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Summer dates in New York: Sporty dates in New York City

Challenge your partner to a game of minigolf, a bowling match or a Skee-Ball championship on these sporty summer dates.

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Miniature golf at Pier 25




Brooklyn Boulders


Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Bocce ball at Union Hall




Bowling at Brooklyn Bowl



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The Whiskey Brooklyn

A little competition is a turn-on, right? If you agree, plan a summer date in New York that involves playing a game or a sport. We found five venues where you can climb, golf, bowl and more with your main squeeze.

Play miniature golf on Pier 25

Attempt to impress your date by sinking a hole in one on this waterfront minigolf course, which features kitschy obstacles like waterfalls and a cave. It can get crowded, but luckily the Hudson River provides a lovely backdrop as you wait your turn. (212-766-1104, ext 228; manhattanyouth.org). Daily noon–6pm; $5.

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Climb at Brooklyn Boulders

Prove you’re a trustworthy partner by helping your date scale a 10-to-28-foot wall at this Gowanus club. During its “Learn the Ropes” class, instructors teach you how to tie knots and secure harnesses before having you spot your companion (and vice versa) on a climb. If the adrenaline rush leaves you both wanting more, the class fee ($75) includes a pair of day passes as well as a second day’s rental for shoes, harnesses and chalk. (347-834-9066, brooklynboulders.com)

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Throw balls at Union Hall

Although this Park Slope bar’s two bocce courts are occasionally reserved for league-only play (Sat, Sun noon–4pm; Mon 7–10pm), at all other times they’re available first-come, first-served at no charge (718-638-4400, unionhallny.com)

Send pins flying at Brooklyn Bowl

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If you end up waiting for a lane at this Williamsburg bowling alley, fear not: You can kill time chatting over a plate of Blue Ribbon’s fried chicken and one of several local brews from Kelso and Brooklyn Brewery. Once you get rolling, gauge your date’s pop-culture bona fides by throwing out this line: “This is not Nam, this is bowling. There are rules." (718-963-3369, brooklynbowl.com)

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Hang in an adult rec room at the Whiskey Brooklyn

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There are plenty of ways to indulge in a little flirty trash-talking at this Billyburg pub: In addition to two handcrafted shuffleboard tables, the bar also features a variety of arcade games (including Pac-Man and Big Buck Hunter) and two Skee-Ball lanes (which dispense tickets for beers and shots prizes). (718-387-8444, whiskeybrooklyn.com)

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Great dates 2013: Your guide to the best date spots in NYC

If you’re looking for a fun date spot this Valentine’s Day, look no further: these great date spots in NYC are perfect for a romantic rendezvous. Dating is rough—trust us, we know. But Time Out has simplified the process (sort of) with our guide to the great dates in New York City, whether you’re meeting someone for a first date, trying to rekindle a long-term romance, or hate dating altogether. Plus, we’ve compiled a few tips to help make your next date go smoothly. If you’re still looking for a partner, we’ve got advice from Erika Christensen, a matchmaker who pairs up single ladies and gents on the subway. Or take a spin through our roundup of single New Yorkers to find someone that you can take on one of these great dates.—Edited by Amy Plitt Great date ideas in New York City Great first date ideas in NYC: Where to have a fun first date Don’t overthink things for an early date: If you need a first-date idea, use our guide to find the perfect, casual spot. Go on a virtual vacation at Bikini Bar Stepping into this Tribeca coffee shop is almost like walking into a hidden island oasis. Vintage surfboards are propped against the wall, a pineapple-themed chandelier hangs from the ceiling, and coffee cups adorned with palm trees add to the “we’re not in New York anymore” ambience. Swap vacation stories while sipping a cappuccino ($4) at the retro tiki bar; coffee, made from Counter Culture beans, is prepared by regional barista champion Danielle Glask

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100 pickup spots: New Yorkers tell us where they go to find a date

We asked New Yorkers where they go to meet people, and then compiled this list of 100 pickup spots to help you find a date. Whether you want to find a date, a one night stand or something deeper, here are 100 tried-and-tested pickup spots recommended by real New Yorkers. RECOMMENDED: See all Sex issue 2012 coverage You might also like75 fall pickup spots 201175 warm weather pickup spots 2011Pickup spots for singles over 40See more in Sex & Dating See more in Sex issue 2012

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The dater’s handbook: Dating tips to help you prevent a bad date

Here are dating tips that you need to know to help you survive a horrific date—and tips to protect yourself before one even happens. We’ve all been on terrible dates—and they suck. But with our dater’s handbook, you just might be able to prevent a bad date from happening. Our dating tips include apps to download that can help boost conversation, and services that send robocalls to get you out of a bad date. Plus, find out how to graciously decline another outing. Before Set up a Google Voice numberYes, you should definitely keep an open mind when you’re looking for the right person, but it’s equally important to protect yourself from under-the-radar stalker types. If you’d prefer not to receive random 2am texts, mask your cell number by registering for a free Google Voice account (google.com/voice). After linking it to your legit number, you can have the system forward both calls and texts, which you can respond to without giving away your real digits. (But if things go well, be sure to come clean as soon as possible.) Memorize your local Rejection Hotline numberThese days, striking up a conversation with an attractive stranger in a bar or other public locale sounds more like a meet-cute than real life. More often than we’d like, that good-looking someone is actually an overzealous, liquored-up weirdo. Should things get desperate, save yourself by doling out the number of the Rejection Hotline’s New York branch (212-660-2245). When the soon-to-be rebuffed party calls, th

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