First Dates in Albuquerque

Don’t want to do the usual dinner and a movie? You’re lucky you’re in Albuquerque. Head to Nob Hill where you can find food for any appetite; from romantic restaurants (like Vivace or Scalo) and cafes (Flying Star) to Cajun (Ragin’ Shrimp) and pizza (Il Vicino – get the $10 special!). After dinner, take in a flick at the Guild, the historic cinema in Albuquerque offering independent, foreign and other off-the-beaten-path films.

Does your date like art? Surprise them at one of the many Albuquerque art museums; the Albuquerque Museum and the National Hispanic Cultural Center are both fabulous. Take a day trip to head up to Santa Fe for Site Santa Fe, the Folk Art Museum or just peruse the galleries on the plaza.

How about music? Downtown Albuquerque has bars and clubs almost all of which feature music every weekend evening, many weekday evenings too! Looking for a nationally-known band touring through NM? Check out the Sunshine Theater. If you’re looking for local talent, head to Blackbird Buvette, the Launchpad, Golden West or just wander Central on a Friday or Saturday night (the street is open to foot traffic only) until you find a bar featuring a band you and your date enjoy.

Some of the most romantic dates are inspired by childhood, think playgrounds and silly games. The Explora Science Museum has adults-only events that are a great way to show him or her your silly yet intelligent side! Across the street from Explora is Tiguex Park, complete with swings, slides and everything else you need for a date full of the reminisces of childhood. Do the cliche thing and start off with a picnic, make it a little more adult with a bottle of wine from a local vineyard and some local chevre with crackers. The Albuquerque Biological Park is another great place to rekindle wonder and awe; take the train to the zoo through Tingley Beach from the Aquarium and Botanical Gardens. During summers, catch a concert at the zoo surrounded by the beauty of desert summer evenings and exotic animals. Take I-40 East to the Sandia crest exit and follow the sign to Tinkertown, a wonderful, magical place built out of discarded objects and full of oddities. Tiny, carved figurines fill the museum in a myriad of settings and actions – circuses to the old west. Afterward, drive all the way to the crest to catch a magnificent sunset and dinner at High Finance Restaurant.

Don’t be afraid to get creative and never be afraid to be yourself! If you’re comfortable and having a good time, chances are your date will too!