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Lifestyle – Date Night

Get Ready for an epoch Date Night!

Whatever you and the object of your affection are in the mood for, be it a fancy dinner and live theatre or a fun, casual brunch, Wichita Falls has you covered. So whether you’re craving a romantic dinner or pure relaxation, you’ll find it all right here. Here are some ideas that are sure to be a hit.

You can't beat a margarita on the patio at Highlander!

— Connor Floyd

Wichita Falls Brewing Co. has great beer and a great atmosphere!

— Madeleine Calcote

We love the shows they put on at backdoor Theatre!

— Madeleine Calcote

The comfortable and cool vibe, cozy atmosphere, and happy staff at Hook & Ladder will not disappoint

— Co-owner, Jon Reese

A Local’s Guide to Some Great Date Night Ideas

Wichita Falls local Madeleine Calcote has some suggestions when it comes to planning the perfect date! One of her favorite places that she and her fiancée, Isaiah, love going to on a night out is Backdoor Theatre. “We love the shows they put on!” she said. “We also have several friends who are involved in the organization, and it is always fun to see a friend on stage or playing an instrument for the music.” She said she also loves the uniqueness of the venue. It has a special vibe, unlike other theatres she’s been to.
For couples looking for a more classic dinner and drinks experience, she has the ideal combination:
“We love to get dinner at Highlander,” she said. Among the many delicious items on the menu, she has a few favorites: “I love the fish and chips, the shepherd’s pie, and the salmon! Plus, you can’t go wrong with any of their desserts!”
After dinner, she suggests going to watch some live music at Iron Horse Pub. Hannah Belle Lecter is one particular local band she’s enjoyed seeing play there. Iron Horse was voted one of Texas’s top ten music venues; you won’t be disappointed.
Feeling like sharing the night with friends? Madeline recommends taking your date over to Wichita Falls Brewing Company. “It has great beer and a great atmosphere!” she said. “We love the chill environment. It is easy to chat with friends or family. Now they serve Progress and Provisions amazing food inside the brewery, which is a great addition!” They also have corn hole and board games that folks can check out. Madeleine challenges you to master the ring toss game mounted on the iron post on your way to the counter. One of her favorite beers is The Duck stout, which uses coffee from the nearby coffee house The Duck.
For those early birds who prefer a morning date, she suggests grabbing Sunday brunch: “We love going to 8th Street Coffee House and ordering the Scramble! 8th Street has a warm, cozy atmosphere, and we just enjoy hanging out there!”
She also suggests checking out the Farmers Market while downtown on a Saturday morning. In addition to produce, you can find local honey, local wine, artisan bread, jams, jewelry, teas, gluten-free snacks, and vegan-friendly foods! After the farmers market, walk across the street to Ganache-To-Go for a bakery treat. They have great cupcakes, cookies, & macarons! Take a seat on the patio to enjoy the view and the gooey goodness.
A perfect date awaits every couple at any time of day in Wichita Falls!

Live Entertainment!

Wichita Falls offers so many fantastic live entertainment venues that are perfect for date night. Backdoor Theatre is one such gem and a popular date night spot for couples with its intimate live dinner theatre performances. Patrons are free to BYOB. Be sure to grab your tickets before 3:00 PM on the day of the show if you want to reserve a meal! Backdoor’s talented actors always deliver top-notch live shows in an engaging, up close and personal setting, performing a range of plays from comedies to tragedies, so if you and your date are looking for a live dinner theatre experience you won’t forget, don’t miss this place!
The Wichita Theatre is another excellent option for date night. Known for its Broadway-level productions featuring high tech lighting and special effects, professional wardrobes, and show talent rivaling that on Broadway.
The Iron Horse pub is one of the most beloved and popular bars to see live music in Wichita Falls. This authentic Irish pub with a warm, personal atmosphere is proud of having hosted thousands of musical acts since its opening in September 2000. Iron Horse also offers drink specials most days of the week! If you’re in the mood to grab a drink and listen to live music in a classic Irish atmosphere that is also friendly and safe, check out upcoming events.
Another local favorite is Half Pint Taproom. Offering craft beer, wine on tap, and fresh brick oven pizza, this venue has had both live music and comedy acts perform for its patrons in its Restoration Hall. Experience the ambiance of this spacious historical building by sitting inside at the bar or in comfy leather-cushioned booths. Step out into the fresh air on the patio and sit with your date next to the cozy fire pits. Games are also available for couples ready to play!
Horseshoe Bend Cellars is a family-owned vineyard and winery that rests in a quiet, unique countryside setting. They offer wine tasting and tours of their winemaking production areas. One of their exciting live entertainment events ideal for fun-seeking couples is their “Murder Mystery Dinners,” which owner Scott Poenitzch said is one of the most popular experiences they offer. Like a game of Clue, the mystery party is separated into three rounds. Each patron receives a character page, which depicts their background and relation to the murder victim. Members of the party participate in an investigation, mingle with other players, and find out details about the other characters. Patrons are encouraged to stay in character until the murder mystery is solved.
Before or after the event, couples can enjoy a quality glass of wine on the balcony while taking in the scenic views of the vineyard and lavender field.

White Tablecloths, Delectable Bites and a Memorable Evening Awaits!

Looking for a romantic fine-dining experience for you and your date? Fox Hill Restaurant & Gardens is located in a beautifully restored home from the 1920s. Sitting on eight acres of land, this restaurant is an authentic farm-to-table experience sourcing their delectable dishes from their very own organic urban gardens. The beautiful terraced gardens not only provide the farm-to-table experience—but the gorgeous grounds also offer the perfect setting for a relaxing evening and an excellent opportunity for a memorable photo! Owner John Hirschi considers this restaurant his passion project. Hirschi’s dedication to sustainability and the environment is reflected in the holistic farming practices implemented.
Karat Bar & Bistro and Morris Supper Club are housed in the first Zales Jewelry Store. Like the name, everything about the restaurants pays homage to visionary Morris Zales and the old jewelry store. You and your date will enjoy locally sourced dishes that are handmade from scratch, as well as classic prohibition-style cocktails, and an international wine list.
Couples looking for excellent service and a sumptuous meal in an elegant atmosphere will want to make a reservation at either of these Wichita Falls treasure!

Bars, Wineries, and the Brewery

Wichita Falls has a vast selection of cool bars, urban wineries, and downtown brewery. Wichita Falls Brewing Company, located in a renovated industrial building downtown, is a great place to grab a beer and hang out. The brewery hosts regular trivia nights on Thursdays if you and your date are up to the challenge. Grab a drink, play a game, and enjoy a flavorful meal from Progress and Provisions located inside the brewery.
Located in a historic downtown building, Hook and Ladder Coffees and Wine Company serves exquisite wines from their downtown urban winery. Savor an array of delicious flatbreads and charcuterie boards to compliment your wine or coffee. “The comfortable and cool vibe, cozy atmosphere, and happy staff will not disappoint!” co-owner Jon Reese said. Nearby 6th Street Winery also provides the perfect date night environment with its relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
Drink and Clink, more than a wine bar, this unique venue also sells sweet treats for adults such as wine and beer ice cream, signature “Wine Snos,” and wine and beer floats. Choose from their delicious confections on the menu like chocolate wine chocolate cake covered in dark chocolate drip and red wine soaked chocolate-dipped strawberries. Non-alcoholic options are also available. Drink and Clink’s bright, colorful atmosphere, coupled with their wine and tasty goodies, always inspires a sweet memory. Their colorful flower wall is an Instagram-worthy spot for a photo with your date!

More Perfect Date Options in Wichita Falls

Pelican's Surf Club

You will find the perfect date atmosphere at Pelican's. Handcut steaks, fresh fish, and other seafood is top-notch and prepared with utmost care. Wines, upscale vodkas, and cocktails are a Pelican’s specialty.

McBrides Steak House

Locally owned and operated since 1992, McBrides Steakhouse cooks all of their steaks in-house with 100% mesquite coals. McBride's Steakhouse offers a casual dining experience for your date night.

The Highlander Public House

The Highlander Public House is a local pub that serves a fusion of Texas and Celtic food. Located in the heart of historic downtown Wichita Falls, this comfortable restaurant with a big-city feel is a great place to enjoy some excellent cuisine with your date.

Salt & Pepper

Salt and Pepper serves Mediterranean cuisine designed by a master chef. Their standards, small plates, wine, and desserts are all served in a friendly, intimate atmosphere.

Jordan Craft BBQ

Jordan Craft BBQ is a large outdoor venue serving excellent BBQ, good beer with live entertainment on stage.

High Caliber Gun Range

High Caliber Gun Range is a premier indoor gun range, offering ten 25 yd electronic retrieval lanes in a comfortable air-conditioned environment for year-round enjoyment.

The Deep End

$5 for unlimited arcades, board games, and consoles to enjoy together, with a full bar. They also offer live music and stand up comedy nights, perfect for date night. Adults only after 9 pm.

Whiskeyta Club

Comfortable, spacious, and casual full-service bar with frozen and mixed drinks - featuring over 100 Bourbon & Scotch Whiskeys. They have a large selection of domestic and import beer. Pool tables, pong table, shuffleboard, and foosball are available and an internet jukebox with a wide range of music.

Half Pint Taproom

Half Pint is a unique bar in our historic downtown featuring craft beer, craft cocktails, wines on tap, and authentic style brick oven pizza. Grab a spot on the patio for a game of corn hole or Jenga, or relax in a booth around the fire pits.

Evening of Improv at Backdoor

Ever seen "Whose Line is it, Anyway?"? Every show is different, and they have no idea what they'll do next! Laugh with them, or at them?

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