The East Valley is packed with great date night options, from retro restaurants to Salt River picnics. For your next date night, skip the chain restaurant and try a unique East Valley favorite, each just minutes from Cadence at Gateway.

The White Rabbit Bar sets you up for an old-fashioned speakeasy experience in the heart of downtown Gilbert. There’s a secret door and a password required that you can get from joining their VIP list. We’re not telling you much more because it’s a SECRET! 207 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert.

Imagine 3D Mini Golf is a great place to go on a warm evening for indoor, glow-in-the-dark mini golf complete with 3D effects. Mention “Date Night” and get 2 for 1 pricing. 785 W. Warner Rd. #A-107, Gilbert.

The Grid: Games and Growlers, is a portal back to your childhood. It’s a pub with an arcade packed full of new and classic games, plus tabletop and console games, bar food and tap brews. Eat, play, drink and enjoy your night out! 525 S. Gilbert Rd. A-7, Mesa.

Improv Comedy Club is a short drive to Tempe but offers a wide variety of up-and-coming comedians in a dinner theatre setting with bar service. Be sure to arrive early — seating is on a first come, first served basis. 930 E. University Dr., Tempe.

Culinary Dropout, the cool gastropub chain, has just opened in Gilbert. Serves classic meals like fried chicken, pork ribs, roasted salmon, meatloaf and killer cocktails amidst a fun atmosphere of live music, sports TVs and games. 383 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert.

Top Golf is a must-do if you haven’t been. You don’t need to be a pro golfer to enjoy playing a high-tech golf game in a climate-controlled hitting bay. You hit micro-chipped golf balls into targets in the outfield to score points. Fantastic food and beverages available. 1689 S. San Tan Village Pkwy, Gilbert.

Tube or picnic along the Salt River in the Tonto National Forest for a day date. For $17, Salt River Tubing provides you with a tube rental and shuttle bus service to the river. You can choose to float as far as you want, from one to four hours. Or simply drive along the Bush Highway and pull off one of the recreation areas for a picnic or hike. There’s Granite Reef, Phon D. Sutton, Coon Bluff, Goldfield and more. Keep an eye out for unique Arizona birds and wild horses. Salt River Tubing is at 9200 N. Bush Highway, Mesa.

Mystery Mansion Dinner Theatre in Gilbert Join the cast of characters and solve a murder while you enjoy a delicious meal. Book ahead—they offer different weekend shows at different locations. Solve the mystery that takes place in Silent Film Age Hollywood’s Murder at Greystone Manor or have a bloody good time at Murder at the Vampire’s Wedding. 328 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert.

Take some time to plan a great date night, exploring the Mesa and East Valley area as you invest in your relationship with the most important thing you can give – your time.

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