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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Banshee

Best Place for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Banshee

Best Place for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Golden Eagle

Best Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Buteco

Best Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Carroll Street Cafe
A good date spot needs to be one where you don't mind being stood up. We've had great dates and bad dates at Carroll Street Cafe, but never a bad meal, glass of wine, or seat. It's cute and cozy and we feel all kinds of go-ahead vibes on some modest PDA. The odds are always in your favor when orderingmore...
A good date spot needs to be one where you don't mind being stood up. We've had great dates and bad dates at Carroll Street Cafe, but never a bad meal, glass of wine, or seat. It's cute and cozy and we feel all kinds of go-ahead vibes on some modest PDA. The odds are always in your favor when ordering dessert, usually two, especially if love isn't in the air. less...

Best Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Red Phone Booth (Featured)

Best place for a first date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Gaja Korean Bar (Where to Eat Recommendation)
What makes a place great for a first date? Engaging ambiance, strong drinks, and delicious food are clutch, and GAJA’s chill East Atlanta vibe covers all of the above. The raw industrial design scheme marked by concrete floors, elemental wood and stainless steel furnishings, and sparse décor keepmore...
What makes a place great for a first date? Engaging ambiance, strong drinks, and delicious food are clutch, and GAJA’s chill East Atlanta vibe covers all of the above. The raw industrial design scheme marked by concrete floors, elemental wood and stainless steel furnishings, and sparse décor keep the room from feeling too polished or precious. There are stylistic accents, such as vintage Korean film posters and food served on the quintessential Korean trays built to hold a plethora of small side dishes — or banchan. Gaja employs just enough Asian-hipster-foodie quirk to fuel conversation and ultimately foil any first-date awkwardness. Gaja’s playful East-meets-West dishes, such as a rice bowl topped with whatever veggies the kitchen has on hand, cucumber kimchi, and a hamburger patty proudly laced with M.S.G., and the addictive corn cheese (popcorn draped with shredded cheese) are conversation starters in their own right. Wash away any remaining nerves with shots of soju (potent Korean rice liquor) or a refreshing Hite beer imported from Seoul. less...

Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Eclectic Bistro & Bar (Permanently Closed)

Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Ecco Midtown

Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Ecco Midtown

Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Better Half (Permanently Closed)

Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Apres Diem

Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Top Flr (Permanently Closed)

Best spot for a first date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Leon's Full Service (Featured)
A first date is all about opportunity: the potential to go one way or another. Will it lead to something more? Or will it fizzle into a night best forgotten? Leon's Full Service excels in presenting options to fuel a fun night, especially from behind the bar, and those options can also be employed tomore...
A first date is all about opportunity: the potential to go one way or another. Will it lead to something more? Or will it fizzle into a night best forgotten? Leon's Full Service excels in presenting options to fuel a fun night, especially from behind the bar, and those options can also be employed to help one forget should the need arise. Actually, starting at the bar is a great way to get to know your date a little better. Does Belgian beer on tap turn her on? Or is a modern twist on a classic cocktail more her speed? Is he the kind to get all bubbly over a bottle of farmer fizz (champagne from a producer who actually grows their own grapes)? Or is it straight to a sip of single village mezcal? Then there's the array of eating choices. Want to keep it fun? Stick with the bar snacks or fries with a couple of different dipping sauces (if your date chooses peppercorn gravy, that's a sure sign he/she understands the importance of substance over appearances). Want to get serious? Go for something like the pan-seared sea scallops with sweet corn, tomato jam, and bits of bacon from nearby Pine Street Market. Or maybe go straight to a salty sweet embrace with the chocolate hazelnut candy bar. Keep in mind, there's no better way to judge a potential boyfriend/girlfriend than his or her bocce skills while intoxicated, so be sure to carry those drinks we mentioned earlier outside and take advantage of the bocce court before the night is over. less...

Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Top Flr (Permanently Closed)

Best spot for a first date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Lunacy Black Market (Permanently Closed)
On a couch or a table? This is typically more of, say, a third-date question. But if you and your honey venture downtown to Lunacy Black Market on your first date, come prepared with a response. Intimate clusters of sofas, loveseats and armchairs, as well as a smattering of tables, fill the restaurant'smore...
On a couch or a table? This is typically more of, say, a third-date question. But if you and your honey venture downtown to Lunacy Black Market on your first date, come prepared with a response. Intimate clusters of sofas, loveseats and armchairs, as well as a smattering of tables, fill the restaurant's living room-like interior. Chef Paul Luna's rotating menu of small plates arrives scrawled in Sharpie on torn-up cardboard wine cases. But rather than looking sloppy, it feels personal and charming. Best of all? None of the dishes costs more than $5. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find any of the dozen or so menu items priced more than $3. Neither of you will look like greedy pig faces thanks to the petite portions and tidy presentations of dishes such as short ribs with house-made ricotta, chickpea curry or a charcuterie plate. If things don't work out, you won't have spent a load. And if things do work out, you'll have enough money left over for cocktails at your place. Couch or table? 231 Mitchell St. 404-736-6164. lunacyblackmarket.com. less...

Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Top Flr (Permanently Closed)

Runner-up: Apres Diem


931 Monroe Drive, 404-872-3333, www.apresdiem.com

Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Apres Diem

Runner-up
Top Flr
674 Myrtle St., 404-685-3110, www.topflr.com

Best Restaurant For A First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Spoon EastSide Restaurant (Featured)

Best Restaurant For a First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Real Chow Baby (Permanently Closed)

Best Place for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Real Chow Baby (Permanently Closed)

Best Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Chocolate Bar (Permanently Closed)
201 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-378-0630 http://www.thechocolatebardecatur.com There are enough aphrodisiacs on the menu at CHOCOLATE BAR to drive a hoard of potential lovers mad with lust. Between the oysters, creamy cheeses and multiple decadent chocolate creations (including a few that involve booze),more...
201 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-378-0630 http://www.thechocolatebardecatur.com There are enough aphrodisiacs on the menu at CHOCOLATE BAR to drive a hoard of potential lovers mad with lust. Between the oysters, creamy cheeses and multiple decadent chocolate creations (including a few that involve booze), if your date isn't tearing your clothes off by the end of the evening, there is something seriously wrong with one of you. less...

Best Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Chocolate Bar (Permanently Closed)
There are enough aphrodisiacs on the menu at CHOCOLATE BAR to drive a hoard of potential lovers mad with lust. Between the oysters, creamy cheeses and multiple decadent chocolate creations (including a few that involve booze), if your date isn’t tearing your clothes off by the end of the evening,more...
There are enough aphrodisiacs on the menu at CHOCOLATE BAR to drive a hoard of potential lovers mad with lust. Between the oysters, creamy cheeses and multiple decadent chocolate creations (including a few that involve booze), if your date isn’t tearing your clothes off by the end of the evening, there is something seriously wrong with one of you. less...

Best Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Real Chow Baby (Permanently Closed)

Best First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
The Globe (Permanently Closed)
Fabulously stylish yet refreshingly unpretentious, THE GLOBEwas custom-made for a getting-to-know-you night out. The menu is modern and unfussy, with a cocktail list to die for (try the Momo Special or the orange and lime caipiroska). Every detail has been considered, but nothing feels too serious —more...
Fabulously stylish yet refreshingly unpretentious, THE GLOBEwas custom-made for a getting-to-know-you night out. The menu is modern and unfussy, with a cocktail list to die for (try the Momo Special or the orange and lime caipiroska). Every detail has been considered, but nothing feels too serious — which is precisely the vibe you want on a first date. If a lovely plate of steak frites and a pear martini don’t work their magic on Mr. or Ms. Right, it probably wasn’t meant to be. less...

Best Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Real Chow Baby (Permanently Closed)

Best Place to Meet Your Web Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Starbucks
Ubiquitous, www.starbucks.com.

Best Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Pura Vida (Permanently Closed)
Candlelight, cozy tables and sultry Latin music make PURA VIDA an especially good choice for a first date. Chicken-stuffed empanadas, cremini mushrooms in chipotle-garlic butter and tender hanger steak drizzled with chimichurri (bring mints if you’re planning to steal a kiss later) are all primemore...
Candlelight, cozy tables and sultry Latin music make PURA VIDA an especially good choice for a first date. Chicken-stuffed empanadas, cremini mushrooms in chipotle-garlic butter and tender hanger steak drizzled with chimichurri (bring mints if you’re planning to steal a kiss later) are all prime dishes for sharing. A mojito or two to take the edge off, and next thing you know, you’re feeding each other bites of ceviche. less...

Best Place to Meet Your Web Date BOA Award Winner

Octane Coffee (Permanently Closed)
A blind date can be nerve-wracking enough, but at least at OCTANE COFFEE BAR & LOUNGE you can attribute the jitters on the jolt of caffeine you just chugged. What's better, this java joint offers free wireless Internet, so you can pretend to be reading Wonkette.com when the mystery screen name sauntersmore...
A blind date can be nerve-wracking enough, but at least at OCTANE COFFEE BAR & LOUNGE you can attribute the jitters on the jolt of caffeine you just chugged. What's better, this java joint offers free wireless Internet, so you can pretend to be reading Wonkette.com when the mystery screen name saunters up. Plus, you'll score points for suggesting a rendezvous on the trendy west side of town. Soon enough, the coffee won't be the only thing that's hot. less...

Best Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Apres Diem

Best Place to Meet Your Web Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
The Earl (Featured)
Starbucks won the reader's choice for this category, and while our dear astute readers may enjoy going to a place with a T-Mobile Hotspot hookup (maybe so they can ditch said date and immediately find another), we recommend a "different" hot spot: THE EARL. There's people watching aplenty so your eyesmore...
Starbucks won the reader's choice for this category, and while our dear astute readers may enjoy going to a place with a T-Mobile Hotspot hookup (maybe so they can ditch said date and immediately find another), we recommend a "different" hot spot: THE EARL. There's people watching aplenty so your eyes can wander to new, uncharted territories, and if you want to ditch your dud, simply slide into the dimly-lit music room and blend in with the crowd. Or, if the band is particularly, um, "experimental," use it as a pain threshold gauge for your new honey. "488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com" less...

Best Intown Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Apres Diem

Best OTP Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Olive Garden

Best Place to Meet Your Web Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Starbucks

Best Place for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Turner Field (Permanently Closed)
"Well, my last boyfriend broke up with me because he found out I gave a blowjob to my boss for the promotion I just got." This is the exact kind of introductory small talk no one wants to hear on a first date. For better control of the situation, we recommend going to a Friday night Braves game at TURNERmore...
"Well, my last boyfriend broke up with me because he found out I gave a blowjob to my boss for the promotion I just got." This is the exact kind of introductory small talk no one wants to hear on a first date. For better control of the situation, we recommend going to a Friday night Braves game at TURNER FIELD. You can choose to talk, or watch the game, or drink a lot of beer. If things go well, you're going to want to do all three and maybe even hit the batting cages to show off a little. And seriously, few things are as romantic as being outdoors on a warm Southern night. "755 Hank Aaron Drive, 404-522-7630. www.atlantabraves.com" less...

Best Intown Restaurant For A First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Wisteria

Best Place For A First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » After Dark
Apres Diem

Best OTP Restaurant For A First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Pastis (Permanently Closed)

Best Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
La Tavola Trattoria (Where to Eat Recommendation)
A first-date restaurant needs to be a place that feels lively, is neither too fancy nor too casual, but has great food that's sophisticated without being challenging. LA TAVOLA TRATTORIA in Virginia-Highland fits the bill. You and your paramour-to-be can sit in the softly lit dining room or on the bustlingmore...
A first-date restaurant needs to be a place that feels lively, is neither too fancy nor too casual, but has great food that's sophisticated without being challenging. LA TAVOLA TRATTORIA in Virginia-Highland fits the bill. You and your paramour-to-be can sit in the softly lit dining room or on the bustling patio out back. The across-the-board Italian menu is full of winners, including the baked manicotti, ricotta and sage ravioli and swordfish picatta. Looking to take the edge off? They have a rangy, reasonably priced wine list too. And if the date is going well, you can take an after-dinner stroll around one of the few neighborhoods that offers decent window-shopping in Atlanta. "992 Virginia Ave., 404-873-5430. www.latavolatrattoria.com" less...

Best Place for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » After Dark
WhirlyBall Atlanta
Forget about dinner, a movie and drinks. Take your next date to WHIRLYBALL. One of the more under-appreciated sports of our time is also an excellent way to gauge the personality of your suitor. Two teams take to a basketball court - in bumper cars. A few games should be enough to determine whether yourmore...
Forget about dinner, a movie and drinks. Take your next date to WHIRLYBALL. One of the more under-appreciated sports of our time is also an excellent way to gauge the personality of your suitor. Two teams take to a basketball court - in bumper cars. A few games should be enough to determine whether your date is playful, competitive, coordinated and willing to work with others. (Hint: Full-speed slams into the corner are an early warning sign your date is a jerk.) "608 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 770-998-6161." less...

Best Place for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » After Dark
Apres Diem

Best Place for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Martinis and IMAX
767 Clifton Road 404-929-6300 http://www.fernbank.edu/museum/martini.html A Friday night movie with alcohol at the snack bar is the classic first-date set-up. Putting an elegant spin on the norm, Fernbank Museum offers evenings featuring IMAX films, a large martini bar and a jazz trio. The museum itselfmore...
767 Clifton Road 404-929-6300 http://www.fernbank.edu/museum/martini.html A Friday night movie with alcohol at the snack bar is the classic first-date set-up. Putting an elegant spin on the norm, Fernbank Museum offers evenings featuring IMAX films, a large martini bar and a jazz trio. The museum itself is a conversation piece, and there's something cool about sipping drinks beneath giant dinosaur fossils. The combination of the movie, music and cocktails takes tension off first-date pressures and can prevent any deep conversation if you're seeking to avoid that. Even if your date is a bore, at least you can say you once downed martinis while watching life-size whales mate off the coast of California. less...

Jeremy Citron's Favorite Place for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Whole Foods Market
1214 Spring St. 404-817-7529 http://www.wholeworldtheatre.com "I think the Whole World Theatre is one of the best first dates for several reasons. For one, it's about a five-minute walk from the strip around Crescent Avenue, which provides you with places to eat like Vickery's, the South City Kitchenmore...
1214 Spring St. 404-817-7529 http://www.wholeworldtheatre.com "I think the Whole World Theatre is one of the best first dates for several reasons. For one, it's about a five-minute walk from the strip around Crescent Avenue, which provides you with places to eat like Vickery's, the South City Kitchen and Front Page News, which are nice, casual and not too stuffy. And then you've got the walk going down to the theater, where you can talk and get to know one another. And then you've got improv comedy, which is funny. Anybody who can't appreciate it is somebody you probably don't want to go out with again. But, at the same time, it's a great barrier-breaker because you've got something in common that you are laughing at and having a good time listening to. less...

Best Place for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery (Chain) (Permanently Closed)
The setting at Rock Bottom is fitting for a first date — intimate but not overly so. You don't have to worry about your date's taste in food; the menu contains something for everyone, offering pastas and pizzas, salads, sandwiches and entrees such as grilled meatloaf and smoked chicken enchiladas.more...
The setting at Rock Bottom is fitting for a first date — intimate but not overly so. You don't have to worry about your date's taste in food; the menu contains something for everyone, offering pastas and pizzas, salads, sandwiches and entrees such as grilled meatloaf and smoked chicken enchiladas. Choose from a good selection of freshly brewed ales and lagers. If your date doesn't drink, the brewery also makes ginger ale, root beer and cream soda. less...

Best Place for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
High Museum of Art (Featured)
Imagine sipping martinis while enjoying live music, food, poetry readings, art exhibits and more. Now imagine an impressed date. Friday Jazz at the High allows you to add a touch of sophistication to your evening without breaking the bank — $12 admission for two from 5-10 p.m. Instead of dragging yourmore...
Imagine sipping martinis while enjoying live music, food, poetry readings, art exhibits and more. Now imagine an impressed date. Friday Jazz at the High allows you to add a touch of sophistication to your evening without breaking the bank — $12 admission for two from 5-10 p.m. Instead of dragging your date to a noisy club or bar, go to the museum where you can listen to music and have a quality conversation. less...

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