Whether you’ve been married for decades or are planning a first date, Fort Wayne has plenty of options for a night out on the town. Dinner and a movie is always a safe bet, but if you're looking to mix it up, try something a little more distinct.
Fort Wayne has always had a solid art scene, it’s just now starting to spark conversation. Wunderkammer Company has made it their mission to revitalize the community through contemporary art. They play host to anything from art shows and dinner parties to live music and theatrical performances. Check their Facebook for updates on exhibitions and events so you can give your date night a contemporary spin.
Looking to class it up a bit? The Castle Gallery in the historic West Central neighborhood is the perfect destination. Not only is this gem free to the public, they often hold open houses for contributing artists. With hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, this is your chance to showcase your sophistication without breaking the bank. Apart from being home to some of the most beautiful paintings in town, the house itself is a work of art. It’s worth a stop just to see the place.
Art shows and exhibitions aren’t for everyone. Thankfully, Jirk Comedy is a breath of fresh air to downtown entertainment. Until recently, Snicker’s has been the go-to place for comedy. Jirk, however, has made strides to bring the laughs to the masses. With frequent stand-up and open mic nights, Jirk is making good comedy more accessible. Several bars like CS3 and O’Sullivan’s often host the events, which have begun to garner some regional attention. Follow @JirkComedy on Twitter or like them on Facebook for updates on upcoming events.
It’s understandable that you may want to actually eat on one of these dates. Fort Wayne has an absurd amount of options. It’s always recommended that you try out local places rather than getting half price appetizers from Applebee's … again. But don’t feel restricted to Club Soda or Hall’s. While they are guaranteed to be good, Fort Wayne has plenty of new options.
Main Street Bistro and The Phoenix are two newer restaurants that offer a classy environment, good food, and delicious drinks. If you are fan of food trucks but can’t wait for summer, Bravas is now available in burger form on Fairfield Ave, and Affine serves up their menu at the newly opened Summit City Brewerks on East Berry Street most weekends.
Before it’s over, you’re going to need dessert. While most places offer dessert options, you might as well make it a point to seek out the experts. DeBrand Fine Chocolates will always be a safe bet. For something a little more unique, check out Sweets So Geek on North Anthony. They offer a nerdy variety of chocolates and treats. Additionally, Poptique is a locally owned gourmet popcorn shop at Jefferson Pointe that is sure to compliment just about any date activity.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with going to the movies, but please do yourself a favor and take in a showing at the Cinema Center. Not only does the Cinema Center serve wine and beer, it’s the only place around that consistently shows limited release, independent and foreign movies. It’s also within walking distance to a lot of local restaurants and bars, so you can enjoy your night and not worry about parking or transportation around town. They also host public events, such as their yearly Oscar party.
Want to venture even farther off the beaten path? Enjoy a rustic, cozy, home-cooked meal at The Plumtickled Junction in Dunfee