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Date Smarts: 5 Fresh Summer Ideas That Aren’t Dinner
5 Fresh Summer Ideas That Aren’t Dinner
Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat—there’s nothing wrong with a dinner date. In fact, at the end of a long work week, sometimes it just feels right to unwind over food and drinks, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a lady to doesn’t appreciate being wined and dined. But particularly in that crucial beginning phase when you’re trying to get to know someone, dinner after dinner not only suggests a lack of creativity, but it can also start to feel stale. On top of that, it adds unnecessary pressure: because let’s be real—sitting across from someone at a table gives you limited things to talk about.
Doing something out of the ordinary automatically opens up new avenues of conversation, reveals common interests you didn’t know you had and offer more memorable experiences that move things forward. Not to mention, proposing a date that’s less conventional is bound to impress the girl in question, because it shows you care enough to put some thought into it.
So, ready to ditch the restaurant and go rogue? Here are some foolproof Boston ideas to get you started this summer.
Dance: Summer Fridays at the ICA
I know what you’re thinking: “But I’m not the artsy type.” Doesn’t matter, bro. You don’t have to have taken a History of Impressionism class to appreciate the stellar view of the harbor through the floor-to-ceiling windows. And every Friday from June through August, the museum hosts al fresco DJ nights that range in genre from hip hop and reggae (DJ Knife) to indie rock (Beirut). ($15 for non-members) [https://www.icaboston.org/calendar/summer-fridays]
Laugh: Improv Asylum
Did you know laughter triggers the release of endorphins (a.k.a. the “feel-good” chemical)? For that reason alone, consider catching an improv comedy show together—since there’s usually an element of interactivity with the audience, you’re likely to share a few memories that you’ll be laughing about down the line. Improv Asylum—which has been voted Boston’s Best Comedy—boasts a Main Stage Show on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday evenings, and given that it’s improvised, you’re bound to get a completely unique experience any night you go. Grab a beer, glass of wine or a cocktail at the in-house bar at intermission, and if you can’t get enough, stay for the Show Against Humanity or Raunch show at midnight.
Pro tip: Grab some grub at Monica’s Mercato & Salumeria on Salem Street around the corner and bring a picnic to the Greenway before the show. [http://www.improvasylum.com/shows/now-playing/main-stage-show.aspx]
Drink: Bully Boy Distillers Tour
Pick your poison—rum, vodka, whiskey—Bully Boy has it all in its award-winning lineup. Go behind the bottle at Boston’s first craft distillery on a tour and tasting and you’ll learn about the distilling process while sampling the booze along the way. If you like what you imbibe, buy a bottle to take home and boom—you have a reason to meet up for another date. Just make sure to book one ahead of time ($10 per person): [http://www.bullyboydistillers.com/bully-boy-tours.html]
Create: Muse Paintbar
You know what’s attractive? A guy who doesn’t take himself too seriously. So relax—you definitely don’t need the slightest amount of skill with a paintbrush to take a class at Muse—just an open mind and a sense of humor. And what helps lower the artistic inhibitions and get the creative juices flowing better than an adult beverage or three? Lucky for you, this Assembly Row spot has beer and wine, plus a great selection of snacks, to power you through while you work on your masterpiece. Just glance at the calendar to find a painting you like and reserve your spot in advance—Muse will take care of the rest, providing the canvas, paint and other materials. And the trained artist on staff will guide you through the process brushstroke by brushstroke.
Pro tip: Look for the paint nights on the calendar that include a complimentary beverage.
Play: Lawn on D
If you have yet to bring a date to this 2.7-acre Southie park, consider this: there’s booze, a bevy of outdoor games and admission is free. The grassy area, which is located right by the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center features glow-in-the-dark swings, cornhole,
giant jenga and ping pong tables, among other activities. You don’t even have to worry about shlepping food and drinks over—Rebel Restaurants (the company that operates Atlantic Beer Garden and Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill) is right on site to serve you. Games and concessions are open until 11 PM Friday and Saturday, and 10 p.m. the rest of the week.