Do Date Night Right with Our Picks for the Best Summer Dating Ideas in Phoenix

 

 

You’ve done it. You’ve spent hours swiping right on Tinder, (or Hinge, or Bumble, or whatever you’re using these days), sent dozens of flirty texts, and finally found a potential mate.

Now comes the hard part.

Dating can be a stressful endeavor – especially when you’re on a budget. That fancy candlelit dinner in Scottsdale might sound romantic until you consider the $200 price tag. Thankfully, Phoenix is one of the most budget-friendly cities for a date night, so you can enjoy romantic splendor without breaking the bank.  

We’ve picked out a few places that are sure to keep your date (and wallet) happy. Check out 5 of our favorite budget-friendly Phoenix spots below, and tag us in your own summer date using #FrayLife when you post a pic with that special someone.

1. The Desert Botanical Garden

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You won’t find a better ambiance for a date night than in The Desert Botanical Garden. This 140-acre botanical garden is home to beautiful displays of the finest plants the desert has to offer, and it’s a perfect spot to take a stroll and admire the Arizona desert. The Desert Botanical Garden also hosts a number of date-friendly events, ranging from evening concerts to outdoor movies.

Total Date Night Cost:  $48.90 for admission

2. Picnic by the Love Sign

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Phoenix may not have The Eiffel Tower or Central Park, but it does have the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. This iconic spot is a great launching point for a date day. It’s surrounded by museums, restaurants, and cultural experiences. It’s also home to the signature LOVE statue. This large red statue can set the mood during a romantic stroll around the park.

#FrayLife Tip: You can save money on dinner by opting for a picnic instead. The grassy amphitheater is a great spot to cozy up for free.

Total Date Night Cost: $20 for picnic materials

3. FilmBar

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Looking to put a fun new spin on a boring old date night? Check out FilmBar in downtown Phoenix. This arthouse theater is a great place to catch an indie flick or a screening of an old classic. True to its name, FilmBar sells craft beer and wine in their lounge. You can opt for a craft beer or a glass of wine instead of that $8 bag of popcorn. What else do you need? 

#FrayLife Tip: Check out their Film Series to catch old classics and theme events.

Total Date Night Cost: $30 for two movie tickets + 1 round of drinks

4. Postino Wine Cafe

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On the surface, Postino Wine Cafe looks like any other date night spot. You’ll find couples sharing a bottle of wine, a candlelit dinner, and Italian entrees. For an upscale and romantic atmosphere, Postino is surprisingly cheap. It’s most famous for their board and bottle special. You can enjoy a board of Bruschetta and a bottle of wine for only $20. This date night special is only available on Mondays and Tuesdays.

#FrayLife Tip: Looking to go out on the weekend? Go during the lunch rush instead of dinner. They have $5 glasses of wine and pitchers of beer until 5 pm every day.

Total Date Night Cost: $25-$30 for drinks or a meal for two

Where do you head when you want to impress your S.O. without dropping a ton of money? Let us know what other spots belong on our list!

Do you and your date have a sweet tooth? Treat yo self at Phoenix’s coolest ice cream shops!

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