Double Date: The Candle Lab + a Local Restaurant

The Candle Lab has been a part of the Columbus dating scene since 2006. Many of you may have already experienced it, but if you are out of the loop or new to the city, then this guide is for you!

Pheromones, or scents, are often a vital part of our attraction to a specific person. So, why not use this to our advantage?! This date night option is all about scents and with over 120 fragrance options at The Candle Lab, the scent you make is guaranteed to be unique. The entire process takes about 30 minutes, with a cooling time of 90 minutes.

The Candle Lab date night
The Candle Lab’s Grandview store

One of the huge draws to this date night is their delivery option. Once the candle has cooled they will deliver it to a nearby restaurant where you are dining. Along with what to expect, this guide will also give you a restaurant suggestion for each Columbus Candle Lab location, making it the ultimate double date.

The Candle Lab date night
The scent sheet and tools you need!

Pour Your Own Candle – How it Works

Step 1: Fill out your scent form with all your favorites. You can use every line on the page or just a few – it’s totally up to your nose. They have really unique (like bacon, old books, and cannabis) or regular (like cinnamon, jasmine, and coconut) scents to choose from.

The Candle Lab date night
Step 1: Smell everything!

Step 2: Pick out your out your jar. Jars/containers range from $17-$32.
Step 3: Bring your scent form to your designated scent stylist. They will make recommendations on what, from their experience, will go well together. Don’t worry if you don’t know what scents you would like to use – that’s what the scent stylists are there for! The recommendation is three, but you can have two if you would like. If you are at the Grandview location, enjoy a drink while you decide!
Step 4: Design your label and name your scent.

The Candle Lab date night
Step 4: Make the label

Step 5: Combine the oils together to make your own custom scent.
Step 6: Pour your oils into the hot wax and stir!
Step 7: Fill up your time while your candle cools, by eating dinner, shopping, seeing a movie, or just returning the next day to pick up your candle.

The Candle Lab Hours:
Mon. – Sat: 11am – 8pm
Sun: 12 – 5pm

Reservations are not required for a group under five, but be mindful of peak times, such as weekends and holidays!

Convention District – Newest store

The Candle Lab
459 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
614-915-0777 x700
What makes this location unique? This is the first location to have a dedicated private event space.

The Candle Lab date night

Barley’s Brewing Company
467 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Why this is the best bet? Barley’s gives you a little bit of everything. They have a full-service bar and restaurant downstairs serving classic bar food. While upstairs is their second floor taproom, Brewcadia, which has old-school arcade games, pizza, and beer. Finally, it’s part of the Columbus Ale Trail, so you can claim your stamp. So, it’s literally the #bestofbothworlds

Other Options:
Denmark on High
Martini Modern Italian


The Candle Lab
1255 Grandview Ave.
Columbus, OH 43212
614-915-0777 x3
What makes this location unique? Grandview is the only location in Columbus that has its own “bar” (besides the candle bar, that is). They offer beer, wine, cocktails, and non-alcoholic drinks for $2-$8. It is also located next to Grandview Theater & Drafthouse, if you feel like watching a movie while your candle cools!

Candle Lab date night

Spagio Wine Lounge
1295 Grandview Ave.
Columbus, OH 43212
Why this is the best bet? Spagio Wine Lounge gives you the date night feel without all the “frills.” The wine lounge is more casual, laid-back, and less expensive compared to its counterpart, Spagio Restaurant. However, its low lighting, eclectic seating, and drinks galore still screams date night. Plus, they have wine flights, so that’s a win-win.

The Candle Lab date night

Other Options:
The Avenue
Grandview Cafe
Stauf’s Coffee

Short North

The Candle Lab
751 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
614-915-0777 x2
What makes this location unique? Located right in the heart of the Short North, this means there is a plethora of shops, bars, and restaurant within walking distance.

The Pearl
641 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Why this is the best bet? Really, who doesn’t love The Pearl? From its crazy menu items (old-fashioned deviled eggs served on a chicken) to its window seating, you cannot go wrong with this local favorite – especially during the amazing happy hour! Oh, and don’t forget the oysters!

The Candle Lab date night

Other Options:
Bakersfield Short North

Worthington – Flagship

The Candle Lab
646 High St.
Worthington, OH 43085
614-915-0777 x1
What makes this location unique? Located a bit further north and away from the hustle and bustle, this “might” be a little less busy than the other three.

The Candle Lab date night
Step 5: Combine just the right amount of each oil together.

The Whitney House
666 High St.
Worthington, OH 43085
Why this is the best bet? This upscale taproom is well known for their made-from-scratch, American comfort food. Also, their boozy cereals during brunch on Saturday and Sunday are a must-have.

Other Options:
Dewey’s Pizza
Half Pint Worthington
La Chatelaine Bakery

Pro Tips:

  • Taking your candle home on the same day? Get to the store AT LEAST two hours before close. Candles take 90 minutes to cool before they are ready to go home.
  • This date night can easily be made into a quarterly tradition. The Candle Lab switches out the scents often, so you can visit in the spring, summer, fall, and winter to make a candle specifically for that season.
  • The Candle Lab is unable to pour into jars brought into the store. Unless it is an old Candle Lab jar, then they will give you $1 off for reusing it.
  • You don’t have to make a candle! They offer other home and body products for customization too.
  • The Candle Lab is always having fun events! Be sure to follow each location on Facebook to see what is happening!

Disclosure: This experience was provided by The Candle Lab at no cost to the writer, as always, all opinions are my own.

The Candle Lab date night

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