10 of the best date night ideas in the Valley
Looking for something different to do on date night other than your typical dinner or a movie? We have you covered – check out these 10 places that will get you out of your comfort zone while having fun. So escape the ordinary and discover the adventures that await by visiting one of the venues or trying a few of the activities listed below. Who knows, perhaps you’ll even find a new go-to date night spot while you’re at it!
This is for the crafty couples. It also has more interactive activities such as a Splatter Room, where you put on protective gear in the form of a jumpsuit and goggles, and you and your partner can splatter paint on a shared canvas for a unique piece of art and an unforgettable experience.
The Splatter Date is $99 and includes 1 large or 2 small canvases with a private splatter room; a glow upgrade; chocolates and two glasses of champagne. Plan to enjoy your experience for about an hour and don’t forget to have someone take a few pictures of you (and your masterpiece) after it’s done! Make reservations by calling Pinspiration.
Escape Rooms are popping up all over the Valley and are great ways to connect with your date without technology. No cell phones are allowed once you enter your room, so for the hour you’re trying to escape, it’s just you and your partner. This is a great date activity because you and your partner can improve your communication skills, problem-solve and work towards a common goal of finding the next clue! The rooms are also decorated with certain themes like The Island, The Inheritance, Jailbreak, and Rush Hour at Escape Zone in Tempe, which are sure to challenge you and your partner, while also creating a sense of excitement. Once you’ve escaped, you might find yourself wanting to return to see if you can escape the other rooms.
Board games anyone? Remember how excited you were playing board games as a kid? Why let the excitement stop then? Board games aren’t just for kids, adults can enjoy board games too! At Snakes and Lattes, you can choose from thousands of playable games old and new — from Monopoly to Cards Against Humanity, the possibilities are endless. You can also order cocktails and munchies to enjoy during your game marathon. So grab a date and let the games begin!
Take your date on a multi-course wine and dining experience, designed to highlight Arizona’s diverse local cuisine. Arizona Food Tours offer pre-selected signature food and alcoholic drink selections at multiple establishments in Old Town Scottsdale or Downtown Tempe. With so many delicious dining options, a food tour is the perfect way for you and your date to discover new and interesting food in the area. These multiple course food tours are sure to please the palate of any foodie, as well as offer a fun night on the town.
Here you can cook your food and eat it too! Melting Pot is the place to go for romance and some privacy in your interactive dining experience. Choose your cheese fondue, salad and entree that includes meats, seafood or veggies, while sipping your choice of wines, spirits or one of their “Best in Glass” cocktails such as The Melting Pot Mule, Freshly-Picked Margarita, TMP’s G&T, Authentic Mai Tai, or a Classic or Modern version of an Old Fashioned. After you’ve enjoyed the first three courses, try and save room for one of their delectable dessert chocolate fondues served with fruit, pound cake, brownies and marshmallows.
Comedy club date night
If it’s been a while since you’ve genuinely had a good time out on a date, a comedy show could be the perfect way to bring back the fun. Stand Up Live and Tempe Improv both have well-known comedians coming through on a regular basis who have credits that include Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central, TBS, and much more. Both venues offer food and drink menus during their shows, and require a two drink minimum which applies to alcoholic and non- alcoholic options. So next time you’re planning a date, consider going to a comedy show, and laughing the night away.
Talk about the perfect date night! Jakes Unlimited is packed with everything you need for a night full of fun! Every night after 8 p.m. during Jake’s After Dark, the entertainment center shuts down their buffet, turns down the lights, kicks up the music and everything goes a-la-carte with free admission! So you and your date can enjoy drinks from one of the two full-service bars and food at one of their dining areas, as well as a night full of bowling, arcade games, laser tag and bumper cars until the venue closes at 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and at midnight Friday-Sunday.
Make it a weekend full of dates with a staycation at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. Enjoy a 2.5 acre water playground, get active at the resort’s 28-foot climbing wall, or play a classic game of giant Jenga, chess or Connect Four. The resort also offers luxury amenities such as couples spa treatments at Spa Aviana, dining at various restaurants, and after dinner you and your date can enjoy a romantic ride on a handcrafted Italian Gondola boat. This will definitely be a weekend getaway to remember!
Travel back in time with a night spent at The Duce. This vintage venue uses the building’s history to its advantage by reconstructing the original 1928 warehouse that was once in the center of a busy produce district by day, and a notorious jazz venue by night. Even though prohibition is long gone, The Duce still has a very speakeasy style to it. All of the recipes are inspired by what they call “Mom’s 1960’s Kitchen,” and are made from scratch in a 1968 streamline trailer. However, the venue is not just known for their food, they also serve cocktails, desserts, and host themed weekly events such as South Central Swing Nite on Tuesdays and Urban Cowboy Country Dance Nite on Wednesdays. So whether you’re in the mood for some home cooked food and delicious cocktails, or want to participate in one of their themed nights, The Duce has something for everyone!
Let your guard down and sign up for a dance class with your date. Dancing is a great way to let loose and just have fun, especially with someone who makes you feel comfortable. With the motto “Real Dancing for Real People,” Dance FX Studios has operated each class with the philosophy that dancing should be taught for everyone, regardless of experience. Events such as weddings, nights out with friends or date nights, are all great reasons to sign up for a class. The studio strives to develop couples into passionate and confident dancers, in addition to creating a fun and relaxed environment for students to learn how to dance. You never know, you and your partner may be surprised how much you enjoy it!