If you're looking for a unique date night option, clear your Wednesday schedule and head to Bushwick for the Bat Haus weekly Drink n' Draw.
Located right off the L train (Jefferson Stop), Bat Haus is a local space meant to blend community and productivity in a shared co-working atmosphere. During the day, members are offered desk space, internet, conference room rentals plus print/mailing basics along with plenty of other office norms like snacks and bike storage. Perfect for freelancers or start-up founders, spaces like Bat Haus are fantastic community assets, providing business essentials in a respectful, collaborative environment where resource and idea sharing is encouraged.
At nighttime, Bat Haus doubles as an event space for anything from lectures and book signings to weddings and birthday parties. But every Wednesday from 8-10:30, the space is home to Drink n' Draw.
I can't take credit for discovering this date night gem because my boyfriend is the one who introduced me, but I fell in love the moment we walked through the unassuming front door (from the outside it looks like an abandoned garage).
Once inside, artists (beginners and amateurs are absolutely welcome and plentiful, myself included) pay a $10 cover for a night of all you can drink Brooklyn Brewery beers and creativity.
While you're welcome and encouraged to bring whatever medium you're comfortable/ happiest working with (I prefer a sketchbook and pencil, but others use charcoal, crayons, even paint), the space also provides a ton of supplies you can browse and pick from if you want to try something new. Bat Haus books a different model every week, and breaks the evening out into timed pose sessions.
They usually get started with what feels like a rapid-fire warm up. The model will strike and hold poses in 10 second intervals while you hurry to sketch what you can in a fast-paced intro. It's nice to start off so quickly because you're forced to think less and draw more, which for me is a major key to shoving creative block aside and diving in.
From there, once you've shaken your nerves and gotten into a nice groove, they move onto longer, 10 to 20 minute poses where you can really slow down and create something special. This is such a fantastic date night- great music playing, sitting side by side, sipping beers and practicing some creative expression is such a wonderful thing to make time for midweek.
During a brief intermission (posing is deceptively exhausting and the model needs a break), it's great to wander the space and explore the wonderful interpretations made by those around you. All in all, the night is really laid-back and simple. For couples in particular, it's the perfect night out for when you're too tired to dress up and grab dinner and drinks, but don't quite want to sit at home and watch tv. Next time you're looking for a more interesting date option, here's your pick for a fun alternative.