Great First Dates

5 great San Antonio first date ideas that aren't dinner and a movie

5 great San Antonio first date ideas that aren't dinner and a movie

Majestic Theatre
The stunning Majestic Theatre offers a wide range of programming perfect for date night. Photo by John Dyer
TopGolf smiling woman
Doing an activity together is always a great way to break the ice. TopGolf/Facebook
Halcyon San Antonio Southtown coffee latte art cappuccino
Enjoy coffee in the morning and cocktails in the evening at Halcyon. Halcyon Southtown/Facebook
The Friendly Spot San Antonio restaurant exterior
The Friendly Spot is a wonderful option for a low-key first date. The Friendly Spot/Facebook
Majestic Theatre
TopGolf smiling woman
Halcyon San Antonio Southtown coffee latte art cappuccino
The Friendly Spot San Antonio restaurant exterior

With endless dating apps for people to choose from, it seems easier than ever to secure a first date. But what makes one date stand out from the next? While the biggest factor is winning chemistry between two people, where the date takes place can be just as important. So instead of going with a traditional dinner and a movie (or a millennial Netflix and chill), here are five spots around San Antonio for a memorable first date.

Play a few rounds at TopGolf
This ginormous indoor driving range is a perfect spot to take a first date and show off your athletic prowess. Doing an activity together is always a great way to break the ice, and TopGolf offers more than just golfing: There are also gaming consoles, billiards, televisions, shuffleboard, and much more. Wait times for a golfing bay can be lengthy on the weekend, so consider going on a weeknight or for a brunch date. Additionally, there is a bar and lounge on every level of the complex, and the top floor lounge with rooftop views and fire pits is practically made for dates. Bonus: The large golfing bays have ample seating, which makes TopGolf a nice place for double or group dates too.

Make friendly conversation at The Friendly Spot
If you are looking for a low-key first date where you can just enjoy each other's company without pretense, The Friendly Spot is a wonderful option. The crowd at this Texas icehouse is usually a mix of young families and singles, and the warm and inviting atmosphere makes it easy to relax. Most of the patrons are in the outdoor patio area, but there is also a small bar inside. Couples can unwind with a pitcher of beer, sangria, or homemade Micheladas while the eats are casual yet delicious. Movie nights here are always good times to go, but with over 100 beers on tap, there's no wrong time to visit The Friendly Spot.

Take in a show at The Majestic Theatre
The Majestic is both a local gem and historic landmark, and what could be a more memorable first date than taking in a Broadway show or concert performance? If you are looking to impress a first date, a show at the Majestic will surely wow him or her. Event acts range from comedians and musicians to hit Broadway shows like The Phantom of the Opera and fun local event nights like Jurassic Park in Concert (where the classic movie will be projected onscreen while the San Antonio orchestra performs the score live).

Get spooked by a Bad Wolf Ghost Tour
This option may be for the more adventurous among us, but really what could be more memorable than visiting all the local haunts of San Antonio? Not all residents know about our city's extensive ghost history, so you and your date can potentially learn something new while learning about each other. These tours even include ghost detection equipment, so best-case scenario, you become a ghost hunter while a potentially scared date seeks comfort in your arms. One popular option is the Haunted Pub Crawl where local (haunted) bars offer drink specials for participants to "have some spirits with our spirits." 

Have a coffee or cocktail (or both) at Halcyon
This trendy coffeehouse and full bar is located in the Blue Star Arts Complex. While this spot is great for a quick first date of coffee, Halcyon is not just a typical neighborhood coffee shop; in the evening, it transforms into a lively, social bar. The coffee cocktails such as the chocolate espresso martini or potent Long Island iced coffee are highlights, but guests can also keep it simple with a cappuccino or glass of wine. Set the mood for your date with one of Halcyon's popular s'mores kits, which includes a mini-fire pit for your table to roast marshmallows on. There might be a rowdier crowd there on the weekends, so weeknights like Monday (when live jazz ensembles perform) are better if you prefer a quieter date night.

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