Damn Good Date Ideas

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Date night typically sounds like something to get excited about, but the pressure of combining romance and spontaneity is enough to paralyze most anyone’s plans. While everyone appreciates well-orchestrated outing with their sweetheart, we all know too well that the time and effort it takes to coordinate such an event can kill the romance.

To ease the struggle, I’ve put together a fail-proof list of date ideas and upcoming events suited for two. Whether you’re trying to impress a new special someone, or it’s time to surprise your bae with something unexpected– this monthly list will become your go-to guide for date ideas. It’s okay, you can take all the credit…it’s our secret.

Jade Bar, Paradise Valley
Everyone loves the bartender – but not everyone is a bartender. Learn the tricks of the trade at Mixology 101 at Sanctuary Resort and Spa. Jade bar will teach you and your date to create custom cocktails with a fresh philosophy. Sip on premium spirits, enjoy 15% off the menu and make it an afternoon to remember.

Mixology 101 schedule:

April 8: Old World Whiskey – How grain, water and yeast became Scotch and Irish Whiskey.
April 15: Easter Brunch! – Classic brunch cocktails for your Easter gathering.
April 22: Summer Cocktails – Cool drinks for the hot summer.
April 29 : Jade Bar Confidential – Learn to make jade bar’s most popular cocktails.

Saturdays at jade bar * 12 p.m. * $40 per person (plus tax and gratuity)* Limit 20 guests; Reservations required, CLICK HERE.

The Cocktail Society 

Friday, April 7th 

The best party you’ve never been too, this event at the Scottsdale Performing Arts Center promises entertainment at every turn, presented by the Scottsdale League for the Arts, the evening is set to feature aerial bartenders, dueling DJs, and interactive food and drink experiences. Capture the moment and say #heystella with a photo from Stella the Airstream Picture Booth.

7 – 11 p.m. – Admission is $85 during online presale, tickets will be $100 at the door – and includes complimentary cocktails and unlimited food, live music and entertainment. For tickets and more information, visit: scottsdalefest.org.

Intimate Wine Dinner, Scottsdale
“Where there is no wine, there is no love.” Local LDV Wine Gallery can fix the “no wine” problem, the rest is up to you…

Tuesday, April 4
Vineyard to Table Supper Club – This casual dining experience pairs three courses with three LDV wines, recipes and conversation. Rub elbows with the owners of LDV Winery while they host and cook this meal. (Call ahed to the Wine Gallery to reserve your seat, space is limited to 20)

6 p.m. – $65++
For details and more events like this, CLICK HERE.


Drive-In and Dines, Scottsdale
Get cozy with your cutie at the drive-in. The Promenade, located at Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and North Scottsdale Road will host their third annual Moonlit Drive-In Movie series this April each Saturday Night with festivities kicking off at 7:00 p.m. in the parking lot near Nordstrom Rack. Pack a car picnic, or grab happy hour before the flick at Flo’s Asian Kitchen in the same complex (happy hour is from 4 – 7 p.m.!).
Movies start at 7:30 p.m. and are shown on a 32-foot inflatable screen. Bring lawn chairs, blankets or other portable seating or sit in your car like you’re at a real drive-in movie…

For a list of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.


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Get Things Cooking, Scottsdale
Chefs know the way to the heart is through a lovingly prepared meal. Hone your culinary skills as a couple at Classic Cooking Academy. Pick from a schedule of classes including: Gourmet Cooking Class (for those with dreams of fancy dishes), Wine Classes on Mondays and select Saturdays with a 5 Course Wine Dinner (for the lovers of the vine), Pizza Class (because…pizza), Mediterranean Cuisine (for your health) and Sunday Brunch.

Sunday, April 9
Artisan Bread & Cheese class 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Learn how to make your own bread and fresh cheese in this hands-on class.

Friday, April 14
Gourmet Cooking Class 6:30 – 9 p.m. (these sell out fast!)

Find more classes, CLICK HERE.


A Mid-Century Chef’s Table, Scottsdale
Impress your date with a seasonal Chef’s Table dinner complete with drink pairings and fresh food set at the historic and ultra-cool Hotel Valley Ho. Renowned Chef Charles Wiley hosts a monthly four-course dinner paired with wine or spirits to complement a gourmet menu.

This month’s dinner is focused on Wagner Family of Wine…the menu is TBD but you know it’s gotta be good.

Monday, April 24
6:30 p.m. | $68
Per Person, Plus Tax and Gratuity
480.376.2600 | Reservations Required, CLICK HERE.


Blue Note (Live Jazz) Brunch at Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix
Crescent Ballroom is one of my favorite venues for all sorts of shows from live music and traveling artists to drag shows and DJs. I love to get there early for dinner and drinks from Cocina10, Crescent’s Mexican kitchen. But did you know about the Blue Note Brunch featuring live jazz?

Every Sunday from 11am-2pm dine on brunch specialties and sip craft cocktails to the sound of The Energy Trio.

For more events and brunch details, CLICK HERE


Cult-Classic Movies, Check event site for location
How cool would it be to see cult-classics like Animal House, Labyrinth, The Never Ending Story, The Shining, or Young Frankenstein on the big screen? If you missed them the first time around, Fanthom Events is giving you the chance to see these fan favorites again in a movie theater near you!

This month, catch:
April 23 & 26 – The Graduate
A coming of age tale of a college student adrift after graduation seduced by an older woman. The OG CougarTown with a knockout Simon & Garfunkel soundtrack.

CLICK HERE for theaters and showtimes.