You did your part. You kissed her at midnight.
Finding a place that'll be memorable enough to get to Official Date #2? That's our part.
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5. Man's Best Wingman: Mutts Cantina
Take the concept of puppy love to its logical conclusion with a visit to Uptown's premier dog park/patio bar. Bring your own pooch (or borrow a buddy's) and show your softer side. Do not make any heavy petting jokes.
2889 Cityplace West Blvd., Uptown (214-377-8723).
4. The Life Aquatic: Sea Life Aquarium
If she's allergic to dogs, get to know each other on the road to Grapevine where you can get up-close-and-personal with seahorses, stingrays, endangered sea turtles, and sharks. Think of it as window shopping for a post-visit sushi dinner.
3000 Grapevine Mills, Grapevine (877-819-7677).
3. Pre-Game Show: Cook Hall
Before catching a concert or game at American Airlines Center, pop in to the restaurant at W Dallas-Victory for a kit filled with fresh citrus, house-made shrubs, bitters, and tinctures, along with fresh herbs and recipes to craft your own custom cocktails as a team.
2440 Victory Park Ln., Victory Park (214-397-4111).
2. Perfect Strike: Bowlounge
Some things are just timeless. If it was good enough for your grandparents (not to mention their prehistoric peers, the Flintstones), then a bowling date with Twisted Root burgers is right up your alley, too. You can even end the night over a milkshake. Number of straws: up to you.
167 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite #103, Design District (214-741-7737).
1. Top Chef: Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
Forgo the pricey dinner and take in the ever-changing panoramic views (above) as the room slowly rotates high above Reunion Tower. Each day from 5-7p, savory bites are just $7 and cocktails $5.60. When Daylight Saving Time ends, the sunset's included free.
300 Reunion Blvd E, Downtown (214-741-5560).