Date Ideas in Phoenix: What To Do & What To Wear

  Whether you’re a local desert-dweller or visiting the valley soon (did someone say anniversary trip?), we’ve got your date plans covered! From romantic dinners...
Date ideas in Phoenix, Restaurant Progress


Whether you’re a local desert-dweller or visiting the valley soon (did someone say anniversary trip?), we’ve got your date plans covered! From romantic dinners to farmers market hangs, we’ve compiled a list of the best date ideas in Phoenix to get you inspired.

Date Night Ideas

You can’t go wrong with the classic dinner date. Here are a few of our favorite spots for romantic date ideas in Phoenix that are unique, cozy, and the opposite of a stuffy steakhouse.

Restaurant Progress

Restaurant Progress is a one-of-a-kind space in midtown Phoenix that features a seasonal menu with ingredients sourced from Arizona local businesses and an inventive cocktail menu. The small, vintage-styled dining room offers guests an intimate experience -- it's arguably one of the most romantic places in Phoenix, AZ.


Valentine is the newest addition to our list of date night ideas in Phoenix. Also in midtown Phoenix, the restaurant is open for coffee, lunch and dinner.

The space is open and airy by day and dimly lit by night and is filled with dreamy mid-century sofas and booths. Looking for late night date ideas in Phoenix? Try to snag a drink at The Vault, their cozy speakeasy bar in the back.

Glai Baan

Some of the best Thai food in they valley! What really makes Glai Baan a great place for date night is the warm, nostalgic interior and shareable street food-esque menu (trust us, you’ll want to try it all). FYI! Their cocktail list is also amazing and influenced by the unique flavors in their menu.

Looking for more dinner spots in Phoenix? We have a full list of the best local eats and drinks here.

Date Night Out Essentials

A modern take on the classic black dress:

date night outfit idea, dress at Local Nomad

A great ribbed midi skirt to pair with any top:

date night out skirt, Local Nomad


Outdoor Date Ideas

Want to stay outside? We get it! Luckily, when Phoenix isn’t all the way into the 100’s, the nights are still cool enough for some patio dining. Below are some great places to go on an outdoor date in Phoenix.

Lylo Swim Club

If you’re looking to cool off this summer, this poolside bar and restaurant could be the perfect outdoor date spot. Enjoy a vacation-like atmosphere with a Hawaiian eats and refreshing, tropical cocktails. Sit at the bar or reserve a private cabana and make a full day out of it!


Pemberton is the ultimate outdoor space in downtown, and is one of our favorite places to go on a date in Phoenix. Complete with various food vendors, drinks, art, and an outdoor theater. Get a plate of pasta, a bottle of wine and grab some seats at Filmbar and watch a movie under the stars.

The Pemberton, outdoor date idea in Phoenix

Farmers Markets

Nothing says outdoor date like a Saturday morning spent picking out fresh veg together. If you're looking for day date ideas, Phoenix has two great farmers markets, Downtown and Uptown, that are filled with food trucks, organic produce stands and local vendors.

Outdoor Date Essentials

A versatile linen top to keep you cool (and cute!) on your day date:

Outdoor date idea outfit, Valentina Top

Find the perfect bag to bring along to the farmers market:

Market Bag, Local Nomad


Date Night at Home

You can stay in and still have an amazing date night, all it takes is a little planning and setting aside some time. Here are a few ways to make date night at home special with some locally-sourced products from our shop!

Movie Night

Make movie night feel like an event by lighting some candles to set the mood. Craft homemade cocktails and make some popcorn for the full effect.

Home-Cooked Meal

Open up a cookbook and dedicate a night to creating something new! Set up an appetizer plate or charcuterie board for essential snacking along the way.

Waste Not Cookbook, date night at homeOak Serving Board, Local Nomad