A few months ago, we brought you our top picks for creative dating. And there seem to be a lot of single creatives looking for the perfect, off-beat place. So we thought that we'd do you this small service and give you even more places to get your creative date on. Dating in Miami can be hard, particularly if the club or gym aren't your scene. Here's a little help for you hopeless romantics who are looking for something slightly off-beat, or at least looking for a (semi) sober conversation. Good luck: It's rough out there.
A staple arts locale that is a perfect spot to visit on a date with someone that appreciates music is Sweat Records. The spot is known for its local music and arts scene and there's always something going on, from a movie screening to live music performances. The music collection ranges from jazz to indie, pop-punk and experimental. There's even classic records for $1. And you can check out the records before purchasing on a vinyl record-listening station. In addition to the records, there's also clothing, accessories and merchandise from local artists and bands. To top off well-spent time examining the grand selection of music, Sweat has a snack bar full of tasty vegan options.
Sweat Records is located at 5505 NE Second Ave in Miami. Call 786-693-9309 or visit sweatrecordsmiami.com.
The Wolfsonian - Florida International University Museum
Make a day out of it by visiting the museum and its surrounding Art Deco area. Mixing vintage with contemporary all in one day is a hipster’s dream. You can also make it a lunch date at the Wolfsonian with a visit to its gift shop, which also houses a cafe offering dishes using locally made bread and house-made ingredients which make it a must-try.
The Wolfsonian is located at 1001 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach. Call 305-531-1001 or visit wolfsonian.org.
Perez Art Museum Miami
If you're feeling in the art appreciation mood, then you can contemplate contemporary works beside your date at the Perez Art Museum Miami. PAMM boasts a diverse collection of international art from the 20th and 21st centuries. And after you've perused all of the exhibitions, you can grab a bite to eat right in the same building. PAMM's modern home also has an eatery, called Verde. The restaurant and bar is waterfront, with gorgeous views of Biscayne Bay that will surely impress, and there is both indoor and outdoor seating.
PAMM is located at 1103 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Call 305-375-3000 or visit pamm.org.
From free vintage movie screenings once a month to plays starring local actors, it's easy to find something that will interest you and your date at this local art hub. And with popular theatrical productions like "Godspell", "Beauty and the Beast" and "Les Miserables," this community theater gives you the chance to see big-name shows without the need to go a theater in New York.
Actors' Playhouse is located at 280 Miracle Mile in Miami. Call 305-444-9293 or visit actorsplayhouse.org.
The Museum of Contemporary Art
More than just a hub for artwork, MOCA also offers free jazz concert every last Friday of the month that are open to the public. Not to mention the concert is free, and admission to the museum during the event is by donation so you can also peruse some artwork. It’s a great chance to appreciate jazz and get groovin’ with that date.
MOCA is located at 770 NE 125th Street in North Miami. Call 305-893-6211 or visit mocanomi.org.
O Cinema Wynwood
This cinema sets itself apart with a selection of indie and foreign films, a small house cinema vibe and tons of quirks, from its chalk wall that visitors are welcome to scribble or doodle something on to the artwork and film collectibles that can be found throughout. As for movie-accompanying grub, the cinema has beer and treats to munch on while viewing its diverse film selection. And the cozy old-school ambiance makes a great date spot.
O Cinema is located at 90 NW 29th St. in Wynwood. Call 305-571-9970 or visit o-cinema.org.
Whether it’s bingo, trivia or live music, there’s always something going on in this small Wynwood bar. Plus, you can find old movies on the TVs, a DJ in the outdoor patio and a food truck outside providing the food. There’s also things that set this place apart like its funky murals and laid back vibe which make it a great spot to bring a date for a casual time.
Gramps is located at 176 NW 24th St. in Miami. Call 305-699-2669 or visit gramps.com.
Color Me Mine
The great thing about Color Me Mine is that you get to take home a work of art to show off and call your own because you decorated it and chose the colors, but because the piece of ceramic is ready for you to paint, it requires absolutely no pottery experience. The way it works is simple – you're handed a paint brush and you let your creative flow free.
Color Me Mine is located at 5710 Sunset Drive in South Miami. Call 305-665-0646 or visit southmiami.colormemine.com.