In the words of the great scholar Jennifer Lynn Lopez: “even if you were broke, my love don’t cost a thing”. Here are eight cheap date ideas guaranteed to impress someone special, perfect for when your love has been a little exxy as of late.
1. A Picnic In The Park
Melbourne is home to some amazing public parks that are made for romantic picnics. When you’re not paying for an overpriced view or a seat at a bougie bar, you’re free to spend as much (or as little) as you like customising your own menu. Grab something to sit on, a bottle of sunscreen and some sweet tunes, and either keep it simple with some homemade treats, or else splash out on a pre-made picnic hamper from Fitzrovia.
2. Free Dance Classes
Spice things up with a salsa class at The Salsa Foundation. With free beginners classes on Wednesday and Thursday nights, The Salsa Foundation is the perfect place for a first date – get silly and sensual as you stumble your way through some not-so smooth moves.
3. The Project Studio Audience
For something a little different, show off your smarts and take your date to a live filming of one of Australia’s favourite news programs, The Project. Filmed locally in South Yarra, tickets are free (just be sure to email audience@theprojectTV.com.au first), and would make a perfect mid-week treat for fans of the show, current affairs enthusiasts, or anyone trying to catch a glimpse of one of the many international celebrities featured on The Project each week.
4. Melbourne Bike Share
Those blue bikes you see sitting around the city aren’t just for sticking up trees or dumping in the Yarra. For only $3 each, you and your date can spend the entire day biking around Melbourne. Check out the variety of trails the city has to offer – from touristy trips through the CBD to Insta-worthy views in the Dandenongs, there’s a trail for every kind of couple.
5. Comedy At Spleen
Each Monday night, Spleen Bar on Bourke Street hosts a free comedy evening that is the perfect spot for you and your funny valentine. Spleen frequently has drop in spots from famous Aussie comedians such as Wil Anderson, Adam Hills, Josh Thomas, Fiona O’Loughlin, Claire Hooper (plus many more). With cheap drinks and world class entertainment, Spleen Bar is the place to cure your Mondayitis with a loved one and some side-splitting laughs.
6. Burnley Bouldering Wall
Weekend Warriors will love the Burnley Bouldering Wall. Located only 2km from the CBD under the Melbourne weather-friendly cover of the Monash, the wall is available for public use 24/7, artificially lit for adventurous night owls, and, best of all, completely free. Impress your date with your bouldering prowess (and your knack for finding thrifty adventures).
Want to take your love on an classic date without the price tag? Hit up TheFork, a TripAdviser site designed to connect diners with new restaurants at seriously discounted prices. Every week TheFork features a range of restaurants offering discounts of up to 50% off – a great way to treat your partner to a Michelin date on a Maccas budget.
8. A Classic Movie Date
Impress on a quintessential first date at one of Melbourne’s (super cheap) independent cinemas. From Reading Cinemas, to Cinema Nova, to as far out as the Dromana 3 Drive In on the Mornington Peninsula, there’s something for all movie loving couples – even those on a tight budget.