Progressive date night

Picasso once said that “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Heed these words with your sweetheart at the end of the workday, and stroll through the collections of this downtown jewel. If your timing is fortuitous, you may be able to steal a kiss by the museum’s picture windows as the sun sets beyond the Mississippi River.

Located on Third Street, just a few steps from the Shaw Center, Stroubes offers several intimate seating options for your happy hour rendezvous. You and your honey can sidle up to the comfy bar; snag a table by the windows; or grab a couple of club chairs, push them scandalously close together, and whisper sweet nothings over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Tucked away in the corner of a small building on Perkins Road near the overpass, this old-school establishment is the perfect dinner spot for your continuing tteā€”tte. With its almost clandestine location, dimly lit interior, and killer Italian food, you might well imagine a singer with an accordion serenading you and your love with “That’s Amore.”

End your evening on a high note at this elegant retreat in the Acadian-Perkins Plaza. Juban’s lounge is the epitome of romance plus style. Take a seat in the charming courtyard, hold your beloved close, and savor a decadent dessert. Libations are optional but passion is not.