Your not-so-basic date night.
New year, new you, right? At least that’s what you’ve been telling yourself the last three years of college. Heading home for the holidays can be bittersweet, trading K Com for some homemade meals is always a welcomed change of pace, but it also means tacking on a few extra pounds. So now it’s January, and you’re ready to lose that same weight. Changing old habits can be tough, but having someone by your side to help can make things a little easier. That’s why I’ve dedicated this month’s not so typical date night to finding some healthier options for a night out with your sweetheart.
Where to Drink: Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro
Tastings is a relatively new venue to the Short North and offers an incredibly unique drinking experience. Wine is the perfect drink for anyone who is trying to be conscious of what their eating and drinking, and Tastings offers over 200 different options of wine. Tastings also allows you to sample and explore all of these wines (for a price) because, if you’re like me, you’re probably clueless when it comes to the world of wines. Don’t worry if wine is not your drink of choice, Tastings still offers plenty of other cocktails that you can drink while your date conveniently looks the other way. After all, what’s the point of being healthy if you can’t bend the rules every once in awhile?
Where to Eat: Northstar Cafe
As an avid lover, some might even say aficionado, of all things greasy, salty, and fatty, it can be hard for me to give my seal of approval to any restaurant serving items labeled organic. However, Northstar Cafe offers dozens of options that have convinced even a guy like me to eat healthy from time to time. Whether it’s their signature black bean Northstar Burger or a Sweet Basil Burrito, you won’t have to feel guilty when you’re stuffing your face with food. As for the humongous snicker doodle cookies? Well, you’re with your date so just split it for half the calories.
Where to Hang: Vertical Adventures
Chances are you’re not one of those couples that loves to lift weights and run outside in freezing temperatures together (never stop judging those couples), so finding active things to do on a date can be challenging. Have no fear! Vertical Adventures sits just inside the outer-belt and is one of the largest indoor climbing wall facilities in Columbus. Don’t know how to climb or you’re scared of heights? No worries! Vertical Adventures offers tons of help for first timers and has plenty of climbing options that don’t require you to have an anxiety attack. Climbing is a fantastic way to get both a workout and have fun with any date.