Expensive dinners, drinks on the town, show tickets – dating can be expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. With so much to do in and around town, it’s easy to forget that there are ways to stretch your dollar while making a date feel welcome. Relax your wallet and yourself so you can enjoy that amazing person sitting in front of you!
Check out these ways to save money and have a fun time with your date right here in Boulder.
Skip a pricey dinner for happy hours instead. There are so many awesome happy hours in Boulder. Check out your favorite restaurants and breweries to see what they offer. Besides saving money, there often smaller portions so it’s a fun way to try more items. Here are some to get you started:
LEAF Vegetarian Restaurant: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. everyday (2010 16th Street, 303-442-1485)
The Mediterranean: 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. everyday and 9 p.m. to close on Saturdays and 8 p.m. to close on Sundays (1002 Walnut Street, 303-444-5335)
Twisted Pine Brewing Company: all day Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday through Friday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and nightly 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. (3201 Walnut Street, 303-786-9270)
The Kitchen Upstairs: daily 5:30 to 6:30 (1039 Pearl Street, Suite B, 303-544-5973)
Hang out at a local brewery. For the price of a few beers, you can enjoy plenty of things to do at breweries around town. Many offer free tours, such as Avery Brewing (make a reservation Monday through Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 1p.m. and 3:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.) and Upslope Brewing (tour times vary in each of the two tap rooms. Check it out.)
But you’ll also often find free trivia nights, board game nights, live music, open mic nights, and more.
Go hiking. Boulder County has more than 110 miles of trails and 20 different open spaces to explore. Pack a lunch, put on your best hiking shoes, and hit the trail for an active date.
Visit a free museum. Check out these free museums nearby for a unique date activity:
Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art: 6055 Longbow Drive
National Center for Atmospheric Research: 1850 Table Mesa Drive, 303-497-1174
Museum of Natural History at University of Colorado: Henderson Building, 15th and Broadway, 303-492-6892
Museum of Boulder: 2205 Broadway, 303-449-3464
University of Colorado Art Museum: 1085 18th Street
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art: It’s not free, but it’s only $1. 1750 13th Street, 303-443-2122
Stroll the Boulder Farmers’ Market. Hang out at the bustling Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (through October 4th for Wednesdays and through November 18th for Saturdays). On Wednesdays, there’s live music and a beer garden. (Located on 13th Street between Canyon and Arapahoe)
Go bowling at The Connection. This 10-lane bowling alley is not just for CU students – it’s open to the public. And it’s cheap, too. It’s only $4.50 per game and $3 for a shoe rental (even less for CU students, faculty, and staff). If you want to save even more, they’ve got weekday specials only $1.50 each for games and shoe rental (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and $2.25 game and $1.50 shoe rental (2 p.m. – 5 p.m.) (1669 Euclid Ave., Room 105, First Floor, 303-735-2695)
Enjoy free live music. Many bars and breweries, such as Upslope Brewery, offer live music throughout the week. Check out your favorite spots to see when the show is.
If you’re a student, don’t miss these student discounts in Boulder to save even more. What are other cheap date ideas?