4 date ideas for different tastes from movies to music

All couples have that special something they like to do when they get a night out. It could be music, dancing, food or a movie.

Date For Taste W Rams Head On Stage WynonnaAnnapolis parents Aloys and Ilanit Evers love heading to Ram's Head On Stage for a date night because it reminds them of their one-time home in Holland.

The Evers, who have three children ages 10 to 19, met in the Netherlands where Aloys was raised. So when they discovered the unique venue in downtown Annapolis complete with live music, food and drinks in an intimate setting, it gave them a little glimpse of home.

“It’s like we are back in a cozy party place in Holland,” Ilanit says.

If you and your mate are looking for a special night out to suit your taste, here are four different ideas in the the Annapolis-Washington, D.C. area. You are sure to fine one you and your special someone will enjoy.

Listen to live music at Rams Head On Stage

Seating just over 300 people in a cozy dining room setting, Ram’s Head On Stage is perfect for a relaxing night out to enjoy live music or the periodic comedian. And since the club hosts more than 400 shows a year, it’s easy to find a performance to fit your taste. In the past, artists have ranged from the country sounds of Wynonna Judd to ’80s pop star Rick Springfield to the local Irish band O'Malley's March.

Experiencing a show at Ram’s Head On Stage is like “having your favorite artists perform a concert in your living room,” says Laura Price, director of marketing.

After purchasing tickets to a show, you may also make reservations for the free Premium On Stage Experience, which includes VIP treatment with discounted prices, complimentary beverages and more.

If you can’t make it to dinner before or after the show through the Premium Experience, you can order right from your table while you enjoy the music.

Cost: $25-$80 depending on the show
33 West St., Annapolis
410-268-4545, ramsheadonstage.com

Go dancing at Cancun Cantina

Date for Taste Cancun Cantina WIf dancing is what you love, check out Cancun Cantina in Hanover where you can two-step or line dance almost any night of the week.

Whether you want to learn a few new dance moves or just get in a little practice, Cancun Cantina offers a variety of free dance lessons included in the general admission. Drop in for a country dance lesson on a Wednesday or Thursday night from 7:30 to 9 p.m. or try a salsa lesson Sundays at 7:15 p.m.

Want to skip the lessons and head straight for the dance floor? Every Friday and Saturday night, dance to live country music on the main dance floor or rock and hip hop on the floor in an enclosed deck. Be sure to check the website for club hours before heading out.

Cost: Wed.-Sat., $7 from 7-10 p.m. and $10 after 10 p.m.; Sun., $10. Closed Mon. and Tues.
7501 Old Telegraph Road, Hanover
410-761-6188, cancuncantina.com

Sample restaurants on Annapolis Food Tours

Looking to experience the tasty side of Annapolis? Then book a date with the Annapolis Food Tours and sample the local cuisine at several carefully selected restaurants.

As you’re guided through the streets of downtown Annapolis, you’ll discover the town’s culinary roots and catch a glimpse of some of its historical landmarks, such as the State House and the Governor’s Mansion. Tours run Friday to Sunday at 1 p.m., last about three hours and provide enough food for lunch, so be sure to wear comfy shoes and bring an appetite.

“The food tours are just a fun way to depict the awesome town and experience all that Annapolis has to offer,” says Sherone Swedarksy, office manager at Annapolis Food Tours.

Cost: $55/person; reservations required
Meeting location is emailed after ticket purchase.
410-248-6726, annapolisfoodtours.com

Catch a flick at the fancy iPic Pike & Rose theater

Dinner and a movie can be a cliché date night, but not at iPic Pike & Rose theater in North Bethesda.

Watch the latest film of your choice while relaxing in a luxurious leather seat. Before settling in, stop by iPic Express for a taste of Chef Sherry Yard’s gourmet concessions with options such as truffle fries, lobster rolls and chocolate s’mores cake.

Upgrade your ticket to Premium Plus to receive seat-side service from iPic Express while you cozy up with a pillow, blanket and complimentary popcorn in a plush, reclining chair.

Want to linger a little longer? Stop in at City Perch Kitchen and Bar across the hall where you can grab a bite to eat or relax at the bar with a handcrafted drink before or after the movie. The menu changes seasonally, so you’ll always be in for a treat.

Cost: $16 Premium seating, $28 Premium Plus
11830 Grand Park Ave., Bethesda
301-231-2300, ipictheaters.com

By Amanda Danaher

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