Adults.co.uk is a dating site that like to ensure that our members are prepared for all events, especially the first date. First dates can be incredibly nerve racking, but the venue you pick can really have a bearing on how well your date goes and make things much easier. If you’re about to take the plunge with a first date then take a look at these seven ideas that will help ensure your big event goes off with a bang and not a whimper.
Visiting a gallery or museum is a great first date option because it allows you to talk and get to know each other without the pressure of sitting face to face in a bar or restaurant situation. If you’re clever about your choice you can even do a little research about the exhibit you’re planning to see and impress your date with your cultural prowess!
The Bowling Alley
It’s a little bit kitsch and a little bit retro, which makes bowling an ideal first date for hipsters. Most bowling alleys have bars and restaurants so you can extend your date if it goes well and there’s plenty of opportunity for a little competitive flirting. Or visit a leisure complex and try out some of the other activities on offer like laser quest or crazy golf. You never know you may strike it lucky.
The Theme Park
If you’ve got to know your date a little online or on the phone then a theme park date can work wonderfully. If you’re both into thrills then jumping on a few rollercoasters together is a fabulous way to bond. Bear in mind that you’ll be spending the whole day together so only choose this option if you’re positive you’ll get on, otherwise it could make for an extremely uncomfortable few hours.
Booking a class such as cooking, wine tasting or pottery will provide you and your date with the perfect opportunity to get to know each other in a low pressure environment. You’ll both be occupied whilst you take part in the lesson so there won’t be any chance of awkward silences or embarrassing chit chat.
If you’re planning to take your date out for dinner then choose a restaurant that offers tasting menus. It’s not as formal as a conventional dinner and with lots of little courses there’ll be plenty of time for chatting and getting to know each other whilst you feast. If you’re a foodie then taking your date to your favourite restaurant will help them learn more about your interests.
If you’re 50/50 about whether or not to meet someone then a café is the perfect place for a first date. you can meet in the afternoon and if things don’t go well you can leave after one drink, but if you and your date hit it off you can easily spend more time together without having to move onto somewhere else.
A pub or bar can be a good first date venue as a little Dutch courage can help break the ice. However, it’s best to avoid very loud and busy places as you won’t be able to talk easily and whatever you do, don’t get horribly drunk!