Check out your date’s competitive side -- while wearing goofy shoes.
Although Dart Bowl is famous for its greasy enchiladas, maaayyybe skip those this once.
People-watch, and then have a drink on the beautiful courtyard of the San Jose afterwards.
Channel your inner senior citizen with a rousing game of bingo at one of Austin’s bingo halls.
Win game tickets and hook your date up with something from the prize shop. Every night, catch one of their original comedy shows; they range from inappropriate to political to hilariously absurd. Austin very first ping-pong bar, SPi N, is scheduled to open on May 19 in the 9,000-square-foot original Antone’s on West Fifth Street.
The combination of elevated food, cocktails, and ping pong -- played on state-of-the-art, Olympic-style tables -- has already taken off in major cities like New York, San Francisco, and Seattle, and is an excellent recipe for a fun date.
Every Monday, you can check out The Little Elmore Reed Blues Band at 10pm. Show your date you’re cultured and head to Southeast Austin, where Fitzhugh Road has become the place for breweries and distilleries to set up shop and give free tours and tastings on weekends.
There’s B-12 Bingo (South), Lucky Lady Bingo (Central), and Big Star Bingo (North). BYOB is acceptable, as long as it’s accompanied by good behavior. Pro tip: you can BYOB; the catch is they must be brought in one at a time. bars that give you the feeling that you're sipping drinks somewhere no one else knows about.
Pinballz is famous for its vast collection of classic pinball machines and new-school arcade games. There’s a talented group of writers, actors, and comedians at The New Movement, and they host free -- and practically free -- events all week. Check out the unmarked Midnight Cowboy on Dirty Sixth, the found-behind-a-false-bookcase Firehouse Lounge, and Vinyl, which is accessed through a fake barrel inside Tellers.
Expect tournaments, private lessons, dance parties, casual play, and plenty of private lounge space.
As if you need another reason to love Austin, every summer sees the return of outdoor movie season -- and consequently, our comprehensive screening calendar (stay tuned for that).