Make It A Weekend To Remember.

Welcome to Perfect Date Night, a new weekly feature that acts as your spirit guide for going on a perfect date in what is objectively Texas' best city, Dallas. Each week, we'll give you a night's worth of suggestions for a date night in a specific neighborhood, complete with recommendations for bars, restaurants, concerts, art shows, sporting events or, well, anything, really. Just make sure you include an emoji or two when you text your crush to invite them out.

Date Details.
When: Memorial Day Weekend.
Duration: 3 hours each.
Number of Stops: 1-3.
Modest Estimated Budget For Two (for one event): $20.
Ballin' Estimated Budget For Two: $200.
Ideal Partner: Anyone, really.
Romance Scale: Two-and-a-half out of five hearts.

For me, Memorial Day weekend is when my family breaks out the weird traditions — namely a cheese cracker-themed softball game that's been going for 40 years. For those that settle the historic Cheese Nips vs Cheez-It® debate in more normal ways, Memorial Day generally settles around a few key things, like the Three B's of barbecue, beer and (mud)bugs.

Here, I've handpicked a few events to ensure you and your favorite person celebrate in style.

Photo by Melanie Shafranek.

Barebecue:FOE Friday Night BBQ Blowout (8500 Arturo Drive, Dallas). Events at the Fraternal Order of Eagles' much-storied pool tend to be two things: cheap and fun. Kicking off the long weekend is their Friday Night BBQ Blowout where, for only $8 a person, you and your date can chow down on slow-smoked pork and sausage, sides like potato salad and beans, and ice cream and beer to wash it all down. Even better, you'll be able to relax in the pool and feel good knowing your money went to the Kids Playground Fund.

Beer: National Beer Mile at Fair Park (1121 1st Ave, Dallas). If you can get your significant other to do this one with you, then you know you've got a keeper on your hands. For those that don't know, the Beer Mile is a challenge where you run a mile and shotgun/chug/sloppily drink a can of beer every quarter mile. It's harder than it sounds, but at the end you're handsomely rewarded with an open bar beer party with you, your boo and thousands of your closest friends.

Photo by Melissa Mackaly.

(Mud)Bugs: Bugs and Beer by Bitter Sisters Brewing (15103 Surveyor Blvd, Addison). This one gets bonus points for not only having both crawfish and beer, but because a portion of the proceeds will go towards helping our military members, which is what Memorial Day is all about anyways. This isn't your normal backyard boil, though, as you've got the excellent Bitter Sisters brew selection to choose from instead of the Natty Lite your weird uncle inexplicably still drinks.

Cover photo by Daniel Driensky.




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