For the Competitive at Heart
How about a little friendly competition on your next date night? Venture out to Brooklyn for an epic shuffleboard match at the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club and enjoy the Cuban style tropical drinks and rotating food trucks. Everything is larger than life in the Big Apple, including our bowling alleys, and here the sport has become a leisure activity complete with lounges and fancy cocktails. Try Bowlmor Lanes in Times Square or dance the night away at Brooklyn Bowl, where DJ Questlove is a regular Thursday night guest for Bowl Train. Or, team up with your date and test your brainpower at one of the many fun trivia events occurring nightly at bars across the city. Check the NYC Trivia League website for an event near you.
For the Cuddlebugs
When the weather outside is still pretty frightful there’s no better place to cuddle up with your date than at one of New York City’s fireplace bars. For a laid-back old school evening, try Shoolbreds in the East Village. Known for their two-for-one happy hour and delicious hot toddies, grab a leather chair by the fireplace and escape the cold outside. For a more elegant evening snag a spot in the back room of Clover Club, the Cobble Hill lounge with some of the best cocktails in the country. If rare spirits are more your style, get warm at Brandy Library in TriBeCa with their incredible liquor list as well as great specialty cocktails.
For the Drama Queens
If a night at the theater is more your style, New York City has plenty of options for you, whether that be a Broadway musical or something a little more off the beaten path. Join in the outrageous fun that is Drunk Shakespeare, a production where one actor gets intoxicated and attempts to perform the Bard’s plays along with the rest of the cast, always with hilarious consequences. Even if Shakespeare was a little tough to get through in high school, you won’t be disappointed if you give it another shot here. If you want to be dazzled, get tickets for the amazing Fuerza Bruta to experience a fast-paced interactive performance with stunning aerial displays and music that will have you dancing along with the whole crowd.
For the Braniacs
For those who never stop learning, New York City offers plenty of ways to use your brain and entertain your date through a variety of fun classes. The Brooklyn Brainery hosts affordable classes on a huge assortment of topics, everything from embroidery to soap making to the history of sriracha. Or, impress your date with your artistic skills at Paint Along NYC , a BYOB art class that provides you with materials and instruction to create your very own masterpiece. You can also impress your date, along with his or her entire family, when you bring a homemade Milk Bar dessert to the next holiday gathering. Sign up to learn how to make all of the delicious cakes, cookies, and truffles from the famous spot at one of their baking classes.
For the Music Lovers
New York City hosts some of the biggest and most exciting musicians from around the world nightly at a huge number of cool venues. There’s a concert almost every night at the historic Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side where some of the greatest names in music have played and continue to come back to grace the stage of this classy space. For something a little more intimate, City Winery hosts a multitude of fantastic musicians at their Varick Street location as well as a delicious Mediterranean food menu and on-site winery. Or, venture out to Brooklyn to see a show at the stunning Kings Theatre. The old movie house has been brilliantly restored and has a fantastic calendar of events ranging from family-friendly to parents night out.