The Rake: This Time You’re Not Alone

Dating can be expensive. Dating someone who loves the arts is even more so, but the budding romance of fall beckons and the arts are in bloom, so you’ve got to do something to avoid a lonely winter. To help you out we’ve planned a few dates – complete with a meal and arts for two – that can suit a range of wallet sizes. Now all you have to worry about is the breath mints.

$50 and under

Eastside Stomp hosts swing dancing on Tuesdays from 9 p.m. to midnight and Fridays from 8 p.m. to midnight at Kirkland Dance Center for five bucks. Two left feet? Don’t worry; admission includes a basic thirty-minute lesson. 835 7th Ave., Kirkland, 425.828.6362

For dinner, Hector’s Restaurant boasts a delicious menu, including a mean meatloaf dinner or jambalaya, each only $15.50. 112 Lake St. S, Kirkland, 425.827.4811

$40 and under

The Seattle Art Museum is free on the first Thursday of each month, and the upcoming Picasso exhibition, opening October 8, will surely impress (just know his red period from his blue period and you’re set). 1300 1st Ave., Seattle, 206.654.3100

Eat dinner at nearby Wild Ginger where you can share family-style Kung Pao chicken, green curry chicken or Mandarin chicken for $16.50 each or pad thai for only $12.50. 1401 3rd Ave., Seattle, 206.623.4450

$30 and under

Bellevue Art Museum is free the third Thursday of every month, and the Ginny Ruffner exhibition, due to open on October 5, will be filled with large-scale sculpture of flora and fauna that should inspire tantalizing conversation. 510 Bellevue Way NE, 425.519.0770

For dinner, head to Pearl, where the cedar plank salmon is only $13. The restaurant also has a whole section on its lunch menu of items under $10 – and not just sandwiches. 700 Bellevue Way NE, Suite 50, 425.455.0181

Watch a STIFF movie on Thursdays for $5 at Central Cinema, where they also serve food to eat during the movie – sandwiches, burgers and personal pizzas are all under $10. 1411 21st Ave., Seattle, 206.686.6684

Matthews Estate hosts “After Hours” on Friday nights, where $6 gets you admission to a concert with a local musician, wine and complimentary appetizers. 16116 140th Place NE, Woodinville, 425.487.9810

Have a light dinner beforehand at the nearby Purple Café, where $6 can get you a Dungeness crab salad with avocado and Meyer lemon aioli, or a pork tenderloin and arugula-fennel salad with Dijon vinaigrette, to name just a few options. 14459 Woodinville Redmond Road NE, 425.483.7129

$20 and under

Head to Crest Cinema in Shoreline – all films are $3. 16505 5th Ave. NE, Shoreline, 206.781.5755

For dinner, the nearby Laughing Ladies Café is delicious and cheap – the most expensive item on the menu is a melt for under $7. 17551 15th Ave. NE, Shoreline, 206.362.2026

Or head to Jersey’s Great Food, where gyros are only $5.50. 1306 N. 175th St., Shoreline, 206.546.4054

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