We know how high pressure first dates can be. A sit-down dinner sounds nice, but predictable; a movie date is engaging, but does not allow for much interaction. Worse, the monster under the bed is that awkward-silence-of-first-dates that could permeate an oh-so-boring date. Stray from the typical dinner and drink combination for some quirky, hands-on activity that is the definition of chill. Here are 4 low pressure date ideas for your first couple date, guaranteed to gain Cupid’s approval.
Go beyond a dinner-and-drink date with this riveting invite to a cocktail masterclass. Located at The Single Cask, a premium whisky bar tucked away in a quiet corner of Chijmes in the historic Caldwell House, this masterclass will teach you the art of mixology. Learn about the anatomy of a cocktail, classic cocktail combinations and the buzzing local cocktail scene- think Laksa cocktail. Concoct a perfect original drink for your partner in this charming speakeasy atmosphere. Clinks away!
Private Class Price: $59/pax (min. 10 people)
Location: Near Victoria Street (Nearest MRT: City Hall MRT)
Duration: 2.5 Hours
Workshop: Cocktail Masterclass & DIY Session
Letterpress Typesetting Tour
Texting your feelings is overrated- why not zoom to the past and craft a “printed” love letter for your partner? Try your hand at letterpress typesetting at Typesettingsg, a unique workshop that adds a modern twist to traditional typesetting. Learn the history of typesetting with a curated guided tour, and consider how you can spice up your next business card or party invite with some modern typesetting. Bring home your own print, or better, surprise your partner with a personalised message.
Public Class Price: $20/pax for adults, $15/pax for students (min. 1 person)
Location: Near Beach Road (Nearest MRT: Nicoll Highway MRT)
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Workshop: Letterpress Guided Tour
Hong Kong Pau Making
Who doesn’t love dim sum? Any Singaporean knows the popularity of dim sum establishments like Swee Choon, Tim Ho Wan or The Dim Sum Place. Instead of taking your partner for dinner at one- which, trust me, is an option that has been exploited to its death by many others, why not make one together? Cook some mouth-watering steamed buns together for a relaxing afternoon date. This is the perfect chance to impress your date with your skills of folding the Pau. No Crazy Rich Asian dumpling maniac mother here to breathe down your neck!
Private Class Price: $85/pax (min. 6 people)
Location: Near Middle Road (Nearest MRT: Bugis MRT)
Duration: 2 Hours
Workshop: Hands-on Hong Kong Pau!
If your partner is constantly trying to drag you to yoga class to catch on the latest yoga craze, why not propose to take them to an early morning Qigong class? Surround yourselves in the lush greenery of Botanic Gardens with the light tickle of the emerging morning breeze. Master the art of the qi as you inhale in tune with the rhythms of your partner’s breathing. Feel the tension in your muscles as you guide your arms through the air.
Public Class Price: $25/pax (min. 1 person)
Private Class Price: $17-$120 (min. 2 people)
Location: Botanic Gardens (Nearest MRT: Botanic Gardens MRT)
Duration: 1 Hour
Workshop: Start your morning with Qigong
There is something for every couple in these quirky date ideas- Qigong for the outdoor, sports-loving bunch, Hong Kong Pau making for the ultimate foodie duo, Letterpress Typesetting for the crafts-loving DIY couple, and the Cocktail Masterclass for those that prefer a fancy night out. What’s better, these are all chill hangout ideas that contrasts the sombre seriousness of a fancy dinner date. Try your hands now and I promise you will both come away smiling!