Best of Philly

Best Cheap Date

2013 Best Cheap Date


Where else to go but Fishtown? Start with the $2 tacos and tasty $4 margaritas at Loco Pezs lively happy hour (5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 3 p.m. on weekends; 2401 East Norris Street, 267-886-8061) before challenging your date to a few rounds of Asteroids and Donkey Kong (and beers, of course) at Barcade (1114 Frankford Avenue, 215-634-4400). If things are going well, proceed to nearby Kung Fu Necktie (1250 North Front Street, 215-291-4191) for some affordable live music many shows are just $10. Read More »

2012 Best Cheap Date (Republican)

French Creek Outfitters’ Friday Date Nights

Guys, you pay full price ($12 an hour) at the shooting range of this venerable local outdoor supplier, but the little lady's free. Read More »

270 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville, PA | 610-933-7200 | Website

2012 Best Cheap Date (Libertarian)

Bartram’s Garden

Head down to Southwest Philly and stroll the meadows and trails of the nation's oldest surviving botanical garden, shaded by the Franklinia trees that John Bartram named for his good bud Ben Franklin. Self-guided tours are free; bring a fishing pole and hang on the docks, admiring the views of the Center City skyline. Read More »

54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA | 215-729-5281 | Website

2009 Best Cheap Date


From Front and Callowhill to 7th and Lombard, there are more than 20 historic churches, synagogues and Quaker meetinghouses. (For a complete list, visit And unless your prospective mate is an avowed atheist, touring them is a beautiful, quiet, even romantic (just not too romantic, people these are houses of worship) way to kill a few hours before contemplating life's meaning over cheap drinks and a cheese plate at Farmicia's weekend happy hour (15 South 3rd Street, 215-627-6274, Read More »