40 First Date Ideas in Metro Phoenix

40 First Date Ideas in Metro Phoenix
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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.

3. Explore galleries, shops, and street performers along Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue on First Friday.

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 on Thursday nights.

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6. Go for a hike up Camelback Mountain or Piestewa Peak.

7. Catch a stand-up show at any one of the comedy clubs in the Valley: Stand Up Live, Tempe Improv, Stand Up, Scottsdale, or House of Comedy at High Street.

8. Play up your competitive side at Phoenix's old-school arcades

9. Explore the thrift and vintage shops along the Melrose Curve.

10. See if you can hit up all of Phoenix's best tourist attractions in a day. 

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 walking through 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.

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16. Show off your pool-playing skills at your favorite dive bar.

17. Head to The Clarendon and take in the 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.

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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 one of Phoenix's top trivia nights

22. Lay on your car at Sky Harbor Circle and watch the planes cruise 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. Or 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.

 

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26. Show off your ice skating skills — or just find an excuse to hold hands — at the Ice Den.

27. Ditch the silver screen for some real stage acting by catching a production at any one of the numerous Valley theaters, including Herberger, Gammage, or Theater Works.

28. Ride the light rail and make your own adventure, whether it's bar-hopping, people-watching, or checking out the train's stellar public art offerings.

29. Rent paddle boats and have a picnic at Encanto Park.

30. Make each other swoon or laugh with an evening of karaoke at Monkey Pants Bar or George & Dragon Pub.

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 Tuesday night lessons at Cash Inn Country.

35. Spend the day getting to be more than just pals at the Japanese Friendship Garden.

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36. Take it easy getting to know each other by lounging by one of Valley's best pools.

37. Share some laughs with improv performances at The Torch Theatre or National Comedy Theatre.

38. Embrace your geeky side at the Arizona Science Center.

39. Let out your wild side with live bull riding at Buffalo Chip Saloon.

40. Break out your inner rock star at the Musical Instrument Museum.

Editor's note: This post has been updated from its original version, which first appeared in August 2014.

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FilmBar

815 N. 2nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

602-595-9187

www.thefilmbarphx.com

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Let It Roll Bowl

8925 N. 12th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85020

602-944-4401

www.letitrollbowl.com

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Roosevelt Row

Roosevelt St. from 7th St. to 7th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

www.rooseveltrow.org

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The Duce

525 S. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

602-866-3823

www.theducephx.com

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Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

7374 E. Second St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-994-2787

www.smoca.org

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Camelback Mountain/Echo Canyon Recreation Area
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Piestewa Peak Park

2701 E. Squaw Peak Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85016

602-262-7901

www.phoenix.gov/PARKS/hikephx.html

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Stand Up Live

50 W. Jefferson St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

480-719-6100

www.standuplive.com

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Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

930 E. University Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281

480-921-9877

www.tempeimprov.com

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Gypsy Bar

50 W. Jefferson St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

602-732-5490

www.gypsybarphoenix.com

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Seventh Avenue Melrose District

Seventh Ave. between Indian School and Camelback
Phoenix, AZ 85034

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Downtown Civic Space Park

424 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

www.phoenix.gov/parks/index.html

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Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008

480-941-1225

www.dbg.org

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Talking Stick Resort

9800 E. Indian Bend Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

877-724-4687

www.talkingstickresort.com

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Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

602-257-1222

www.phxart.org

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AZ on the Rocks

16447 N. 91st St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

480-502-9777

www.azontherocks.com

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The Clarendon Hotel - Phoenix's Urban Retreat

401 W. Clarendon Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85013

602-252-7363

www.goclarendon.com

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South Mountain Park and Preserve
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Westworld Paintball Adventures

4240 W. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85019

602-447-8200

www.westworldpaintball.com

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Ice Den

9375 E. Bell
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

480-585-7465

www.coyotesice.com

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Herberger Theater Center

222 E. Monroe St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

602-254-7399

www.herbergertheater.org

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Gammage Auditorium

1200 S. Forest Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85287

480-965-3434

www.asugammage.com

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Theater Works

8355 W. Peoria Ave.
Peoria, AZ 85345

623-815-1791

www.theaterworks.org

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Encanto Park

2605 N. 15th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

602-262-6412

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Monkey Pants Bar & Grill

3223 S. Mill Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85282

480-377-8100

www.monkeypantsbar.com

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George & Dragon Pub

4240 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

602-241-0018

www.georgeanddragonpub.net


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