The pergola and plants that surround the outdoor space will transport you or at least give you inspiration for how to dress up your own backyard. Order a half-dozen tacos to split and a fun drink or two.
6:30pm Silverspot Cinema
No one will call you a cheap date if you go to the movies on a Tuesday – $8 tickets are pretty hard to pass up. But, would your date prefer a throwback movie? Catch “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” in August while “American Graffiti” plays in September.
9:30pm City Kitchen
After your movie, stroll over to another pretty patio for half-price bottles of wine (Tuesdays) or $5 glasses of wine (Wednesdays).
The live music series on the lawn picks back up in August with Saludos Compay on August 23 and The Mystery Hillbillies on August 30.
Take refuge from the heat at the cozy bar with a charcuterie plate. Then, enjoy a light dinner – mini lobster & shrimp rolls and pan- seared scallops were on the early summer menu.
Wind down the night with some Tenderness Honeysuckle Ale, a refreshing kolsch. Or maybe Neutral Milk Porter is more your speed. Either way, you and your date will find a beer to love.
Stop in and meet the “mayor of Midtown Market,” Sally Stollmack, and she’ll help you pick out a meaningful gift. From handbags to vases and candles, her store specializes in delightful finds.
7pm Flyleaf Books
In August, Terry Roberts talks “The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival” while Delia Owens’ lyrical and gripping debut novel, “Where The Crawdads Sing.”
5:30pm Elaine’s on Franklin
Get in early for the special three-course $35 prix fixe dinner. It’s a great opportunity to try a few things on the menu like green tomato- avocado gazpacho with roasted chiles and three cheese soufflé.
7pm The Baxter
With pinball machines and old school games, your competitive side will come out at the barcade. Remember to bring your quarters!
9pm Beer Study
End the night with a pint on the patio. The guys behind the bar really know their stuff and you may see a pup or two. They’ve got a great selection of North Carolina canned beer, so pick out a six-pack to go.
Enjoy dinner out in the Lantern Garden – these days, spicy lemongrass tofu and Korean BBQ’d local pork chop grace the menu. Sip a cocktail in the jungle oasis and try the cherry stone panna cotta.
Three speakers will wax on about topics such as the whys and hows of board games to United States coins you probably never knew existed. Sip a beer, learn some fresh facts and revel in all the new knowledge.
9pm Local 506
The doors might open at 8 p.m. but you’ve got time to get to the music venue which hosts acts this summer such as Chapel Hill-based Charley James, Go Fever and Telekinetic Yeti.