Worthington occupies just a small amount of the space inside of the 270 bubble, however it has so much to offer for date night! From beer to cocktails, and the farmer’s market to Zipzone, there’s a date night for every couple in this historic and quaint city!
For the beer loving couple…
Porch Growler has a little bit of something for everyone. They have 60 beers on tap and 45 bottles/cans as well as some delicious hard ciders. It’s a great place for happy hour ($2 off growlers or $1 off all pints) or for filling up your growler. From August to May, it’s an ideal place to watch English Premier League soccer. If you choose to stay awhile you can order from Pizza Primo and have it delivered right to your table. Don’t feel like pizza? That’s ok, you can bring in something else you might enjoy. Dog and kid friendly.
Opened in 2018 by a couple who loves craft beer, Random Precision is one of the Columbus breweries that specialize in sour beers. Their bright and crisp, family-friendly taproom encourages community and conversation. They have TVs for major sporting events (they aren’t on all the time!), rotating food trucks on the weekends, local artwork on display, and often have live music on weekends. If beer isn’t your thing, they also have wine, cocktails, and ciders.
Zafitg focuses on high gravity, full-bodied ales, which means you have to watch out when drinking these bad boys as they generally have a higher ABV. They are meant for sipping, not for pounding! Zaftig has variety of board games and food trucks on select days (check the calendar here). But the best part is they allow dogs (and kids! ha!) inside the spacious taproom and will often have plenty of games and activities.
Other options: Pub Out Back
For the breakfast loving couple…
As a longstanding member of the community, Mrs. Goodman’s has always been a well-loved Worthington staple. It recently underwent ownership changes and while they kept a lot of the famous recipes, they have added their own flair as well. The revamped the store and have added new bakery items, like doughnuts filled with buttercream (only on Saturday’s). Don’t miss the cinnamon rolls and scones! Whether you choose to visit the store for a date or order something to go as a gift, you are definitely not going to be disappointed!
A French-themed cafe right in downtown Worthington, La Chatelaine offers a perfect patio spot to take a break during one of the many downtown events. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this gives you an opportunity to visit any time of the day and eat something different each time. In between lunch and dinner the cafe stays open for tea time with fresh bakery items. They have a bar that is open all day and serves mimosas (only $3!) and bloody mary’s during breakfast, then they have happy hour from 2-6pm.
For the cocktail loving couple…
This “hidden” speakeasy is located below Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza. The intimacy of this space and lack of cell service, provides great opportunities for adult conversation. They offer an extensive cocktail menu, as well as some small bites, beer, and wine. Want a challenge for the night? Find their secret menu of daily specials!
For the coffee loving couple…
Located in a newly expanded space, this coffee shop is worth a stop. Grab a seat inside or at the one of the two tables on the sidewalk and enjoy one of the many beverages paired with a treat from The Flaky Baker. Their drinks include, hot and iced coffee, frozen beverages, and teas. Once you are finished enjoy the Art Space display that features local artists.
While not exactly a coffee shop, this would make for a unique date spot. RIDE home is a community bike shop with a coffee bar on the inside. They serve local coffee, baked goods, and tea. While you are there, get your own bike repaired or take a look at what they have for sale. If interested, they also have bike rentals, complete with a picnic package!
Other options: Bubbles Tea & Juice Company
For the crafty couple…
AR Workshop is a popular DIY workshop for home design that has 100+ locations across the country. These hands-on workshops help you fine tune your own DIY skills, while guiding you through the process. There are also items for sale around the shop! Each item comes out looking clean and fresh, with a country chic feel. Projects range from $40-$75. Each of you will work on your own project, so that means two new pieces you can add to your home decor. During the class, you are able to enjoy any wine or beer you bring! They offer private and public events, just check their event calendar here!
We have all the details for your Candle Lab date right here: Double Date: The Candle Lab + a Local Restaurant
If creativity is something you enjoy, Igloo Letterpress is definitely for you. Their classes go beyond what you would normally see as a “craft” class. They offer classes on bookbinding, calligraphy, and letterpress design. The classes vary in skill level and cost between $10-$75. After you are done, check out their cute shop, I guarantee you will find something you want to take home with you!
Other options: Sew to Speak
For the foodie couple…
Natalie’s is a unique joint that boasts a restaurant AND live music venue. Their New York style pizza is fired up in a coal high-temperature coal-fired oven. They are open for dinner at 5pm every day except Monday. Then, starting around 9pm the space turns into a ticketed live music venue. The kitchen stays open for part of this time, allowing you to have a live music dinner show. Ticket prices are different for tables and general admission, and are based on the show. The performances range from a variety of music genres. They recently announced a second location opening up in Grandview. For upcoming events, please click here.
Nestled in the heart of downtown Worthington, The Half Pint is a great place to grab a great meal and a drink. With weekday and happy hour and daily specials, any day you choose to go there is bound to be a deal. What’s a must try? Definitely their cheese curds and any of their burgers.
Inspired by the old Sunday family dinners, this is a place where you can feel at home. The Whitney House focuses on made-from-scratch, comfort food with local ingredients. The interior has an intimate, yet rustic feel. Brunch happens every weekend from 9am until 3pm and lunch is served on weekdays from 11am-3pm, with dinner starting every day at 4pm. They are well-known for their boozy cereal option during brunch!
For the ice cream loving couple…
These might not be exclusive to Worthington, but we all know that great dates often end with ice cream. Both of these spots give you that old time soda fountain feeling. So, check out the Graeter’s and Dairy Queen right on High St.
Other options: Cookie Dough Creamery
For the stroll and shop couple…
On the first Wednesday of the month, businesses stay open a bit later (and offer specials) and the streets come alive. Dewey’s Plaza will have live entertainment. But, best of all it is a designated DORA event, which means you can walk around the streets of Old Worthington with an alcoholic beverage. There is a different theme every month that reflects holidays or seasons.
Often deemed one of the best farmer’s market in the city, this is a must do! This is one of the only year-round markets in the area. From May to October, the market is outside with vendors lining the streets of Old Worthington. Then it transitions to The Shops at Worthington Place from November through April. As the largest farmer’s market in Central Ohio, you are guaranteed to find a favorite vendor or two.
For the adventurous couple…
If you are looking to take your relationship to the next level (literally) this is your place! Zipzone is Central Ohio’s very own zipline experience. They have ziplining and what is called an Adventure Park. The tree top Adventure Park towers above the ground with leveled obstacles to complete. Ziplining has a variety of options to choose from including special night flight and freaky flight tours. Zipzone is located on the grounds of Camp Mary Orton just north of 270 off of High St.
Other options: Olentangy River Parklands
Disclosure: This some of these experiences were provided at no cost to the writer. All images by author unless otherwise noted.