40 Unforgettable Seattle Date Ideas

Couple standing in front of Gum Wall in Seattle

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Hey lovers! Are you going on a first date, celebrating an occasion, or just looking to spend quality time with your partner? Our guide to romantic Seattle date ideas reveals fun activities for couples all year round, featuring indoor and outdoor suggestions.

You may also enjoy our 1-day in Seattle guide.

Date Nights in Seattle

Grab a Coffee

If you are local or a visitor who has read up on local culture, you’ll know that coffee has been warming up dreary Washington winters and perking up long summers for centuries, so I think that’s a great place to start.

Late-night coffee shops ideal for dates include the oldest espresso bar in the city, Cafe Allegro, or Espresso Vivace and Moore Coffee Shop, where you can impress your partner with the latte art!

If visiting for the first time, you’ll probably want to embrace 1912 Pike Place, the original Starbucks open until early evening.

The true coffee aficionados might want to check out this daily tour with three coffee tastings.

Cup of coffee on table in coffee shop.

Catch a Live Band

Another fun fact: grunge was founded in Seattle thanks to Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam.

However, that’s not the only genre performed on Seattle’s stages.

Big international acts can be seen at the Seattle Center, Climate Pledge Arena, or Lumen Field.

Other venues include The Tripple Door, Paramount Theatre, and The Showbox.

Jazz fans should check out Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, which has been going for decades.

For us, seeing a gig would be one of the most romantic things to do in Seattle as we get such a thrill from experiencing new music so much that we build trips around watching bands, for example, SXSW in Austin, LCD Soundsystem in NYC, Nos Alive in Portugal, Snowbombing in Austria, and Rise Festival in France.

Live band playing on stage with crowd in the dark

Visit the MoPop

Couples who enjoy music history as much as we do will learn more at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) museum, which is dedicated to pop and pop-adjacent music.

The immersive experience features the story of local artists and has collections of posters, tickets, merchandise, instruments, and lyrics from genres like indie and hip hop.

Seattle-born Jimi Hendrix also has his own dedicated collection.

I enjoyed a morning at the MoPop and would recommend it to anyone interested in music or pop culture.

Statue of body with wings from Nirvana album cover at Museum of Pop Culture Seattle

Bar Hopping

Moving away from the sole focus of music and hitting booze for some Dutch courage, bar hopping is an easy date night idea for those who enjoy a drink.

Moving between bars keeps the conversation flowing as each stop offers a new experience.

Pioneer Square has a selection of “catch-all” bars, Irish pubs, and restaurants; if you need to line the stomach at any stage of the date night, yes, you do!

Capitol Hill is known as the LGBTQ+ hub, so it is no surprise that there are many gay bars in the neighborhood, such as Neighbours Nightclub Lounge, Unicorn, and Wildrose, one of the oldest lesbian bars on the West Coast.

Fremont is famous for the sculpture of the Fremont Troll, which you can check out before hopping between Stampeded Cocktail Club and Red Star Taco Bar.

If you can’t decide on a type of tipple, start at Von’s 1000 Spirits, which has everything.

Self-Guided Brewery Tour

If beer is you and your partner’s thing, there is plenty of choice of breweries in the city.

Elysian Capitol Hill Brewery and Outer Planet Craft Brewing are close to each other in Capitol Hill, plus there are a handful of beer-focused bars around the neighborhood.

The Pike Brewing Company and Old Stove Brewing Co. are also within the stumbling block of many craft beer pubs around Pike Place Market.

Flight of beer on table

Rooftop Views

The Nest, mbar, Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails, and The Lookout are just a selection of top-rated rooftop bars in the city that offer epic views day and night.

If you don’t mind a short journey, Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi in downtown Bellevue has the most sought-after sunset views!

As expected, rooftop drinks can be expensive, so make sure this date is worth it.

Sunset Spots

Speaking of sunsets, let’s look at cute date ideas in Seattle that don’t cost a cent.

Waterfront Park hugs the waters of Elliott Bay, and if you want to pay for higher views, ride the Great Wheel at dusk.

Gas Works Park provides a grassy hill to relax and watch the free show. Remember to pack a blanket to sit on for brownie points.

Kerry Park is probably the most popular location, so you will need to accommodate the crowds. However, it does provide views of the Olympic Mountains and city landmarks, including the famous Needle.

And if you don’t mind paying for a sunset view, the Space Needle has floor-to-ceiling glass windows at 520 ft (160 m) above ground.

Dusky sunset over Seattle skyline

Sunset Cruise

Sail into the sunset during a 2-hour cruise on an authentic tall sailboat.

The tour lets you see the skyline, mountains, and harbor with a drink from the on-site bar.

Reserve a ticket at GetYourGuide or Viator.

Romantic Restaurants

Some believe that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, and there are many date night restaurants in Seattle where you can try to do this!

Does it work? Tell us in the comments.

Check out Canlis or The Pink Door for a low-lit vibe.

For upmarket choices, consider Communion or Copine.

For relaxed dining, Le Pichet or Yard House (sports bars).

Note: Book beforehand to avoid disappointment if dining for St. Valentine’s Day.


Two Seattle staples are oysters and sushi.

From pre-colonization, oysters were part of the Pacific Northwest (PNW) indigenous tribes’ diet and were later enjoyed by colonizers.

The natural growth of oysters suffered due to overharvesting and pollution until Japanese immigrant Masahide Yamashita helped manage the importation of oyster seeds from Japan.

Today, couples gorge on oysters at Emmett Watson’s Oyster Bar, a popular casual seafood joint open since the 1970s.

For those who prefer nigiri or sashimi, the three-time James Beard Award nominee for Outstanding Chef, Shiro Kashiba, is the “grandfather of sushi” in the city, and you can taste his work at Sushi Kashiba.

Concept Food

Food with a story or playful plates will put a spin on a romantic dinner.

Best suited for first-date foodies or couples that know each other, the Palace Kitchen has a fondue option on its menu, Marrakesh puts on a Morrocon spread, and Off Alley focuses on lesser-used cuts of meat.


Wash it all down with a sweet treat at one of the late-night dessert bars.

Hot Cakes Capitol Hill for brownies or cookies, Salt & Straw for ice cream, and Pie Bar for, um, pies of the sweet or savory variety.

Cookie in a small frying pan with dollop of ice cream


Alternatively, wash it all down with booze if you can find it!

Bathtub Gin & Co. is located in the basement boiler room of a former hotel, and The Backdoor is found behind Roxy’s Diner.


A fun Seattle date night guaranteed to bring lots of laughs is a sing-along at one of the city’s karaoke joints.

Rock Box has private rooms, and Ozzie’s is a dive bar with nightly karaoke.

What about a duet, some Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, perhaps?

If you don’t want to sing, you could air saxophone like Kenny G, who is from Seattle.

Karaoke lyrics on TV in karaoke room copy

Watch a Drag Show

You can see a drag show every night of the week in Capitol Hill and start the day with drag brunch at Julia’s on Broadway.

If you’re a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race, you may recognize some of the queens at Queer Bar.

Go Dancing, Partner

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner with two left feet, join fellow dancers for some rootin’-tootin’ at Little Red Hen.

Alternatively, Century Ballroom has a series of workshops on all kinds of dancing, from the West Coast swing to salsa and lindy hop to bachata.

Country band playing guitar with fringed top

Arcade Games

GameWorks Seattle and Add-A-Ball are great locations for old-school arcade games with a few hidden gems.

Both have bars so that you can double up a drinks date with some competitive fun.

Mini Golf

Play a few rounds of mini golf and enjoy rounds at the bar at Flatstick Pub, or if you prefer a genuine game of pitch and putt, head to Green Lake.

Who will get a hole-in-one first?

Play Pool/Throw Darts

Whether you like to play in billiards, dive bars, or hip spots, you’ll find boards in most neighborhoods.

Seattle Tavern & Pool Hall (Georgetown) is a lesser-known option, Hillside Bar has friendly patrons, and Targy’s Tavern is a local bar.

The latter also does bingo if you are game!

If you don’t mind a short drive, Shingletown Saloon in Ballard has many games under one roof, including darts, shuffleboard, and nightly events.

See a Movie

A more traditional date idea is to see one of the latest blockbuster movies at an AMC cinema.

Or shake it up with bar snacks and drinks at Central Cinema.

Admiral Theater is an iconic movie house built in the 1940s.

Or support indie theaters at Grand Illusion Cinema.

Broadway Baby

Steal the show by taking your showtune-loving partner to a live performance at Paramount Theatre or The 5th Avenue Theatre.

Theatre Off Jackson hosts smaller, intimate shows for play fans.

Stand Up

Make them laugh or cringe at a comedy show.

Unexpected Productions Improv uniquely encourages crowd participation to choose the theme of the improv, while Club Comedy Seattle is a traditional stand-up venue.

Comedian Graham Mackie on stage

Day Date Ideas in Seattle

Romantic Strolls

As mentioned above, Kerry Park is popular for daytime walks with city views.

Volunteer Park is Capitol Hill’s 48.3-acre park, and its amphitheater is home to the Summer Series concerts.

Golden Gardens Park (Ballard) has a variety of terrain – wetlands, beaches, hiking trails, picnic areas, and a bathhouse.

Or, if dating during the autumn months, the Japanese Gardens has dreamy foliage!

Check out our guide to Seattle in the fall for more autumnal suggestions.

Fall colors at Seattle Japanese Garden, Washington State

Cute Picnic Date

Pick up some of your partner’s favorite food or buy some takeout and take it to one of the outdoor spaces in the city.

For example, Discovery Park is a 534-acre park by the Puget Sound, and Matthews Beach is Seattle’s largest freshwater bathing beach.

Also, Ballard Locks is a lesser-known location where you can sometimes see seals!

Note: While this is one of the cheapest date ideas in Seattle, the official Park Code prohibits liquor in Seattle or Washington parks, so avoid getting caught with a bottle of fizz!

Chef-Guided Tour

Consider this 2-hour tour of Pike Place Market and surrounding food places for a great introduction to local produce.

The chef-led tour includes bites from nine vendors with a mix of sweet and savory items, you won’t feel horrifically full but probably won’t need a meal straight after it.

We did a similar tour in Seattle and tried various types of food we would normally walk past, such as chocolate-covered cherries and chowder!

Beechers Homemade Cheese on a board at Pike Place Market Seattle

Afternoon Tea

One of my favorite date activities, whichever city I’m in, is to spend a slow afternoon over sweet and savory food items such as sandwiches, pastries, cakes, and a British scone!

Afternoon teas are served with a pot of specialist tea, and alcohol can often be added.

Check Queen Mary Tea Room and The George for availability.

Afternoon tea trays with cakes and sandwiches

Farmers’ Market

Head to one of the local farmers’ markets in the city to buy some local produce, then take it back to your home or apartment for a wholesome dining experience.

Not only are you supporting local businesses, you will have time to connect over the process.

This date idea is best suited for couples that know each other well enough to visit each other’s homes.

All year-round markets can be found in the University District, West Seattle, and Capitol Hill.

Group of various vegetables at farmers market.

Beach Day

Feel the sand between your toes during a lazy day at one of the many beaches in and near Seattle.

Choose between Alki Beach Park in West Seattle, Maddison Beach, or the compact Lowman Beach Park.

Pool Day

Cool off during the hot Washington summers at an outdoor pool like Level Seattle – South Lake Union or Four Seasons, which require overnight bookings.

Or, if you prefer a public pool, Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool and Blue Ridge Swimming Pool, although you will be sharing with kids.


Hire a kayak and paddle through Lake Union from Northwest Outdoor Center.

Or, pick up a paddleboard at Ballard Kayak to experience the locks.

Ice Skating

Another option for cooling down is to hire some skates at Kraken Community Iceplex and show off your best Dancing on Ice moves.

Couples can also skate at the holiday market ice rinks in winter!

Low section of couple in skates ice skating on rink.

Rock Climbing

Thrill-seeking couples might enjoy indoor rock climbing, using boulders to reach the top.

Vertical World Seattle and Momentum Indoor Climbing SODO offer rental and safe spaces with guided sessions.

This is a challenging date that will also provide some giggles.

Catch a Game

Watch a game live, at a sports bar, or from the comfort of home with snacks.

For ice hockey, see the Seattle Kraken; for American football, the Seattle Seahawks; for basketball, see Seattle SuperSonics; and for soccer, Seattle Sounders FC.

Ghost Tour

Give them a reason to cuddle up close during this 1-hour ghost tour of the city.

Learn about the local legends, the scandals, the spirits, and the secrets of Pike Place Market.

Pike Place Market sign at night

Street Art Wandering

Seattle has some unusual street art, including the Fremont Troll and Bubble Gum Wall!

You can see street art murals at Post Alley, Museum of Flight, 5030 University Way NE (Hi, How Are You), 4th Ave S & S Jackson St (Welcome to Chinatown).

Plus, decorated signal boxes dotted throughout the city, the 46th Underpass, and the columns/pillars at James Street and King Street.

Couple standing in front of Gum Wall in Seattle

Museums and Galleries For Rainy Days

A great indoor date idea for when it rains is visiting a museum to see collections, or if you get a lot out of artifacts and art, planning a trip to view a visiting exhibition.

Choose from the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), Pacific Science Center, Wing Luke Museum, National Nordic Museum, Northwest African American Museum, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Seattle Art Museum, and the Frye Art Museum.

Or, for a little offbeat theme, the Rubber Chicken Museum and the Seattle Pinball Museum.

Paint and Sip

An increasingly popular date activity is Paint and Sip, where couples create art while enjoying a glass of wine; it does what it says on the paint tin!

Keep an eye on Stir Up the Paint’s schedule for classes throughout Washington.


Go shopping but with a twist in search of the perfect thrift!

Browse for outfits or homeware at Seattle Antiques Market and Fremont Vintage Mall.

Couple Spa

If you ask me which item on this list of things to do in Seattle for couples is most unique, I’d say overnight at the Little Red Spa.

Start the spa session with a couples massage, then when the staff goes home, you and your partner can use the therapy room, which has a bath and lots of lotions and potions.

Then you can retire up to the apartment room blissed out.

Sign me up again!

*This was a comped overnight during our first trip to Seattle.

Massage Little Red Day Spa Seattle

Romantic Day Trips

Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island can be reached in less than 40 minutes by ferry from the pier at Seattle’s waterfront.

The cruise provides cool views of the city’s skyline as it sails towards Bainbridge.

In Bainbridge, you can wander through its galleries, boutiques, coffeehouses, restaurants (grill, American, Mexican, Asian, Thai, etc), and cafes or visit the 150 acres of Bloedel Reserve.


Locals love Seattle’s location for its proximity to nature, especially Washington’s waterfalls.

This half-day tour takes visitors to Snoqualmie Falls and Twin Falls in a small van with expert commentary.

Guaranteed lovely couple pictures throughout the day!

You may also find our guide to Washington coastal towns useful.

Flowing Snoqualmie Falls with slight fall colors surrounding

Final Words

The Emerald City provides a delightful balance between debauchery and chill date ideas that cover each season.

Whether hooking up for the cuffing season, seeing each other through spring, having a summer affair, celebrating an engagement, appreciating 40 years together, or enjoying a quick getaway, you’ll be kept busy day and night, indoors and out.

Which of the above couple activities in Seattle will you do? Tell us in the comments; we would love to hear from you.

Thanks to Little Red Day Spa for hosting us during our trip. Our own opinions, as always.

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