Hey, there’s nothing wrong with defaulting to your local wine bar for date night. (It does have the best croquettes.) But keeping the convo going with your sparkling personality gets exhausting. Here are five non-boring ways to spend an evening with your other half. 

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Party in a Museum

You want to check out the new Agnes Martin exhibit, but there’s something a little awkward, date-wise, about all the standing and staring. The Guggenheim’s Art After Dark solves that problem with the addition of a live DJ, booze and limited admission (in other words, a smaller crowd to wade through).

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Channel Your Inner Katniss Everdeen

Don’t let holiday stress get between you and your S.O. Instead, take the edge off by shooting things at Gotham Archery. (If you really have some aggression to work out, the spot also offers knife throwing.) Afterward, treat yourself to a scoop of butter pecan brittle from Ample Hills—you just got a workout, after all.

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2 Dope Queens

Listen to Your Fave Podcast…Live

Yep, the same series that makes your commute bearable can also make for a pretty great date night. Laugh your faces off with “2 Dope Queens” (FYI: these sell out fast) or indulge your analytical side at “The Story Collider.” Either way, you’ll have plenty to talk about on the way home.

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Murray’s Cheese/Facebook

Do Something Cheesy

No, not like a carriage ride in Central Park. We mean a class at Murray’s. (If you two first locked eyes over the Brie at a dinner party, you know what we’re talking about.) Make your own mozzarella or learn to pair cheese with wine, beer or whiskey.

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Go on a Subway Quest

This one’s more of a daytime activity: Pick a line, ride to the end and explore a neighborhood that’s new to you both. You could end up on a hike in Van Cortlandt Park (pictured) or at a Russian dinner show in Brighton Beach—then do something entirely different the following weekend. (Thank goodness for GPS.)

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