You just finished putting the final touches on your apartment in Austin and you’ve met someone new. Awesome. But you are also new to town. Perhaps you have already gone out on the obligatory “Date Zero” date for coffee and now you want to try something a little more fun. If you’re new in town, here are some lower-cost, high yield first dates in Austin.

Buffalo Billiards

Doing something active is always a good date idea. No, you don’t need to go on a 10K, on the first night but perhaps some bar games could be in order. Buffalo Billiards sports a funky Wild West feel with a full bar, pool tables, foosball, and more. It’s always best to have some drinks, snacks and a little activity to ease the first date. 

Blanton Museum

The finer things don’t have to be costly. They can even be free. The Blanton Museum of Art at University of Texas is free every Thursday and every third Thursday it stays open late. Otherwise it costs about $10 per person. The often changing exhibits at the Blanton focus on Western European and American art, from the 14th century to modern times. After getting your mind and senses stimulated, you can stroll the grounds of  UT. No awkward pauses here; there is always going to be something to see and discuss.

Catch the Round Rock Express

The Round Rock Express Minor League teams knocks it out of the park at Dell Diamond Field and is considered one of the best first dates in Austin. Minor League games are always a lot more fun with promotions and contests throughout the game. A pair of right-field grass (bring a blanket) tickets cost under 15 bucks. A baseball game is good for first dates because there’s enough downtime to get to know each other, but also gives you something to talk about. Plus there are special promotions all season, for example, on Friday nights, you can even catch some fireworks.

Play Cliché

Why not enjoy the beautiful Austin outdoors? Taking a stroll around Lady Bird Lake puts a nice twist on a coffee date. Grab some java from across the street. It’s just 3.25 miles and there’s no need to hurry, but try and pick a good time for it. If you try this out at the right time of year, you can also catch the bats streaming out from under the Congress Street Bridge just before sunset.