Amazing Cheap Date Ideas: Unique museums, local aphrodisiacs, drinks and entertainment

Mary Staes

Mary Staes

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“My Amazing Cheap Date” takes viewers through a variety of fresh, fun, and charming date ideas in the great city of New Orleans — all for $50 or less. Host Amy Brassette-McKeon serves as a guide to these amazing dates and will make the final call on which couple had the best and most creative $50 date. The winning couple will be gifted a voucher to local establishments so they can enjoy another fun date together–this time, on Very Local’s dime.

Couple No. 1: Isaac and Lyrae

Isaac Kinchen and Lyrae Norman Kinchen grew up in the same neighborhood Uptown, where Isaac once tied Lyrae to the tetherboard court in grade school.

Couple No. 2: Grouper and Sammye

“Grouper” Harrison and Sammye Levy met after Sammye stopped in for a beer after taking a stripper to work, and Grouper was able to get her number

Date ideas: Go to a unique museum, get your “mask on,” try a local aphrodisiac, and do drinks & entertainment

In this episode, couples are challenged to create dates with these four themes:

  • Go to a unique museum
  • Get your “mask on”
  • Try a local aphrodisiac
  • Do drinks and entertainment

Go to a unique museum

The Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture celebrates a variety of costume and carnival traditions, from Mardi Gras Indians to Carnival ball royalty, and gives people an opportunity to try on costumes for themselves. 

The New Orleans Neon Art Museum is the place to check out vintage and artistic neon signs ready for viewing (and social media selfies), with lovingly crafted glass tubes full of neon gas spelling out words and images. 

Do drinks and entertainment

Another Bar on Freret Street features drinks along with a variety of entertainment most nights of the week, including open mic music and comedy, skee ball competitions and karaoke. Even on off days, a ring toss challenge and other bar games help keep customers entertained.

Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar is almost unique among New Orleans venues in that it still allows smoking, thanks to being licensed as a tobacconist. In addition to cigars, cigarillos, and plenty to drink, the bar also features regular live jazz.

Try a local aphrodisiac

Yes, oysters are said to be a local aphrodisiac, and they’re available in abundance at Nonno’s Cajun Cuisine & Pastries on North Claiborne Avenue. Saltines and the usual sauce accompaniments are naturally available, as are other tasty treats like fried chicken.

Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar, a Warehouse District destination, features tasty cocktails and seafoods including, yes, oysters, that Gulf Coast aphrodisiac.

You can watch all of the episodes of “My Amazing Cheap Date” for free on the Very Local channel. Click here for details on how to get the channel.  

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