Five can't-miss Orlando date spots to light your fire

Sorry, these aren't tips on how to meet someone. If they were, I wouldn't be a perpetually single millennial refusing to use dating apps. These are, however, suggestions on where to go for a nice date.

Get a drink at Mathers Social Gathering.
It's a 1920s-themed bar so if you are both history nerds fascinated with the Prohibition era, you can get cozy here. There's nice mood lighting, and the cocktails are super fancy. So fancy that, if you're on a budget, I recommend going during their happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m.

Get a drink and learn something at Orlando Science Center.
A date off the beaten path: after hours at the science museum. Yes, the Orlando Science Center hosts Science Night Live, an evening 21 and up with "adult beverages." If you're into, like, science and stuff, hit the place up.

Get some dessert at Better Than Sex.
I mean, it's pretty much all right there in the name. Here's a dessert restaurant with no reservations. In the other sense, though, you should definitely make a reservation. Enjoy cheesecake, pies, truffles, all that sweet stuff. Then maybe afterward see if the name checks out.

See a good movie at Enzian Theater.
If you and your date like artsy cinema, check out the Enzian. You can grab a drink before on their cute patio outside, then head in for the film. It's a dine-in theater, too, so you can order a whole meal while you watch an independent movie that cleaned up at Cannes that none of your friends have heard of.

Do the theme parks-lite at Disney Springs.
If you're not sure about this person yet, spending the money on a full-day pass might be too risky. So try Disney Springs, a part of the park that caters more to adults. There are bars, restaurants, plenty of paths to wander hand-in-hand (annoying the family groups behind you) and a beach area with fireworks at night.


Better Than Sex
1905 N. Orange

Mathers Social Gathering
3 Phoenix Building, 30 S. Magnolia Ave.

Orlando Science Center
777 E. Princeton St.

Enzian Theater
1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland

Disney Springs
1486 Lake Buena Vista Drive

This story is from the Aug. 8, 2019, print issue of Orlando Weekly's Newcomers Guide 2019. Stay on top of Central Florida news and views with our weekly Headlines newsletter.