Planning the perfect night out is stressful! Whether it is a first date or the hundredth time you have been out together, it can be hard to plan a night to WOW your partner. If you’re like me, you don’t like to pick the place to have dinner. I would much rather just say “you pick!” and then passively decline each choice until a place they say sounds good. I have a feeling this is how a lot of women, and some men, react in this situation.
The key to a great date night is having fun! You could just communicate to your partner exactly the date that you’d like to have, but the whole point is that you shouldn’t have to plan anything. Everyone wants someone who wants to take them on a nice date.
Whether you’re a local or you’re visiting Universal Orlando Resort, CityWalk offers something to show your date a great night out! Take a look at some of our suggestions to give you a starting point to create the perfect night. Keep in mind that the most important part of the date is YOU! Put the phone away the phone (unless you’re going to take a cute selfie with each other to put on Instagram.)
Up first, where do you eat?
Luckily, you have something for everyone at Universal CityWalk! After you narrow down a location, make sure you call ahead for reservations. I’ll even make it easy for you and include the reservation # for each location. I got you!
If you want a cozy, fireside vibe for your date night, Bigfire is the place! The new dining spot just opened up in early 2019 and offers open fire cooking is center-stage, and American classics like steaks and freshwater cuisine with pairings of different woods, flavoring your meal with smoky goodness.
Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food
Antojitos is a fun, modern and colorful cantina serving up “made-from-scratch” Mexican street food including tacos, empanadas, fajitas and more, plus a menu of authentic drinks. Live Mariachi music complements the festive fare for a dining experience you won’t soon forget. If you’re lucky you will have a tableside performance!
Bob Marley—A Tribute to Freedom
If you want a VERY CHILL atmosphere with incredible Jamaican-influenced dishes, live reggae music, and Bob Marley memorabilia define this unique open-air venue. The dining experience is a replica of the legendary musician’s home on 56 Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica.
The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
If you are looking for a fun yet funky atmosphere, you have to try Cowfish! This place has it all. Dive into a custom-designed burger, saddle up to some sushi, or try their “Burgushi.” The Burgushi is a weird fusion of both burger and sushi, but it totally works! Wash it all down with spiked milkshakes, premium sakes, beers, exotic martinis, and non-alcoholic specialties.
VIVO Italian Kitchen
For a more romantic vibe you can celebrate the beauty of authentic Italian cuisine at VIVO Italian Kitchen. Family recipes are served up in a sleek, modern setting where you can check out the open Expo Kitchen. Fresh sauces, pizzas, pasta, mozzarella and bread are custom made before your eyes. Relax and pair your meal with a traditional glass of wine.
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium
Saving the best for last… In my personal experience, the way to anyone’s heart is with something sweet! Toothsome is one of the coolest places at CityWalk to enjoy a meal, drink, or just shop the Candy Smith. This unique dining spot has some of the best chocolate desserts and drinks we have ever tasted. Also the setting is super quirky and fun, think “Willy Wonka’s factory” with a Steampunk vibe!
Toothsome would be the perfect place to stop for drinks and dessert before you head to a show at CityWalk or on your way out after catching a movie. To reserve call (407) 224-3663
Now, it’s time for fun!
You have dining reserved, what next? Well, CityWalk has so many options for you. It’s an incredible wonderland of entertainment for adults. You can grab a movie, see the Blue Man Group, sing like a rockstar, listen to live music or watch the big game. Follow along with me as I help you plan your next step in creating the “perfect date night” at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk.
Blue Man Group
They have been around for a long time, but there is a reason for that! The Blue Man Group will have you laughing, dancing, and rocking out! They are a cool blend of comedy, theater and concert with phenomenal music set to vivid colors and pure energy. The best part, you won’t be able to stop talking about the night. After the show, you can suggest going to one of the other spots mentioned above for a nightcap. Get your tickets HERE. I might suggest going to an early show and following up with dinner or drinks if you’re visiting the Orlando area so you are able to get to sleep early for the following day at the park.
Dinner went really well, how about ending the night dancing off all that delicious food? The groove is a multi-level dance club boasting the latest in sound and special effects. If a party is more your vibe, this is the place! You can hang at one of the several uniquely themed full-service bars, check out the pulsating wall of video screens, or gaze out from the balcony terrace overlooking Universal CityWalk and talk with the music playing behind you.
CityWalk’s Rising Star
If you want to show off your singing skills, you can step up and take the stage at this rocking bar and karaoke club! Rising Star gives you the stage to belt out your favorite tunes with help from talented backup singers and a live band (evenings, Tuesday through Saturday). Sunday and Monday evenings, croon along to recorded tracks. This is no ordinary sing-along experience: A nightly host keeps things going as you and your fellow headliners create a one-of-a-kind show. You can sit back and watch the show or participate. How fun is that? If you really want to impress your date you can get the A-list treatment by upgrading to VIP Service including: an exclusive seating area with table service, dedicated server, and express entry to the venue. For questions or VIP Service contact [email protected]
Universal™ Cinemark at Universal CityWalk Orlando
Want to go traditional date night? Universal™ Cinemark at Universal CityWalk Orlando has just reopened after a huge renovation. Catch new releases on big screens with state-of-the-art projection and sound systems. To grab your tickets or check showtimes, click HERE.
Hollywood Drive-In Golf
Another fun experience is the Hollywood Drive-In Golf mini-golf spot at CityWalk. This 50s sci-fi and horror flick themed course is a lot of fun! You can go throughout two interactive 18-hole mini-golf courses choosing between The Haunting of Ghostly Greens and Invaders from Planet Putt, or play all 36 holes for a daring “double feature.” A little friendly rivalry could be really fun on a date night!
There are a ton of options to have a great time at Universal CityWalk on a date night. We hope this little guide helped you plan a fun night that will knock your date off their feet. You can customize your night based on your own personal preferences but the most important thing is to have fun!