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Date on a budget at these happy hours and double features.

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Common Ground

Two-for-one appetizers at Common Ground
Find out if you were meant to be—or just made to beat each other at Scrabble, Jenga or Connect 4—when you hunker down at this library-like bar and restaurant. Besides board games, the place offers a weekday happy hour (4--8pm) featuring two-for-one appetizers like Brie, apricot and grain-mustard-relish crostini ($8) or peel 'n' eat shrimp steamed in Old Bay seasoning and beer ($10). Hungrier couples can order a pair of panini for the price of one in varieties such as roast beef, horseradish and onion ($10, with Roquefort $11). Pair it all with $2 Yuenglings or $5 Cosmos. 206 Ave A between 12th and 13th Sts (212-228-6231, commongroundnyc.com)

Half-price drinks and free mussels at Cucina Di Pesce
Seafood is the focus at this East Village Italian spot, which has been serving dishes like seafood lasagna ($14) since 1986. Make your way to the bar for the restaurant's daily happy hour (4--8pm), when all drinks and appetizers are buy-one-get-one-free. A complimentary mussel bar is like a mollusk free-for-all. 87 E 4th St at Second Ave (212-260-6800, cucinadipesce.com)

Double feature at Film Forum
Skip dinner and a movie in favor of a movie and another movie. As part of this month's Fritz Lang in Hollywood retrospective, see two films for the price of one ($12.50). Upcoming twofers include Clash by Night, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Marilyn Monroe in her first top-billed role, with the Western Rancho Notorious, featuring Marlene Dietrich (Sun 6, Mon 7; times vary). Or try the Bonnie and Clyde--like You Only Live Once with You and Me, Lang's only musical (Wed 9, Feb 10; times vary). 209 W Houston St between Sixth Ave and Varick St (212-727-8110, filmforum.org)

Buy-one-get-one-free pitchers at Rapture Lounge
Taking a date to this comfortable drinkery is like bringing a potential lover back to your ultraswanky bachelor pad—if your home happened to have table service. Rapture offers daily happy-hour drink deals (5--8pm), which extend to the bar's unique lineup of cocktails (including the Jealous Bitch, a white-grape-vodka--and-champagne concoction; $10). Tuesdays mean buy-one-get-one-free house shots, while Fridays and Saturdays bring two-for-one pitchers (that's right, whole pitchers) of red, white and peach sangria ($30). 4-27 28th Ave at 35th St, Astoria, Queens (718-626-8044, rapturelounge.com)

Two-for-one tickets at Rubin Museum of Art
Whisk your date away to the Himalayas—Chelsea's version of it, anyway. Purchase one ticket ($10) and have a friend join you gratis with a downloadable coupon on the RMA's website. Up the savings factor on Wednesday nights with 10 percent off select wine, beer, cocktails and snacks ($2.50--$12) in the caf at Himalayan Happy Hour (5--7pm), then make your way over to the spiral staircase for a free acoustic world-music performance with a Himalayan and South Asian flair as part of the Spiral Music series. 150 W 17th St at Seventh Ave (212-620-5000, rmanyc.org)

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