You might have seen this alphabet dating trend on Instagram and other parts of the internet, but what is it? The idea is rather simple. You and your significant other take turns planning regularly scheduled dates centered around a letter of the alphabet. It’s kind of like an episode of Sesame Street, except – you know, much more romantic. The rules aren’t stringent and you and your partner don’t HAVE to go in alphabetical order. Just be sure the two of you go through all 26 letters. There is plenty of room for you and your sweetheart to interpret based on just a letter. The possibilities are practically endless!

We have curated a Cincinnati-inspired guide to this alphabetical trend to help you and your sweetheart spice up your date nights. Each letter is broken down into general Cincinnati destinations, local restaurants and bars, activities, and themes to show just how versatile alphabet dating is.


Destinations: Ault Park, (Cincinnati) Archery Arena, American Sign Museum

Dining / Drinks: Arnold’s Bar and Grill, Arcade Legacy: Bar Edition, Abby Girl Sweets

Activities: Archery, Arts & Crafts, American Legacy Tours

Themes: Amusement Park, Aquarium, Art



Destinations: (The) Banks, Blooms & Berries Farm Market, BB Riverboats,

Dining / Drinks: Boca, Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, Buca di Beppo

Activities: Baseball Game, Bowling, Bird Watching

Themes: Brunch, BBQ, Burgers



Destinations: (The) Candle Lab, Carew Tower, Clifton

Dining / Drinks: Clyborne’s, Cloud Nine Sushi, Cincy Crab

Activities: Candle Making, Concerts, Cycling

Themes: Chinese Takeout, Coffee, Charity



Destinations: Downtown Cincinnati, Duke-Energy Center, Dart Rush

Dining / Drinks: Don Rigo, deSha’s American Tavern, Dutch’s Larder

Activities: Dance, Dungeons & Dragons, Dinner Theater

Themes: DIY, Disney, Dining



Destinations: (The) Escape Game, EarthJoy Tree Adventures, EnterTRAINment Junction

Dining / Drinks: Eli’s BBQ, (The) Echo Restaurant, E+O Kitchen

Activities: Escape, Entertain, Eye-Spy

Themes: Ethnic Food, Exploration, Eco-friendly



Destinations: Fowling Warehouse of Cincinnati, Findlay Market, Fountain Square

Dining / Drinks: Fifty West Brewpub, Firehouse Grill, Fatboy’s Dream Floating Restaurant

Activities: FC Cincinnati Game, Fishing, Fondue

Themes: Fitness, Festival, Fandom



Destinations: Green Acres Kayaking, Get Air Trampoline, Great Wolf Lodge

Dining / Drinks: (The) Growler House, Greyhound Tavern, Gordo’s Pub & Grill

Activities: Gardening, Go-Karting, Glass Blowing

Themes: Game Night, Group Date, Groovy



Destinations: Hyde Park, Hueston Woods State Park, Holiday Autho Theatre Drive-In

Dining / Drinks:  Hofbräuhaus, HangOver Easy, Harvest Pizzeria

Activities: Hiking, Hemingway Carriages, Hot Tubing

Themes: Hollywood, Haunted, Homemade



Destinations: Independence, Ingalls Building, IKEA

Dining / Drinks: Indian Mound Café, Incline Public House, Iron Chef Grill

Activities: Indoor Trampoline Park, Ice Skating, Indoor Karting

Themes: Indian Food, Ice Cream, International



Destinations: Jungle Jim’s, Jack’s Casino, John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge

Dining / Drinks: Jimmy B’s Bar & Grill, Japp’s – Since 1879, Jean-Robert’s Table

Activities: Jacuzzi, Jamboree, Jenga

Themes: Japanese Food, Junk Food, Jazz



Destinations: Kings Island, Krohn Conservatory, Kenwood,

Dining / Drinks: Krueger’s Tavern, Keystone’s Mac Shack, KungFood Chu’s AmerAsia

Activities: Kayaking, Karaoke, Kite Flying

Themes: Korean Food, Kinky, Kisses



Destinations: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, Loveland Castle, Little Miami Canoe and Campground

Dining / Drinks: LouVino OTR Restaurant and Bar, Landlocked Social House, Local Post

Activities: Laser Tag, Luau, Live Events

Themes: Lazy Day, Lunch, Learn



Destinations: Mount Adams, Montgomery Inn The Boathouse, (The) Mercantile Library

Dining / Drinks: MadTree Brewery, Miyako Sushi & Steakhouse, Melting Pot

Activities: Massage, Mixology, Museum

Themes: Mexican Food, Movie Night, Music



Destinations: (Cincinnati) Nature Center, Newport Aquarium, New Edgecliff Theatre

Dining / Drinks: Nicola’s, (The) National Exemplar, New Riff Distilling

Activities: Neflix & Chill, Nerf Gun Fight, Night In

Themes: Nature, Nostalgia, Noise Free



Destinations: (Cincinnati) Observatory, Old Milford Parlor: Ice Cream & Cookie Dough, Over-The-Rhine

Dining / Drinks: Orchids at Palm Court, (The) Overlook Lodge, O’Bryon’s Bar & Grill

Activities: Open Mic, Origami, Opera

Themes: Outdoors, Outer Space, Ocean



Destinations: (The) Purple People Bridge, Pleasant Ridge, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum

Dining / Drinks: Primavista, (The) Phoenix, Pelican’s Reef

Activities: Picnicking, Pokémon Go, Pedal Wagon

Themes: Pizza, Parks, Power Outage



Destinations: Queen City Riverboats, Queen City Clay, Queen City is Haunted Tour

Dining / Drinks: Queen City Pizza, Queen City Exchange, Queen City Radio

Activities: Quad Biking, Quest, Quilting

Themes: Quadruple Date, Quality Time, Quesadillas



Destinations: Rockin’ Jump, Rookwood, (Cincinnati) Reds Hall of Fame & Museum

Dining / Drinks: Rooted Juicery + Kitchen, Rhinegeist, Riverside Korean

Activities: Road Trip, Roller Skating, Riverside Food Tours

Themes: Relax, Reverse, Rainbow



Destinations: Summit Park, Shoot Point Blank, Skystar Wheel

Dining / Drinks: Slatts Pub, Salazar Restaurant & Bar, Senate

Activities: Soccer, Swimming, Staycation

Themes: Sushi, Spa, Sports



Destinations: Taft Theater, Turfway Park, Top Golf

Dining / Drinks: Tony’s of Cincinnati, Tasty Pot, The Turf Club

Activities: Travel, Thrifting, Trivia

Themes: Theater, Treasure Hunt, Tacos



Destinations: US Bank Arena, Underground Railroad Museum, Union Terminal

Dining / Drinks: Unwind Wine Bar & Light Fare, Uncle Yip’s, Uno Pizzeria & Grill

Activities: Uno, Undress, Unplug

Themes: Under the Stars, Underground, Under the Sea



Destinations: Vent Haven, Vectren Dayton Air Show, Veterans Memorial of Boone County

Dining / Drinks: Vinoklet Winery, Via Vite, (The) Video Archive

Activities: Volleyball, Vineyard Tour, Volunteering

Themes: Visual Art, Vacation, Variety



Destinations: (The) WEB Extreme Entertainment, Washington Park, Wiesnkoenig USA

Dining / Drinks: Walt’s Hitching Post, Wild Ginger, Wildfire Pizza Kitchen

Activities: Wine Tasting, Wellness, Water Park

Themes: Wild Night, Whimsy, World-famous



Destinations: Xavier University Art Gallery, Xenia

Dining / Drinks: N/A

Activities: Exercise, Exhibit, Xbox

Themes: X-rated, Experience, Extreme Sports



Destinations: Yagoot Yogurt, Yellow Springs

Dining / Drinks: Yummy Bowl, Yard House, Yat Ka Mein Noodle House

Activities: Yoga, Yo-yoing, Yodeling

Themes: Yolo, Yummy, YouTube



Destinations: (Cincinnati) Zoo & Botanical Garden, Ziegler Park

Dining / Drinks: Zundo Ramen and Donburi, Zips Café, Zola Pub and Grill

Activities: Ziplining, Zoomba, Zzzs

Themes: Zesty, Zen, Zodiac


Of course, this list is full of suggestions for you and your date. By no means are our suggestions the only way to go about the trend. Did you like this guide? Let us know what you and your partner include or take off this list. Or just tell us about some of your favorite spots in Cincinnati on our Facebook page @DateNightCincinnati!

Carley Courts

Author: Carley Courts

Carley is a Content Writer for Date Night Cincinnati. When she isn't in the office, you can find her perusing the city for good food and memorable experiences. She and her significant other have been dating for over four years and raise two cats together.