Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

The Top Ten Places to Bring A First Date

With summer in full swing, love is in the air

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: July 18th, 2014 in Culture » Society » News

The Top Ten Places to Bring A First Date

The road to dating can be difficult.

It can be hard to meet people in this digital age – unless you’re roaming JDate, Tinder and OK Cupid – and, when you do, figuring out where to go can be as stressful as asking them out in the first place. No one wants to be on a cliche first date, but no one wants to seem over the top.

Don’t worry. ShalomLife’s got it all figured out.

So before you freak out before where you’re going to take your potential beshert, take a peek at our list of the top ten places to bring a first date so you won’t be up a creek and without a paddle when the time comes.

10.


A trendy, new restaurant

Although this one might be a bit cliche, it does work. Going to a fancy restaurant for supper is a great first date. Unlike a movie, which keeps you from really being able to talk with your partner for the majority of your night, supper allows you to get to know each other. Not to mention a person’s taste speaks volumes about them. Plus, by taking your date to a new restaurant neither of you have tried, it creates the illusion that you’re pretty hip and know all the cool local spots.

9.


An arcade

Depending on how your date is (how old she/he is) why not try out your luck at an arcade? While it might sound childish, that’s the whole point! Going to an arcade allows for both of you to relive a bit of your childhood, to let go of your worries, and “be kids” for an hour. Also, you’d be hitting one up that serves alcohol, so it’s still an adult establishment, don’t worry. Going to an arcade also allows you to play games together, be competitive, and show off your skills (how else is anyone going to know you have the best aim in Duck Hunt?)

8.


A drive-in theater

If you’re feeling a bit nostalgic for days long (or not so long) passed, then try going to a drive-in movie. Unlike a theatre, where you can’t speak during the show and you’re in a room full of other people, a drive in allows for some intimacy and communication. Although you’re in a sea of car, you’re alone in your car (wink, wink). And while you shouldn’t talk all movie long, you could crack jokes if you wanted to without disturbing other patrons. Bonus points if show up in an oldschool Chevrolet.

7.


A nature park

If the weather’s nice, why stay inside? Take your date to a nature park and have a hike through the woods. It allows the two of you to be alone and get to know each other, while soaking up the sights around you. You can also pack a picnic to bring with you (bring a bottle of wine, a towel to sit on, a bluetooth speaker system with an appropriate playlist ready to go) and have a beautiful lunch in the great outdoors. Remember to pack bug repellent though! Women like men who are prepared, and vice versa.

6.


Karaoke

First dates can be awkward and uncomfortable, so why not break the ice with karaoke? Although people can get nervous before singing in a room full of people (and you’ll want to make sure your date doesn’t have a serious case of stage fright) there’s nothing more liberating than belting out Bon Jovi in a bar. Plus, with a few drinks in you, you’ll both be more open, candid, and ready to sing.

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