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December 31, 2015 Slideshows » Arts

23 Cheap Dates For The Broke San Antonian 

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Broke and single in San Antonio? Turn on your dating app of choice, and try out these dates on a budget.
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Admire modern art at the McNay.
Enjoy highbrow entertainment at a low cost. Swing by the McNay on a Thursday evening to tour the first modern art museum in the State of Texas free of charge.
The McNay, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368,

Photo via Facebook (McNay Art Museum)
People-watch at the Pearl Farmers Market.
Sip on a coffee, and idly observe shoppers cycle through the Pearl Farmers Market on a Saturday morning.
The Pearl Brewery, 312 Pearl Parkway,

Photo via Facebook (Pearl Farmers Market - San Antonio, TX)
Hunt for treasures at a flea market.
Sift through lost and discarded splendor with your date at San Antonio's sprawling flea market, Traders Village.
Traders Village, 9333 SW Loop 410 , (210) 623-8383,

Photo via San Antonio Current
Play a board game at Candlelight.
Order an espresso and bond over a game of Cranium or Monopoly at Candlelight, the cozy coffee shop tucked away in Tobin Hill.
Candlelight Coffeehouse, 3011 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 738-0099,

Photo via Facebook (Candlelight Coffeehouse, Wine Bar & Cafe)
Rock out to local music at the Mix.
Bored of humdrum coffee dates? Split a pitcher, and turn up the volume at eclectic rock venue, the Mix.
The Mix, 2423 N. St Mary's St., (210) 735-1313,

Photo via Facbook (Anthony James Morales II)
Explore the Old Spanish Missions of San Antonio.
Pay a visit to San Antonio's very own UNESCO World Heritage Site, and snap a few Instagram-worthy pictures of the Spanish frontier missions to commemorate your date.
San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, 6701 San Jose Dr., (210) 932-1001,

Photo via Facebook (Missions of San Antonio)
Slum it at your favorite dive bar.
Ditch the lace and pearls for a shot of fernet at Faust Tavern. After enjoying a rail drink or three inside the Goethe-inspired haunt, split a piping hot fried chicken sammich at Crossroads Kitchen. Faust Tavern, 517 E. Woodlawn Ave., (210) 257-0628,

Photo via Facebook (Ricardo Briones)
Release your inner child at the Yanaguana Gardens.
Visit the 4.1-acre playground and public art display at Hemisfair Park. Pack a picnic or splurge on a snack at a nearby cafe.
Hemisphere Park, 434 S. Alamo St.,

Photo via Facebook (Timothy McVain's Photography)
Root for the Spurs at the Friendly Spot.
Can’t spring for tickets in the nosebleeds? Cheer on the Silver and Black over a draft beer at the Friendly Spot instead.
The Friendly Spot, 943 S. Alamo St, (210) 224-2337,

Photo via Facebook (The Friendly Spot Ice House)
Bee-why-oh-bee to date night.
Avoid lucrative markups on wine and beer by furnishing your own bottles of booze at a B.Y.O.B.-friendly restaurant, such as Thai Dee.
Thai Dee, 5307 Blanco Rd., (210) 342-3622,

Photo via Instagram (Stereosleep)
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Name your price at the Overtime.
Support local theater and stick to your tight budget by attending a name-your-own-price showing at the Overtime Theater – but be sure to donate a few bucks to the cause.
The Overtime, 1203 Camden St., (210) 557-7562,

Photo via Facebook (Aesthetic of Waste)
Serenade that special someone at a karaoke bar.
Imbibe a little liquid courage and belt out a tune at Dad's Karaoke, a prime destination for cheap dates and compulsive singers.
Dad’s Karaoke, 2615 Mossrock, (210) 267-5703,

Photo via San Antonio Current
Discover culture at SAMA.
Impress your date with your extensive artistic vocabulary as you amble through the collections of the San Antonio Museum of Art for free on Tuesdays between 4 and 9 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W Jones Ave., (210) 978-8100,

Photo via Facebook (San Antonio Museum of Art)
Rise and shine with breakfast tacos.
Save your hard-earned cash with a breakfast date. Grab some beans and cheese at Taco Haven, and walk off those pesky calories with a stroll through Southtown.
Taco Haven Southtown, 1032 S. Presa St., (210) 533-2171,

Photo via Facebook (Taco Haven Southtown)
Tour a craft beer brewery.
For under $10 each, you can learn the brewing process behind Alamo Beer, and take in a pint or two on the brewery's popular patio.
Alamo Beer Company, 202 Lamar St., (210) 872-5589,

Photo via Facebook (Alamo Beer)
Take a hike through the Japanese Tea Garden.
Find out if your date is a total klutz as you trek along the steep bridges and stony walkways of Japanese Tea Garden – or Sunken Gardens – in Brackenridge Park.
San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden, 3875 N St Mary's St., (210) 207-3050,

Photo via Flickr (Drew Kolb)
Hit up a roller skate rink.
Rock and roll on four wheels at Rollercade, a neon-lit roller rink complete with old-school jams and an unmistakably disco aesthetic.
The Rollercade, 223 Recoleta Road, (210) 826-6361,

Photo via Instagram (danholmesgroup)
Check out Second Friday at the Uptown Studio.
Visit the versatile venue known as the Uptown Studio for art, music and drinks on the second Friday of each month.
The Uptown Studio, 700 Fredericksburg Rd., (210) 387-1617,

Photo via Facebook (The Uptown Studio)
Come to the cabaret.
Really get to know your date by spending a raunchy evening at the Overtime Cabaret on the last Friday of every month. Expect an amalgamation of music, dance and burlesque for a mere $5.
The Overtime, 1203 Camden St., (210) 557-7562,

Photo via Facebook (The Overtime Cabaret)
Beat the heat with a paleta.
Nothing beats South Texas heat like a paleta. Take your date to SA Pops for flavors like hibiscus rasberry and Mexican chocolate.
SA Pops, 3420 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 736-2526,

Photo via Facebook (SA Pops)
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Have a pizza party.
Cruise through the historical Monte Vista area, and stop by trending craft cocktail joint Barbaro on a Monday night for the bar's $10 pizza pie special.
Barbaro, 2720 McCullough Ave., (210) 320-2261,

Photo via Facebook (Barbaro)
Volunteer at San Antonio Pets Alive.
Pair up, and walk pups in need at no-kill shelter San Antonio Pets Alive. Make memories, and give back.

San Antonio Pets Alive, 210 Tuleta Dr.,

Photo via Facebook (San Antonio Pets Alive)
Make beautiful music together at an instrument store.
Walk through badass guitar store Robot Monster Guitars, where vintage records are aplenty and guitars literally hang from the ceiling.
Robot Monster Guitars, 517 E. Woodlawn Ave., (210) 320-1710,

Photo via San Antonio Current
Admire modern art at the McNay.
Enjoy highbrow entertainment at a low cost. Swing by the McNay on a Thursday evening to tour the first modern art museum in the State of Texas free of charge.
The McNay, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368,

Photo via Facebook (McNay Art Museum)

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