Unique date ideas that will leave a lasting impression


With gorgeous weather year-round and a plethora of outdoor and cultural activities, a simple bar or coffee rendezvous might not pass muster. Expectations are higher than ever for first-date fireworks, so initial engagements need to be fun, original and memorable.

These five first-date ideas are a surefire way to break the ice.

Go beer hunting

In the land of nearly 200 craft breweries, there couldn’t be a more appropriate first date. Get driven around to various craft breweries for tours and tastes with Scavenger Beer Tour. Choose from a downtown San Diego or North County tour, which includes visits to three breweries, a full tour at one, tasters in a souvenir glass, canned craft beer to drink on the road and a meal from Phil’s BBQ. If you can’t have fun on this $89 beer tour, then the relationship is doomed before it starts.

Take a dip at the Dive-In

With San Diego’s year-round good weather, leave cozying up by the fire with a movie to East Coasters. It’s time to take your date poolside for a movie and a (optional) dip at the Pearl Hotel’s Dive-In. Classic movies, shown at 8 p.m., are projected onto a 10-foot by 13-foot screen, with food served until 10 p.m. and drinks until 11 p.m. February films include Dirty Dancing, Magic Mike (for a “Galentine’s viewing”), Pretty Woman and Sixteen Candles.

Brains are sexy

Go beyond back-and-forth text messages explaining the merits and pitfalls of Netflix binging, Game of Thrones and sundry pop culture topics. Trivia nights are a great way to gauge whether your date is all brains or just brawn. The Regal Beagle in Mission Hills rules Wednesday nights, while Park & Rec in University Heights and Wonderland OB both get points for their Tuesday trivia nights.

Cheers to working out

Get physical (and a little boozy) with various Hoppy Yoga events around the city. Participating breweries include Culture, Bay City and Green Flash. Classes are $20, but packages are available if you find love on the mat. Take Flight Yoga hosts their Bends and Brews at Karl Strauss at 11:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month, and a Stretch and Sip series at 10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of each month at Belching Beaver. $20 tickets include the first beer. Get long and lean at Barrel Republic Pacific Beach’s Pilates and Pints at 11 a.m. every third Saturday of the month.;;

Test your trivia knowledge (and chow down on a specialty sausage) at Regal Beagal in Mission Hills.

Test your trivia knowledge (and chow down on a specialty sausage) at Regal Beagal in Mission Hills.

(John R. McCutchen / San Diego Union-Tribune/Zuma Pre)

Go geocaching

With thousands of caches hidden around San Diego, it’s a seemingly never-ending joyride of treasure hunting for those always looking to solve a mystery. If love strikes, the adventure can roll on with Geo Tours around the United States and global locales. And the best part: it’s free!


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