10 Citi Bike Date Ideas

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Taylor Lhamon

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It’s cuffing season – which means it’s time to up your dating game! Rather than sticking with the same ol’ song and dance at your neighborhood pub, why not go on a little adventure. Citi Bike is a fantastic way to put a new spin on dating, and with countless destinations around Brooklyn, you’re sure to cycle your way into romance. 

Not sure you’re ready to commit? No problem! Citi Bike is offering a free trial this month. 

“To celebrate our ongoing expansion into Bushwick and Ridgewood where we are adding 85 brand new stations, Citi Bike is offering a free month trial of an annual membership!” Lyft’s Citi Bike Market Manager Laura Fox tells Bushwick Daily, “Test it out and see for yourself why Citi Bike is the best way to get around NYC.” 

With Citi Bike, the date night possibilities are endless. But if you’re looking for a little guidance, fret not – we’ve got you covered. Check out the following ten destinations to make your date truly unforgettable. 

gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAAAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw== For the Romantic – Rooftop Reds (Carlton Ave & Flushing Ave Station)

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What’s more romantic than sipping a glass of Pinot, cozying up in a hammock, and watching the sunset over a Manhattan Skyline? (answer: nothing) Rooftop Reds is a hidden gem in the Brooklyn Navy Yard that is guaranteed to impress. 

gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAAAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw== For the Day-Date – Urban Vintage (Lafayette Ave & St James Pl Station)

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If you’re meeting for an afternoon cup of joe, why not pedal on over to Urban Vintage. This quaint cafe is a perfect first-date gathering. The charming environment sets a perfect scene for enjoying a premium espresso with your special someone.

gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAAAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw== For the Old School – Montero Bar & Grill (Henry St & Atlantic Ave Station)

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A no-frills classic, Montero is ideal if you’re looking to get to know your date over a draft beer and a game of pool. Kick back, put some money in the jukebox, and let your hair down at this neighborhood dive bar. 

gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAAAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw== For the Daring – The Cliffs at DUMBO (Front St & Washington St Station)

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Looking for an extra rush of adrenaline? Then grab your date and cycle over to the Manhattan Bridge. Bouldering is the perfect intro to climbing and a great opportunity to bond over some physically exerting activity. No experience required, and shoes are included in a daily rental. 

gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAAAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw== For the Wild One – House of Yes (Wyckoff Ave & Jefferson St Station)

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Let your freak flag fly at one of the many steamy, scandalous, and sparkly events at House of Yes. At the corner of Jefferson and Wyckoff, it’s the perfect place to park your Citi Bike and dance the night away.  

gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAAAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw== For the Outdoorsy  – Brooklyn Botanic Gardens (Carroll St & Washington Ave Station)

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Dating can get expensive – but being strapped for cash doesn’t mean you’re doomed to repeat Netflix reruns with your significant other (not that we’d judge).  Brooklyn Botanic Gardens offers free admission on Friday mornings and Winter Weekdays. Grab some tea and stroll through the flowers with your loved one. 

gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAAAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw== For the Movie Buff – Syndicated (White St & Moore St Station)

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Add some Bushwick-flare to the classic dinner/movie combo. This restaurant, bar, movie theatre hybrid is a perfect one-stop shop for a night out. Screening everything from Hollywood classics to local indies, you’re sure to find an ideal flick for your night out.

gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAAAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw== For the Zen – Loom Yoga (South 3rd St & Bedford Ave Station)

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If you’re seeking a spiritual connection, why not treat your date to a vinyasa or meditation class. With locations in both Bushwick and Williamsburg, Loom Yoga is a perfect space for fellow yogis to flow together.

gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAAAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw== For the Foodie –  Peppa’s Jerk Chicken (Bedford Ave & Bergen St Station)

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Cuisine provides the perfect opportunity to sample other cultures without having to leave your borough. So if you’re looking for authentic Caribbean dishes, then Peppa’s is the go-to destination. This no frills, foodie-approved date spot gives you and cycling partner a taste of the islands, just blocks from picturesque Eastern Parkway.

gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAAAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw== For the New Yorker – Roberta’s (McKibbin St & Bogart St Station)

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Pizza is perhaps one of the most debated topics in the history of New York, and rightfully so. This city is known for hosting restaurants with some of the world’s best slices – and Roberta’s certainly a contender. But why not decide for yourself? Cycle on over to Bushwick and debate the topic with your lovely date.

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