Getting a drink is probably the most common date activity, especially for first dates — at least according to our very unscientific studies. But, if you (or your date) don’t drink anything that’s beyond zero proof, it may seem like your options are limited.
Not so. If you’re fresh out of stellar sober ideas, you’ll be cheers-ing (with Topo Chico, of course) this list of unique ideas for your next date. Really, regardless of whether you love a cocktail or not, these #datinggoals places will get you out of the rut of the standard bar-side ubiquity.
Where: 5400 E. Mockingbird Ln.
This neighborhood theater features live performances of all kinds in an intimate setting, so it feels a lot more engaging than bigger venues. The madcap, popcorn-throwing melodramas are a community favorite.
Where: 14540 E. Beltwood Pkwy., Farmers Branch
Come In. Break Sh*t. Leave Happy. That’s the motto here, where you can redirect your frustrations and destroy real-life mocked-up rooms that simulate an actual workplace, living area, or kitchen — complete with glass, TVs, tables and many more breakable items. Yes, they even have a “Couples Lash Out” sesh.
Where: 6030 Luther Ln., Ste. 160; 5915 Forest Ln., Ste. 360
Hang out at the bar — the juice bar — and bond over turmeric shots and green smoothies.
Where: 2900 Greenville Ave.
Coffee shops are always a good option for the teetotaler types. And, this one on Lower Greenville is a perfect day date with its bright, breezy space and delicious brunch-y menu. It’s even better once the sun goes down, though, with weekly events including live music, move date night with s’mores, and trivia.
Where: 1982 Fort Worth Ave.; 1010 N. Riverfront Blvd.
You thought antiquing couldn’t be fun? Think again. At this place, you can explore so many quirky finds — or find a retro look for your next costume party.
Where: 1901 Midway Rd., Lewisville
Okay, so it’s not technically in Dallas. But, the kitsch factor of a drive-in movie is so worth the extra few minutes of a commute to Lewisville. Plus, it’s always a double-feature, so you can really make a night of it.
Where: 3839 McKinney Ave., Ste. 157
If chocolate is your language of love, you’ll have all the heart eyes at this decadent lounge. Even better, the impressively gigantic, cake-topped Grand Chocshakes are best shared with someone else anyway.
Where: 6911 Lemmon Ave.
Museum-hopping is always a good idea. But, if you’ve already been-there-done-that with the mainstays like Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center, veer in a new direction with this fascinating center for aviation and space flight.
Where: 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (Fair Park Gate 6)
Go au naturel at this hidden gem of a place. It is a beautiful nature escape with 7.5 acres of gardens and a butterfly house.
Where: 920 S. Harwood St.
Cultivate your relationship at this destination that’s chock full of unique food vendors, artisanal shops, seasonal produce, chef demonstrations, and more — including pineapple and watermelon drinks that are way more fun than a cocktail.
Where: 2777 Irving Blvd.
Skip the cider, stay for the arcade because there are more than 125 new and retro games at your disposal here. And, many of them are made for at least two players, so you and your date can have a bit of friendly competition.
Where: 17717 Coit Rd.
Choose your own adventure, with playtime options including three miniature golf courses, go-karts, themed laser tag, bumper boats, and more.
Where: 5420 Ross Ave., Ste. 160
Get lucky at this cute ice cream shop that has a new take on the frozen treat: They pack warm, sweet buns with the cold, creamy stuff then top it off with anything you can think of, including Lucky Charms cereal. It’s the ultimate hot-and-cold combo.
Where: Bishop Arts District, 310 West 7th St.; Mockingbird Station, 5319 E. Mockingbird Ln.
It’s totally okay to get cheesy here with any kind of grilled sandwich you can imagine, although the mac ‘n’ cheese is a carb-lover’s dream. You can split it if you want — or just go for double-trouble and order two different sandwiches for the best of both worlds.
Where: 2401 Victory Park Ln.
Take your date to the candy shop. But, not just any candy shop. This is 3,000 square feet of sugar-coated paradise, where you can indulge in any sweet thing you could think of — including the world’s largest boxes of Sour Patch Kids, Nerds, and Swedish Fish. They also have a special SNL candy section: Dick in a Box, anyone?
Where: 2365 Victory Park Ln.
Take dinner and a movie to a new level at this recently opened hotspot in Victory Park that luxes up the cinematic experience even more. In addition to the blockbusters, their “Handpicked” series is extra fun and includes cult classics, nostalgic oldies, and more. Get the zebra popcorn — drizzled in milk and white chocolate.
Where: 2116 Greenville Ave.
The gelato here needs no translation, even if we don’t recommend trying to pronounce the name of this place to your date (unless you happen to know Italian). The legit gelato shop is run by Carlo Gattini, who serves up ever-changing, gourmet flavors like berries and lavender, mint lemon sorbetto, mascarpone and fig, basil, olive oil, and pistachio.
Where: 8787 Park Lane.
Take a swing at love — or show off your skills at the hitting bays that are a perfect place to hang out. Plus, the food’s uniquely decadent — they’re known for their chicken and waffle sliders and injectable donuts.
Where: 9005 Garland Rd.
Bring your milkshake to the yard and indulge in some good, old-fashioned fun at this sweet ice cream parlor. In addition to those shakes, they have killer sundaes and cotton-candy-wrapped cloud cones along with hard-to-find, retro candy.
Where: Eddie Deen’s Ranch, 944 S. Lamar St.
Why just go to dinner when you can play detective, too. Solve a crime together at this interactive comedy-slash-murder mystery supper show.
Where: Various locations
Consider Mastermind a gym from your brain — and a workout you can both do together to build your emotional intelligence. The organization hosts mindfulness and meditation seminars to center you, increase memory and focus, and cultivate gratitude, among many other things.
Where: 4372 Spring Valley Rd., Farmers Branch
Plot your escape — hopefully, just from the room and not from your date — at this get-out game that includes thematic options like running from a secret society initiation ritual and finding a secret ingredient hidden by the world’s greatest chef. It’s also a great option for a double date.
Where: 5430 Gurley Ave.
Veg out at this beautiful Hare Krishna temple that serves a truly incredible vegetarian lunch and dinner spread. The Indian restaurant relies on the Ayurvedic art of cooking for the body, mind, and soul.
Where: 6205 Dallas Pkwy., Plano
Play games — video games, that is — at this entertainment wonderland. In addition to arcade action, there’s a two-level laser tag arena, glow-in-the-dark bumper cars, a high ropes course, and a pretty rad LED rock climbing wall.
Where: Mockingbird Station, 5321 E. Mockingbird Ln.
Laugh it up at this funny place that features a range of impressive headliners in addition to Open Mic nights on Wednesdays and free shows on Thursdays.
Where: 2939 E. Ledbetter
Be a skater, not a hater with some classic, old-school fun at this roller skating rink. Take note: Thursday nights are grown-ups only.
Where: 167 Turtle Creek Blvd., #103
Strike out — in a good way — at this funky warehouse space that has vintage-style bowling lanes and legit food (like deep-fried moon pies!) to fuel your game.
Where: 11130 Malibu Dr.
Put your love on the fast track and fulfill your need for speed with Formula V go-karts, dragsters, and drift-style racing. There’s an arcade-inspired Electric Alley, too, if you prefer your racing to be of the virtual kind.
Where: 1601 McKinney Ave.
It’s fiesta time! The Tex-Mex mecca has been serving up the goods for 100 years, and no better place to experience all the enchiladas, fajitas, quesadillas, and tacos than at the original flagship downtown. Plus, no margaritas means more room for sopapillas — and the pillowy clouds of goodness are legendary here.
Where: White Rock Lake, 389 E. Lawther Dr.
Hit the lake and rent a tandem kayak for an adventure on the water. Also, every Thursday, they do a concert series with paddling and music that’s the perfect date night.
Where: 4525 Cole Ave., Ste. 190; 6025 Royal Ln., Ste. 150
Get hands-on and learn how to cook — together — at Sur La Table’s cooking classes. They have multiple classes every single day, featuring everything from perfecting croissants, to surf & turf, and macarons 101, with date-night specials on Saturdays.
Where: 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy.
If going to the park isn’t “unique” enough for you, think again. In addition to a major number of food trucks, Klyde Warren has a laundry list of daily activities, where you and your plus-one can do anything from ballroom dancing, to boot camp, African dance, yoga, poetry, music, and more.
Where: 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway
This is the kind of adulting we can get behind. One Friday a month, LEGOLAND hosts a “no kids allowed” Adult Night with themes like Ugly Sweater Party, Nerf War, The Amazing Race, Murder Mystery, and Board Games. You can also impress your date with your LEGO skills in build competitions for prizes.
Where: 1925 Elm St.
Get all dramatic at this truly “majestic” historic venue that originally opened its doors in 1921. The beautifully restored place hosts any kind of performance you can imagine — from concerts and musicals, to theater, dance, and film screenings, and even Instagram poet sensation Rupi Kaur (she’s coming in October 2018, FYI).
Where: 2108 Greenville Ave.
Do da dip at this cozy fondue restaurant that glorifies all the cheese and chocolate dipping action you can eat.