7620 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77055
If you believe that humor is the best way to break the ice, what better spot for a first date than a top-notch comedy club? The Houston Improv offers cozy seating for two, drinks and a delectable food menu, so that you can enjoy dinner and a show, without having to worry about any awkward silences (at least until the car ride home). This popular Houston laugh spot brings in big names that you’ve likely seen on Comedy Central, Chelsea Lately and Last Comic Standing. Show dates and times vary, but comedy acts are typically featured Thursday through Sunday, starting between 7 and 10:30 p.m, with the occasional Wednesday set or earlier showing. Prices vary depending on the act; see the Web site or call for more information.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH)
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77006
When you’re looking for a first date venue that offers culture and potential romance, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is a great option. When you’re trying to impress the right girl, gazing at a Van Gogh painting together would make for an ideal first date; if you can share some of your knowledge of art history, you’ll really win some points. MFAH offers casual dining at the on-site Café Express, as well as film festivals, if you’d prefer the more traditional dinner and a movie to supplement your museum tour. If you’re strapped for cash, a museum date is inexpensive ($7 per adult for general admission), without feeling cheap. If you really want to save some dough and your date is available on Thursday, you could take advantage of the free general admission and spend the savings on a nice bouquet of flowers. Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 12:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Houston, TX 77010
If money is no object, when it comes to constructing the perfect romantic first date, the Grove Restaurant and bar is sure to impress. For upscale dining with a view, you won’t find a better venue in Houston. The Grove offers decadent food and breathtaking views of the surrounding Discovery Green, without the stuffy or pompous atmosphere that you might expect from a gourmet restaurant. To top it all off, the architecture and décor are stunning, and the restaurant is super eco-friendly. Just don’t forget to make a reservation, because this is the place to dine in Houston. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
729 Studewood St.
Houston, TX 77007
If you want a first date with no pressure or strings attached, where you can sit back, relax and get to know one another, the coffee date is the way to go. Situated in the trendy Heights neighborhood, Antidote is anything but a boring coffee shop. The cozy couches and décor make for a potentially romantic setting, as does the patio that is strung with twinkle lights. If coffee isn’t your thing, they also serve beer, wine and tea. If your date is a music fan, make sure to schedule your date during a live music show. Hours: Monday through Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to