Don't let the winter blues douse your date night dreams – tips for a great night out in Cape Town this August

Is the icy Cape weather putting a dampener on your romantic plans? Is the dread of facing the frosty outside such that you and your partner are spending every night in front of the TV this winter? Well then it might be time to rekindle the romance and have some fun, which means getting off of the couch, ditching the PJ’s and braving the bite, but not to fear because here are a few date night ideas that will give you that warm and fuzzy feeling this chilly season.

Get your funny on

There’s nothing like a good belly-aching laugh to set the tone for a great date night out. Cape Town Comedy Club has an awesome line-up this August, check out their website for more information.

Learn to cook

Sharpen up your skills in the kitchen and broaden your culinary horizons while having fun with your partner in the relaxed, interactive environment of a cooking class. See www.gingerandlime.co.za for more information and upcoming events.

Be dazzled by dance

The world-famous Lord of the Dance production is back in town and promises to get your feet moving and mojo firing. Showing at the Grandwest Arena from 8-13 August. www.bigconcerts.co.za for more details.

#HQDateNight with HQ restaurant and Boschendal
Last but certainly not least, winter is the time to take advantage of some great dinner deals at local restaurants. HQ restaurant and Boschendal is setting the perfect cosy mood this winter with their #HQDateNight offer every Tuesday night. This chic, elegant eatery located in historic Heritage Square, Cape Town, is known for its simple, perfectly-prepared food, cool cocktails and warm hospitality. Every Tuesday, HQ and Boschendal hosts an evening fit for a king and queen – #HQDateNight is not only for couples, but friends and family too.

Enjoy HQ’s iconic starter salad, perfectly prepared steak and chips, served with its famous Café de Paris butter sauce and a glass of Boschendal Red for two people at R280 per couple. All this accompanied by the soothing live sounds of their in-house musicians. It truly is the stuff that quality time with your loved ones is made of. So for the best steaks in town, and a sizzling date night atmosphere, be sure to head on over to HQ restaurant on a Tuesday evening – the best place to be on a wintery weeknight for a memorable date.

Boschendal is also teaming up with HQ restaurant for a not-to-be-missed celebration of Women’s Day this month. On Tuesday, 8 August, bring your bestie to enjoy the delicious #HQDateNight dinner special described above at only R280 for you both. Enjoy complimentary Boschendal Bubbly on arrival, after which dinner will be served while entertainment from swing sensation, Ricky Botsis followed by DJ Anthea Scholtz, will get you and your girlfriends in the mood to dance deep into the night. For bookings email management@hqrestuarant.co.za or phone (021) 424 6373.