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Date Ideas Under $20 

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Whether you're trying to shake things up with your boo or figuring out a nice date suggestion for your Tinder/OKC match, higher education puts a dent in your wallet, throwing a monkey wrench into your dating life. Branch out from the Netflix/pizza nights and try impressing your plus one with these cheap dates.

Arcade Bars

Try a night out at The Hangar Bar (8203 Broadway) or Slackers (126 W. Rector St., Suite 136). The former is filled with indoor and outdoor games and is pet-friendly, while the latter is jam-packed with old-school arcade games, Wii, beer pong and more. The bars both have extremely long happy hours with dirt-cheap specials, so you just need to bring the quarters. It's the easiest way to gauge if your would-be significant other is a sore loser or not.

Tour A Brewery

For under $10 each you can learn the history of each brewery around town and take in a pint or two. Alamo Beer's (202 Lamar St.) patio is popular, while Freetail Brewing's (2000 S. Presa St.) taproom is casual, bright and features flavorful small-batch series on special. Pack your lawn chair and head to Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling (4834 Whirlwind Dr.) on weekends to learn how whiskey is made. Or head to the city's Medical Center for a peak at Busted Sandal's operation. Hours vary, so do your research.

Take A Hike

Make sure you trust your date to not be a total klutz on the trails before committing to an outdoor adventure. Pack a picnic and head out to Friedrich Wilderness Park (21395 Milsa Dr.), Eisenhower Park (19399 NW Military Hwy.) or O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera Rd.), because if you can't stand your boo when they're covered in sweat, you're probably not meant to be. Bonus: You can make out at the trail summit.


Get cultured and impress that fine arts major crush of yours while not dropping a ton of dough. Visit the San Antonio Museum of Art (200 W. Jones Ave.) on Tuesdays between 4 and 9 p.m. or the McNay Art Museum on H-E-B Thursday Nights (also between 4 and 9 p.m.) when admission is free. You'll get points for using words like "composition," "juxtaposition" or "dichotomy" while describing that Cézanne or Picasso.

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