A single person has to go through many choices before even searching for his/her soul mate. There are online services, speed dating, rush dating and matchmakers, however when it comes down to is, the very first encounter will always be a blind date. Whether you rely on friends, online screening or an agency, we have compiled a list of the best places for a blind date in South Florida.
Tatu Asian Bar & Grill
5750 Seminole Way
Hollywood, FL 33314
An explosive celebration of Asian culture is its slogan and, honestly, it is what Tatu is about. Located inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, it represents the encounter of three varied cultures: Chinese, Japanese and Pan Asian. There’s no doubt that lacquered red walls and discreet long-fringed curtains, deemed lights and tall ceilings make an impact that continues to the outdoor moon garden. This is a place to enjoy slow-paced food, soft music and conversation with a sensual environment.
109 S.W. 2nd Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Would you like to test already if your love for live jazz is reciprocated by the person you will be meeting? The Green Room, right behind the other hot spot Revolution Live, will serve the purpose. Relaxed couches, dim lighting, art from top-notch local artists and a disheveled pool table make the ambiance for a location that will serve you a free drink if you happen to know the password of the night. If you are an artistic, original type, chances are you will meet your blind date in a unique environment.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
3251 S. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33129
The magnificent private residence inspired by the European palaces of the Renaissance turned into a museum offers a special Moonlight Garden Tour. Imagine inviting your date to meet you in these royal settings and walk through the gardens by the moonlight accompanied by live music. It is not for everyone to enjoy, but if you share classical affinities and passion for history in modern settings, an evening under the moonlight will not be forgotten easily. Wine and other light refreshments are available as well.
Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita Restaurant & Lounge
1000 S. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33130
In the early 30s, this establishment was a fire station. The floors still crackling from the original refurbished parquet, an arched roof and old stucco has assured the building a spot in the National Register of Historical Buildings. Outdoor seating is available on the ground floor in a lounge bar atmosphere for an appetizer or on the balcony on the second floor for the real dining experience. The contrast of the dark brown wooden floor and white crisp walls and seating areas contrast with the sparkles of shelves and candles. The music is discreet and allows deep conversation for two people that need to get acquainted.
Prime One Twelve
112 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
To savor the South of Fifth atmosphere, there isn’t any better place than this celebrity-studded steakhouse. With a classic menu reinvented for the jet setters, any date will be impressed. Make a reservation for the hustling bar for a couple of cocktails before enjoying your meal. An extra suggestion: don’t miss the truffle mac ‘n cheese or the fried Oreos.
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A resident of South Beach for 16 years, Francesca Belluomini has long been an iconic presence on the local nightlife scene. Raised and educated in Tuscany, Italy, she has also lived in two fashion capitols, Milan and London. She writes about all fashions in Miami. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.