Parents Night Out: Make Time for Date Night

(Originally published Sept. 1, 2016. Updated Dec. 11, 2018.)

Against all odds you’ve managed to set aside a little time for each other, time for the two of you – a DATE. Use our Date Night Guide to make it extra special. Peruse our picks for a memorable time with the other half!

The Greek Garden

321 S. Main St. | 419-422-0808 |
Hours: 11am-8pm Monday-Thursday | 11am-9pm Friday-Saturday | closed Sunday

While you can always sit inside, until late September or mid-October, The Greek Garden offers festive outdoor alley and sidewalk seating with live music Wednesday through Saturday. And when those cold winds come, unwind at their “speakeasy” in the backroom, which features a 110-year-old piano and regular performances. The restaurant offers an extensive menu of delicious ethnic food made from scratch sure to tempt your tastebuds.

Stix – Asian Fusion Restaurant

110 E. Sandusky St. | 567-525-3192
Find them on Facebook under “Stix”
Dinner Hours: 5-9pm Tuesday-Thursday | 5-10pm Friday and Saturday

Stix now has an outdoor patio. Fun and memorable, this eatery is a modern take on traditional Asian Cuisine. Fresh and different, it merges tastes such as Thai, Japanese, Lao, Vietnamese, Mexican and Filipino into an exhilarating dining experience. Stix uses locally sourced ingredients for its chef-driven menu, which is frequently updated.

The Wine Merchant

540 S. Main St. | 419-424-0391 |
Hours: 10am-7pm, Monday-Tuesday | 10am-9pm, Wednesday-Thursday |10am-10pm, Friday-Saturday

The Wine Merchant strives for a fun and non-threatening wine or beer tasting experience while offering a delicious menu. Visit for a meal and sample a drink or come during wine tastings, offered every Friday from 5-7pm or beer tastings every Saturday from 5-7pm, both for $10. Also check out wine flight nights every Wednesday from 5-9pm. The Wine Merchant carries more than 400 wines from the world’s finest producers and more than 100 micro brewed beers. Seating is available both inside and outside, weather permitting.

Hancock Park District

1424 E. Main Cross St. | 419-425-7275 |

Get out and enjoy the outdoors! Winter is coming, but there’s still plenty of time to get out and enjoy nature. Take a walk together or bike ride at one of the many parks and trails, schedule a fall hay ride or canoe float, play some disc golf or horse shoes, pack a picnic or try your hand at fishing. Loaner fishing poles and miscellaneous fishing equipment are even available through the HPD office at no charge. Just call to make arrangements. 

Shannon Theatre 

Catch a movie without distraction during a throw-back date night. No kissing in the back, though. We’ll tell!

Shannon Theatre – 119 S. Main St | Bluffton
419-358-1141 |
First-run movies shown | 2D evening $4 | matinee $3 | 3D shows $6
Great prices on refreshments!

Marathon Center for the Performing Arts

200 W. Main Cross St. | 419-423-2787 |
Check out their website for events, show times, and more!

Cozy up for a show at The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, rolling out its 2019 season of entertainment. From the Lima Symphony Orchestra, Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular, The McCartney Project, Kinky Boots and more, there’s something for everyone!

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