The clock’s ticking for the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day, to reach our calendars, and since this celebration of love is on the horizon, we at BetOhio.com took a break from our coverage of the best Ohio sportsbook promos and reviews to find out how much it really costs to go on a date in each of the state’s cities, year-round.
To find out exactly that, we reviewed Numbeo data, which collects the average cost of a meal, a bottle of wine, the starting price of a cab, and the cost of a three-mile cab trip. But which cities are the cheapest dating spots? Well, we reveal this, as well as the most expensive areas in this state, below. Just read on to find out where to take your loved one, or first date, come the 14th of Feb!
If you’re an Ohio resident or taking a vacation here over Valentine’s Day, you’ll surely want to know where the cheapest cities are in this state, for when you take out the apple of your eye. We’re well aware that on the 14th, prices hike up, but we’ve found the average cost of conversating with your beloved over a candlelit dinner on a standard day. We factored in the cost of a three-mile cab and a good bottle of wine, as well.
Here’s what we found…
To narrow down your Valentine’s Day dinner search, we’ve found the city of Lima is your best bet for an affordable evening with the one you lust over, being the cheapest Ohio city overall.
It’s here you’ll pay a more-than-reasonable sum of around $46.38 for a cab, meal and bottle of wine. So, Valentine’s Day prices are likely to remain low, even if they increase a little. Plus, you’ll be paying an average of just $30 for dinner — for the two of you in Lima — what a bargain! This means you have the pick of the draw when deciding what to feast on. Although, a bottle of wine here costs $11, which isn’t the lowest cost on the list.
You’ll definitely be calling down a cab in Lima, though with a three-mile journey costing an amazing $1, which is the lowest out of any of the Ohio cities surveyed. No walking home is needed, you can pop on your best coat, suit, or pair of shoes, knowing you’ll leave looking as glamorous as you arrived!
Next up, taking the second cheapest Ohio dating spot is Youngstown, where you’ll spend an average of $71.23 on all of the date-night essentials. It’ll cost you just under $55 for dinner for two ($54.73) in this city, $9.50 for a tasty bottle of wine, and a tiny $2 for a cab traveling around three miles — which is pretty impressive. If you're both sports aficionados, you could always consider adding in a simple moneyline bet at Caesars Sportsbook Ohio. Wouldn't it be romantic if your bet won?
In third place for affordable dating locations in Ohio was Delaware, with a meal for two being priced at $54 on average in this city. A date in Delaware will only see you spend $74 overall, when considering all of the night’s activities and tasty treats.
For those wanting a cozy night in, or to carry on the evening, come Valentine’s Day, a bottle of wine will only set you back $8 — which was the cheapest of all the top five cities. Catching a cab to and from here is a little higher than other cities, priced at $9 for a three-mile cab journey.
Toledo came next, with couples (or couples-to-be) only paying $76.29 for a date in this location overall. Dinner for you two love birds averages $60, with a cab starting at $2 and a three-mile cab costing just $2.30 on average. You really will get more bang for your buck in this city, making this another great spot for romance come the 14th! However, Toledo is the Ohio city where you’ll be forking out the most for a bottle of wine, priced at $11.99. Ouch.
The final city for an affordable date in Ohio was Canton, where a night filled with love, food, a bottle of wine and a cab ride averages out at around $77.95. Hailing a cab here and traveling a short distance will only cost $6 — which starts at $2.50, but what’s better is dinner for you both still won’t be putting you out of pocket, costing only $60.
If you want a bottle of wine for the two of you back home in Canton, you’ll spend just $9.45 for the privilege — which is great considering the meal out won’t cost you that much either.
As well as finding Ohio’s five cheapest date night cities, we looked into the most expensive spots. So, what are the priciest locations to head to for your first date, or take your significant other?
The results are in and it’s Cleveland, alongside Dennison that came out as the most expensive Ohio cities to enjoy a romantic date. It’s in both of these areas where you’ll be spending around $100.72 to gaze at, travel and wine and dine with your crush!
Sharing dinner doesn’t cost millions in these areas, but it will still set you back $75 for the two of you, which is only going to increase when cupid’s arrow hits you both on Valentine’s Day!
Traveling in a three-mile cab will set you back $6.72 in these two areas, starting at $4 on average. So, even if you’re not traveling far, you’ll still be shelling out the cash for a short journey. A bottle of wine for you two love birds is priced at a startling $15 in Cleveland and Dennison, too, which matches other, less affordable Ohio dating cities like Athens and Dayton.
If you’re looking to spend under $100 this Valentine’s Day, the chances could be slim in Athens — with this city coming in next for the most expensive date-night city. Although the average date costs $1 under $100 ($99) in Athens, prices will likely spike when you book a seat at a romantic restaurant this Valentine’s Day.
This city will see you spend around $69, collectively, on a meal for two, and $15 on a store-bought wine. One of the priciest parts of your date, though, will be the cab ride — with the cost starting at a whopping $9, but an average three-mile journey will see you spend around $6.
Lower than the other cities mentioned, but still pretty pricy is Columbus, with a date on average costing $92.75. It might be short of $100, but it’s still quite a high stake for one evening, with a store-bought wine being retailed at around $12, and a cab costing $9.75 for a short, three-mile trip.
Also known as the Gem City, Dayton came in at the fifth most expensive Ohio city for a date. Overall, the average cost of the date, considering a cab, a meal and a bottle of wine is just over $85 ($86.75).
A bottle of wine is pretty pricy here, too, costing $15 from a local store. Dinner for two will see you shelling out at least $54, which isn’t too bad, but rates are expected to be raised when Valentine’s Day dining menus are set.
It’s handy to see how cities differ for date-night pricing in Ohio, especially with Valentine’s Day pending. And it’s interesting to see how cities across this state all compare regarding the cost of a cab, a meal out, and a bottle of wine. Plus, it makes deciding the location for your dreamy dinner on the 14th that much easier…
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Sourced from Numbeo, all data acquired is accurate as of January 2023, and represents the average cost of a restaurant meal out for two, a bottle of store-bought wine, taxi starting costs, and a three-mile cab fare in each Ohio location. Costs in each city are subject to increase over Valentine’s Day.
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