In the beginning, there was dinner, there were drinks, and there were fireworks. Now, the time has passed, and you and your honey may have started to settle for the classic "dinner and a movie" date where you go to the same restaurant, order the same plate, and walk to the same theater week after week.
We are here to save you.
Phoenix is up and alive with fun date night ideas that are way more fun than you'd think. From exploring the great outdoors to playing putt-putt, cooking classes to indoor skydiving, we've got your back. Let's go!
Cobra Arcade Bar
Vintage video games, drinks, pinball, and out of this world cocktails will meet you at the Cobra Arcade Bar. Think Stranger Things meets 2018 and there you have the vibe of the joint. Head over to their website for a list of drink specials and events they regularly host.
iFly Trapeze at the Phoenician
Have you ever wanted to run away and join the circus? Whether you answered yes or no, now is your chance to flex your skills at the art of the trapeze at the Phoenician. Go as a duo and learn how to fly at high heights and wow the audience as the entertaining duo that you already are. Make reservations directly with the hotel or click the website below to get your swing on.
Coffee with a conscience
Looking for a coffee shop date with great vibes and even better coffee? Fair Trade Coffee is located in the heart of downtown Phoenix and brews fair-trade, local, organic coffee products. The owner Stephanie Vasquez has included everything you'll need for a perfect date: great food, freshly brewed java, events like poetry nights and really good people to top it off. Take the light rail or bike down to have an afternoon or evening date that is uniquely yours.
CrackerJax will bring out your inner child as soon as you step into the GoCart arena, take a swing in the batting cages, hop into a bumper boat, and flex your skills on the putt-putt course.
Pizza per Favore
PizzeriaBianco is not your average cheese pizza-- it is a full experience of your senses. Voted Best Pizza in Phoenix, Pizzeria Bianco has hand-made, wood-fired pizza that will make you and your date truly believe you have been taken across the pond and are sitting in Italia yourselves.
Desert Botanical Garden
Odysea in the Desert
OdySea is NOT just for kids, not anymore! This facility was created with you in mind when they developed an exceptional bar and restaurant inside the facility. Who doesn't want to play with penguins, explore the deep blue sea, and end it all with tacos and margaritas afterward?
Eat North Italia
Sam Fox started his famous Fox Concepts Restaurants right here in Phoenix and now they are sprouting up all over the valley and country. Sam Fox's restaurants don't embody the "normal" dining experience. There is a certain upper-class vibe to his restaurants, yet you won't break the bank.
Salt River Tubing
Feeling salty? Grab a tube and head down with your date and your friends to tube down the Salt River while the weather is still perfect. The river still has some themed days ahead, so take advantage of ideal water temperatures and get splashing.
Phoenix Art Museum
Museums are no longer stuffy, boring, and uninteresting. When you walk through the doors of the Phoenix Art Museum you will experience modern exhibits that will blow your mind. From the Schorr Collection to Carlos Amorales' Black Cloud your night at the museum will not disappoint.
Painting and Pinot
Get your art on and your wine on while you both show off your creative chops. You might just discover an inner painter!
Take a Hike
Head out of the bustle of life and into nature with a hike up Piestewa Peak. Go for sunrise and catch cool temperatures or grab your partner and get there at sunset for a truly breath-taking view of Phoenix AND your date.
Escape the Room
Grab your crew and escape the room! If you seek a night of adventure, laughter, and fun, Escape the Room is the place for you! Not only can you go as a group, as a couple you can join in on someone else's game. See you on the other side!
If you and your date are thrill seekers, Eloy skydiving is a date you'll never forget. After freefalling from 13,000 ft, grab breakfast at The Cracker Barrel and ride out your endorphin high.
Lions, tigers, and bears, OH YES! The Phoenix Zoo is an extremely underrated date spot for those who are a kid at heart, yet also want to do something outside the box. There are new exhibits, shows, and you can even buy beer and wine if you really want it.
Lake Day, Anyone?
To escape the heat of the summer/spring and part of fall, head to a lake, any lake and dip in. Saguaro Lake is close to Phoenix and has plenty of ways to entertain you and your date. Rent a boat, take out the tubes, water ski, jet ski or just lay back and enjoy the afternoon near the water.
A Night To Remember
Suit up gentlemen, and ladies put on your best and head to the Orpheum Theater downtown to check out a show. Grab dinner at any of the many restaurants off 1st or Grand Ave and partake in any of the shows currently running. This month check out RuPaul's Drag Race and Stuff You Should Know.
Head to Old Town Scottsdale for some old west themed fun. The Rusty Spur is a spot you do not want to pass by. It is the oldest bar/saloon in Old Town and you can run shoulders with locals, enjoy live music, and parade around the sweetest small town.
Crescent Ballroom isn't your average concert venue. Some of the lesser known bands from rock to punk, EDM to bluegrass come through Crescent come for an intimate show that is not on the "just average" date night list.
Rhythm and Brews
What could be better than a day date with craft beers and vintage guitars? We say ... not a lot. When the time comes for a spontaneous Phoenix-based date in November, head to Helton Brewery for the second annual guitar showcase. Take your honey, play yard games and enjoy an afternoon of vintage shopping. Check out their spread on November 17th from 1 p.m to 4 p.m.
Sometimes a staycation is all you need. Now, why would someone want to stay ten, fifteen, or twenty miles from home? Are staycations really that overrated? The answer is no, they aren't. Summer specials are all the rage for hotels in Arizona, and even after summer, it pays to sit back, relax, and get some room service in the meantime,
Surf In Waikiki
Okay, so it's not actually Waikiki Beach, but you CAN go surfing right here in Phoenix. Big Surf is the perfect date spot to learn how to surf, even in the desert. IF surfing isn't your thing, explore the slides and go tandem with your date for extra exhilaration.
Up, Up and Away
iFly is new to Phoenix but has staked its claim as the place to go for date night. Couples are able to experience free falling indoors with the help of a guide who will flip, turn, and twirl you around to give the same sensation as actually free falling.
Volunteering is sexy, and we need more sexy in our community! Feed My Starving Children is an organization whose aim is to help feed children and families in need of assistance. FMSC is an exciting experience where you truly bond with your date and the other volunteers who are there, too.
Ramsey, Eat Your Heart Out
If you need to hone your culinary craft, head over to Sur La Table for a #notsobasic cooking class. Choose from theme nights or head in and learn how to whip up a Michelin star-worthy meal on your next date night in.
Put 'em Up
Laser tag is an incredibly underrated date night activity, and at Laser Quest, you can't go wrong. Once you finish tagging your honey in the nicest way possible, enjoy arcade games and food on site.
Shake and Bake
K1 Speed Racing or Indie 500? You might be able to tell the difference when you and your date are whipping through the indoor race track. Adults can go up to 45 mph, and while that might not sound like a noteworthy speed, it's actually quite thrilling when you're in the ring.
Flex Your Climbing Skills
Adventure awaits at the Phoenix Rock Gym where you will experience all levels of indoor rock climbing. If you already climb you can bring your own gear, but if not, learn from a pro and get a fantastic workout.
Have a Picnic At Papago
Papago Park might not seem like the most romantic or unique spots in Phoenix to have a date, but trust us, it is a sight for sore eyes at sunset. Pack a picnic or grab your favorite to-go and park it at the top of Papago hole in the rock to enjoy a truly romantic sunset.
Changing Hands Book Store
Changing Hands is not your average bookstore, in fact, it is in a league of its own. Whether you and your bookworm want to join the monthly book club or simply stroll the isles with a glass of wine or beer from the in-house bar, First Draft. Plus, you'll feel good when you shop small and support your local community small businesses.