Northeast Ohioans looking for the perfect first date spot may not immediately think of Cleveland. However, the city has some venues that are perfect for a romantic get-together. Whether it’s whether it’s bonding over a few drinks, taking in some local color together or exploring the city’s rich cultural history together, the CLE has many sites that are ideal settings for some quality one on one time. Here are the five best places to go on a first date in Cleveland.
Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-7350

The primary objective of any first date is to determine whether or not the other person is worth seeing a second time. Taking a nice leisurely stroll through the Cleveland Museum of Art is an excellent way to make that particular determination. Regardless of a person’s taste in or experience with art, museum is packed with evocative pieces that will spark long and thoughtful conversation. Even if a love connection is made, both daters can walk away from the experience with the cultural horizons broadened.

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Mahall’s 20 Lanes
13200 Madison Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
(216) 521-3280

There’s a lot of expectation and tension baked into the first date experience. One way to depressurize things and have a little fun is to engage in a structured activity. Mahall’s 20 Lanes is a fantastic first date spot because couples can bowl a few frames, snack a few drinks and listen to make some exciting live music while getting to know one another. Also, it’s important to know early on if the person you’re dating can take a crushing defeat with dignity.

The Boneyard
5900 Mayfield Road
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
(440) 995-0500

Cleveland has a long-established reputation for being a working class town. And like all great working class towns, it has it is home to more than a few bars where residents can come to catch the latest game, eat some spicy chicken wings and down a few ice cold beers. As one of the city’s best bars, The Boneyard is a great place for true Clevelanders to enjoy one another’s company while honoring some of the city’s oldest and richest traditions. Namely, debating how has a more authentic and comprehensive devotion for the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers and Browns.

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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
3900 Wildlife Way
Cleveland, OH 44109
(216) 661-6500

For nature lovers, there’s no better first date location than the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Couples can exchange their personal histories while staring at tigers and koalas. They can compare their favorite movies while walking through a section of rain forest. They can discuss their favorite and least favorite types of music while hiking around scenic Waterfowl Park. And they can marvel at Northeast Ohio’s notoriously bizarre weather checking out the zoo’s Australian Adventure area.

Rock And Roll Hall of Fame
1100 E. 9th St.
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 781-7625

One of the biggest attractions in the state, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is an excellent place for a first date because it offers visitors such an exciting and unique experience. There are a million conversation starters to be found walking through various exhibits that document the history of rock ‘n roll and the singular role Cleveland plays in it. After taking all the sights and sounds of the Hall, couples can head to a local café or bar to have an important discussion. The backbone of any good relationship is shared values, and the conversations couples will have about the relativistic merits of Metallica, NWA and Britney Spears will play a significant role in determining the viability of a potential romance.

Mario McKellop is a freelance writer who has covered the pop culture beat since 2010.