10 Best Romantic Places In Austin, Texas

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Austin, the capital city of Texas, is well regarded by its citizens as one of the best places to reside in the United States. Its official slogan promotes it as the ‘The Live Music Capital of the World’ because of the city’s many musicians, live music venues and vibrant arts scene. Austin is also well known for its famous Texas barbecue food cuisine, colorful food trucks, and beer microbreweries. Combine these with a beautiful skyline city view and you would have created the perfect setting for a romantic outing in the city. Austin is not without its fair share of places to enjoy a romantic experience with your date or partner. If you are short on ideas on where and how to spend the evening, have a look at our list of the best romantic places in the city. Check out the best romantic places in Austin, Texas.

1. Paramount Theatre

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If you and your date enjoy live entertainment such as stand-up comedy, music concerts or film screenings, the Paramount Theatre should be the number one choice on your list. With a rich history that dates back to 1915, the theatre has hosted uncountable performances for millions of patrons over the years. Be sure to dress up to match its beautiful decoration! If you feel that you want to make the night extra special, consider getting a balcony seat.

Paramount Theatre

Address: 713 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Website: Paramount Theatre

Opening hours: Varies

Price: Varies

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2. The White Horse

Tired of going to the same formal fancy bar and just want to let your hair down for a change? The White Horse might just tick all the boxes! With live music, free dancing lessons and very friendly drink prices, this highly energetic bar could be just the place to start the date or to end it on a memorable high. Don’t expect anything less than a good old Texan night of fun.

The White Horse

Address: 500 Comal St, Austin, TX 78702

Website: The White Horse

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 3.00pm to 2.00am

3. Austin County Flea Market

Instead of going to the big malls to do shopping, how about taking your partner for a ride down the highway to the Austin County Flea market? This establishment is home to over 300 vendors who sell a huge range of vintage clothing, crafts, furniture, and even auto and truck accessories. Who knows, you might be able to find that timeless home ornament or classic jewelry that you have always wanted.

Austin County Flea Market

Address: 9500 Highway 290 E, Austin, TX 78724

Website: Austin County Flea Market

Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday 10.00am to 6.00pm

4. Lady Bird Lake

Town Lake Boardwalk, Austin TX
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Lady Bird Lake may look like a river at a first glance, but it is actually a reservoir on the Colorado River that flows through downtown Austin. It is primarily used for flood control purposes and recreation. There are plenty of outdoor activities that you can enjoy with your partner at Lady Bird Lake. You could decide to go hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or enjoy a river cruise. End the day by enjoying the gorgeous sunset on land or perhaps, in the comforts of your private canoe out in the middle of the lake.

Lady Bird Lake

Address: Austin, TX

Website: Lady Bird Lake

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5. Blanton Museum of Art

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If going to an art museum is your cup of tea, head to the Blanton Museum of Art located at the University of Texas at Austin. The museum hosts world-class temporary exhibitions all year round, so there’s always something to see. The murals and exhibits also make for nice background shots for your mobile phone or laptop, so be sure to whip your camera out if you see something that catches your artistic eye.

Blanton Museum of Art

Address: 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX 78712

Website: Blanton Museum of Art

Opening hours: Closed on Monday. Tuesday to Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm, Saturday 11.00am - 5.00pm. Sunday 1.00pm - 5.00pm, Third Thursday of every month 10.00am - 9.00pm

Price: Varies

6. Clark's Oyster Bar

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Planning a romantic first date at a good restaurant but have no idea which places to go? We recommend bringing your date to the small but intimate Clark’s Oyster Bar to get things off to a great start. Be sure to book a reservation in advance as there might be limited seating. The main highlight is obviously the range of oysters that the restaurant offers but do also consider their lobster roll and Black Angus hamburger if both of you are still feeling peckish.

Clark's Oyster Bar

Address: 1200 W 6th St, Austin, Texas 78703

Website: Clark’s Oyster Bar

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 11.00am - 10.30pm

Price: 31-60 USD

7. Violet Crown Cinema

Score some points on the hipster scale and bring your partner to the Violet Crown Cinema for a unique movie experience after dinner. This arthouse cinema houses four screens that feature independent, documentary, international, and studio films. Pick a film together at the box office or online, order some drinks and snacks from the bar and then sit back on your comfortable seats.

Violet Crown Cinema

Address: 2nd Street District, 434 W 2nd St, Austin TX, 78701

Website: Violet Crown Cinema

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 10.30am - 10.30pm

8. Dart Bowl

Are you on a budget but still want to have a night of casual fun with your partner? How about giving bowling a thought? The both of you can have fun in an air-conditioned environment without breaking a sweat. After all, they say you can get to know your partner more via some healthy sports competition. Dart Bowl is centrally located and has 32 lanes, so you and your date won’t have to wait long for a game. Food and drinks are available at the bar if you need some refuel. The rates and shoe rentals are very affordable, so you need not worry about burning a hole in your wallet.

Dart Bowl

Address: 5700 Grover Ave., Austin, TX 78756

Website: Dart Bowl

Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday 9.00am - 11.00pm, Friday to Saturday 9.00am - 12.00am

Prices: 6.50 USD (includes shoe rental)

9. Viva Day Spa Lamar

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Pamper your partner with a gift certificate to the Viva Day Spa for relaxing spa and massage treatment packages to ease her/his weary soul. Or even better, you can book a couple package and enjoy the experience together. Most customers have praised the spa’s excellent customer services, so rest assured that you are definitely in good hands (no pun intended).

Viva Day Spa Lamar

Address: 215 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Website: Viva Day Spa Lamar

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 9.00am - 8.00pm

10. The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria

Enjoy a lovely stroll with your partner at the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park located at The Contemporary Austin situated at Laguna Gloria. This contemporary art destination, which combines nature with its arts, has interesting exhibitions and permanent outdoor installations that make great photos for Instagram or for your personal blog.

The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria

Address: 809 W 35th St, Austin, TX 78703

Website: The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria

Romance your partner away in Austin

A couple enjoys a Texas sunset on Mount Bonnell
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What might be someone’s idea of a romantic place may not resonate with another, but we’re hopeful that our list has given you some much-needed inspiration. Have fun planning and most importantly, make sure that Austin can hear both your happy laughter!

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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