40 First Date Ideas in Metro Phoenix
Courting Disaster is Jackalope Ranch's weekly column of dating horror stories, observations, how-tos, and more by Katie Johnson. Names of ex-boyfriends, past hookups, and bad blind dates have been changed to protect the guilty.
Dating doesn't have to be confined to expensive menus and awkward conversation. After all, first dates aren't necessarily about being formal. They're about making (and getting) a good first impression. From the indoors to the outdoors, uptown to downtown, here are 40 ways to make your move.
1. Catch an indie flick at Filmbar.
2. Go for some vintage bowling at Let it Roll Bowl.
4. Take a swing at swing dancing lessons. Every Tuesday night from 7 to 8 p.m., The Duce offers swing dancing lessons for $8 at the door.
5. Spend an evening at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Admission's free Thursday nights.
9. Explore the thrift and vintage shops along the Melrose Curve.
11. Visit the Desert Botanical Garden at the time that best suits your schedule and mood: perhaps a romantic stroll at sunset or an intimate flashlight tour after dark.
12. Try to get lucky, so to speak, at Talking Stick Resort. It may not be the same as a getaway to Las Vegas, but it's a hell of a lot cheaper.
13. Spend an evening at Phoenix Art Museum. It's free on Wednesday nights.
14. Before you start climbing all over each other, spend an afternoon scaling the indoor rock walls of AZ on the Rocks.
15. Enjoy some top-notch lip syncing and comedy at a Phoenix drag show.
16. Show off your pool playing skills at your favorite dive bar.
17. Head to The Clarendon Hotel for Flamenco Por La Vida, happening every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Afterward, enjoy the skyline view of central Phoenix from the hotel's Sky Deck.
18. Dine, shop, and stroll through the galleries at Old Town Scottsdale's Thursday art walk.
19. Go check out the skyline view at the entrance of South Mountain in your car.
20. Make the evening more colorful at Westworld Paintball Adventures.
21. Test your knowledge of all things pop culture by teaming up battling it out at a pub trivia night.
22. Lay on your car at Sky Harbor Circle and watch the planes land right over you.
23. Get tickets to whatever sport is in season and get to know each other, including what teams you each root for. You can also save yourself the cost of stadium seating by watching the game at one of our favorite sports bars.
24. Take a bike tour of the city. You can even map it out ahead of time with this free cycling app.
25. Break away from the mainstream sports action by checking out a roller derby bout featuring teams like the Bad News Beaters and the Tent City Terrors. Schedules and tickets can be found at azrollerderby.com.
26. Show off your ice skating skills -- or just find an excuse to hold hands -- at the Ice Den.
28. Ride the light rail and make your own adventure, whether it's bar-hopping, people-watching, or exploring a part of town you haven't seen before.
29. Rent paddle boats and have a picnic at Encanto Park.
31. Spend the day at the Phoenix Zoo.
32. Take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West.
33. Tee off your first date at TopGolf. Think miniature golf for grownups.
34. Throw on your cowboy boots and learn to line dance with free Thursday night lessons at Cash Inn Country.
35. Spend the day getting to be more than just pals at the Japanese Friendship Garden.
36. Spend time getting to know each other lounging by one of Valley's best pools.
37. Share some laughs with improv performances at The Torch Theatre.
38. Embrace your geeky side at the Arizona Science Center.
40. Break out your inner rock star at the Musical Instrument Museum.
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