Sometimes, you don't want to drive downtown for a date night.
We get it.
And as much as we're going to tell you parking down here is totally doable (it is!) and there are so many great restaurants (there are!) — sometimes it's nice to just turn into a parking lot, park your car and begin your date.
Here are a few ideas for dates in the area.
For the casual coffee date
We love this space for a date because there are plenty of spots to settle in for a while.
For more information, visit cravecoffeebar.com.
For the "dinner" before dinner and a movie
Sharing sushi can be a fun way to spice up your dinner plans. Pick several rolls to share at Sushi Garden, 3048 E. Broadway, or opt for an entree from the restaurant's selection of noodles, tempura and other Japanese specialties.
If you go during lunch, try the lunch buffet for $11.95 per person and sample both sushi and other dishes. Or, if you're feeling super hungry, try all-you-can-eat sushi for about $24 per person.
For more information, visit sushigarden.com.
For a date that will give you something to laugh about
The open mic nights on Thursdays at 8 p.m. have no cover. On Fridays and Saturdays, nationally-touring comedians do stand-up at the club. Admission ranges between $12.50 and $17.50. There's also a requirement that all guests purchase two items per person from the menu. To enter, you must be 21 or with a parent or legal guardian.
For more information, visit laffstucson.com.
For the day date
The Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E. Zoo Court, makes for a good date, especially if you're still in the getting-to-know-you phase. Because you'll be oohing and ahhing over elephants and lions, you have built-in conversation topics like "Did you know that African elephant Semba is going to have ANOTHER calf?" This should take a bit of the pressure off.
Tickets for adults cost $10.50. The zoo is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. October through May.
For more information, go to reidparkzoo.org
For the we-ran-out-of-paper-towels date
We're semi-joking, semi-serious about this one. Because really, who hasn't tacked a Target run onto a date with your partner? Wander around the Broadway store (3699 E. Broadway), debate whether you really need those super cheap, plastic, pastel dinner plates, and maybe buy a candy bar for the road. To make this date extra relatable, we'd suggest dinner at Panda Express, 3587 E. Broadway, or In-N-Out Burger, 3711 E. Broadway. Because, hey, sometimes that's just life.
Make a low-stress Tugo bike ride part of your date