10 Double Date Ideas That Aren’t Lame

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Many of us haven't been on a true "double date" since we were in grade school and wanted to hang out with our crush without making it an Official Date. But double dates can actually be a great way to bond with your partner and get to know your couple friends.
Sure, double dates can be awkward or kind of annoying, depending on the scenario. Whether you're trying to combing people who wouldn't otherwise be stuck together, or just trying to get your friends to get along with your new partner, it can be helpful think of a double date as more of a low-pressure couples hangout than an actual date.
Oftentimes, the hardest part is figuring out what to actually do together — which is why we've rounded up 10 double date ideas to consider the next time you want to go out with your boo and another couple.
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Watch a sports ball game.

If one or two people in your double date group like sports, chances are the rest of you can find something fun to do during a live sports game. Or, if nothing else, you can eat the food and talk the whole time. Go team!
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Bring them to your favorite local spot.

Instead of planning something elaborate, invite your friend and their partner to your neighborhood to go to your favorite local bar or restaurant. You'll get to show them a special place that you both love, and it's also close to your house so you can bail whenever you want to.
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Try one of those Escape The Room things.

Who knows why people are so addicted to Escape The Room Games, but some say it's team-building, and it can make you feel good to practice quick thinking. Even if you're stuck with the most cynical crew of all time, signing up for one could be fun or, at the very least, funny.
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Go to a cabaret show.

Cabaret theaters are just like karaoke, but classier. The four of you can reserve a table and eat and drink until someone feels cavalier enough to get up on stage — or you can just watch, whatever.
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Watch the latest episode of The Bachelorette.

Going to the movies together isn't always the best idea, because you can't talk during the movie. Get together at someone's house to watch an episode of a show you already watch — that way, nobody has to worry about Netflix infidelity.
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Cook for your friends.

Host a small pot luck with your couple friends. If there are four of you, split up the work so two of you handle the drinks and a main, and the others make the appetizer and dessert.
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Do a dance cardio workout.

Unless you all feel confident in your dance abilities, you probably don't want to go out dancing or take a legit couples dance class. But you should consider going to a dance cardio class together, like 305 Fitness. The point isn't to be good at dancing, and while it can be a workout, it's also a giggle-fest.
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Play shuffleboard.

Shuffleboard is a little bit hipper than a game of mini golf, and it involves four players. The way shuffleboard is set up, both teams stand on either side of the board, so it might not be conducive to chatting, but it is perfect for couples.
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Crash a trivia night.

Did you know you can win free booze at many bar trivia nights? Did you also know that lots of people like to show off how smart they are at trivia nights? Find a bar hosting one and see for yourself.
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Try a hot pot restaurant.

If you just want to go to dinner with the other couple, consider a hot pot restaurant. It's a family-style East Asian food that's kind of like fondue or Korean BBQ, but instead you cook meat and vegetables in a hot pot of simmering broth that the table shares.