The sun is coming out, the flowers are blooming and the tank is CLEAN. (Sorry, Finding Nemo is such an awesome movie). Well now that everyone is getting outside and coming out of the winter coma, dating season is back in action! For all my lucky people who get to hang with their friends AND go on dates at the same time (that’s right, double dates!), read on for all the best spots to hit.
Thursdays at Milano’s Pizza – It may sound like quite a specific date, but nothing is better than cheap pizza, right? Milano’s has $1.50 slices on Thursdays and $1 draft beers! If you bring along your hot date and one other couple, it’s the perfect opportunity to chow down for a low, low cost. Talk about winning…
#FrayLifeTip: There are 2 locations, so you even get the added perk of choosing one that’s closer!
The Phoenix Bowling – Okay, so this place has it ALL. It is absolutely perfect for a nice social double date. Patio bar, whiskey bar and bowling bar…You can find a drink anywhere in this place. With old decor, reasonably priced bowling, and greats drinks & food, you can wander all around The Phoenix and have a great time with your group.
Wednesday Wine Downs – You may have heard of the Wine Downs at Cowford Chophouse, and, rightfully so, it’s because they make your hump day super fun. You and your date can go for $30 total and chill on the rooftop bar while live music is played. And it’s even more fun with another couple because it is laid back and a great social scene.
#FrayLifeTip: Your ticket includes a complimentary cocktail, but, beware, the cost of dinner is separate.
TRIVIA – There are soooo many trivia options around JAX. Let me just lay them out real quick…Mellow Mushroom on Mondays, Flask & Cannon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Monkey’s Uncle on Tuesdays, Hoptinger on Wednesdays…just to name a few. Trivia is a fun way to get through the monotony of the week AND to squad up on a double date with an awesome trivia team!
The Pier Cantina – This restaurant & bar is literally right next to the Jax Beach Pier, so if you are looking for the perfect opportunity to bring 2 lovey-dovey couples together, get tipsy off some margaritas and joyfully (or drunkenly) walk onto the beach after, than BINGO. The Pier Cantina is your answer!
Tuesdays at Tinseltown – This movie theater is a bit nicer than a couple of the other options in Jacksonville, but THAT is why it’s a perfect double-date spot, especially on Tuesdays! With $5 movies and cozy seats that recline, you can put one couple in one chair and one in the other while you watch your flick (at a good price).
Concerts at the Veterans Memorial Arena – There are ALWAYS concerts going down at the Veterans Memorial Arena! Just this past month, we had P!nk, Travis Scott and Jersey Boys to name some of the top stars. There are always deals on tickets, so take a look at who is coming to town next and get your solid double date in action.
#FrayLifeTip: It can be even better if you swing by the Jacksonville Sports Bar right next door and get your pre-game on.
Jumbo Shrimp Game – In Jacksonville, we love our Jumbo Shrimp. Obviously, you can only see this minor league baseball team during certain times throughout the year, BUT you can get tickets for as low as $9 a person and the games are SO FUN. Picture yourself, your attractive date, and one other beautiful couple, seated and watching the game. Picture PERFECT.
Hanna Park – Whether you camp for the night or merely take some time to kayak, Hanna Park is a great spot for a double date. You have options from biking to surfing to stand-up paddleboarding and so much more. Plus, as an added perk, the park is super pretty so it has perfect romantic vibes.
#FrayLifeTip: They have a $5 entrance fee per car, so I recommend carpooling if you want to save some money.
The Volstead – No surprise that a bar is a perfect setting for a double date, but The Volstead is one of the BEST bars. With awesome handcrafted cocktails in Downtown Jax, it is perfect for anyone looking to do only a solo date or a duo date with their pals. Get you and your date some fancy cocktails and soak up the great ambiance.
Mind Bender Escape Rooms – I know these can get a bit pricey, at $30 a person, but the Mind Bender Escape Rooms really give you a chance to do something different. You can tackle the challenge of escaping your room through hints and clues with your team! So it makes for quite the fun double date, assuming your friends are smart…
Mini Bar – This may be quite a casual date, but let’s say that’s exactly what you’re aiming for. Grab your girl and prepare for a romantic brunch at Mini Bar as you and another fun couple munch on some yummy, affordable donuts. They also offer beer and coffee. So if you’re really looking for a mix at a great price, you found it!
TopGolf – Whether you’ve tried it or not, TopGolf is always a fun place to be, particularly when you have some down time and the wait isn’t crazy long! Just get your double date squad of four and show off your golf skills. You can get drinks while you wait and play certain games while you golf. I swear, it is almost impossible to have a bad time.
To all my double date squadrons ready to take on Jacksonville, go get it! There is always a lot to do and never a shortage of fun, so go find something fun and send those perfect romantic vibes through the air.