MNTL Team | Oct 11, 2018 | 0
50 Awesome Double Date Ideas – The only list you’ll need!
A double date can be great, but only if you use some great double date ideas to really make it work.
There’s so much potential in a double date, but there’s also always the chance it could all go wrong. It is always tough to make sure four people all have a good time, and the wrong date idea leaves a lot of room for someone to get bored, or refuse to participate, or demand to do something else.
In other words, a double date can easily become a double disaster double quick.
At the same time, when you use the right date ideas, double dates can be incredibly enjoyable. You can have more fun with four people than two. It opens up all kinds of conversations and activities. You also have some of the pressure removed from your part in the date.
Making a double date work isn’t difficult. It just takes one great idea and the rest takes care of itself. Use some of our date ideas to make sure all four people have a date to remember.
I recommend reading through all of these 50 double date ideas to find your absolute favorites… but if you’re looking for something specific, you can click the links below to jump to that section:
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Nervous about a big double date? It doesn’t have to be complicated. Just pick one of our best date ideas and let the date take care of itself.
The best date ideas can start with the simplest concept. From there, you can just let the night (or afternoon) evolve naturally.
Here are 13 best double date ideas:
1. Have an at-home cooking session
Let everyone pitch in and see what delicious meal you end up with.
2. Picnic at the beach
A nice mix of romance, relaxation, and great fun.
3. Fly through the sky in a trapeze class
A little scary, a little thrilling, and the chance to live out one of the most interesting careers ever for a day.
4. Team up for trivia night
You and your date versus the other pair: who knows more useless trivia? Add drinking game rules for extra fun.
5. Road trip to a concert
Is there a concert all four of you want to go to but it’s miles away? Make the trip part of the date!
6. Go to a cabaret show.
Enjoy a bit of classic entertainment over some great drinks.
7. Play shuffleboard.
Get a taste of your golden years all together.
8. Try a Korean BBQ restaurant.
A little exotic, incredibly delicious, and fun for everyone.
9. Wine tasting
Try some great wine, debate the best offerings, then buy a bottle and enjoy the rest of your evening together.
10. Treasure hunt at a flea market
There’s a lot of adventure to be had among everyone’s old possessions.
11. Drive around in a quadricycle
It’s a little crazy, a little awkward, and tons of fun.
12. Attend A “Wine & Paint” Night
Engage your artistic side while having a nice glass of wine.
13. Peruse A Bookstore Together
Add some extra fun by letting everyone choose a book for someone else.
Your standard date night ideas don’t always work when planning for four instead of two. Get some fresh options out of this list for your double date night.
Here are 12 double date night ideas:
14. Host A Dinner Party
The classic double date evening event.
15. Host A Game Night
With the right game, the night can be full of fun for hours.
16. Outdoor Cinema Picnics
Take the dinner and movie option in a new and fresh direction.
17. Rock climbing
Get a little more physical and adventurous.
18. Chocolate shop tasting
Let everyone get their fill, then buy the best options to take home.
19. Try out a self-defense or martial arts class.
An athletic, practical, and very fun way to spend a few hours.
20. Go to the opera
Put on your fanciest outfits and see what it was like to double-date a century ago.
21. Ghost tour
Give everyone a chance to have a scare, and get extra close to your date.
22. Go to the theater
See an amateur production at a small theater or go big-time to the best theater in town.
23. Try a new cuisine
Find an option no one has tried, get four different dishes, share, and then review.
24. Casino night
If you don’t mind losing a little cash for some fun, a night being a high roller can be exhilarating.
25. Take time to tango
Learn the most romantic dance together.
Many of the above ideas may sound really wonderful…except you don’t have the cash to pay for them.
Thankfully, not all double dates are expensive, some of the best date ideas are actually cheap date ideas. Pick from the list below to set up a great evening for everyone, even when you’re all a little short this month.
Here are 12 cheap double date ideas:
26. Ride a city bus for the whole route
Get some seats together and take a new kind of tour.
27. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or nursing home
One of the best double date if you want to give back while saving money and still enjoying yourself.
28. Take a walk through a botanical garden.
Beautiful, serene, and cheap.
29. Constructing and burying a time capsule
You can think about your life, the world around you, and what you all want the world to know about you.
30. Game Night Circa 1990.
Dig out the old Nintendo or Atari and play the games of your childhood (or before you were born!).
31. Cook Together
Not all cooking double dates have to be expensive. Look for cheap ingredients and a good recipe, and you can make a delicious meal for four together.
It’s healthy, it’s beautiful, it’s great for conversation, and it’s free.
33. Happy Hour
Get your drinks in on a discount, then head out using another of our date night ideas.
34. Open Houses
If any or all of you are looking at buying a home (or just like imagining buying one), take advantage of some free open houses.
A fun way to enjoy the winter and act like kids again.
36. Sight See Your City
Even if you’ve lived your whole life in the same city, there’s always something new to see.
37. Go to a real- live movie store, pick out a movie together then pop homemade popcorn at home
Once the most boring of activities, this is one of those double dates that now have the charm of a former era.
Many of the best double dates don’t require you to get out and take in the town. Sometimes, the best date ideas are also at home date ideas.
At home, everyone feels comfortable, everyone can relax, and you can still have a great time.
Here are 13 at home double date ideas:
38. Cook a candlelight dinner
Make the night romantic and intimate without the bother of a fancy restaurant.
39. Order take out from your favorite restaurant
Mix it up with everyone getting a single dish from their favorite restaurant, then sharing everything.
40. Dance to your old records
Pick out the best or the cheesiest and make it an at-home dance party.
41. Do some stargazing
If you live out in the country, this is one of those double dates you really need to pull off sooner rather than later.
42. Fondue Night
Gooey, delicious fun for everyone.
43. Video Game Marathon
If you’re all gamers or just gamer-curious, it can be a joy for everyone.
44. Poker Night
Play for stakes that don’t break the bank, so that everyone has something to win and lose.
45. Go through your old yearbooks
Let everyone bring their old yearbooks and consider their old selves for a night.
46. A Book club for 4.
A great, recurring double date option. Pick a book a month, read it, and get together to discuss.
47. Play charades
One of the classic double dates for the home.
Whether you’re a yoga master or you’ve never tried it, this can be fun, adventurous, and relaxing for everyone.
49. Take online relationship tests
See how compatible a test things you are.
50. Stay up all night talking
Don’t sweat the plans. Get together, get some food, and just enjoy each other’s company.
More Great Date Ideas
Not every date should be or will be a double date, which means you need date ideas that cover you for every other date you’ll have.
Not to worry, we’ve got you covered there as well. Just try out some of these date ideas:
- First dates are crucial, so you need to pick from the best first date ideas out there.
- Whether the first date was a smash or fell flat, make sure you use the right second date ideas to build an even better impression.
- Make a special night really special with some spectacular anniversary date ideas.
Double dates can almost seem too simple to work. In a single sentence, you can state a great date idea, but things can always go wrong.
To make sure the double date ideas you use lead to great double dates, follow all of these steps so you make the right idea choices and follow through with them fully.
Here are 7 steps to pick a great double date idea:
Step 1: Consider What You Know About Everyone
Before you even consider the double date ideas listed above, take a moment to think about what you know about everyone who’s going to participate in this date.
Instead of needing to just please yourself and one other person, there are four people with very different tastes involved.
Try to think about what you all have in common, as well as what activities someone might really dislike.
For instance, if someone hates gaming, don’t do a game night. If someone can’t stand staying in, avoid at-home dates. However, if everyone is really active, then you can lean into the hiking, rock climbing, and other similar date options.
Step 2: Get Your Schedules Organized
Like Step 1, scheduling a double date is trickier because there are more people involved. People have different work, school, and social commitments. Finding the right time can be tough.
In addition, the timing can change the kinds of double date ideas you can work with.
If one person can only do a daytime date, then you can’t really stargaze or do a ghost tour. If it has to be a late-night date, you’ll want to focus on drinking, dancing, night walks, and other great nocturnal options.
Step 3: Remember to Put Your Date First
You want everyone to have a good time, but first and foremost, you want your date to have a good time.
So, be sure to put extra thought into what your date would like to do. At the same time, make sure you think of ways to get some time alone with your date, since you want to enjoy a few intimate moments getting closer even if you’re mostly being social.
Those moments can be as small and simple as walking a little ahead or behind during a stroll in a zoo or botanical garden. Or they can involve asking her to stay a little longer after your wine and cheese party to sample a special bottle you saved for just the two of you.
Step 4: Find the Date Idea That Hits the Sweet Spot
Once you have a good picture of the demands your double date has to meet, you can start using the lists above and narrowing in on the best idea.
Start by cutting out the ideas that won’t work at all because of timing, personal taste, or a lack of special time for you and your date. Then work from the remaining options to find a double date idea that everyone will find fun and that will feel like something new to everyone involved.
That sweet spot of comfortable, new, exciting, but not too out there is crucial. For instance, if everyone is already a big gamer, a gaming night might be a little mundane. It might be better to try the 1990s game night or else get out and try something a little more unique, like an outdoor cinema picnic.
Step 5: Consider Some Easy-to-Organize Backups
Some of the above ideas are really easy to put together without a lot of planning or preparation. Pick a few of those that you think everyone can enjoy.
You’ll want them as backups if everything doesn’t quite go as planned.
Step 6: Read the Crowd and Make the Right Changes
Here you are, the double date has started…how is everybody doing? Are they engaged and having fun? Are they a big bored? Are they really bored or just uncomfortable with the activity?
Take some time during the date to notice how the date is going, then you can make the changes necessary to keep everyone happy.
Those changes may be small (choosing a different exotic restaurant if someone is worried Thai will be too spicy) or big (going with one of your backup ideas if the main double date idea is a dud).
As long as you remain observant and you have some backup options available, you’ll be sure to have make sure everyone has a good time.
Step 7: Don’t Forget to Just Have Fun
When you’ve become so focused on using the right ideas and implementing the perfect double date, you can forget that you’re supposed to enjoy the date as well.
So, don’t get too stressed watching everyone or making plans. Pick an activity you also like and remember to focus primarily on your enjoyment and the enjoyment of your date.
Double dates can seem really difficult to organize, but with the right double date ideas and following the right steps, they are actually incredibly simple to set up and and incredibly fun to have.
A good double date just has to have a few date ideas that manage to be fun and a little different without making anyone feel uncomfortable. When you manage to meet those needs, the date can take care of itself.
That means you and everyone else can enjoy some romance, some friendly fun, and a great time all around.