The Best Dates In Life Are Free.

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: Granada Free Week.
Duration: 4 hours.
Number of Stops: Two.
Modest Estimated Budget For Two: $50.
Ballin' Estimated Budget For Two: $75.
Romance Scale: 3.5 out of five hearts.

I don't know about you, but I like free stuff. It's what drove my friends and I to many events in college, and graduation hasn't slowed us down. Granada Theater knows this, and instead of just one free show, they've given us a whole week of them. Grab your special friend and make it a night on the town that'll leave both you and your wallet happy.


Photo by Scott Mitchell.

Stop 1: El Come Taco (2513 N Fitzhugh Avenue, Dallas). You may have noticed a common theme in many of my date night plans, tacos. I'm fully aware of this, and I accept myself for the taco fiend that I am. If you actually go to these places, you'll understand. El Come Taco is a go to lunch spot of mine, but tacos and a beer are a perfect way to start any night, this one included. They're light enough that you won't feel weighed down as you dance your heart out, and filling enough that you won't be faced with leaving the show early to prevent your hanger from emerging. Plus, cheap.


Photo by Pete Freedman.

Stop 2: Free Week at Granada Theater (3524 Greenville Avenue, Dallas). You've got several nights to choose from here, from catching Ishi, The Octopus Project and Son of Stan tonight, to Vaden Lewis of the Toadies on Thursday, Cory Morrow on Friday, Roky Erickson on Saturday or the Quaker City Night Hawks on Sunday. Show up and get in for free, or grab a reserved ticket online. The latter is not totally free, but the $5 you pay gets you guaranteed entry and a complimentary beer, so it still counts in my book. Then, go have a good time. It's that simple!

Cover photo by Cory Graves

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