Tree-lined walkways, colorful foliage, funky public art, cozy cafes, bustling boutiques and vibrant nightlife—all pulsing along the flowing artery of the Reedy River—make downtown Greenville one of South Carolina’s most attractive date-night scenes. Whether you and your honey want to sit back and get mellow or indulge in something a little more interactive, Greenville has options to suit your mood and budget. Here, we strike for the middle of the road with a fun itinerary culminating in a relaxing, satisfying finale.
Cook Up Some Magic
Show your good taste with a visit to The Cook’s Station, Greenville’s headquarters for all things culinary. Cook up delicious vibes together by signing up for a class. Learn to make favorites like sushi, deep dish pizza or fresh pasta, or master the fine points of cookie decorating in a state-of-the-art kitchen. Not the hands-on type? Instead, sit down at the table, where you can experience the creations of skilled chefs. There’s something to suit all palates, but plan ahead as dinners quickly fill up. French, Italian, German, Spanish—themed wine-pairing dinners are varied and offered on a rotational basis. For lighter bites, head to The Cook’s Station wine bar, then customize a charcuterie board (DIY or let the pros handle it for you) for grazing on the outdoor patio.
Fall for Each Other
For instant date night romance, just add water. One of downtown Greenville’s most defining landmarks, Falls Park, meanders along the gorgeous water feature known as the Reedy River. Open to the public until 9 p.m., you’ll have an hour or so to stroll and drink in the serene sight of the falls. Pause on the Liberty Bridge for picture-perfect selfies. Hear that? It’s the sound of two hearts beating in the scenic heart of this vibrant city. Plans for a future park picnic will be in the works by the time you leave—guaranteed.
End on a Blue Note
Wind down with a nightcap and live music in the low-lit, intimate setting of Blues Boulevard, just a short walk from Falls Park. The moody, sexy vibe of this establishment is just right for cozy sips and tunes that are hip. Groove to the sounds of local and national jazz and blues artists while you nurse a martini, mai tai or other classic cocktail. Have a little tummy room? Order a plate of something yummy from the kitchen. Then, slide your chairs a little closer, lean in and toast a date-night to remember.