Retro Romance: 10 Creative Date Ideas

There are tons of ways to celebrate date night, but so often, we just default to dinner and a movie. No judgment – it’s a solid plan in a pinch! But, if you’re interested in something a little more creative, read on for 10 retro date ideas to help you get to know your partner better. 

  1. Go Through Old Photo Albums Together

What better way to get to know someone than to take a trip back to their past? Bring a few old photo albums to your next date, and have them bring some, too! It’s a great way to break the ice and learn something about the other person.

  1. Have An Analog Dinner

We live in a digital world, and that means phones often make an appearance at the dinner table – even on dates. While checking your phone once in a while isn’t much of a problem, it’s important to be in the present moment and give your date the attention they deserve.

Establish a no-devices rule for the entire meal. Put your phones on mute and place them in your pockets or at the center of the table. If someone caves and reaches for their phone, they have to pay for the dinner.

  1. Take a Dance Class Together

Instead of the regular bumping and grinding at a club, why not go for a couples dance class for something old-fashioned like a swing dance or cha-cha. All that dancing fosters intimacy but also keeps things light, and it’s a great workout as well. Just be sure to let your date know ahead of time so they can prepare.

You’ll be amazed how far one dance class can go and how much those moves will wow your friends at your next get-together.

  1. Have An Arcade Night

Challenge your date to a night of skeeball and air hockey! You could kill some zombies together. You could play the impossible claw machine. Or you could test your strength on the high striker.

Arcades are a ton of fun, and everyone can find something that appeals to them. It’s a night you’ll both be sure to remember – especially if you can win a keepsake from the gift counter. 

  1. Go To A Drive-In

A spin on the traditional date night! If you can, try and find a classic movie film festival or something in black and white to really get into the mood. Don’t worry if you can’t find any vintage film festivals, contemporary movies are fine too. Don’t forget to bring blankets, snacks, and some snarky commentary!

  1. Hit A Roller Rink

This is a great date idea for energetic couples who want to work up a sweat! The skating itself might take a little practice, but once you’re up and running, it’s a blast! Try and find a disco-themed night for an extra dose of nostalgia.

  1. Play Mini-Golf

This is a classic for a reason! Mini-golf is fun, out-of-the-ordinary, and gives you plenty of time to chat. It’s also a great way to get to know your date’s competitive side. Are they easy-going or intense? Mini-golf is a relaxed way to spend some time together, and learn more about each other – it beats the heck out of a movie date! 

  1. Have A Classic Board Game Night 

It’s time to sink their battleship! Back before television, we had to entertain ourselves somehow right? Play a few games like Jenga, chess, or checkers. 

It sounds silly at first, but games are a great way to get to know someone. If you want an even more retro date night, surrender your phone at the beginning of the night and argue about the rules the old-fashioned way – over the game instructions! 

  1. Get All Decked Out For A Night At The Theatre

Who doesn’t want to see their date dressed to the nines? Find a theatre production nearby, even if it’s community theatre, and get all dressed up to go. 

Break out your most formal clothes and pretend you’re going to the premiere of a Broadway show. It will make you feel fancy and festive even if you aren’t spending Broadway prices. 

  1. Park Under The Stars 

A classic for a reason! Kissing under the stars might be the very first date idea in history. It’s so easy, fun, and romantic – simply drive out to a dark spot and let the sparks fly. You can stay in your car or you can enjoy the fresh air

As an extra precaution, it’s always good to be safe and make sure someone knows where you are. You don’t want to get lost or stuck out there!

11. Go Partying Together

This might seem like a regular date, but there’s something special about partying together and dancing the night away. It allows you to let loose with your partner and have fun like teenagers. Try attending a theme party or check out Emporium events for some old-school DJ sets, arcade games, and a fun atmosphere. Just don’t forget to bring your A-game – and some comfortable shoes!


There are tons of ways to shake up your dating game and these 10 retro ideas are just a start. You don’t want to be saddled with the same boring procedure every date night, do you? So try something new and see how you feel. Take some inspiration from these 10 ideas and have fun!