40 First Date Ideas in Metro Phoenix

40 First Date Ideas in Metro Phoenix

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.

40 First Date Ideas in Metro Phoenix
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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.

40 First Date Ideas in Metro Phoenix

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.

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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