How to im­press a Tin­der date with noth­ing but a lobster

Date ideas for un­der $20? You bet­ter be­lieve it. By Alyx Gorman

Time Out (Sydney) - - Cheapskates -

If it’s a day date

Tell them to meet you at Soma in Ul­timo ( 646 Har­ris St) and get two take­away cof­fees ($3.50 each if you don’t like them fancy). Then walk them down the Goods Line, all the way to Dar­ling Har­bour for a wan­der around the pic­turesque Chi­nese Gar­den of Friend­ship. It’s ro­man­tic, an un­ex­pected slice of tran­quil­lity in the city and en­try is just $6. Link hands as you en­ter, and move in for a kiss as you cross the bridge over the lily pond, fac­ing to­wards one of the gar­den’s pago­das. à Pier St, Syd­ney 2000.

If it’s a weeknight date

Take them to the Art Nuevo Hornsby Odeon cin­ema, where all tick­ets on a Tues­day are $8 ( see p19). There’s only a sin­gle screen, so what you’re watch­ing is what­ever they’re play­ing, but with $4 left in your pocket af­ter tick­ets, you can clinch the deal by spring­ing for a packet of Mal­te­sers. à 155 Pa­cific Hwy, Hornsby 2077.

If you need a drink

Let’s be real here: booz­ing it up is not cheap in Syd­ney, par­tic­u­larly if your vibe isn’t 1980s car­pets, flu­oro-lights and the ring-a-ding-ding of nearby pok­ies. The an­swer is the Dock in Red­fern – a per­fectly cute small bar where you can still get tin­nies for $5. Have a cou­ple each, flop down on the couch near the win­dow, revel in the flat­ter­ing fair y lights and get to know each other a lit­tle bet­ter. à 182 Red­fern St, Red­fern 2016.

If you’re feel­ing peck­ish

Head to El Jan­nah and split a whole chicken, com­plete with bread, pick­les and rivers of sauce for $19.90. There are three lo­ca­tions to hit up (in Punch­bowl, Granville and Black­town), and they’re all open till 11pm or later. The por­tion is gen­er­ous enough that you’ll prob­a­bly end up with a take­away bag to fight over. And if the fight gets re­ally bad and the date goes south? No prob­lem. Means you don’t have to deal with the con­se­quences of all that gar­lic sauce. à 701 Punch­bowl Rd, Punch­bowl 2196; 4/6 South St, Granville 2142; 44-48 Flush­combe Rd, Black­town 2148.

If it’s a cre­ative date

Ev­ery Mon­day at 5.30pm, the Art­house Ho­tel in the Ga­leries does a life draw­ing class for $7 per head. Be­fore­hand, take your spare change up­stairs to Muji to stock up on art sup­plies – it’s BYO pen­cils and pa­per, so your date will no doubt be grate­ful that you thought ahead. Per­haps sketch­ing scant­ily clad strangers will be­come the glue that holds your bud­ding love to­gether. à The Ga­leries, 275 Pitt St, Syd­ney 2000.

Chi­nese Gar­den of Friend­ship

El Jan­nah

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