Let’s face it, this economic slump is going to last longer than Kim Kardashians marriage did, so what’s a girl to do? My vote is to figure out cheap ways to have some fun while the world figures out how to put itself back together.
Top 10 Portland dates under $10
10. Costco. There is an endless supply of entertainment at Costco. Hot dogs and soft serve, the true American way. While I’m on the topic, you could do the same thing at IKEA
(the Swedes know how it’s done).
8. Oaks Park for roller skating. Bring out your inner child. If you’re feeling extra fun, hit the amusement park as well and ride the roller coaster. Nothing says young love like ice cream cones and roller coasters.
7. Roller Derby. Where else can you see ladies crush each other AND drink overpriced PBR. Most bouts are under $10, but you may find that some larger bouts cost more…don’t kill the messenger. Want more info? Click here.
5. Free concerts in the park. Portland summers team with musicians just wandering around yearning for audiences. Ok not really, but there are lots of free concerts all over town. Once Portland Parks and Rec posts the schedule, it’ll be here.
4. Avalon Theater and Nickel Arcade. Best place to accidentally brush hands, do the ol’ reach around while playing arcade games, or simply try not to beat your date too badly at buck hunter.
3. Portland Farmers Market @ PSU. What better place to buy your lady some fresh local flowers or consume delicious breakfast burritos. If you’s like to make it a true experience, ride your bike there or hop on the streetcar.
2. Patio sitting at Swift Lounge. Besides being one of my favorite local spots in the PDX, it’s also a great place to snuggle with your special friend while enjoying the best mason jar creations I’ve ever had. No matter your spirit of choice, they’ve created mind-blowing drinks that are housed in 32oz mason jars. Yes, that’s right, I said 32 ounce…you did read that correctly.
1. Cathedral Park. I’m convinced this place is magical, and may have once been home to elves or a bridge troll. The park sits directly under the St. Johns Bridge and is a GREAT place to picnic at night, especially if it’s a clear night and you can sit under the bridge and look out over the water. Or, if you’re feeling brave you can walk out onto the boat docks and watch the stars.
Go forth. Have fun. Be safe.