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Five Great Dates for You and Your Lady

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Compiled by Molly McManus

From Hanukkah and Christmas, to New Year’s and Valentine’s Day, guys can have a lot of responsibility in the winter months. We laid the groundwork. Now all you have to do is follow through.

Dinner and a Movie: La Condesa and Hitchcock

The most comfortable theater in town, Violet Crown Cinema, presents Hitchcock, a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers, Alfred Hitchcock, and his wife and partner, Alma Reville, on Jan. 15. The film takes place amidst Hitchcock’s making of his unforgettable thriller, Psycho. The incredible cast includes Scarlett Johansson, Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock. Helpful hint? If the front row isn’t reserved at Violet Crown, five minutes prior to the movie, you can ask for these fully reclined seats. There are cocktails and food served in the lobby, and you can take them into the theater. To make your date feel extra special, grab a bite to eat pre- or post-movie at the modern Mexican restaurant, La Condesa, just one block down. Visitvioletcrowncinema.com to purchase tickets.

Day Trip to a Winery

The Hill Country provides a wonderful backdrop to any date, with stunning views as you tour the vineyards and sip on salivating selections. In the winter, Hill Country wineries set the mood with open fires to cozily cuddle around. Check out these top-choice wineries and maybe even make it in to a weekend getaway! Visit the websites for hours.

Duchman Family Winery, 13308 FM 150 W., Driftwood, TX 78619, duchmanwinery.com

Becker Vineyards, 464 Becker Farms Road, Stonewall, TX 78671, beckervineyards.com

Bella Vista Ranch, 3101 Mt. Sharp Road, Wimberley, TX 78676, texasoliveoil.com

Driftwood Vineyards, 4001 Elder Hill Road, Driftwood, TX 78619, driftwoodvineyards.com

New Year’s Eve at Lamberts

Dec. 31, 10 p.m.

You’ll want to ring in the new year in style, and if you’re significant other is somewhat of a party animal, Lamberts is the place for you. Keys N Krates with DJ Mel will play upbeat dancing music while you help yourself to the open bar, available all night, with a Champagne toast at midnight and late-night eats. Only 150 tickets are available, $100 a pop. It sells out quickly, so get your tickets today. Go to lambertsaustin.com/index.php/music.

Most Romantic Valentine’s Day

Make a reservation! Nearly every restaurant in town will have a special menu for the 14th, so it’s really about the ambience, service and quality of food. All you have to do is pick up the phone and make a call. These 10 great restaurants are our top picks for the most romantic in town:

Trento, 3600 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., building D, 512.328.7555

The Driskill Grill , 604 Brazos St., 512.391.7162

Chez Nous, 510 Neches St., 512.473.2413

Uchi, 801 S. Lamar Blvd., 512.916.4808

Hudson’s on the Bend, 3509 Ranch Road 620 N., 512.266.1369

FINO , 2905 San Gabriel St., 512.474.2905

Fonda San Miguel, 2330 W. North Loop, 512.459.4121

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, 303 Red River St., 512.236.9599

Justine’s Brasserie, 4710 E Fifth St., justines1937.com

East Side Show Room, 1100 E. Sixth St., 512.467.4280

Dinner at Home with WinePoynt

Nothing is more romantic than a surprise dinner for your lady in the comforts of your home. Unless you’re a chef, keep it simple for your dinner with a few courses: an appetizer or salad (Make your own dressing. It is super easy and will really impress her.), dinner and maybe dessert. For your wine selection, there is a new app that will help you make the best choice. WinePoynt, recently launched in Austin, helps to make choosing the right wine easier any time, anywhere. So while you’re perusing your local supermarket, check out WinePoynt. Based on your likes and your food selection, WinePoynt will point you in the right direction for the perfect wine(s). Light some candles and put on music that is relaxing and that you both like, and voile! Dinner for two is complete. To download, visit winepoynt.com.

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