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First dates in the 608

Stressing over date night? We got you covered.

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Express creativity (and your feelings) at Fired Up Pottery.

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Did you know that 62% – nearly 25% higher than the national average – of people living in Madison are single? This stat, coupled with our recent No. 2 ranking on WalletHub’s “Best Cities for Singles” list, seems to be a match made in heaven.

So if you or anyone you know contribute to the city’s robust singles population, bookmark this page where we’re breaking down a few 608 first dates that are sure to wow your next right swipe.

“Let’s grab coffee”

  • Marigold Kitchen | $$ | This lunch/brunch spot offers spiked options for many of their cafe drinks to calm those first-date jitters.
  • Johnson Public House | $ | For a more casual feel – this eatery is within walking distance from local thrifts and bars if all goes well.

Creative cuties

  • Fired Up Pottery | $$ | Wanna impress your artsy crush but aren’t creatively inclined? Painting pre-made pottery is the perfect middle ground. If your design goes sideways, just call it abstract.
  • Wine and Design | $$ | Sip on some wine and create a themed masterpiece with the help of a local artist. Date night packages include two seats per ticket.

“I hope this works out”

  • Boulders Climbing Gym | $$-$$$ | Grab day passes for $20/person or try a Learn to Belay class for $75/person which includes a two-week trial membership, great for follow-up dates.
  • Blind Shot | $$ | With golf simulators and ample casual seating, this social club is great for a double or group date. Side note: Does anyone else think it’s time for a Top Golf in the 608?

Wine and dine

  • Harvey House | $$$ | What’s more impressive than a reservation at one of the New York Times’s top 50 restaurants in 2022?
  • A Pig in a Fur Coat | $$$ | This is a great choice for flirty foodies. Alternatively, hit up their sister shop Alimentari to whip up dinner at home.
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