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.
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!