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 sober conversation. Believe or not, there are places in Miami that are perfect for creatives dates and smart talk. Good luck: It's rough out there.
Blue Starlite Miami Urban Drive-In Movie Theater
Kick it old school with a dinner at Blue Starlite, where a classic date is complete with the old-fashioned charm of movie watching in the comfort of your car. The theater has an intimate atmosphere for a romantic evening where all is needed is a car, blankets and snacks to watch a film under the stars. Blue Starlite shows a variety of movies, from Toy Story to Grease.
Blue Starlite is located at 3500 Main Hwy., Miami, and at 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Virginia Key Beach on select Saturdays. Visit miamiurbandrivein.com.
For a night of art blended with shopping, galleries, food trucks and music, the Wynwood Art Walk, held the second Saturday of every month from 6 to 10 p.m., is sure to please. Take your date around to stroll Wynwood Walls, take in the pieces at the art galleries for free, try different flavors from Colombian to French with a stop by the food carts, or look at artisan crafts available for sale at the tents scattered throughout the neighborhood.
Wynwood Walls is located at 2516 NW Second Ave., Miami. Call 305-531-4411. Visit thewynwoodwalls.com.
Painting with a Twist
Showcase your inner Picasso in just two hours at Painting with a Twist, where you can leave your date night with a masterpiece of your own. The painting classes offer sets for couples to paint, where the pictures combine to form one larger one. Painting sets vary from a night and day photograph to kissing fish. The best part is that the painting can be done with a wine glass in hand, as participants are welcome to bring their own wine or snacks to indulge in during the class. In the end, you have something to take home and remind you of your date.
Painting with a Twist has locations throughout Miami. It is located at 8854 SW 129th Ter. in the Falls, at 924 71st St., Miami Beach and at 15100 NW 67th Ave., Miami Lakes. Visit paintingwithatwist.com.
Just the Funny Theater
The interactive shows at Just the Funny keep dates lighthearted with improvised shows, sketches, parodies, music and other scenes as suggested. The comedic atmosphere keeps the audience laughing as on-the-spot scenes are acted out. Shows are held every Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the box office or $10 if bought online, with a bag of chips included.
Just the Funny Theater is located at 3119 Coral Way, Miami. Call 305-693-8669 or visit justthefunny.com.
New World Symphony
The large and elegant glass building that is home to the New World Symphony holds top solo and orchestra performances that will impress any date with musical interests. The venue also offers live wallcast concerts on its outside lawn, welcoming lawn chairs, blankets and baskets to host a picnic dinner date. The concert is shown on a large wall projection and is free to the public.
New World Symphony is located at 500 17th St., Miami Beach. Call 305-673-3331 or visit nws.edu.
Ted’s at YoungArts
The small and intimate gathering lounge and eatery that is Ted’s brings together a dining experience with entertainment from local artists, adding a spin to a traditional dinner date. Housed in the YoungArts building, Ted’s offers bites to eat while enjoying a performance from visual and performing artists from YoungArts sharing dance, music, spoken word and more with the audience.
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Ted’s is located at 2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Call 786-618-3210 or visit youngarts.org/teds.
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Home to many performances from symphony orchestras to theater and dance, the Adrienne Arsht Center offers Broadway favorites like The Phantom of the Opera and Motown the Musical along with musical performances and opera. The elegant building and warm ambiance make it the place for a sophisticated time during a fun art outing and the selection of performances and shows is vast. When deciding on the form of art you hope to enjoy on your date night, the Arsht Center offers many to choose from.
Adrienne Arsht Center is located at 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Call 305-949-6722 or visit arshtcenter.org.