Free date ideas in New York City: Romance on the cheap

Looking to romance your companion even when you’re totally broke? Look no further than our guide to free-of-charge date ideas.

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Free date ideas in New York City: Stroll the Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Free date ideas in New York City: Stroll the Brooklyn Heights Promenade Photograph: Michael Kirby

It’s a common problem: You want to sweep your sexy partner off their feet. But you, you know, don’t have any coin. Worry not, romantic New Yorker! We found some great date ideas that won’t cost you a cent.


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Mobile Mondays! 45s

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Free

Start your week with funk, soul, rock, punk, new wave, pop, salsa, calypso, reggae, rhythm & blues, disco and anything else that's danceable, spun (on 45rpm vinyl) by Just Blaze, Misbehaviour, $$$ Mike, Operator EMZ, Joey Carvello, Natasha Diggs and guests.

  1. The Bowery Electric 327 Bowery, between 2nd and 3rd Sts
  2. Mon Sep 22
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“Willem van Genk: Mind Traffic”

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Dutch outsider artist Van Genk (1927–2005) may seem new to American viewers, but he's been celebrated in Europe for years. His panoramic compositions, busy and crammed with details of figures, skyscrapers, bridges, planes and dirigibles, represent fanciful flights in the artist's mind to destinations such as New York, Prague and

  1. American Folk Art Museum 2 Lincoln Sq, Columbus Ave, at 66th St
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Mon Dec 1
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Bareburger Comedy Show

  • Free

Tonight's lineup includes Dan Shaky, Drew Dowdy, Robert McNeel, Kristin Manna, Lance Weiss and Mark Normand (Comedy Central's The Half Hour).

  1. Bareburger 85 Second Ave, at 5th St, 10003
  2. Tue Sep 23
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Buddies

  • Critics choice
  • Free

DJ Damian Cote reigns at this casual weeknight get-together, spinning an eclectic set of underground dance, funk, punk, ’80s and rock.

  1. Nowhere 322 E 14th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Tue Sep 23
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On Top

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Susanne Bartsch's weekly soiree goes down every Tuesday night, in which she and her phantasmagoric, outer-limits-of-clubland crowd gather in the Standard's top-floor lounge.

  1. Le Bain 444 W 13th St, at Washington St, 10014
  2. Tue Sep 23
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Happy Hour with Pat Pervert

  • Free

Pat Pervert offers a set for the alternative-leaning crowd, spinning punk, psychobilly, goth, new wave and industrial every Thursday.

  1. Otto’s Shrunken Head 538 E 14th St, between Aves A and B, 10009
  2. Thu Sep 25
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Room 69: The Hotel Chantelle Way

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Busy burlesque babe Calamity Chang is the host of this Friday-night parade of pulchritude on Hotel Chantelle's street-level floor, with resident performers Aurora Black, Mr. Gorgeous, Rosie Cheeks and guests strutting their stuff as you tipple your cocktail.

  1. Hotel Chantelle 92 Ludlow St, between Broome and Delancey Sts, 10022
  2. Fri Sep 26
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Hot Rabbit

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This long-running weekly party draws a reliably cute mixed crowd to the basement of West Village dive the Monster. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice.

  1. The Monster 80 Grove St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Fri Sep 26
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Mostly Sondheim

  • Free

The jaunty Ben Cameron and the hearty Colleen Harris host this spirited open-mike show-tune night, joined by the expert, perpetually puckish Brian Nash at the piano.

  1. The Duplex 61 Christopher St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Fri Sep 26
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Hollis Brown + The Hollows + Last Good Tooth

  • Free

Local combo Hollis Brown (not a person) is named after Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of Hollis Brown” and bangs out rambunctious, twangy blues-rock.

  1. Brooklyn Night Bazaar 165 Banker St, at Norman Ave, 11222
  2. Sat Sep 27
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jailene perez
jailene perez

nice thanks to all the people that can make this happen and also thank ya for making it super free lol