Double dating is an enjoyable way to spend time with another couple whose company you enjoy, but there are other good reasons to double your duo for the day. If you are playing matchmaker for a friend, for example, they might feel better if you and your sweetie are there when they meet one another. And if you’re going on a blind date, it could feel much more comfortable if another couple comes along. Whatever the reason, these Sacramento establishments are just great for your double date.
Coin-Op Game Room
908 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 661-6983
www.facebook.com/coingopsac

Coin-Op is a great place for a double date, whether the couples are old friends or just getting to know one another. Located in the hip “Kay District” in downtown Sacramento, the game room includes more than 40 classic video and arcade games, many from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Couples can go head to head on six of the top-rated pinball games of all time, including Lord of the Rings, Theatre of Magic, Wizard of Oz, and AC/DC. Team up for 4-player games like Pac-Man Battle Royale, Blitz, The Simpsons or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or go for classics including Donkey Kong, Tron, Street Fighter 2, Mortal Kombat, Star Wars, and more. Grab a table to enjoy excellent pizzas and salads, as well as meatballs and other appetizers that foodies will love. Special cocktails, such as giant shareable “punch bowls”, and another drink made with vodka, strawberries, basil and Absinthe, can spice up the date, and couples can also play with giant Jenga and Connect Four games.

Heringer Estates
35265 Willow Ave., Suite 203
Clarksburg, CA 95612
(916) 744-1919
www.heringerestates.com

Connoisseurs and novices alike will love sampling premier wines from Heringer Estates, an award-winning local vineyard and winery. Heringer’s handcrafted estate wines are made in limited batches, and are all the more special for it. The winery’s dessert and white wines are very popular, and Heringer is widely recognized for phenomenal reds, such as their Cabernet Franc, Teroldego, Petit Verdot and “Purple Thread” varietals. Fabulous foursomes can sample Heringer wines at The Old Sugar Mill tasting room in nearby Clarksburg.

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Certified Farmer’s Markets
Various locations
www.california-grown.com

There are farmer’s market locations open nearly every day of the week; given Sacramento’s status as America’s Farm-To-Fork Capital, it is no surprise that each has something special to offer. Whether the foursome includes foodies or not, both couples will enjoy strolling through the open-air markets. Large ones, such as the market held on Sundays year-round under the freeway at 8th and W streets, offer everything from fruits, vegetables, cheese, and wine to meats, fish, fresh flowers, nuts, honey, herbs, plants, and baked goods. There are plenty of options for a double date picnic or barbeque.

Old Sacramento Historical District
980 9th St., Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-8575
oldsacramento.com

Old Sac is always a good place for a double date; there are always new things to explore, even if both couples have been there before. In addition to award-winning museums, cafes, fine dining, bakeries, saloons, wine tastings, galleries and a plethora of shopping opportunities, the chance for a horse-drawn carriage ride is always a winner. Annual events, like Gold Rush Days and Theatre of Lights, are held in the district, as well as special celebrations for Chocolate Week, Mardi Gras and other holidays.

Create Your Own Schedule

Pick something the four of you enjoy, then go on a search for the best the capital city area has to offer. Foodies looking for the top spots for breakfast or lunch should check out the stellar fare at Uptown Café or The Waffle Experience. To satisfy a sweet tooth, each person can vote for the best ice cream among the incredible flavors at Cornflower Creamery or can sample the lightly-sugared senorita pastry at Star Bread. For those who are into urban gardening, a trip to The Gifted Gardener on J Street would be fun; any of the five Green Acres locations are also perfect for double-daters, whether townies, suburbanites or rural dwellers.

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Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers business, employment, animal rescue, volunteerism and nonprofits. Her work can also be found at Examiner.com.

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