The Best Places to go on a First Date

first dateThese days, the first date has morphed into an entirely different concept from what it used to be. With Tinder having gone mainstream, most people meeting up for first dates have only seen each other through Facebook photos and a limited number at that. That makes looking for first date places an entirely new dilemma.

Debating The Bar Date

Meeting at a bar works for some because it’s low-key, casual and because not a lot of time and money have to be invested. This allows both participants to have the option of ditching their date with ease if it turns out to be a worst case scenario.

alcoholThe downside of picking a bar is the dim lighting. One bad date scenario is chatting up on person because you think you’ve recognized them and then your actual date arrives. It’s an awkward first start and you’ve just let everyone around you know you’re online dating.

Expect to be observed from then on. The other downside is the alcohol. While this is great if you both show up and are instantly attracted to each other. Drinking breaks the ice and allows you two to get it on. If that’s not the case, the alcohol might lead you into a regrettable situation you get full view of only in the morning light.

Exploring New Areas of The City

If you’re looking for a low-key, low-expense first date, exploring new neighborhoods is always a great idea. One of the best parts of living in a metropolitan city is always having new places to explore. Decide on an area and pick a street corner to meet up on and go from there. If you get lucky and your date turns out to be attractive and fun to hang out with, you’ll remember this long stroll for a while.

exploring the cityIt gives your experience of the city more diversity and you get to know your date’s personality. It’s like travel on a small scale. Picking a cafe, record shop or boutique to duck into is a good way to learn how spontaneous and interesting your date is. Someone who is indecisive and unenthusiastic about everything is suddenly revealed in a way they wouldn’t be at a bar.

Seeing Performances

Take advantage of the million things going on in your city by seeing a performance. If you already have something in mind, suggest it and see what your date says. An unwillingness to try new things is always a red flag.

Comedy clubs, music venues and theater are some of the best places to go on a first date. After meeting up and getting an initial idea of what the person looks like, you don’t have to do a ton of talking. You can just relax and enjoy the performance. Afterwards, you have something to talk about that isn’t babies, careers or past relationships.

This is also a great way of finding out whether your date is the kind of person who would text during a performance or record a video of the band the entire time instead of enjoying the moment.

Educational Dates

Learning something new is a great way to get to know someone and it’s a great story to tell if it turns out to be someone you can have a relationship with. It can be improv acting, learning a sport or learning how to do something artistic. Not only will you have fun, you’ll learn something new and gauge whether your date is all in when it comes to living life.

Someone who is willing to do something like this on a first date isn’t shy and will definitely be someone you can have a lot of fun with later.

Cultural Venues

If you want to know a good place for a first date that is both beautiful, romantic and sophisticated, go to a museum. This may be impossible with some dates who just aren’t open to the idea. Whether your date is an avid art fan or someone who knows nothing about it and is interested, you’re guaranteed to have a good time. The best part is you don’t have to know anything about art yourself. You can teach each other.

Street Food Or Food Truck Festival

fine dining with your dateSomething everyone loves is good food at good prices. Fancy cafes are always a risk with a date who just doesn’t want to splurge on fine dining. On a first date, get to know someone without putting the pressure on your date or yourself.

Street food and food truck festivals are known for a wild blend of comfort food and gourmet preparations. With delicious eats and people watching to do, there’s no way you can go wrong.

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