Dinner and drinks can be fun until the tab starts to add up. Whether you’ve been together for years or just swiped right, switch up your go-to date spots with these South End experiences that are not only cheap but also fun. Check out these free and cheap date night ideas in the neighborhood:
Take in the local art scene at First Friday Gallery Crawl--an evening when galleries and shops offer extended hours, special receptions, live painting and music every first Friday of the month. Visit one gallery or stop by a few, each month’s crawl is self-guided and completely free.
Discover South End Interactive, where viewers can scan a QR code with their cell-phone camera and watch a video of the artist, generate site-specific face filters, and explore a 3-D model of the piece.
Currently, you can interact with 10 South End murals and learn the stories hidden behind the artwork, told by the artists themselves. South End Interactive is self-guided and free.
Calling all urban adventurers! Where else can you find porch swings, a giant seesaw, an interactive chalk board, loads of public art, and photo ops galore? Spend a day strolling or biking along the Rail Trail with your date and see what you can find along the way.
Front Porch Sundays bring a whole new meaning to Sunday Funday. Shop from over 70 local vendors offering everything from dog toys to handmade jewelry to fresh spices, grab food from surrounding restaurants and food trucks, and listen to live music all along the Rail Trail at Atherton Mill. Front Porch Sundays is free to attend and happens on the first Sunday of every month.
As the sun sets on the work week, enjoy a free, sophisticated evening of open-air shopping, tasting, and entertainment at Nebel's Alley Night Market. There is magic around every corner every third Saturday of the month as 32 local vendors gather under the iconic Design Center water tower.
Get your game on at Slingshot! Play duckpin bowling, skee-ball, and more at the game-centered bar and lounge. Don't forget to grab your dancing shoes and head to their dance floor in between games! The best part? Their lane games are free from 5-7pm on Tuesday-Friday!
We'll have some cheese with that wine! Head to Craft every Wednesday for $6 cheese or charcuterie plates full of artisanal and regional options, paired best with their selection of wines and craft beers. Hangout in their casual indoor space or relax on the outdoor patio, made complete with a fire pit for chilly nights.
Bring out your competitive side with a visit to Paranoia Pinball. You’ll find dozens of pinball machines that cost 50 cents per play. If you bet your pinball skills on a round of beer and win, the date costs even less for you.
The strum of a bass, the beat of a drum, a cheering crowd – nothing quite compares to a live musical performance. With multiple hosts for live music, you don’t have to look far to find a free show in South End. You may find yourself at a busy bar, at picnic table outside of a brewery, in a low-key coffee shop or sitting on a hay bale at a pop-up venue. See the guide to live music in South End.
There are plenty of places to get competitive in South End. Some spots even host pool and cornhole tournaments throughout the week. Stop at Small Bar for pool on Mondays, and at Triple C for corn hole on Tuesdays!