Cheap Date Ideas in Austin

So many of us are on shoestring budgets and saving pennies, which can make dating a challenge, but you can find plenty of places in Austin that are easy on your wallet and sure to impress a date. Here are some budget-friendly Austin locations that are perfect for cheap dates. (Photo: Flickr user anemoneprojectors)

Updated: January 13, 2011

Where to Go for a Cheap Date in Austin

Alamo Downtown Theatre

320 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

Going to the movies can cost a lot after you buy tickets and popcorn?worse when your theater offers beer, wine and full-service bar selections. This downtown date spot offers happy hour Monday through Friday on shows that begin between 4pm and 6pm. You get matinee pricing, pay $2 for Lone Star and Tecate beers or $3.99 for frozen margaritas, $1 off wells and $2 for small popcorn (which is actually large enough to share). Get off your couch and give your Netflix a run for its money.


801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

It might be known as the little brick red house with big price tags, but you can impress your date and snag a table (early) for the Social Sake Hour every day from 5pm to 6:30pm. Get hot and cold sake for only $3 along with four food items that are usually under $10. The crunchy, spicy tuna roll is usually a Social Sake special, as well as a few non-sushi specials. Sure you have to get there early, but half-way through your meal, you'll see a line out the door and be glad you did.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum

605 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Meander through the winding pathways and admire the art of Charles Umlauf at this outdoor garden that boasts the most outdoor sculptures found anywhere in the big state of Texas. For a minimal donation, you and yours can walk hand in hand to enjoy the art and each other's company.

Continental Club

1315 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

An Austin icon since this 1955, this venue on South Congress Avenue has played host to musical legends. Doors are open for a free matinee show every Saturday from 3pm to 7pm, where legendary, Grammy-winning guitarist Redd Volkaert graces the stage to entertain (his between-set banter gets laughs, too). Stellar cocktail service will ensure you won't go thirsty.

Frank & Angie's Pizzeria

508 West Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Located off bustling West 6th Street, this little pizza joint will bring you right to the romantic streets of Italy. Listen to the sounds of Sinatra and reenact the spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp on Sunday evenings from 6pm to 10pm, when plates of spaghetti marinara are two for one and priced $6.95.

Mount Bonnell Park

3800 Mount Bonnell Dr, Austin, TX 78731

It's been said that if a new couple climbs the 100 stairs up Mount Bonnell once, they fall in love; twice, they become engaged; and three times, they will marry. Once at the top, you can soak in the most scenic city and sunset views and create your own destiny.

Dry Creek Cafe

4812 Mt Bonnell Rd, Austin, TX 78731

Drive past Mount Bonnell Park and skip the crowds. Instead, soak in the scenes at this hidden dive bar that is as old as the hills that surround it. The records in the jukebox may be scratched, but grab a beer and head out to the patio for a sunset view high up on Mount Bonnell. The beers are cheap and the views priceless.