Field guide to a first date at Kings
Now that you've done the heavy lifting by asking your date out, its time for us to lend a hand.
Your palms are sweaty, your heart is racing. You can feel your resolve starting to waver. The object of your affection waits patiently for you to speak, as your resolve begins to waver. The window of opportunity is closing and your steely resolve is growing less steely by the second. It's now or never.
Clumsily, you blurt out something resembling, "HEYWANNAGOOUTSOMETIMEYOUKNOWLIKEONADATE." There have certainly been smoother proposals, but that doesn't matter because - what luck! - they said "Yes!"
Now that you've done the heavy lifting by asking them out, its time for us to lend a hand: We've already talked about how Kings is the ultimate first date destination, and your sweetheart is sure to be impressed by our retro chic atmosphere, gourmet food and inspired cocktails designed for sharing. Need a few suggestions help to turn that spark of romance into a raging inferno of all-consuming passion? We have you covered with our Field Guide to a First Date at Kings!
Step One: Dress for Success!
Like Phil Collins says, there's No Jacket Required here at Kings. Even still, it makes sense to clean yourself up for the occasion. Try taking inspiration from our retro-inspired decor and give yourself a touch of classic style. For something more casual, a nicely pressed silk bowling shirt can add some whimsy to a confident look. Just maybe leave the corsage and oversized sport coat at home. This isn't your senior prom.
Step Two: Order Some Eats!
They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but the truth is: The way to anyone's heart is through their stomach! That's why our menu is designed by culinary masters to bring big, bold flavors with a touch of the refined.
"Pro tip: don't ask if your date is on a diet, dummy."
Why not split a couple appetizers like our Bacon Sriracha Deviled Eggs, Not Your Mother's Brussel Sprouts, Kung Pao Fried Cauliflower or Crispy & Spicy Calamari? From there, show them what a refined palate you have by ordering our Apple, Brie and Prosciutto Pizza - and don't worry if your hand "accidentally" brushes up against your date while you're both reaching for that last slice.
Is your date on a diet or do they have dietary restrictions? (Pro tip: don't ask if your date is on a diet.) No problem - we specialize in making food to order, so we can accommodate a variety of diets. With gluten-free, vegetarian and even vegan alternatives, whatever the taste, we can deliver the culinary goods!
Step Three: Grab a Drink to Share!
Sick of hearing about hops and IPAs? Looking for a touch of that classic malt shop nostalgia? We offer a variety of fun and funky cocktails, including our Big Balls designed for two or more to share. Sip with your sweetie on the refreshing and citrus-y Zeppelin or the candyman's delight Runaway Phish (garnished with Swedish Fish). Want to really commemorate and show off your swagger? Our Big Baller is a mix of vodka, peach liqueur, white grape juice & mango puree topped with Prosecco. The remaining Champagne is served separately, so you can toast to the start of something big.
Can't choose? Get them all!Can't choose? Try them all!
Step Four: Work on Those Lines!
Don't trot out your tired "Mirror Pants" line. Try and incorporate the Kings atmosphere into your pickup routine. Here's a few starters:
- "Are you a pin -setter? Because you just swept me off my feet."
- "Baby, in that outfit, you got my mind in the gutter!"
- "Is your name Strike? 'Cause I think you're a perfect 10."
- "I'm glad you agreed to go out tonight, because you're right up my alley."
- "Know what this bowling shirt's made of? (Boyfriend/girlfriend) material!"
...Alright, maybe skip the lines. Just be yourself, and with any luck, you and your date will make like a couple of pins and split at the end of the night. But you'll be together. Leaving together. Not separate.
Look, it's hard coming up with bowling puns, so spare me, OK?
Step Five: Games, Games, Games!
What's more romantic than bowling? Hey, hey, stop laughing! Sure, it's no bouquet of posies, but something fun, active and low-pressure that you and a date can play together might be just the trick to get the amor blooming. Even better, with our Eat Then Bowl reservations, you can plan your evening and don't have to worry about waiting on a line. Simple book your diner ahead of time, and then when you're done, you'll be moved to the top of the waiting list for the lanes.
So what are you waiting for? You got the "Yes," now show them the best at Kings!