Arts and Culture

Date Ideas in Tempe

Asking someone out takes a lot of courage. It can be nerve-wracking trying to think of something to say. When it’s all said and done, you have a date all set up (hopefully!). But where do you go? What are you going to do? Here are some fun date ideas of things to do in Tempe that will be hopefully lead to Date # 2.

For a lunch or dinner date, there are three places that I love. D’lish (1135 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ 85281) is a great local restaurant that I’m so happy made its way from Scottsdale down here to Tempe.  They feature a variety of healthy, locally grown dishes on their menu.  I’ve been a regular customer for a long time and have yet to find anything on the menu that I didn’t like.  Because they close at 4 p.m., this is the perfect place to grab breakfast or lunch.  If you’re in the mood for some great Italian food –as an Italian, I’m always in this mood – look no further than La Bocca Pizzeria (699 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281).  They have a large selection of Italian food from sandwiches to pasta to pizza.  They also have a wide selection wine and other drinks. New to Mill Ave., Cornish Pasty just opened a location on the northeast corner of Mill Ave. and Fifth St. This popular Arizona restaurant gets its name from the pasties that the wives of coal miners from Cornwall would make for their husbands.  They offer a wide range of pasties to choose from at really affordable prices.

If you’re looking to grab a drink, two popular spots are Culinary Dropout at The Yard Tempe and Pedal Haus Brewery.  Culinary Dropout at The Yard Tempe (149 S. Farmer, Tempe, AZ 85281) is one of the most popular restaurants in the Phoenix area. In addition to great food , they feature an extensive drink list. Of course, you can’t mention The Yard without talking about their patio games. Play bags, shuffleboard or ping pong in their very awesome and fun outdoor patio. You can also enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday night.  Pedal Haus is Tempe’s newest brewery. Conveniently located downtown on Mill Ave. at 730 S. Mill AVE., Pedal Haus has an inviting and friendly atmosphere. The weather is ideal right now to eat on their very big (that’s an understatement) outdoor patio, that features a giant fire pit and beer garden with games like cornhole, ladderball and ping pong. Grab a drink or some food (the Avocado Salad is really good) have a good time at this popular Downtown Tempe restaurant.

Not hungry but want to go out? Tempe Marketplace is very popular and for good reason.  The Harkins 16 Theaters has the largest movie screen in the state of Arizona.  There’s no better place to watch the biggest Hollywood blockbusters.  Every Friday and Saturday, they have free concerts at The District Stage and the Barnes and Noble Fountain.  It’s always a great time. ASU Gammage is a great place to go as well. Some great Broadway shows that’ll be coming soon to Tempe include 42nd Street,  Annie and Newsies.  If your wallet is a little light, look into visiting the ASU Art Museum. They have more contemporary exhibits that encourage you to think and discuss what you think the piece means. Admission to the museum is always free. Another option is visiting the Tempe Center for the Arts, located right along Tempe Town Lake.  You’ve probably seen it as you’ve gone for a walk or jog.  It has the nice little waterfall, across from the pedestrian bridge that’s a great place for an Instagram photo or Snapchat.  They have a wide variety of shows and free gallery exhibits. One fun event that you can find at the TCA is Art After Work. You don’t need to be an artist to have a really good time. Everything you need is supplied for you – and this includes a drink. The themes are inspired by artists like Monet and Van Gogh.

The hardest part of a date should be getting the courage to ask someone out, not figuring out what you should do. For more date ideas, visit the Tempe Tourism Office Calendar of Events.

Written Patrick


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