Top 10 Double Date Games
1) Light enough - Unless you hang out with board game enthusiasts, the ideal double date game is light to medium in weight. Think 1 to 2.5 on the BoardGameGeek scale. No one wants to sit around listening to you explain long lists of exceptions and convoluted mechanics on a double date.
2) Short enough - Thirty to sixty minutes is a sweet spot. Read the other players to see if they're into it.
3) Strategic enough - Don't pick a game in which new players will struggle to be competitive. It's no fun watching the person who's teaching a game trounce everyone else. On the other side of the coin, games that rely on pure luck get old quickly.
4) Great with 4 players - Pick games that are either Recommended or Best with 4 players on the BoardGameGeek entry.
5) Honest - Be careful about playing bluffing/social deduction games, especially with new friends or a new significant other. My wife and I love playing these games together, but we've seen couples become irritated playing Sheriff of Nottingham or other such games.
Important Note: The following list is populated with games I've had personal success with. Every couple is different, and every gamer has different tastes. Always trust your knowledge of the other players over someone else's recommendation.
-7 Wonders: A bit heavy for some groups, but short and very fun.
-For Sale: Great little auction game that scales well with 3-6 players and plays in 20 minutes.
-Karuba: Enjoyable puzzle game. It fits into the multiplayer solitaire category with little player interaction, though.
-Las Vegas: Quick, light dice chucker with interesting tactical decisions.
-Love Letter: Awesome for first-time gamers. Quick, light, strategic card game.
-Sushi Go: Another excellent, light card game.
-Pandemic: Use this as a step up from Forbidden Island.
- [+] Dice rolls