We get it. Coming up with new date night ideas can be hard work. But don’t make it more difficult—or boring—than it has to be by resorting to the same old dinner and a movie. Whether you’re on your first date with a new flame or your 100th with your ride or die, up your dating game with these fun and unique ideas guaranteed to create a night to remember.
There are some things that just go better together: milk and cookies, peanut butter and jelly, books and beer. At the Newton in midtown Phoenix, cuddle up with your sig-o and a good book among the stacks at Changing Hands Bookstore, which offers everything from the latest bestsellers to the classic must-reads and everything in between. Then say cheers to the moment with a frosty beer at First Draft Book Bar. And if it’s Arizona brews you’re into, the in-store, wrap-around bar offers a variety of local beers and wines, as well as coffee and nibbles made with ingredients from local purveyors.
If you’re a child of the ’80s, you—and your date—will dig this blast to the past. Lasers and Liquor at the Arizona Science Center gives star-crossed lovers a psychedelic experience with a spectacular laser light show set to your favorite music. Sit back, relax and rock out to the tunes of such popular bands as Metallica, Nirvana and, of course, Pink Floyd—to which no laser light show would be complete without. Arrive early to enjoy a beer, cocktail and other refreshments before the show held in the museum’s planetarium.
Check the science center's website for future dates.
There’s dining under the stars, then there’s Cloth and Flame. For a singular dining experience, treat your date to a dinner hosted by this unique event company. Dinners are held at some of the most stunning and picturesque settings in Arizona—from remote locations in the sweeping Sonoran desert to tree-filled forests of the north country—and prepared by local chefs dedicated to using Arizona-grown and ingredients. Enjoy a multi-course, gourmet meal served with wine or beer, then move in close as you drink in all of Arizona’s beauty.
Nothing sets the mood better than the sounds of music. Rather than go to a loud, raucous concert or a noisy bar with a live band, opt for an evening of easy listening to acoustic music at The Listening Room in north central Phoenix. The 50-seat venue gives audience members the chance to get up close and personal with the performer as they record their music to a live audience. Even better, the venue is BYOB, so bring your favorite bottle of wine to share as you support local musicians and enjoy the show.
Channel your inner Jackson Pollack on your next date at Pinspiration, an art studio and wine bar in north Phoenix. Dubbed the “world’s first Pinterest-inspired space,” the studio offers a number of craft DIY projects, including sign making, woodburning and woodcrafting, string art, and, of course, canvas painting.
Book a reservation for the Splatter Date, which includes two canvases in the private splatter room, chocolates, champagne and cheese tray. Protective gear such as goggles, caps, booties and coveralls are provided, so be prepared to let loose and have fun!