Dining and Drink

8 date nights on a dime in Madison

Pizza, paella, music and more

In need of a date night, but you're on a tight budget? You can dine out in Madison without splurging. These eight locations offer weekly deals to make your cheap date night a success. 

The Icon
Every Thursday, The Icon offers a Paella Night deal featuring paella and a bottle of wine for two people. You can customize your meal by choosing from several kinds of paella and wines. Valencia paella includes chorizo, chicken, smoked pork and a Cabernet tomato sauce while the seafood paella is made of calamari, black tiger shrimp, octopus, basil and lemon. If you are a vegetarian, you can still enjoy the deal because the veggie paella is another option. For wine, The Icon offers two whites and two reds to ensure you can find something that adequately complements your meal. For two people: veggie ($36), Valencia ($38) and seafood ($42), Click here for more info

Wisconsin Brewing Co./Sugar River Pizza
Take advantage of Wisconsin's beautiful summer weather by spending date night outdoors on the patio and lawn of Wisconsin Brewing Co. in Verona. Before you head the the brewery for a few beers, pick up a pizza ranging in size from 10- to 19-inches priced from $13-$23. There's also often live music at food carts at the brewery during the summer. Enjoy dinner and a show from the comfort of your own little picnic set up in a scenic spot for less than $30. Click here for updates on happening at Wisconsin Brewing Co.

Lucille
Celebrate making it halfway through the week with Cheap Date Night at Lucille. For $40, you will enjoy a salad, pizza, dessert and a bottle of bubbly with another person. Choose between the market salad, Italian pantry salad and the Ceasar salad to start the meal. Then pick a 10-inch wood-fired pizza to split. The rotating chef's menu offers several seasonal pizzas as options in addition to the eight listed on the regular menu. Finish the meal with a warm pizza cookie which comes fresh out of the oven and topped with vanilla bean ice cream. Click here for more info

Karben4
End Monday on a high note with K4 Date Night. For $35, you will get two pints of beer, one appetizer, two entrees and one dessert or howler (32-ounce) of beer to take home. Appetizers include a summer sausage board, Jalapeño poppers and more, while entrees include a wide selection of sandwiches and one salad option. Click here for more info

Salvatore's Tomato Pies-Madison
Another pizza date night option can be found at Salvatore's for $40 on Tuesday nights. The Dine-In option features a market salad, 12-inch pie, dessert and bottle of wine. If you want to spend the night in, you can still get in on the deal though with the carryout option, which includes a 16-inch one-topping pizza for $12. Click here for more info

Merchant
Enjoy a gourmet meal without the high cost at Merchant every Tuesday. For $40, you will receive two of the featured entrees, a bottle of wine and a dessert to share with another person. The menu changes weekly, so keep an eye on Merchant's Facebook page, where the menu is posted prior to dinner. Past entree options ranged from mussels to barbecue to orecchiette pasta with basil pesto. Click here for more info

Forequarter 
Drink a bottle of Pétillant Naturel wine and curb your Monday hunger with this deal at Forequarter. When you purchase a bottle of Pétillant Naturel wine, Forequarter will give you a free appetizer to start your week off right. Translating to "naturally sparkling," the wine serves as the ideal light summer drink to sip on after work.  While you probably need more to eat than just an appetizer, the special will give you something to look forward to during the Monday drag. Click here for more info

The Wise
The Wise makes Wednesdays worth celebrating with its weekly Tunes, Taps and Tacos event. The house musician, Pat Ferguson will provide the tunes while you feast on tacos and sip on beers. Tacos are $3 and Wisconsin Brewing Co. draft beer is also $3. Choose between five specialty tacos or try one of each. The deals and entertainment make for a great cheap date night combination. Click here for more info


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