We all have those days when our bank account looks at us and laughs. And quite honestly, being broke is completely manageable…unless you have a partner and a “date night” is a necessity. Broke dating is both challenging and fun, and there’s a lot that can be done with limited cash. Here, we set a budget of INR 300, racked our brains a bit and came up with these easy and cheap solutions.

Wander Around Town On A Cycle

Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

Nestled in 3rd Pasta Lane, Colaba, Happy Cycles is a 120-year-old cycle shop, that houses over 100 different cycles that are given on rent. For INR 100 per hour {can be negotiated down to INR 75}, you can simply hop on to the cycle and ride around town, exploring little nooks and corners. Carry along some coffee in a thermos, find a spot around Gateway of India, and get your date started.

Click here to read more about Happy Cycles.

Watch A Film For Cheap Or For Free

Photo source: Frankie Roberto via Wikimedia Commons

Photo source: Frankie Roberto via Wikimedia Commons

For a ticket as cheap as INR 100, you could head to Gaiety Galaxy in Bandra or one of the many other single screen theatres in the city. Add in some garam samosas and Coke to make it a complete experience. And you know what? You could even watch a movie for free. Head to The Hive, Alliance Francaise de Bombay, NCPA, India Culture Lab or Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum and sit with your date for any of ther free movie screenings.

Click here to get more details about these screenings.

Go Second-Hand Book Shopping

Photo: Athul Praad/LBB

Photo: Athul Praad/LBB

If you both love books, and if hunting for old classics is your idea of a good date, then it doesn’t get better than the second-hand book shopping trail near Flora Fountain. Pick from classics such as Pride And Prejudice, Little Women, and Franz Kafka or get special edition collections of comics like Calvin & Hobbes and Asterix. There’s no dearth of authors on these streets and the prices are still as good as they were 10 years ago.

Click here for a detailed list of the book stalls and what they can offer.

Grab Lunch At Madeena

Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

If you both love food, especially non-vegetarian, and don’t mind gorging on he flavours of Kerala, then you should head to Madeena at Dadar East. This tiny eatery cooks up a mean crab curry for just INR 55. Yes! Their mutton masala for INR 75 is another hit. Trust us, a meal for two for INR 200 is all that you need.

Click here to read our review of Madeena.

Get Drunk Starting At INR 17

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Photo source: Unsplash via Pexels [CC0]

Head to any of the outlets of Bar Stock Exchange and start bidding. We have had Bacardi Black rum {30 ml} for INR 17! We suggest you head there around afternoon or early evening in order to be able to get the best bid as the pub starts getting fuller as the evening progresses. So if you want to grab a drink or two for real cheap, here’s your best bet.

Stuff Yourself With Pav Bhaji And Pani Puri

Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

Ganesh Visarjan is a big affair, but there’s a way to find some quiet time amidst the noise if you’re at Chowpatty. Go with your date to the pav bhaji or pani puri stalls and chow down the flavours of Chowpatty for as low as INR 25. The varieties of pav bhaji will make choosing very difficult.

Click here to read more details about where to get the best food at Chowpatty.

Free Wifi And iPads, And No Need To Order

Photo courtesy: Thyme Bistro

Photo courtesy: Thyme Bistro

If you want to sit in air conditioning, stream your favourite TV show and not spend a penny, then head to Thyme Bistro at Huma Mall, Kanjurmarg. Here, you can access WiFi, use their iPads, read books from their library and not order a thing if you don’t want to. What else do you need?

Click here to read more about Thyme Bistro.

Featured photo source: Public Domain Pictures via Pixabay [CC0]