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Best date spots: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Fun, original and cheap date spots—including bars, restaurants and activities—in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC.

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Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Allswell

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Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

Maison Premiere

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Photograph: Jolie Ruben

Nitehawk Cinema

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Photograph: Michael Kirby; New York

Quizz-Off at Pete's Candy Store

Allswell

Court a gastronome with a dinner at Spotted Pig alum Nate Smith’s charming tavern. Get close to your date in the intimate corner banquette, and pair several of the affordable nibbles—rabbit rillettes with sourdough and fried Maine shrimp have appeared on the rotating menu—with a selection from the list of small-production wines, craft beers and market-driven cocktails.

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Maison Premiere

It’s easy to impress a new beau at this New Orleans–inspired saloon, especially while sitting around the oval, marble-topped bar downing fresh oysters. Try one of the numerous globe-trotting varieties of absinthe, or pick a selection from the smart cocktail list. The Carondolet—a blend of gin, lemon and lime juices, honey, vanilla and sea salt—pairs well with the briny bivalves.

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Nitehawk Cinema

Cinephiles can exchange playful banter as the credits roll at this offbeat film house. Sit on paired seats or at tables, where the two of you can nosh on nouveau concession fare as you take in first-run films and retro flicks. Split a bowl of creatively seasoned popcorn, or order entrées and cocktail specials that are on-theme with the current movie selections.

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Queereoke at Metropolitan

Mama Spell and DJ Carrie G host this merry, LGBT-friendly karaoke night. It’s free to sing any ditty you choose from the extensive song library, which includes more than 1,000 tunes and spans Katy Perry and Dolly Parton to Kate Bush and Radiohead. If you’re searching for a little extra courage to serenade your date, turn to the bar: Cheap well drinks (cash only) will provide all the liquid fortitude you need. Better yet, grab your darling and get flirty with a duet like “Summer Nights” or “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.” Tue 10:30pm

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