BEST PLACE FOR A FIRST DATE - 2006
Seriously, watch Blind Date if you want a decent blueprint for a good first date. The producers have a sound basic structure, even as they populate it with silicone augmented sociopaths and sleazy fame-whores: Combine light exercise with artistic endeavor, finish with a shared meal, and you can see whether a nascent love affair is going to spark or sputter. Short of a production company picking up your bar tab, one of the best first-date bets in town is Monday nights at Bryant-Lake Bowl. The aptly named "Cheap Date Night" features dinner for two, a bottle of wine, and a game of bowling for $25. If all goes well, cap off your night at the intimate attached theater, or share a dessert in the convivial bar. If it doesn't, your investment is minimal, everyone's too busy drinking or bowling to care, and you don't have a "loser" caption plastered under your face for syndicated television posterity.