40 First Date Ideas in Metro Phoenix

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Courting Disaster is Jackalope Ranch's weekly column of dating horror stories, observations, how-tos, and more by Katie Johnson. Names of ex-boyfriends, past hookups, and bad blind dates have been changed to protect the guilty.

Dating doesn't have to be confined to expensive menus and awkward conversation. After all, first dates aren't necessarily about being formal. They're about making (and getting) a good first impression. From the indoors to the outdoors, uptown to downtown, here are 40 ways to make your move.

See also: Should I Try Online Dating? A Guide for the Curious

1. Catch an indie flick at Filmbar.

2. Go for some vintage bowling at Let it Roll Bowl.

3. Explore galleries, shops, and street performers along Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue on First Friday.

4. Take a swing at swing dancing lessons. Every Tuesday night from 7 to 8 p.m., The Duce offers swing dancing lessons for $8 at the door.

5. Spend an evening at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Admission's free Thursday nights.

Location Info



815 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Let It Roll Bowl

8925 N. 12th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Roosevelt Row

300 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Grand Avenue Arts District

Grand Ave. roughly b/t 7th and 16th avenues, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

The Duce

525 S. Central, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Camelback Mountain/Echo Canyon Recreation Area

5950 N. Echo Canyon Parkway, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: General

Piestewa Peak Park

2701 E. Squaw Peak Drive, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Stand Up Live

50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

930 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: General

Scottsdale Comedy Spot Comedy Club

7117 E. 3rd Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

House of Comedy

5350 E. High Street., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Gypsy Bar

50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

The King

6830 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Seventh Avenue Melrose District

Seventh Ave. between Indian School and Camelback, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Downtown Civic Space Park

424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Talking Stick Resort

9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

AZ on the Rocks

16447 N. 91st St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

The Clarendon Hotel - Phoenix's Urban Retreat

401 W. Clarendon Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

South Mountain Park and Preserve

10919 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Westworld Paintball Adventures

4240 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Ice Den

9375 E. Bell, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Herberger Theater Center

222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Gammage Auditorium

1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Theater Works

8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, AZ

Category: General

Encanto Park

2605 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Monkey Pants Bar & Grill

3223 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

George & Dragon Pub

4240 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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Great List! Also, some other venues/ideas. 

Let's continue to add great local dating venues/ideas--thank you again to Katie Johnson for your great post!

Local AZ Dating Venues/Ideas:

* JesterZ Improv (address change: previously in Scottsdale, currently -as of this post- in Mesa), 

* National Comedy Theatre (Mesa), and 

* Speakeasy Comedy Lounge (Scottsdale)

* As well, a great opportunity/events to look at the stars:


* Cosmic/Night Bowling

* Night Golf, http://kjzz.org/content/4739/summer-nights-golfing-dark

* Additionally, during Mid-/Late Sepember, there is a free community outreach program with different location/dates throughout the Valley: http://balletaz.org/community-outreach/ballet-under-the-stars/

Jesse Adams
Jesse Adams

just take her to sidebar. perfect lounge atmosphere

Jukes topcommenter

An excellent list for anyone who pretends "there's nothing to do in Phoenix."

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