With summer drawing to a close and fall coming right on its heels, let’s change up your date night game. Time to swap out those breezy patio nights and frozen cocktails for cozy candlelit tables and well, less frozen cocktails. Logan Square definitely doesn’t fall short in the options department, so to help narrow down that playing field, check out these options— all inspired by this year’s Best of Logan Square!
Catch a concert with your boo at Concord Music Hall (Best Music Venue) and then head on over to Boiler Room (Best Place to Get Late Night Grub) for their classic PB&J: a slice of pizza, beer, and a shot of Jameson.
Nothing warms the belly on a chilly night better than a spicy Thai curry. Grab a bottle of wine from Logan Liquors down the street and head over to Trike (Best BYOB Venue). Then, fill those bellies with some laughs at a Cole’s (Best Comedy Venue) for its famous weekly Wednesday Comedy Open Mic Night.
If you and your better half find yourselves channeling your inner Sonny and Cher, make your way down to Reed’s Local (Best Karaoke Venue) to belt out some sweet duets. But in case you need a little liquid courage first, grab some pints at the Revolution Brewing taproom (Best Beer Selection) just around the corner.
What are Sundays for if not brunch? If you haven’t already, take your S.O. to Lula Cafe (Best Brunch Place) before perusing the stalls at the ever-popular Logan Square Farmer’s Market. And since it’s Sunday Funday, after all, top off your quintessential Logan morning with Bloody Mary’s at Longman Eagle or Reno (both tied for Best Bloody Mary).
Looking for an excuse to get a little gussied up for a fancy night? Wine and dine your sweetie at Giant (Best Fancy Restaurant) and get adventurous with their famous uni shooters. Afterward, take a stroll down Armitage Avenue for some after-dinner drinks at Scofflaw (Best Date Spot, Best All-Around Bar).
See what all the hype is about at this year’s Best New Restaurant, Lonesome Rose. This long-awaited Land and Sea Dept. project has a little something for everyone, from the Truck Stop Nachos to their clandestine basement bar, Golden Teardrops. And if you two are looking for a little something sweet afterward, share a selection of truffles and handmade marshmallows at Katherine Anne Confections (Best Sweet Treats Shop).
Head to Reno (Best Budget-Friendly Restaurant) on a Tuesday for their two pizzas for $20, two whiskey shots and two PBRs. And since you saved a few dollars on dinner, pop next door to Webster’s Wine Bar (Best Wine List) to enjoy some post-dinner vino and dessert.
Maybe you’ve decided that it’s time for your S.O. to meet that other special someone in your life: your pup! Make the introductions over some pints at Hopewell (Best Dog-Friendly Place) and when it’s time to take your pup for a walk mosey on over to Park & Field’s (Honorable Mention, Best Patio Space) patio for some outdoor bocce ball or s’mores around the fire pit.
With an overwhelming number of popular restaurants dotting the neighborhood, check out this year’s Best Restaurant winner, Casa Yari. Known for its delicious Latin American food, Casa Yari is BYOB and many of the dishes can be made vegan. And if you’re looking for a way to work off a bit of that indulgent dinner, head over to Slippery Slope (Best Place to Dance) for some dancing!
Some dates never go out of style, thankfully. There is still no date night more classic than dinner and a movie, so start your evening out at Billy Sunday (Honorable Mention, Best Date Spot). It’s easy to see why this little bar is great for dates—with their inventive cocktails and delicious nibbles set in an intimate, candlelit space, Billy Sunday is all about the romance. Then keep the night going with a brief stroll through Square and a late night movie at the Logan Theater.
P.S: Sweetest Day is October 20 … wink, wink.