After the joy of solidifying a date comes the planning for a memorable outing. Fortunately, it’s not hard to find a good date spot in Arizona. Going to one of these local date spots is a surefire way to land a second date. Here are the 10 best first date spots in Arizona.
The Desert Botanical Garden has all the makings of a great date spot. It’s filled with some of the desert’s most beautiful plants inside a massive 140-acre garden of exhibits. You can stroll through their many trails and admire thousands of species of desert dwelling flora and fauna species. The Desert Botanical Garden showcases the best of Arizona’s desert beauty. It’s sure to add a romantic vibe to any date, especially during a picturesque sunset.
Great atmosphere? Check. Affordable prices? Check. Delicious food and wine? You bet. Postino is about as perfect of a date night spot as you can imagine. It’s known for having a great ambiance, highlighted by a candlelit patio and laid back music. Postino is most famous, however, for its wine. They have an ever-growing wine list to go with their renowned Bruschetta boards. You can even save some money by going on a Monday or Tuesday night. That’s when they have a $20 Bruschetta board and bottle of wine special.
Forget about the boring old theater. FilmBar has revolutionized the movie date with a novel concept and a great atmosphere. This downtown Phoenix hangout is a purveyor of indy films and cult classics. They don’t call it “FilmBar” for nothing. This theater proudly serves beer and wine. You can grab a drink and converse before settling in to watch an acclaimed movie. What more could you want on a date night?
Are you looking for a date that’s outside the box? Look no further than the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. It’s one of Tucson’s most famous attractions and is a fun, interactive alternative to a boring old dinner date. It may be called a museum, but in reality it’s so much more. It includes a botanical garden, aquarium, art gallery, natural history exhibits, and even a hummingbird aviary. You’re sure to impress your date with this museum’s mix of history, culture, and fun.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with going with the tried and true dinner date. The Valley is filled with top-notch fine dining establishments, but there are none better than Durant’s. This legendary steakhouse has been a go to date spot for Phoenicians since 1950. Their eclectic menu has a little something for everyone, from crab cakes to sliders and prime rib. Durant’s also has the classy and elegant vibe that many modern restaurants lack.
OK, this date might actually require some planning. But First Friday is well worth the extra effort. Held on the first Friday of every month, it’s the go to event to experience the best of Phoenix’s culture. First Friday is held in downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row arts district. Thousands come out to experience live music, food trucks, art galleries and vendor booths. Afterwards, you can take your date to one of downtown’s many renowned bars or restaurants.
Arizona is a nature lover’s dream. So why not take advantage of it’s many beautiful outdoor settings? One of the best ways to experience Arizona’s great outdoors is with a trip to Sabino Canyon. This popular desert canyon is filled with spectacular views. You can take a date on a tram ride, quick hike, or even a horseback ride during a trip. Located in the Coronado National Forest, it’s home to countless trails and diverse plants and wildlife. It’s sure to spark your sense of adventure.
Old Town Scottsdale is among the more popular local date locales. It’s filled with some of the state’s best restaurants, bars, and shops. You can start off your trip to Old Town with a quick stop at Su Vino. Located in Old Town’s Arts District, this wine bar is filled with a young energetic crowd and many tasty wines. You can sip on a variety of wines, enjoy appetizers, and even play one of the many board games available at this popular date spot.
Take a walk on the wild side at Bearizona. Bearizona is a wildlife park that many bears, wolves, bison and goats call home. Located deep in the Kaibab National Forest, it features a drive through experience where you can get up close and personal to some of Arizona’s largest wildlife. The park also features a walk-through portion that is more like a typical zoo. Though not for everyone, this could be a perfect date spot for animal lovers and adrenaline junkies.
There’s no bar quite like the Duce. It’s located in a converted retro-warehouse and plays host to a number of fun activities. You can take free swing dancing lessons on Tuesday. You can throw your hat into the ring with a boxing and brunch class on Sunday. Or you can just enjoy their live music, drink specials, and tasty food at night. This trendy downtown Phoenix bar has the perfect upbeat atmosphere to break the ice.