San Antonio Museum of Art
Located on the banks of the San Antonio River in the old historic Lone Star Brewery, SAMA's extensive collection of ancient and contemporary art is best viewed with another person. Take your date on Tuesday from 4-9 p.m. for free, and use the money you saved to splurge on a twilight dinner overlooking the river on the patio of Café des Artistes. 200 W Jones Ave, (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org.
McNay Art Museum
Browse through the McNay's nearly 20,000 works of art ranging from the medieval period to the 21st century in a breathtaking mansion inspired by the Spanish colonial age. Stroll through the beautiful grounds and museum from 4-9 p.m. on Thursdays for free. 6000 North New Braunfels, (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org.
Raven Hookah Lounge
The newest hookah lounge in town has an indie twist: Every Saturday night enjoy live performances by local musicians and comics starting at 8 p.m. The atmosphere is laid back and the décor a throwback to the Victorian age. With hookah prices ranging from $12.99 to $15.99, go dutch or double date to split costs — also check out the Hookah Happy Hour (5-7 p.m. daily.) Don't smoke? There's never a cover to watch live performances and a modest BYOB fee. 1255 SW Loop 410 #133, (210) 673-3650, ravenhookah.com.
Santikos Bijou Cinema Bistro
Reinvent the date night with a free movie presented by Wonderland of the Americas. Every Thursday night at 7 p.m. a different movie is screened for free. Save your money for the Bijou's full food and drink menu, including popcorn. 4522 Fredericksburg Rd, (210) 734-4552, santikos.com/bjiou.html.
The Flying Saucer
Parched after a day of classes? Grab a beer with your bro or brosephina and watch the game with $3 pints all day on Mondays. 11255 Huebner #212, (210) 696-5080, beerknurd.com.
Bandera Super Bowl
Put your feet in some bowling shoes and throw your ball down the lane on Kool College Kids Nite. $3.25 a game (with shoes) from 6 p.m.-midnight. Or if you're a night owl, get three hours of bowling for $9 a person from 9 p.m.-midnight. We promise not to laugh too hard when you gutter. 6700 Huebner, (210) 523-1716, banderasuperbowl.com.
Embassy Miniature Golf
Take the pressure off your date with more playful competition on Embassy's 18-hole course for just $7.95 a person. This is a great first-date idea — no stress and no overly intimate conversation. Or raise the stakes by placing bets. Loser buys the winner dessert! 500 Embassy Oaks, (210) 496-5847, embassygolf.com.
— Collette Orquiz