Posted by Tasha on April 19th, 2011 in Date Night
This post was put together by Nicci, one of my favorite Tulsa love and dating bloggers – take it away, Nicci!
I was writing recently at my favorite local coffee shop when a buddy of mine approached.
“You know, I love to take women out. It’s just that dating can get so expensive. Do you have any advice for fun dates on the cheap in Tulsa?” he asked.
Boy, do I. In fact, I’ve got a date idea for you for any given day of the week.
Date Night in Tulsa: Monday
Another great takeout option is Monday Bunday at Yokozuna in the Blue Dome District. You can get $1 steamed chicken or pork filled buns from 5pm-close.
Pizzas and a movie = $15;
makeout session = should be free (unless this is that kind of “date”)
TOTAL = $15
(If you decide to go the Asian food route, the cost depends on how many buns you can handle…if you know what I mean.)
Date Night in Tulsa: Tuesday
It’s Trivia night at The SoundPony in downtown Tulsa. Spring for a beer and a bag a Cheetos and then relish the chance to flex your intellectual prowess for your heart’s desire. (Disclaimer: She may or may not be impressed.)
Beer and Cheetos, $12
Date Night in Tulsa: Wednesday
It’s a good point in the week to get active. Why not take a short, mile-and-a-half stroll through downtown? You could start at McNellies with a $3 burger (available Wednesdays only), pop over to the acoustic phenomenon of an attraction known as the Center of the Universe, grab $2 gelato at Mod’s Coffee & Crepes and, if you’re lucky, you can venture to Joe Momma’s for CharityOkie, a monthy gong karaoke event that benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma.
Dinner, dessert and a $10 donation to CharityOkie = $20
Date Night in Tulsa: Thursday
If can, schedule your date night on a first or third Thursday of the month. Why? So you can catch Luchador wrestling night at Elote Cafe at 5th and Boston. Plus, Elote is home of the Luchador Tequila Club. It’s free to sign up and each week you get a tequila to sample at a discount. Once you’ve sampled all 30 tequilas in the club, you get your name on the Luchador Tequila Club wall. How’s that for impressing the ladies? A night of watching strangers roll around in spandex and a shot of tequila or two are sure to work in your favor. (Probably.)
If you’d like to continue this spicy party and find an excuse to get her thisclose, continue on to salsa dancing at Hibiscus on Brookside.
Another fantastic Thursday-night date option throughout the summer here in Tulsa is Utica Square’s Fifth Night, which packs live music and ample opportunity to picnic in Tulsa’s park-like upscale shopping center.
Cost: Depends on how much tequila you (and your date) can hold. For Summer’s Fifth Night, though? Free, plus whatever it costs you to pick up a picnic dinner.
Date Night in Tulsa: Friday
Dinner at Desi Wok is always a tasty and economical choice. Dishes run around $8. Just be sure to go easy on the spice if your stomach is in the least bit sensitive. You will be on a date, don’t forget.
After dinner, you might catch a movie opening at Circle Cinema. Tickets are $8.50 per. There’s usually a concert at Cain’s Ballroom on Friday night, and tickets to shows there tend to run about $10-$40, depending on the gig.
If you’d like to see local acts on a more intimate scale, time it right and you’re sure to catch a gem over on Brookside at the Cain’s-owned store, Ida Red Boutique. Ida Red is also a good place to pick up a couple of bottled root beers and a few packages of candy cigarettes. Or, plant the seed now and buy her a Sugar Daddy – Ida Red keeps a variety of vintage-style candies in stock.
If it’s available, another exciting date-night option for Friday night can be found further south on Peoria at Tulsa Ballet’s exclusive Studio K performance space.
Cost: Movie or concert tickets, $20-$80, depending.
Date Day in Tulsa: Saturday Morning/Afternoon
Venture over to the Cherry Street Farmers’ Market for a breakfast pastry from a local vendor or one of the famous CSFM breakfast burritos.
Then, just a mile south on Peoria, Philbrook Museum is hosting their Don’t Pay in May event starting May 1, which, depending on how much cash is donated between now and then, could mean an entire month of free admission for you and your date. Philbrook is hosting matinee movies, too, through May 14. So, here’s the idea: Catch a matinee, have a coffee in La Villa, the restaurant at Philbrook, and finish with a stroll through the gardens. There are lots of spots that are perrrrrfect for a first kiss (hint: peep out the gazebo). And, as I have discovered, you won’t get in trouble if the two of you decide to roll down one of their grassy hills.
Cost: About $10 for breakfast, free museum admission, free matinee, free kiss in the garden, plus about $5 for two cups of coffee
Date Day in Tulsa: Sunday Afternoon
Elwood’s on Riverside usually has live music on Sundays. Why not pack a picnic, bring a blanket and lounge on the lawn together? If you’re confident in your masculinity, you can hop on a couple of powder-puff-pink Tulsa Townies for free and ride down the bike paths at River Parks. Scan your debit or credit card into the bike racks and you’ll be good to go.
Cost: Essentially, free; that is, unless you decide to partake in food in drink at Elwoods.
Before I wrap up, I want to remind you lovebirds out there about the fantastic (not to mention FREE) festivals going on in Tulsa throughout the summer, each of which would make for exciting date destinations. Be sure to check back with TashaDoesTulsa.com each week to stay up to date on the latest happenings.
With a little creativity and minimal research, you can find fun and romantic things to do that are sure to impress the date of your dreams.
Happy dating (and mating)!