Considering the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and the importance of practicing social distancing right now, we’re all spending much more time indoors. And for couples, that means the date night options have become more challenging. If we can’t venture very far from our own front yards, does that mean we have to forget about date night altogether? Not necessarily—we just have to get a little creative!
There are still plenty of ways to romance your special someone from the comfort of your own home. Join a virtual class, enjoy a bottle of wine from a local restaurant in your living room, or play a board game together and let your competitive side run wild. To give you a few romantic ideas during this crazy time, we created a list to help you plan your next date night in. Enjoy!
Omaha’s favorite monthly art event, Benson First Friday, is now hosting a special weekly webisode that you and your sweetheart can enjoy together! The Few, created just for this unusual time, will be hosted by Caitlin Little, JP Gurnett and Jochim and will feature different local artists and businesses every episode.
Photo courtesy of Wendy McKay Millage via Cellar44
This recently opened wine bar in the Shops of Legacy is a new go-to spot for wine and charcuterie on date nights—whether or not we can hang out outside of our homes. Right now, they are offering 15% off six bottles or more, so you can pick up a few bottles for future dates as well! You can also purchase a gift card to use in the future. 25% of gift card purchases are going directly to their employees to make up for lost wages and tips. They are also doing a Date Night Board and Bottle special on Fridays and Saturdays, so make sure to visit them on social to learn more!
Take a Virtual Field Trip to Some of Omaha’s Iconic Attractions
Hanging out at Omaha’s most iconic destinations has never been easier. Right now, both the Durham Museum and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium are streaming live virtual tours of their facilities almost every day. While these streams are mostly for kids who are learning from home at the moment, watching the live stream back at the end of the day with your loved one can make for an adventurous (and simple!) date night.
Get Some Cocktails To Go
Photo courtesy of The Tavern
One of our favorite date night activities in Omaha is heading to a local cocktail bar and soaking up great drinks and atmosphere. While we aren’t able to take in the atmosphere right now, we can still grab a few cocktails to go. Many Omaha area bars are now offering drinks and drink kits for takeout—from Mason Jar Old Fashioneds to Mimosa Kits.
Tiny House, a bar in Little Bohemia, now has a drive-thru so you can stop by and pick up some cocktails to go. The Tavern, one of Omaha’s favorite intimate cocktail spots, is offering mason jar cocktails that serve two and are available for delivery. And Culprit Cafe and Bakery is now selling Culprit Cocktails like pineapple daiquiris, Manhattans, old fashioneds and more in to-go bottles.
Arguably one of the most romantic cuisines, gourmet French food just can’t be topped for date night. Luckily, Le Bouillon is now offering a special menu available for curbside pickup and delivery, which includes their new “Meal Plan” special featuring a weekly menu delivered as pre-portioned meals. Each week, tune into their social media to find out the current lineup of fresh meals (and to preplan your date night menu!).
Photo courtesy of Modern Love
What’s better than ice cream at the end of a date? Modern Love, Omaha’s favorite vegan eatery, is now selling bulk milkshakes! Get four creamy, ice-cold shakes made from a cashew olive oil ice cream blend dropped off right to the hood of your car. You heard us correctly! Four delicious shakes in one flavor for just $20. What you do with the extra two milkshakes is up to you. Stick them in the freezer for later, drop them off (from a safe distance) to a friend on your way home, or just drink all four yourselves—we promise we won’t judge.
In our opinion, there’s no better way to pass the time at home than playing a board game! Put on a special evening for your loved one by picking up a new game and dinner from Spielbound. Right now, they are offering their entire menu and board game selection for curbside pickup. Purchase a classic like Monopoly or a more modern game like Ticket to Ride and spend the evening competing.
Create Something New Together With a Craft Kit
Create’s craft studio may be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy creating something new from the comfort of your own home! They are currently selling “Craft Kits”—which include three or four paint colors, a brush or sponge, a paint palette, and other embellishments—that you can pick up curbside. There are so many projects to choose from, including ceramics that you can paint, wood chests to decorate, canvases to create on, and more. Plus, if you don’t see a kit that you want, you can contact them directly to customize a kit just for you and your significant other.
Get date night delivered directly to you from Abraham Catering! Right now, this popular catering business is offering a “Charcuterie and Cosmos” special that includes a beautiful spread of cheeses, fruits, jams, crackers, meats and more, along with a few bottles of On The Rocks Cocktail’s bottled cosmos. Honestly, we can’t think of a better way to spend an evening!
“Go” to a Concert Together
Concert venues might be closed for a while, but that doesn’t mean you and your sweetheart can’t go to a concert together! many musicians are starting to stream performances from Lauren Jenkins to Jimmy Buffet. Click here for a great list of concerts coming up soon from the Omaha World Herald! And if you wanted to keep it local, the Omaha Symphony is giving you the chance to listen to their performances online via KVNO or archival recordings. Click here to learn more!
Let us know what you’re planning to do on your at-home date in the comments below!