Activity dates

If you find dating awkward, try these dates that offer something to do.

  • Photograph: Michael Kirby



  • Photograph: David Rosenzweig


  • Photograph: Janelle Gunther


Photograph: Michael Kirby



It only takes two to play bocce, and the 40-foot clay court devoted to the Italian version of bowling is the main draw at this vast bourbon bar. Players waiting their turn can sink into antique couches and order the Crap-a-copia (an assorted six-pack of beer, $13) and a spread of Kentucky Beer Cheese and crackers ($4). Or pick up potpies ($11) and deep-fried Twinkies ($3.50) from neighboring Chip Shop (129 Atlantic Ave between Clinton and Henry Sts, Brooklyn Heights; 718-855-7774, 131 Atlantic Ave between Henry and Clinton Sts, Brooklyn Heights (718-858-5810,

Dave & Buster's
The arcade-bar-restaurant chain may be a glorified version of Chuck E. Cheese's—with liquor—but the addictive games, from classics like Skee-Ball to digital-era hits like Dance Dance Revolution get the body moving and the competitive juices flowing. 234 W 42nd St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (646-495-2015,

Max Fish
The beloved dive narrowly escaped closing this January; it was granted a year's reprieve to continue shilling PBR ($3) and blasting Grace Slick from the jukebox to a crowd of LES glam-bots, frat boys and moody hipsters. Bet on a few cutthroat rounds of pinball with something sexy—that way, everyone wins. 178 Ludlow St between E Houston and Stanton Sts (212-529-3959,

Crescent Lounge
Regulars—often, but not exclusively, of the gay male variety—chill on this neighborhood joint's sofas for a martini nightcap (try The 11106, a sweet-tart blend of gin, apricot liqueur, dry vermouth, bitters, lime and sour mix; $9)—after gorging on meze at one of Astoria's many Greek restaurants. While Crescent is a laid-back late-night spot, it's also an easy place to while away an entire evening, thanks to the giant, overstuffed sofas. 3205 Crescent St at Broadway, Astoria, Queens (718-606-9705)

Though this glittery drag bar and restaurant recently relocated to the East Side from the West Village, it thankfully took its sassy waitstaff with it. At Bitchy Bingo on Wednesdays (9pm), the number-calling queens hurl insults relentlessly at a mostly hetero date crowd. The Sunday Gospel Brunch (noon--4pm) stars Sister Mary Ginger Snaps and draws gays gallivanting amid bachelorette parties. 227 E 56th St between Second and Third Aves (212-675-7710,

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