Date Night, 2.0

Do the same options pop into your head when planning a night out with your significant other? Read on.
Date Night

Dinner and a movie? Cocktails and dancing? A moonlight walk on the beach? Do the same options pop into your head when planning a night out with your significant other? Read on.

Kick back at a coffeehouse. There are plenty of chains that will pour a cup of java, but independent coffeehouses tend to offer more ambiance. Café Volan in Asbury Park serves up a large selection of drinks and eats in a lounge-type atmosphere, as does Manasquan’s Green Planet Coffee Company, where the coffee and espresso are organic and Fair Trade certified. Another option: The Inkwell Coffee House in Long Branch, which has late-night hours for all you nighthawks.

Manhattan isn’t the only place where the curtain rises. The February slate at Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre includes headliners such as The Beach Boys and Chicago. In Manasquan, the Algonquin Arts Theatre boasts a diverse lineup—jazz singer Maggie Worsdale stops by this month, while a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a performance by the Irish band Dervish are set for March.

Need a laugh? The area’s comedy clubs schedule a mix of up-and-coming talent and circuit veterans. Improv Jam, a South Jersey–based improv troupe, performs every Saturday night at Where Music Lives in Asbury Park. With a quick trip to Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach, you can see veteran standups Mick Thomas and Raymond the Amish Comic.

For a nontraditional date, visit the Jersey Shore Arena in Wall, Howell Ice World in Farmingdale or the Red Bank Armory for weekend ice skating. Test your physical fitness with indoor rock climbing at the Gravity Vault in Middletown or Garden State Rocks in Morganville. Or challenge your creativity (and enjoy a glass of wine) by painting a masterpiece at Pinot’s Palette, with locations in Manalapan, Red Bank and Wall.

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