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, DJ Misbehaviour, $$$ Mike, Operator EMZ, Joey C, Natasha Diggs and guests.

  1. The Bowery Electric 327 Bowery, between 2nd and 3rd Sts
  2. Mon Apr 21
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Victrola Burlesque

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Crank up that old Victrola (or something) for a night of onstage enticements—burlesque, go-go, music and more—curated by "the tart with Teutonic Tetons," Üla Überbusen, and her burly-Q pals.

  1. Hill & Dale 115 Allen St, at Delancey St, 10012
  2. Tue Apr 22
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Wasabassco Tuesdays at Bathtub Gin

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Doc Wasabassco returns to this speakeasy-style drinkery every Tuesday, with Evelyn Vinyl, Hazel Honeysuckle, Medianoche, Nasty Canasta, host Sydni Deveraux and their burlesque pals strutting their salacious stuff.

  1. Bathtub Gin 132 Ninth Ave, between 18th and 19th Sts
  2. Tue Apr 22
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Buddies

  • Free

DJ Damian 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 Apr 22
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Europhoria

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Check out some eye-popping videos and dance to over-the-top pop anthems at this homage to that international acid trip known as the Eurovision Song Contest.

  1. Hardware Bar 697 Tenth Ave , between 47th and 48th Sts
  2. Wed Apr 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 Apr 24
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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 Apr 25
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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 Apr 25
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Broadway Brassy and the Brass Knuckles

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Broadway Brassy, "The Golden Throat of Burlesque," and her band commandeer the swanky Flatiron Room's stage every Sunday, bringing in an array of burly-Q buddies for hot action.

  1. The Flatiron Room 37 W 26th St, between Broadway and Sixth Ave, 10010
  2. Sun Apr 27
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Shanghai Quartet

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Making good on their reputation for exciting repertoire choices, the Shanghais devote their only NYC appearance—a free one—to works by Haydn and Dvorak, plus Krzysztof Penderecki's latest string quartet (composed for these players).

  1. Advent Lutheran Church 2504 Broadway, at 93rd St
  2. Mon Apr 28
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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