1. “Shake Rattle and Roll” Dueling Pianos
If you and your date love live music, a spirited crowd, and an excuse to show off those killer dance moves and impressive pipes, then check out Shake Rattle and Roll Dueling Pianos. It’s basically a piano bar on crack. Grab a drink at the bar and fill out your request cards. You can request any song because these brilliant pianist know them all. Even if you and your date have different musical tastes, it’s a fun way for you to bond. There’s a spot on each request card to make shout out dedications (just make sure to write your date’s name and not your ex’s.) And helpful hint: when submitting your requests, a Hamilton will give you better chances than a Washington (just sayin’.) What sets this rockin’ show apart from other music venues is the truly interactive environment. You’ll be competing against other people of varying musical tastes. There are even games throughout the night and complimentary shots for those who sing loud enough. This date is best suited for those who like to let their hair down and don’t mind a little beer spilled on them. Remember the more you drink the better you’ll sound!
Varying Locations in NYC, Tickets: $20-25 Buy HERE
2. Tanner Family Parody Full House! The Musical
A unique date idea? “You got it, dude!” With the newly released, “Fuller House,” it seems as if everyone’s become more obsessed with their favorite extended 80’s sitcom. If you and your date like raunchy musicals, then sit back as the whole Tanner gang reminds you of a simpler time of the milkman, the paperboy, and of course evening TV. But don’t expect the same sentimental TGIF cheesiness. This “unauthorized musical parody” definitely makes fun of itself and has many cringeworthy, R-rated moments that will have you both rolling in your seats with laughter. Danny Tanner trades in his saccharine sweet personae now as a foul-mouthed, dark and demented dad on his last leg. DJ is a Debbie Gibson-obsessed anorexic, and wacky Uncle Joey operates a ridiculous horny puppet. If you and your date are the affectionate type, be sure to score a seat in the first two rows and you’ll be part of the “Tanner Family Hug Zone.” It’s like one big happy family!
Theater 80, 80 St. Marks Place, New York, NY Tickets: $25-$50 Buy HERE
3. Wine Riot
Do you enjoy popping corks, but still haven’t earned your sommelier status? NYC whinos like yourself wait all year for this highly sought after event hosted by Second Glass. And it’s all happening this Friday and Saturday the 4th & 5th of March. Don’t expect a cozy little wine bar. This is a sprawling open space that offers every type of wine you can imagine. As you and your date get a little tipsy (ok let’s be honest- A LOT tipsy) you’ll get schooled by down to earth and lively wine aficionados. These experts care more about you both learning and having a great time than talking down to you. So learn together the difference between “oak” and “unoaked,” and enjoy over 250 different wines from all over the world, whether you’re a master of Merlot or a Pinot princess. There will be a DJ spinning the hits, a photo booth to capture the craziness, and even wine themed temporary tattoos. It’ll just be a matter of months before you’re tattooing each others names after this killer first date.
69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue New York, NY, Tickets $65, Buy HERE
4. White Elephant Burlesque
This date idea is for couples who are the opposite of square. If you don’t embarrass easily and enjoy a little more kink than the boring drink–hit up the sizzling White Elephant Burlesque at the lively West Village club Rockbar. While it’s purpose is to titillate, the art of Burlesque is meant to be more a mockery of itself and not to be taken too seriously. This is probably why it’s become such a hot and trendy activity for New Yorkers from all walks of life. It’s definitely a great aphrodisiac as well as an ice-breaker for two new lovers. After fishnets and nipple tassels, there’s little that can make you feel awkward. If this happens to tickle your fancy, there are various other burlesque to try out, such as The Slipper Room, Duane Park, and The Box.
March 2nd 8:30pm, 185 Christopher St, New York, NY, Tickets: starting at $5, Buy HERE
5. Nitehawk Cinema
What’s better than getting served gourmet snacks, entrees, and cocktails while you watch your favorite movie? Not much, that’s for sure. So, get your hipster butts over to the Williamsburg treasure, Nitehawk Cinema, an old timey bar/movie theater that plays mainstream films as well as older classics. It’s definitely quality over quantity here, so make sure to get your tickets well in advance as they will sell out. You and your date can get to know one another over some whiskeys at their speakeasy-type leathy clad bar. And inside the actual cinema, there are tables connected to your chairs and a menu to fill out with that evening’s selections. Don’t worry about this disturbing your viewing pleasure as they’ve got it down to a science. A 30 minute pre-show period gives you both plenty of time to get all of your orders in. But be prepared–this is NOT the movie food you’re used to. Ditch the red vines and feast on some seasoned salt truffle butter popcorn, crispy fish tacos, or a root beer float for two. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll be pleasantly surprised as these are some serious eats prepared by talented chefs. And c’mon–your lovely date deserves more than Sprite for this special night. At Nitehawk you’ll have full access to a wide selection of craft beers, wines and specially crafted cocktails. And the movie selection is always on point. This week’s lineup includes the critically acclaimed, Brooklyn, Oscar nominated, Embrace of the Serpent, and the chilling scary flick, The Witch. If you happen to be Paul Thomas Anderson fans, then make a trendy brunch date this Saturday, March 5th where you can score some Bloody Mary’s and feast on the fantastic flick, There will be Blood. This makes that lame bar date seem like a pack of stale sour patch kids.
136 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY, Tickets: $11 plus food & drink, Buy HERE
Photos Courtsey of: Nitehawk Cinema, Joey Danger, VOX, Meetup
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