67 Great Dates
Are you trying to make a great first impression? Rekindling the flame with your betrothed? Help has arrived, as Matt Amis has done the work for you.
By Matt Amis Published April 12, 2010 at 11:02 AM
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Drink and a Bite?
Catherine Rooney’s (1616 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 654-9700), trimmed in dark wooden wainscoting and leather booths, is a relaxing spot for dinner or a pint. One of Wilmington’s most dynamic nightspots is Washington Street Ale House (1206 Washington St., Wilmington, 658-2537), where the city’s young professionals congregate in a comfy environment for cold glasses of Victory and Chimay. Request a seat by the fireplace or along the wall of votives that lights the main dining room.
A date night dinner doesn’t have to mean black ties and doilies. Instead, cozy up to upscale-casual BBC Tavern and Grill (4019 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 655-3785) for some Magic Hat and spicy ribs. The Greenville hotspot is immensely popular in prime time, so you’ll likely run into a few friends along the way.
The Green Room Bar (11th and Market streets, Wilmington, 594-3154) might just be the area’s most elegant place in which to sip a cool glass of Chardonnay with your Niçoise salad. For an even more relaxing Saturday or Sunday afternoon, attend afternoon tea at the Lobby Lounge for proper tea, scones with clotted cream, petit fours and adorable, crustless tea sandwiches.
Cozy cocktails, desserts and lite bites go down nicely at Victoria’s Plaza Pub (2 Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-0615), the charming oceanfront lounge attached to the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel. Nibble on charcuterie from the comfort of leather chairs and a window onto the boardwalk.
All three Irish Eyes (213 Anglers Road, Lewes, 645-6888; 105 Union St., Milton, 684-8889; 52 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-5758) are tailor-made for romance, thanks to comfortable surroundings, great food and, at Lewes, an awesome water view.
Ignite your passions with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra (818 N. Market St., Wilmington, 656-7442). This month is all about Russian Fire, part of the symphony’s classical series. The performance stars Sphinx Competition winner and Philadelphia native Elena Urioste on violin. Maestro David Amado will lead the way from The Grand Opera House main stage.
Legendary local jazz singer Alfie Moss and guitarist Dexter Koonce have been making beautiful music together since 1979, and there doesn’t seem to be any slowing them down. Find them at Blue Parrot Bar and Grille (1934 W. Sixth St., Wilmington, 655-8990) or Paradise Palms Restaurant (901 King St., Wilmington, 377-2528).
Each summer, Chaddsford Winery (632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, Pa., 610-388-6221) kicks its concert series into high gear. Things launch on Memorial Day weekend with the Brandywine River Blues Festival, an all-weekend blowout. In June, the winery begins its Summer Concert Series. Every Friday through August, pack a picnic and—what else?—a bottle of vino.
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