Date Night

South Street Stroll!

South Street Stroll!

Now that Baltimore Avenue’s $1 Dollar Stroll series is done for the winter, why not head down to South Street instead?  That’s what my date and I did on a recent afternoon, and as it turns out, this underappreciated thoroughfare has lots to see and do, for next to nothing.  We checked out artwork on the walls in the Bean Café, had a competition for who could find the most hilarious album cover in the fifty-cent record bins at Repo Records, made friends with the store cat at Mineralistic, browsed shops with everything from edible underwear to x-rated comic books, and stuffed ourselves with South street must-haves: slices from Lorenzo’s and ice cream (well, frozen yoghurt) from Phileo. How cheap we talkin’: $2.75 for slices, $2 for coffee or tea, $5-7 for yoghurt (it’s sold by weight – so be careful not to overdo it!) Why this will impress your date: Because South Street…

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Cheap Date is now writing for Drink Philly! I’ll toast to that!

Cheap Date is now writing for Drink Philly! I’ll toast to that!

Drink Philly is my go-to source for information about all things alcoholic in Philly.  They cover it all: where to find the season’s best microbrews, Philly’s best mixologists, and a very helpful “Specials” guide organized by neighborhood and day of the week.  But they understand that it can’t be all champagne toasts and top shelf cocktails all the time.  They get me.  And that’s why we’re together. So check out my Cheap Date review of Del Frisco’s happy hour at drinkphilly.com, where I recently discovered you can get dinner and drinks for under $15 per person (no, really!).  And look for more Cheap Date articles on Drink Philly in the coming months! Cheers!

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Get Coffee, Get Creepy, at Eastern State Penitentiary

Get Coffee, Get Creepy, at Eastern State Penitentiary

There is something kind of exhilarating about having the daylights scared out of you, especially when you have a date’s hand to cling to in the dark.  In October, through Halloween, haunted houses pop up all over Philly and the surrounding area.  These spook shows are fun, for sure –  but they’re not cheap.  Tickets to Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary during off-peak hours are $20, and go up from there.  But, as I discovered on a recent date, this dilapidated prison fortress in Fairmount is pretty darn creepy all by itself, even in daylight hours.  Get your imagination going by trading ghost stories over a cup of coffee at Mugshots across the street, then go walk the long, ghostly halls of Eastern State, which many believe to be haunted. If you dare. Why this will impress your date: Because being scared on a date is kind of sexy.…

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Explore Hidden Treasures Near Washington Square Park

Explore Hidden Treasures Near Washington Square Park

As my date and I recently discovered, there are a whole date’s worth of cool (and cheap!) things to do, see, and eat in the small area of Center City between Walnut and Locust streets to the north and south, and 6th and 8th streets to the east and west.  After checking out the gorgeous Tiffany glass mural in the Curtis Center, we went to Lore’s Chocolates, a gourmet chocolatier, and spent at least half an hour picking out a half pound box of chocolates to enjoy in nearby Washington Square.  On our way to the park, we stumbled across even more hidden treasures: a curious little troll, and a fun, no-frills, bulk nut and candy store too. How cheap we talkin’: Approximately $11 for a half pound of chocolate from Lore’s. $2-$5 per pound for nuts or candy from Nuts to You. Why this will impress your date: You can whip out…

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Friday Night Fireworks & Ice Cream at Franklin Fountain

Friday Night Fireworks & Ice Cream at Franklin Fountain

On a Friday night, Old City can sometimes seem a bit overrun by heavy drinkers, flashy dressers, and unruly crowds – not necessarily the most inviting atmosphere for a date.  But that’s only if you don’t know where to go (or where not to go).  For an Old City date with old-fashioned charm, start with homemade ice cream from Franklin Fountain, then take in the concert and fireworks at Penn’s Landing. (Concert starts at 7:30, fireworks at 9:15).  After the big show, head to Sassafras International Cafe (and bar) at 48 S.2nd between Market and Walnut.  With painted tin ceilings, a faux fireplace, and international beer list, this intimate and classy joint is a welcoming respite from the mayhem of the club scene.  That is, if you can make it past the throngs on the street. How cheap we talkin’: $5-7pp for ice cream (it gets pricey fast if you opt for the waffle…

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Coffee, Croissant, and Crayons at Chapter House

Coffee, Croissant, and Crayons at Chapter House

The other night, my date and I bought a box of crayons and a pad of paper, and spent the evening sipping tea, drawing pictures, and eating pastries at Chapterhouse Cafe and Gallery at 620 S.9th Street (9th and Bainbridge).  At first it may seem a bit childish of an activity for a date, but feeling like a kid again was half the fun.  Plus, it got us talking about the kinds of things we liked as children, the toys we remember playing with, etc., from which I learned a lot of endearing facts about my date.  The other half of the fun was picking out which baked goods we wanted to have!  The pastry selection at some coffee houses can be downright sad, especially near closing time.  But at 8pm on a weeknight (they’re open until 10pm everyday), Chapterhouse still had an ample selection of delicious goodies for us to choose from.  We…

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