Find Your New Date Spot in Chapel Hill
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Find Your New Date Spot in Chapel Hill

By Molly Looman
Monday, Sep 10 2018

You've got the match on Tinder, but where do you take them? Maybe your significant other is in town or you're just trying to break the cycle of getting take out every date night. From "worth the drive" spots in Hillsborough to right down the road in Carrboro, Chapel Hill is filled with hidden gems perfect for getting to know someone new or lighting it up with the old flame. 

Keep It Local at Perennial Cafe at Perennial
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1. Keep It Simple at Perennial Cafe

With Franklin Street home to more and more chains, Perennial offers a peaceful, two-story independent coffee shop with gorgeous caffeinated offerings. This is the perfect first date spot with Instagram-worthy lattes and cozy little tables.

Keep It Local at Perennial Cafe
$   .  Perennial   .  Chapel Hill
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Go Greek at Kipos at Kipos Greek Taverna
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2. Go Greek at Kipos

Time to take it to the next level? All hail Giorgios, for bringing Greece to Chapel Hill. Kipos not only serves up an authentic and amazing Greek menu, but also an authentic and enjoyable experience. Get to know each other over a mezze spread (AKA hummus and fresh, warm pita )

Go Greek at Kipos
$$   .  Kipos Greek Taverna   .  Chapel Hill
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Maple View Ice Cream is Worth the Drive at Maple View Ice Cream
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4. Take a Trip and Try the Best Ice Cream in the Triangle

Deep in the countryside of Hillsborough, there lies a tiny cottage serving up some of the best ice cream in the Triangle. With house-made milk, sundaes and milkshakes, grab a seat on their iconic rocking chairs with the SO and take in the view.

Maple View Ice Cream is Worth the Drive
$   .  Maple View Ice Cream   .  Chapel Hill
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Sip on Craft Brew at Steel String at Steel String Brewery
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5. Sip on Craft Brew at Steel String +29 fire icon

Visit the "farm-to-pint glass" brewery in Carrboro. With new and seasonal brews rotating in and out, you'll always have something special to sip on at Steel String.

Sip on Craft Brew at Steel String
$   .  Steel String Brewery   .  Carrboro
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Trivia at Carolina Coffee Shop  at
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6. Trivia at Carolina Coffee Shop

Show what you know at Carolina Coffee Shop every Thursday from 9 to 11 p.m. Put your date to the test and show off your competitive side with a light-hearted round of trivia. Plus if you win a free pitcher with the best name, they are sure to go home impressed.

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Trivia at Carolina Coffee Shop
free
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Fridays on the Front Porch  at The Carolina Inn
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7. Fridays on the Front Porch +42 fire icon

See Summer out with Fridays on the Front Porch at the Carolina Inn. Come enjoy outdoor music and food trucks every Friday to kick off your weekend. You know you've been wanting to do it forever. Check it off the bucket list with that new match.

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Fridays on the Front Porch
Free   .  The Carolina Inn   .  Chapel Hill
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Eat, Drink, and Be Optimistic at Glasshalfull at Glasshalfull
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9. Eat, Drink, and Be Optimistic at Glasshalfull

Surround yourself with decadent food and fine wine, and it's hard not to feel good about the future—that's the feeling you'll get at Glasshalfull.

Eat, Drink, and Be Optimistic at Glasshalfull
$$   .  Glasshalfull   .  Carrboro
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Treat Yourself to Gourmet Sandwiches and Libations at TRU Deli & Wine Bar
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10. Treat Yourself to Gourmet Sandwiches and Libations

TRU is one of a kind. You can opt for the custom sandwich lunch date or take advantage of their amazing wine bar and cocktail selections in the evening. Their outdoor seating gives a perfect oasis and the indoor space has got vibes to spare.

Treat Yourself to Gourmet Sandwiches and Libations
$   .  TRU Deli & Wine Bar   .  Chapel Hill
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Past Experiences

This Movie Night Is the GOAT at Spring Haven Farm LLC
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3. Find Your Wild Side with a Goat-Filled Movie Night

Looking to involve more goats in your date night? Spring Haven Farm might just be the perfect place. Celebrate the rest of fall with these movie nights. Keep your eyes open for more goat-filled evenings. Even if it's not a movie night, Spring Haven farm is a rustic dater's dream.

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This Movie Night Is the GOAT
$10   .  Spring Haven Farm LLC   .  Chapel Hill
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See the Stars in the Spring Sky at Morehead Planetarium at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
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8. See the Stars in the Sky at Morehead Planetarium

Explore the wonder of the spring night sky at Morehead, the South's largest planetarium. You'll learn to identify planets, stars and constellations while discovering their rich cultural significance.

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See the Stars in the Spring Sky at Morehead Planetarium
$8+   .  Morehead Planetarium and Science Center   .  Chapel Hill
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