The Cities’ best date nights

Looking for a cheap way to make your lover swoon? We’ve got you covered.

Red Stag's grilled pork sirloin served with stewed lentils and spaetzle in a homemade whole-grain mustard sauce.
Vegetarian option: tempura fried broccoli instead of pork.

Red Stag’s grilled pork sirloin served with stewed lentils and spaetzle in a homemade whole-grain mustard sauce. Vegetarian option: tempura fried broccoli instead of pork.

John Sand

ItâÄôs about that time of year when the mittens are pulled from deep in the closet and everyone hunkers down for the winter with a special someone to endure blizzards in poorly-heated apartments. Body heat is the best way to keep warm, after all. There is plenty of time to hurl yourself into a winter romance before Seasonal Affective Disorder sets in and those circles under your eyes darken even more. A&E has compiled a list of restaurants where you can bring a few lucky prospective space-heaters. Each of these delightful Metro eateries offers a special for a cheap date (or perhaps a witty, noncommittal gay best friend youâÄôve been saving for just such an occasion). Red Stag Supper Club WHERE: 509 First Ave. N.E., Minneapolis NIGHT: Tuesday, 5-10 p.m. PRICE: $32 Priding themselves on being MinneapolisâÄô first âÄúLeadership in Energy and Environmental DesignâÄù-certified restaurant , Red Stag Supper Club is a killer dining experience. With two dinners that rotate (A&E loves the chicken coconut curry with jasmine rice), dessert and a bottle of house wine, $32 isnâÄôt so daunting. Bryant-Lake Bowl WHERE: 810 W Lake St., Minneapolis NIGHT: Monday PRICE: $28 Dinner is a must on a first date, but after all that witty banter, what to do next? If youâÄôre eager to spend some recreational time with a new or old acquaintance, BLBâÄôs cheap date night includes a round of bowling and a few drinks in their $28 special. The Uptown alley/restaurant/bar/theater is the perfect place to strike up some love. Wilde Roast Cafe WHERE: 518 Hennepin Ave. E., Minneapolis NIGHT: Monday – Thursday PRICE: $25 If youâÄôre thinking of getting a little sloshed on some weeknight with a lover-to-be, Wilde Roast is just a quick stumble from campus. For about the same price as half a tank of gas, enjoy your choice of two personal pizzas and two bottomless glasses of ambrosiac house wine. Kafé 421 WHERE: 421 14th Ave. S.E., Minneapolis NIGHT: Tuesday, Sunday PRICE: $25 If venturing from campus is less than ideal, consider DinkytownâÄôs own super-chic bistro, Kafé 421. For $25, two lovebirds can enjoy a salad and their pasta entrée of choice. Feel free to consider reenacting that puppy-love kiss from âÄúLady and the Tramp.âÄù Pair this tummy-filler with $3 drinks all evening long. Zeno Café WHERE: 2919 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis NIGHT: Tuesday PRICE: $30 ZenoâÄôs new date-night special has been nicknamed the âÄúCoupleâÄôs Bailout Plan.âÄù For just $30, love bugs receive an appetizer, a bottle of wine, and dessert complete with two blank vouchers for a movie night at the Lagoon Theatre , which can be redeemed whenever. Stretch those funds over an entire weekend! Exhausted our list? Here are two runners-up: Gigi’s Café WHERE: 822 W 36th St., Minneapolis NIGHT: Wednesday PRICE: $25 Broders’ Pasta Bar WHERE: 5000 Penn Ave S., Minneapolis NIGHT: Weeknights PRICE: $26 per person