Do dinner and a (peep!) show
No need to choose between food, drinks, and entertainment. Get them all at once at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox. Once home to a brothel, this popular restaurant pays homage to its past with a trendy twist. Check it out from 4-6pm Monday-Friday to catch cheap happy hour deals on food and drinks. Or check out their lineup of weekday and weekend events including a Sunday burlesque peep show, '90s dance party nights, and brunches paired with live music on the stage. Tickets for events are typically less than $20.
Get some cheap laughs
DTC, Central Business District
Bond over your love (or hate) of the nightly comedy options at both metro Comedy Works locations. As long as you’re not trying to score tickets for the big name acts, tickets here usually $10-$20.
Can't two-step? Here's your chance to learn!
The Grizzly Rose, a legendary honky tonk, hosts free dance lessons most Wednesdays at 7pm (beginner two-step) and Sundays (for some line dancing action) so now you’ve got a great excuse to show off those boots hiding in the back of your closet.
Take them on a delicious dim sum date
It’s not just a feast, it’s a social experiment. By the time the check comes, you’ll know whether 1) you share adventurous tastes and 2) you’re comfortable unbuttoning your pants for all the wrong reasons together. Plus dim sum is easy on the wallet. Plan on about $20/person for a serious feast. Test this theory at Star Kitchen or King’s Land.
Test your limits with indoor rock climbing
Most area rock-climbing gyms offer day passes, which is a fine step when you’re ready to work up a sweat together, but not yet ready for an outing that could theoretically require calling in a rescue team. Bonus: Your jokes about the relationship hitting a wall are going to kill.