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Treat Yourself to a Night Out with Denver Date Nite

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When’s the last time you had a real date? I’m talking an honest-to-goodness, special evening for just you and your partner. Grabbing dinner on the way to an event with friends doesn’t count.

Here’s the thing: My husband and I are really pretty good about setting aside time for ourselves. But we’ve fallen into the rut of going to the same restaurants over and over. Don’t get me wrong, I love the old school Italian joint down the block, but I was ready for something new.

That’s where Denver Date Nite comes in. This fairly new company is run by a Denver mom who found herself in the same position a lot of us do … wanting a night out but not sure just what that special night should entail. Denver Date Nite takes care of the planning for a small fee (think concierge) and—the coolest part—surprises you with a fully planned date (or a whole evening away!) Dinner, dancing, classes, an outdoor adventure—your date consultant will plan an entire evening of fun surprises.

Here’s how it works: You pick a day, a budget, and fill out an easy questionnaire. This part is important. My husband and I like laidback, local spots that aren’t trying too hard. I was able to share that information so we didn’t end up, like, doing Jager shots with bros in LoDo.

I listed our likes and got specific with certain requests (ex: Can there be cheese involved? Because we love cheese.) then shortly before our date, we got our itinerary. And, you guys, it was perfect for us.

We stayed in RiNo for the evening, with everything walkable. The night started out at Stem Ciders, where St. Kilian’s Cheese Shop was hosting a cider and cheese pairing. Yes. Just yes. We leisurely ate our cheese, sipped some delicious ciders, and played cards for a bit. It was just like we used to do before we had our son—chilling at a laidback bar playing gin instead of putting a toddler to bed then collapsing on the couch to watch “Game of Thrones”/“The Americans”/“Sherlock.”

Next, we ambled up the road to The Populist where our date consultant had set us up with the tasting menu. This was the highlight of our evening, just lounging on the amazing patio and taking our time with dinner. We spent an indulgent two and a half hours working our way through the tasting menu and ordering bartender’s choice cocktails.

Pro tip: Not having to worry about anything and just enjoy each other’s company is lovely … but maybe keep in mind how much you’re drinking. Since having my kid, my tolerance for alcohol has hovered somewhere between “Second grader at First Communion” and “Tenth grader stealing Mom’s Zimas.”

What I’m saying is, by the time we skipped across the street to Bar Fausto for post-dinner drinks, I was … feeling pretty fuzzy. I passed on drinks at Bar Fausto—I’ve been before and they make some amazing cocktails—but my husband had a great drink to cap off the equally great night.

We had a really fantastic evening letting Denver Date Nite plan for us. I loved the thought that went into our date night and how detailed everything was. Next time we’re scheduling a night to ourselves, instead of schlepping to the same restaurant I think we’ll be enlisting the savvy planners at Denver Date Nite. 

Jenny lives in Denver with her husband, son, and two fat tabbies. She’s a mom by day, a writer by night, and a traveler whenever she gets the chance. Follow her on her blog or on Twitter.

 

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