save money and impress your partner with something different.
1. Treat your date to desserts at André’s Confiserie Suisse.
Who says you have to stick to tradition on Valentine’s Day? I say skip dinner and head straight to dessert at Andre’s Confiserie Suisse. The gourmet chocolate shop has a variety of heart-shaped pastries, chocolates and hot drinks for under $5. Plus, the South Plaza location offers a cafe with a full bar — including wine, cocktails and beer. Don’t miss the Andre’s Spiked Hot Chocolate ($7.50) made with the Bailey’s and the shops signature Swiss chocolate.
South Plaza: 5018 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64112
Overland Park: 4929 W. 119th St., Overland Park, KS 66209
Open Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
2. Have cocktails at Bar Rosso inside Hotel Sorella.
The best part of celebrating Valentine’s Day at Hotel Sorella’s Bar Rosso? If the night goes well, there’s a convenient place to stay just steps away. The bar is located on the seventh floor of the hotel and offers incredible views of the Country Club Plaza, in addition to some serious romantic vibes. I suggest trying Bar Rosso’s special Valentine’s Day drink — the Rosso Spritz ($12) — made with prosecco, Campari and strawberries. Italian-inspired bar bites are available as well, with options like: Drunken Meatballs ($10), Margherita Pizza ($13.50) and the 7th Floor Burger ($9).
Where: 901 West 48th Place, Kansas City, MO 64112
Open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. – midnight.
3. Take a road trip to Lawrence to visit RND Corner Grille.
It’s good to get away with the one you love, and Lawrence makes the perfect “date day trip.” The city is far enough away it feels like a mini vacation, minus the hassle of a plane ride. And there’s plenty to eat while you’re there. If you're making a day of it, start at RND Corner Grill for brunch. Located on the corner of 8th and Mass Street (in the former Esquina space), the restaurant has been beautifully transformed to include a black and white tiled bar, plush seating and a large outdoor patio.
Don’t miss RND Corner Grill’s Steak & Eggs ($15) made with local beef, arugula, tomato jam, fried potatoes, frizzled onions and two fried eggs. Wash it down with the Gran Reposado Margarita ($9) or the Beacham’s Brandy topped with a brûléed orange.
Where: 801 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS 66044
Open Monday through Thursday 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
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4. Go wine tasting at Amigoni Urban Winery.
If you don’t have a hot date for Valentine’s Day, gather your fellow singles for a wine tasting at Amigoni Urban Winery. The Westbottoms winemaker offers a tasting room, private tours and blending classes for groups of all experience levels. Private tours start at $20 and classes start at $60 per person for groups of 10 or more. Additionally, Amigoni features $6 wine flights and $8 beer flights — plus a small menu of meats and local cheeses. I’m a big fan of the Urban Vaquero — a spicy, plum-forward red made with 90% Tempranillo and 10% Merlot.
5. Take a beer tour at Boulevard Brewing Co.
Why fight for a Valentine’s Day dinner reservation when there’s something even better brewing at Boulevard? The brewery offers FREE, hour long public tours that conclude with a free sampling of Boulevard beers. But the day doesn’t have to end there. Head across the street to the Boulevard Beer Hall for more beers, board games, foosball and (best of all) a photo booth. If you work up an appetite, the Beer Hall offers a variety of bar snacks like pretzel dogs and meat, cheese and veggie trays.
Where: 2501 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64108
Brewery tours happen seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
What Valentine’s date idea is up your alley? Tell me about it in the comments below, or add some of your own ideas to the mix!
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