Let’s talk about something totally applicable today (cause, Juno!): winter dates that get you out of the house but keep you out of the cold, too! I totally get how it’s easy to be like, “date night? orrrr we could just stay in with pizza and netflix!” We’re guilty, too! Especially during the winter, and especially during blizzards.
Today we’re gonna talk about bringing date nights back with a bang! The hubs and I have been doing some hardcore date night research for you guys, bringing the very best ones to the blog! And don’t forget, date nights aren’t limited to your significant other…they can be just as fun with your roomie, mom, random girl from yoga class…you name it! Here’s our very favorites that we tried this month:
“Trust me, I get funnier with every sip, ” speaks actor/playwright Anthony Caporale in his entertaining show, The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking. And it’s so true! (But this guy and his talented ensemble would be funny even sans cocktails, I promise!) The Imbible is an off-Broadway show playing in an authentic NYC speakeasy, which talks about the history of alcohol while serving the audience said beverages. Performed by a group of 4 insanely talented a cappella singers, these guys sing and dance about the 10,000 year journey of alcohol and the creation of the modern day cocktail. You’ll have a whole new appreciation for the Old Fashioned after the night is over. We watched live demonstrations of brewing beer and distilling spirits, learned the difference between cocktails and mixed drinks, and got to interact in answering trivia questions! All while sipping cocktails which are included in the price of your ticket! These guys are so, so passionate, it’s refreshing to see theater performed with such zeal, and to be a member of their audience.
Interactive theater? Yes please! Mrs. Mayfield’s Fifth-Grade Class of ’93 20-Year Reunion is like Sleep No More, only funny! And with witty dialogue! Part play, part party, and all a boat load of date night fun! A group of former 5th grade classmates, now all in their 30’s, get together for an evening of reminiscing, complete with lots of alcohol and a handful of drugs. Turn the 90’s music on, and you have the recipe for the best night, ever! As an audience member, you’re also guests at the party (truth be told, it was sometimes hard to tell who was acting and who was an audience member, it all seemed so natural!) You wander the apartment (the address is given to you after your reservation is made), perusing the kitchen, office, and yes, bedroom, getting involved in whichever scenes you fancy. Upon entering, you get a name tag, red meaning “don’t talk to me” and green meaning “yes, pull me into your lair of 5th grade drama!” The hubs and I went with red name tags, but that certainly didn’t stop me from jumping into the Free Willy “Will You Be There” flash mob. You know, cause that was my 5th grade jam, too.
Oh! Alcohol can be purchased for $5 throughout the evening via the honor system, and vegan chili is available for free. Prepped by one of the actors himself;-)
Couples that play together stay together, right? While yoga may not be playing in the same context as, say, squash, it’s still a great date activity! The hubs and I have been going to Sonic Yoga, which offers free community yoga and meditation classes, and also has a special of 2 months of unlimited yoga for $99 going on. Which is A LOT of dates, my friends.
When we do opt for the more traditional dinner dates, we’ve been making a point to try new restaurants rather than our old tried-and-true. There’s no better way to discover restaurants packed with potential than visiting one of the city’s food festivals, and tasting samples from the chef’s menu yourself! Pair with entertainment, craft beer, wine, and liquor and you’re shooing to have a delicious date! We’re pretty pumped for 2015’s Choice Eats, happening March 13th!
Ever dream of having your love life (or lack thereof!) turned into a hysterical skit?! Yeah, me either, but you can laugh your heart out as some other helpless New Yorker is interviewed on stage about their’s…and then watch the “What I Did For Love” improv unfold! The Upright Citizen’s Brigrade puts on a fine show, and you can’t beat the $10 price point.