It’s fall in Texas y’all and winter is slowly making its way south, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy outdoor food, drink and fun. First, well, it’s Texas, but when we do finally feel a chill in the air, Irving is home to lots of hot spots (pun intended) featuring outdoor spaces outfitted to keep us toasty.
Is there anything more romantic than falling in love against a firelight glow? Whether it's a crackling fireplace or an outdoor fire pit, there's just something about those flickering flames that gets you in the mood for romance, and you may find yourself temporarily forgetting about those chilly temps, should they arrive. Here’s where to get cozy.
Firelight, Starry Nights & Twinkle Lights at Texican Court501 W. Las Colinas Blvd. | 469.577.4599
Grab your girl or guy and escape from your everyday life to the Texican Court for an evening amongst twinkling lights in one of their many magical courtyards. Two Mules Cantina and its two courtyards have a vibe and energy all of their own.
There’s no better way to spend a fall Texas night than under a canopy of stars nestled between one-of-a-kind wood-burning fireplaces and roaring fire-pits. Plan your date on the weekend, and you can enjoy local live music while holding hands, sipping handcrafted cocktails and savoring local Tex-Mex flavors from Two Mules.
Chocolate is sweetly synonymous with love … and rumored to be an aphrodisiac. So, have s’more fun when you purchase a s’mores package filled with all the good stuff for roasting and sharing. Sharing is caring!
Texas Tunes & Full Moons at Four Seasons Resort at Las Colinas4150 N. MacArthur Blvd. | 972.717.0700
You can also sip a craft cocktail by Outlaw’s larger-than-life, rustic fireplace.
And the LAW fire pit surrounded by towering trees and floating lanterns is oh-so-romantic!
Of course, it should not come as a surprise that on the weekends, there are s’more s’mores! Share your love for each other over the nostalgic childhood treat that’s obvi trending in 2020. It’s the little things that keep us loving life and each other this year - things like fluffy marshmallows roasted over the fire, then sandwiched between melted chocolate squares and house-made graham crackers.
Snuggles, S’mores & More at Lakehouse Waterfront Grill221 Las Colinas Blvd. | 972.556.0800
Don't let sweater weather keep you and your sweetie from enjoying some fiery fun at The Lakehouse at the newly renovated Omni Las Colinas. You'll find three fire pits to keep you warm and toasty as you gaze over Las Colinas’ lovely Lake Carolyn, seasonal cocktail in hand. For dessert, you guessed it! Snuggle up for s’mores and sticky kisses.
Bonus: The pool is heated and with a day pass, you can make a day and a night of it - a Bachelor Nation-style date. Bring your own rose.
Fire & Water at Pacific Table5238 N. O'Connor Blvd. | 972.957.7620
Embrace fall’s alfresco dining at Water Street’s Pacific Table. This unexpected treasure — relatively new to Irving — features a patio with a roaring fire and comfy couches, making for cozy fireside chats while enjoying a waterfront view and Pacific Northwest Cuisine.
And though you won’t roast your own marshmallows, you can share a house-made Pot De Crème with cream whipped to order in the seasonal flavor of… wait for it … s’mores!
Fireside Fun & Fried Pies at The Ranch at Las Colinas857 W. John Carpenter Fwy. | 972.506.7262
Craft cocktails, crackling embers, and a crooning cowboy create the perfect recipe for romance at The Ranch at Las Colinas. From Amarillo to Austin and El Paso to Athens, they’ve corralled the best up-and-coming Texas artists to perform on weekends in the indoor/outdoor Pavilion. They claim it’s the most intimate venue this side of the Rio Grande. Why don’t you grab your partner and be the judge, and I will personally guarantee that the decadent Oreo® fried pies will be just as chocolatey and delicious, if not more, than any s’mores!
All Fired Up
"First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in the baby carriage." Happily-Ever-After, right? Then comes the “sitter snafu” on date night. Hey, don’t sweat it. These spots are equally appropriate for Date Night and “Kid’s Night Out.” I mean, come on, s’mores, Oreo® fried pies and lawn games were invented for the kiddos. They will be fired up when you bring them along, and happy kids make for happy couples ... or so they say.