If you’re running out of fun and creative ways to have a date night in Madison Wisconsin during this season of Covid-19, you’re not alone! This episode of Joe Knows Madison is focused on bringing you new ways to get out and enjoy time together while staying safe.
As this season of quarantine began my wife Krystle and I put date night on the back burner in hopes that Covid-19 would resolve quickly. Unfortunately, things didn’t go the way we thought they would and a night out became a thing of the past. Desperate for ideas on how to reinstate date night, I took to Facebook to ask for your help! Wow, did you guys come through! Out of your posts, I came up with 5 great ideas for a night out in Madison Wisconsin.
1 – Naples 15 Dining
With so many recommendations and such high praise (some even said the best food in Madison Wisconsin!), I had to include Naples 15! What kind of food do they have? Think Italian with a French influence, known as Neapolitan food. Their signature dish is Neapolitan pizza, particularly “The Good Life” created for famous singer Tony Bennett who once dined at Naples 15. Featuring San Marzano tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh oregano, you don’t want to miss this dish! I am told the owner, Sal, is a great guy and to ask to chat with him if he is there. Naples 15 is currently offering dine in and outdoor seating as well as curbside and delivery options.
2 – Backyard Dinner and a Movie
This idea might take a little prep work and lot of bug spray but what a fun way to spruce up movie night! Start with music on an outdoor sound system, grill a nice meal or order take out from one of your favorite Madison Wisconsin restaurants, then sit back and relax! If you have extra time, maybe set up a few yard games for some friendly competition while you eat. Then, enjoy an outdoor movie! Use a projector to play the movie on the side of your house, on a screen (if you have it), or even on a white sheet! Sounds like a fun and relaxing way to spend time together!
3 – Patio Dining at The Boathouse Restaurant at The Edgewater
What’s more romantic than a sunset dinner with stunning lake views? Check out Madison Wisconsin favorite, The Boathouse Restaurant. Located in one of the city’s most iconic venues, the Edgewater Hotel, The Boathouse Restaurant is nestled quietly on the shores of Lake Mendota. They are currently offering walk up and dockside pickup in addition to patio seating. Capacity if limited so be sure to call ahead.
4 – Picnic in a Park
Never underestimate simplicity, like a quiet picnic in a park. With so many beautiful Madison Wisconsin parks to choose from, it shouldn’t be difficult to find the perfect place for a romantic dinner with your special someone. Order takeout to pick up on the way or spend time cooking together before you head out. My wife and I are realizing more and more the importance of getting outside and enjoying nature, especially in this particularly stressful time. So, pick a park and enjoy a wonderful, relaxing meal together!
5 – Drive In Movie at the Madison Mallard Duck Pond
A true once in a lifetime opportunity to see a movie at a baseball diamond, the Madison Mallard Duck Pond has been temporarily converted to a drive in movie theater! This Madison Wisconsin staple is showing movies to patrons from the safety of their car. Grab your loved one and head out to the ball diamond to see a classic like The Sandlot, Jurassic Park, or Harry Potter. We just did a client event there and it was fantastic! The Mallards team does a great job of keeping everyone safe while still making the experience as fun and memorable as possible. This would also be a great family night out as well. Check their website for upcoming movies and for details on how to get tickets.
Honorable Mention Date Ideas
1 – Patio Dining at Buck and Honey’s
Buck and Honey’s has a couple of locations in Madison Wisconsin but be sure to check out the newest location in Monona right on the Yahara River between Lake Monona and Lake Waubesa. A beautiful venue and great food.
2 – Float Factor
This one didn’t make my list since it sounds somewhat claustrophobic but it was recommended a couple of times. If you don’t know what it is check out their website, thefloatfactor.com. Seems like a popular choice so it might be worth a look.