19 Places in Greater Cincinnati to Take Yourself on a Solo Date

Whether you're single and loving it, thriving in a committed relationship or anything in between, you can still "date yourself." Just like it's important to cultivate a relationship with a romantic partner, it's also important to cultivate a relationship with yourself to figure out what you want, get to know yourself better or even just to have fun.

Going on a solo date can seem intimidating at first, but Greater Cincinnati offers a lot in the realm of activities you can do by yourself. Whether it's browsing museum galleries, trying a new hobby or just settling in for a dinner date, party of one, there's plenty to do where you can be alone, but never lonely.
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Explore All the Flavors of Cincinnati and Findlay Market with a Streetcar Tour
If you like being single but miss having someone who could drive you around to all the best food spots in the city, this tour can help. Riverside Food Tours’ Cincinnati Streetcar Food Tour + Findlay Market takes you to six places across four different neighborhoods to taste some of the best flavors Cincinnati has to offer. You’ll then ride the streetcar all the way up to Findlay Market where you can eat cheese, chocolate and more to your heart’s desire. You’ll also get to hear stories and learn more about the history of each neighborhood. 155 E. Second St., Downtown.
Photo: Aidan Mahoney

Explore All the Flavors of Cincinnati and Findlay Market with a Streetcar Tour


If you like being single but miss having someone who could drive you around to all the best food spots in the city, this tour can help. Riverside Food Tours’ Cincinnati Streetcar Food Tour + Findlay Market takes you to six places across four different neighborhoods to taste some of the best flavors Cincinnati has to offer. You’ll then ride the streetcar all the way up to Findlay Market where you can eat cheese, chocolate and more to your heart’s desire. You’ll also get to hear stories and learn more about the history of each neighborhood. 155 E. Second St., Downtown.
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Browse the Taft Museum of Art’s Collection, Then Enjoy a Drink With a View at Top of the Park or Vista at Lytle Park
This small-but-mighty art museum is home to a permanent collection of artistic gems from throughout history, spanning from the Middle Ages to the 1800s. Each room represents a period, and in the hallways feature the vibrant, picturesque Duncanson murals museum is famous for. The Taft Museum of Art also hosts traveling exhibitions throughout the year. And after you’re done perusing the art, two top-notch rooftop bars – Top of the Park in The Phelps and Vista at Lytle Park – are within walking distance so you can sip on a cocktail while you look out over Downtown Cincinnati and contemplate Frank Duveneck’s bravura brushwork. Taft Museum of Art: 316 Pike St., Downtown; Top of the Park: 506 E. Fourth St., Downtown; Vista at Lytle Park: 311 Pike St., Downtown.
Photo: Kevin J. Watkins

Browse the Taft Museum of Art’s Collection, Then Enjoy a Drink With a View at Top of the Park or Vista at Lytle Park


This small-but-mighty art museum is home to a permanent collection of artistic gems from throughout history, spanning from the Middle Ages to the 1800s. Each room represents a period, and in the hallways feature the vibrant, picturesque Duncanson murals museum is famous for. The Taft Museum of Art also hosts traveling exhibitions throughout the year. And after you’re done perusing the art, two top-notch rooftop bars – Top of the Park in The Phelps and Vista at Lytle Park – are within walking distance so you can sip on a cocktail while you look out over Downtown Cincinnati and contemplate Frank Duveneck’s bravura brushwork. Taft Museum of Art: 316 Pike St., Downtown; Top of the Park: 506 E. Fourth St., Downtown; Vista at Lytle Park: 311 Pike St., Downtown.
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Catch a Flick at Esquire Theatre
Grab some popcorn (no sharing required) and your favorite candy for a matinee of the newest blockbuster or a screening of a retro or independent movie at this historic movie theater. After the movie, walk across the street to Arlin's for a drink while you craft your Rotten Tomatoes review. 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton.
Photo: Emerson Swoger

Catch a Flick at Esquire Theatre


Grab some popcorn (no sharing required) and your favorite candy for a matinee of the newest blockbuster or a screening of a retro or independent movie at this historic movie theater. After the movie, walk across the street to Arlin's for a drink while you craft your Rotten Tomatoes review. 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton.
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Foster a Dog from Cincinnati Animal CARE for the Day
Just because you’re dating yourself doesn’t mean you have to be completely alone. Cincinnati Animal CARE is always looking for fosters, even if it’s just for a day. You can borrow one of CARE’s pups and take them on an outing. This helps them get out of the shelter, even just for a little bit, and into the real world where they can just be a dog. Take your foster dog for a hike, to a dog-friendly bar or coffee shop or even just to your home for some snuggles and playtime. And if you fall in love with their doe-eyes and tail-wags, you could always make them a permanent part of your life. 3949 Colerain Ave., Northside.
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Foster a Dog from Cincinnati Animal CARE for the Day


Just because you’re dating yourself doesn’t mean you have to be completely alone. Cincinnati Animal CARE is always looking for fosters, even if it’s just for a day. You can borrow one of CARE’s pups and take them on an outing. This helps them get out of the shelter, even just for a little bit, and into the real world where they can just be a dog. Take your foster dog for a hike, to a dog-friendly bar or coffee shop or even just to your home for some snuggles and playtime. And if you fall in love with their doe-eyes and tail-wags, you could always make them a permanent part of your life. 3949 Colerain Ave., Northside.
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Bike, Hike or Kayak at Miami Whitewater Forest
If you love being active and outdoors, Miami Whitewater Forest offers endless opportunities for the solo adventurer. Hit the boathouse to rent a kayak, stand-up paddle board or other watercraft to take out onto the lake. You can also rent a bike there to conquer the nearly 8-mile-long Shaker Trace Outer Loop trail, which takes you through scenic prairies and wetlands and offers great opportunities for wildlife viewing. Or, lace up your boots and meander through forests and across streams on the Badlands, Oakleaf, Tallgrass Prairie or Timberlakes trails. 9001 Mt. Hope Road, Crosby Township.
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Bike, Hike or Kayak at Miami Whitewater Forest


If you love being active and outdoors, Miami Whitewater Forest offers endless opportunities for the solo adventurer. Hit the boathouse to rent a kayak, stand-up paddle board or other watercraft to take out onto the lake. You can also rent a bike there to conquer the nearly 8-mile-long Shaker Trace Outer Loop trail, which takes you through scenic prairies and wetlands and offers great opportunities for wildlife viewing. Or, lace up your boots and meander through forests and across streams on the Badlands, Oakleaf, Tallgrass Prairie or Timberlakes trails. 9001 Mt. Hope Road, Crosby Township.
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Learn Some New Recipes at Tablespoon Cooking Company or Afromeals
Whether you’re a wiz in the kitchen or just figured out how to boil water, learning how to make a high-quality meal from the pros can build your confidence and is something loving you can replicate for yourself in the future. Tablespoon Cooking Company has a team of professional chefs and educators ready to demystify the kitchen through entertaining cooking classes and events. Classes include elevating a grilled-cheese-and-tomato-soup or whipping up a pan of indulgent homemade cinnamon rolls. And if you want to explore making African or Caribbean dishes, Afromeals offers classes focused on meals from those regions. Tablespoon Cooking Company: 1731 Elm St.; Over-the-Rhine; Afromeals: 1719 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.
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Learn Some New Recipes at Tablespoon Cooking Company or Afromeals


Whether you’re a wiz in the kitchen or just figured out how to boil water, learning how to make a high-quality meal from the pros can build your confidence and is something loving you can replicate for yourself in the future. Tablespoon Cooking Company has a team of professional chefs and educators ready to demystify the kitchen through entertaining cooking classes and events. Classes include elevating a grilled-cheese-and-tomato-soup or whipping up a pan of indulgent homemade cinnamon rolls. And if you want to explore making African or Caribbean dishes, Afromeals offers classes focused on meals from those regions. Tablespoon Cooking Company: 1731 Elm St.; Over-the-Rhine; Afromeals: 1719 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.
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Skydive indoors at iFLY or outdoors at Skydive Cincinnati
For the adventurous who want the feeling of flying without actually having to jump out of a plane, iFLY offers fun, safe indoor skydiving using their state-of-the-art vertical wind tunnels. First-time flyers have to take a training session where you’ll get pre-flight practice to perfect your flying position. For the brave, however, you can do actual skydiving – planes, plummeting to the earth (safely, of course) and all – at Skydive Cincinnati. If you’re not an experienced skydiver, you’ll tandem jump with a pro who will do all the work. You’ll just hang out and enjoy soaring through the sky and the views of Greater Cincinnati from up high. iFLY: 7689 Warehouse Row, Liberty Township; Skydive Cincinnati: 4925 US 42, Waynesville.
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Skydive indoors at iFLY or outdoors at Skydive Cincinnati


For the adventurous who want the feeling of flying without actually having to jump out of a plane, iFLY offers fun, safe indoor skydiving using their state-of-the-art vertical wind tunnels. First-time flyers have to take a training session where you’ll get pre-flight practice to perfect your flying position. For the brave, however, you can do actual skydiving – planes, plummeting to the earth (safely, of course) and all – at Skydive Cincinnati. If you’re not an experienced skydiver, you’ll tandem jump with a pro who will do all the work. You’ll just hang out and enjoy soaring through the sky and the views of Greater Cincinnati from up high. iFLY: 7689 Warehouse Row, Liberty Township; Skydive Cincinnati: 4925 US 42, Waynesville.
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Have a Spa Day at Grace + Grit Spa
Relax and recharge with a soothe-your-soul relaxation massage at Grace + Grit. Treat yourself to a one-to-two-hour-long massage, foot massage or facial. Grace + Grit also offers Body-Soul Craniosacral Therapy – a combination of biodynamic craniosacral therapy and Reiki energy healing meant to relax and invigorate you so you can begin anew. 6712 Montgomery Road, Silverton.
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Have a Spa Day at Grace + Grit Spa


Relax and recharge with a soothe-your-soul relaxation massage at Grace + Grit. Treat yourself to a one-to-two-hour-long massage, foot massage or facial. Grace + Grit also offers Body-Soul Craniosacral Therapy – a combination of biodynamic craniosacral therapy and Reiki energy healing meant to relax and invigorate you so you can begin anew. 6712 Montgomery Road, Silverton.
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Fuel Up With a Cup of Coffee, Then Unwind With Some Wine and Jazz at Caffè Vivace
You can both start and end your solo date at Caffè Vivace. During the day, it serves coffee, lattes, espresso, tea and steamed milk along with hot breakfast sandwiches, a vegan African peanut stew, flatbreads and pastries. But at night, the coffee house transforms into a jazz lounge complete with live music, café drinks, specialty cocktails, beer and wine. 975 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills.
Photo: facebook.com/Caffè Vivace

Fuel Up With a Cup of Coffee, Then Unwind With Some Wine and Jazz at Caffè Vivace


You can both start and end your solo date at Caffè Vivace. During the day, it serves coffee, lattes, espresso, tea and steamed milk along with hot breakfast sandwiches, a vegan African peanut stew, flatbreads and pastries. But at night, the coffee house transforms into a jazz lounge complete with live music, café drinks, specialty cocktails, beer and wine. 975 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills.
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Embrace the Neon Glow at the American Sign Museum
This one-of-a-kind museum dedicated to the art and history of commercial signs and sign making is not only educational, it’s also literally lit. Let the neon glow wash over you as you wander through the American Sign Museum’s collection and learn more about a not-often-told story of the United States’ history. 1330 Monmouth Ave., Camp Washington.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Embrace the Neon Glow at the American Sign Museum


This one-of-a-kind museum dedicated to the art and history of commercial signs and sign making is not only educational, it’s also literally lit. Let the neon glow wash over you as you wander through the American Sign Museum’s collection and learn more about a not-often-told story of the United States’ history. 1330 Monmouth Ave., Camp Washington.
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Explore What Lies Beneath Cincinnati with American Legacy Tours
Miley Cyrus said it best: “I can hold my own hand.” And you don’t need someone to hold your hand as you descend under the streets of Cincinnati and back in time via hidden crypts and brewery tunnels. American Legacy Tours offers two tours that will take you underground. Hidden Caverns, their newest tour, allows you to explore the Linck brewery tunnels, as well as the spot where Johnny Cash filmed a movie, one of Cincinnati’s most important inclines and the remaining structures of the original Christian Moerlein brewery before topping off the experience with a beer tasting at Northern Row. You can also opt for the Ultimate Queen City Underground Tour, which will take you down into a crypt where some of Cincinnati’s first residents are buried before leading you through the underground beer tunnels. 1332 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine.
Photo: facebook.com/American Legacy Tours

Explore What Lies Beneath Cincinnati with American Legacy Tours


Miley Cyrus said it best: “I can hold my own hand.” And you don’t need someone to hold your hand as you descend under the streets of Cincinnati and back in time via hidden crypts and brewery tunnels. American Legacy Tours offers two tours that will take you underground. Hidden Caverns, their newest tour, allows you to explore the Linck brewery tunnels, as well as the spot where Johnny Cash filmed a movie, one of Cincinnati’s most important inclines and the remaining structures of the original Christian Moerlein brewery before topping off the experience with a beer tasting at Northern Row. You can also opt for the Ultimate Queen City Underground Tour, which will take you down into a crypt where some of Cincinnati’s first residents are buried before leading you through the underground beer tunnels. 1332 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine.
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Treat Yourself to Dinner at Primavista
If you’re looking for a high-end Italian meal for one, Primavista offers that along with a panoramic view of Downtown Cincinnati. Their menu specializes in veal and fresh fish, but they offer dishes from all regions of Italy and feature nightly specials. Have an antipasto of fried calamari or bruschetta before your plate of ravioli or veal marsala and top it off with a glass of vino off their extensive wine list. Cap off your dinner with the Gelati Misti or tiramisu, only one spoon needed. 810 Matson Place, East Price Hill.
Photo: facebook.com/Primavista

Treat Yourself to Dinner at Primavista


If you’re looking for a high-end Italian meal for one, Primavista offers that along with a panoramic view of Downtown Cincinnati. Their menu specializes in veal and fresh fish, but they offer dishes from all regions of Italy and feature nightly specials. Have an antipasto of fried calamari or bruschetta before your plate of ravioli or veal marsala and top it off with a glass of vino off their extensive wine list. Cap off your dinner with the Gelati Misti or tiramisu, only one spoon needed. 810 Matson Place, East Price Hill.
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Find Your Next Favorite Read at Roebling Point Books & Coffee
Books are good for the soul – especially the soul that wants to be alone. And with multiple rooms of books, you can get lost for hours inside Roebling Point Books & Coffee, just you and your next favorite read. Grab a cup of their fair-trade coffee or a specialty latte and get to browsing. 306 Greenup St., Covington.
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Find Your Next Favorite Read at Roebling Point Books & Coffee


Books are good for the soul – especially the soul that wants to be alone. And with multiple rooms of books, you can get lost for hours inside Roebling Point Books & Coffee, just you and your next favorite read. Grab a cup of their fair-trade coffee or a specialty latte and get to browsing. 306 Greenup St., Covington.
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Wander Through Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum
Being alone with nature or art offers some excellent time to reflect and focus on yourself, and Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum offers both those things. The park spans over 300 acres of meadows, lakes and hiking trails and features more than 80 permanent sculptures to view. Also on the grounds is an 1820s pioneer house and an indoor ancient artifacts museum with objects dating back to 1550 B.C. 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton.
Photo: facebook.com/Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

Wander Through Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum


Being alone with nature or art offers some excellent time to reflect and focus on yourself, and Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum offers both those things. The park spans over 300 acres of meadows, lakes and hiking trails and features more than 80 permanent sculptures to view. Also on the grounds is an 1820s pioneer house and an indoor ancient artifacts museum with objects dating back to 1550 B.C. 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton.
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See a Show at the Aronoff Center or Music Hall
Cincinnati is a hub for great art in every medium, and that’s never more apparent than when you attend a show at the Aronoff Center or Music Hall. For a fun night out filled with culture and entertainment, the Aronoff offers Broadway in Cincinnati musicals, plays, touring acts of dancers and singers and much more. Want to catch a live symphony of a Star Wars soundtrack or see the Cincinnati Ballet in action? Head to the historic Music Hall. Aronoff Center: 650 Walnut St., Downtown; 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.
Photo: Cincinnati Arts Association

See a Show at the Aronoff Center or Music Hall


Cincinnati is a hub for great art in every medium, and that’s never more apparent than when you attend a show at the Aronoff Center or Music Hall. For a fun night out filled with culture and entertainment, the Aronoff offers Broadway in Cincinnati musicals, plays, touring acts of dancers and singers and much more. Want to catch a live symphony of a Star Wars soundtrack or see the Cincinnati Ballet in action? Head to the historic Music Hall. Aronoff Center: 650 Walnut St., Downtown; 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.
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Sip Wine at Revel OTR Urban Winery’s Tuesday Tastings
Give yourself the gift of wine. Revel OTR makes all their brand’s wines on site and the menu features an extensive list of reds, whites, rosés and sparkling vinos. On Tasting Tuesdays, you can get five pours for just $15 and half off on bottles. 111 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Sip Wine at Revel OTR Urban Winery’s Tuesday Tastings


Give yourself the gift of wine. Revel OTR makes all their brand’s wines on site and the menu features an extensive list of reds, whites, rosés and sparkling vinos. On Tasting Tuesdays, you can get five pours for just $15 and half off on bottles. 111 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine.
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Paint or Create a Ceramic Piece at The Pottery Place
Ghost definitely made pottery sexy, but you don’t need a Patrick Swayze or Demi Moore type guiding your hands to make it fun. At The Pottery Place, you can choose from a variety of ceramic pieces – from mugs and dishes to planters and statues – to paint to your preference. The shop also offers both wheel and hand-building clay classes if your date night is doubling as a chance to learn a new hobby. 3616 Jessup Road, White Oak.
Photo: facebook.com/The Pottery Place

Paint or Create a Ceramic Piece at The Pottery Place


Ghost definitely made pottery sexy, but you don’t need a Patrick Swayze or Demi Moore type guiding your hands to make it fun. At The Pottery Place, you can choose from a variety of ceramic pieces – from mugs and dishes to planters and statues – to paint to your preference. The shop also offers both wheel and hand-building clay classes if your date night is doubling as a chance to learn a new hobby. 3616 Jessup Road, White Oak.
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Craft a Piece of Wood or Canvas Decor You’ll Love at AR Workshop
Dating yourself and do-it-yourself go hand in hand at AR Workshop (ideally with one hand holding a paintbrush and the other holding a drink). This shop’s DIY Wood & Canvas Workshops offer you the chance to design and create and piece of customized home decor you can treasure. Just register online and enter the details of your vision and AR Workshop will set you up for success. You can bring your own beer or wine and snacks so you can wet your whistle while you work. 3434 Edwards Road, Hyde Park; 113 Reading Road, Mason.
Photo: facebook.com/AR Workshop Cincinnati

Craft a Piece of Wood or Canvas Decor You’ll Love at AR Workshop


Dating yourself and do-it-yourself go hand in hand at AR Workshop (ideally with one hand holding a paintbrush and the other holding a drink). This shop’s DIY Wood & Canvas Workshops offer you the chance to design and create and piece of customized home decor you can treasure. Just register online and enter the details of your vision and AR Workshop will set you up for success. You can bring your own beer or wine and snacks so you can wet your whistle while you work. 3434 Edwards Road, Hyde Park; 113 Reading Road, Mason.
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Learn a New Hobby or Skill With a UC Communiversity Class
Dating – even dating yourself – is all about trying new things. The University of Cincinnati’s Communiversity courses offer classes on a variety of different skills. Some you may want to take into your career, but others, like drawing, learning an instrument and jewelry-making are perfect if you want to pick up a new hobby. Many of the courses are just one, two-hour classes, meaning you can dip your toe in the water to see if it’s right for you. Online; various locations.
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Learn a New Hobby or Skill With a UC Communiversity Class


Dating – even dating yourself – is all about trying new things. The University of Cincinnati’s Communiversity courses offer classes on a variety of different skills. Some you may want to take into your career, but others, like drawing, learning an instrument and jewelry-making are perfect if you want to pick up a new hobby. Many of the courses are just one, two-hour classes, meaning you can dip your toe in the water to see if it’s right for you. Online; various locations.
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