You’ve done all the early stage work of getting to know someone via the fling app or site, and piquing their interest and you’ve finally secured that first date. Few things are more nerve-wracking than a first date, because first impressions are everything. If you ruin this chance, you may not get another one. This is why you should avoid the typical lame Netflix and chill type first dates, and make sure you go out and do something that helps break the ice and showcase your personality.
That said, I’ve got some stellar first date ideas for you that will make this date one that just about everyone will remember. Trust me on that one!
Simple First Date Ideas That Lead To Second Dates Or Hooking Up
Before you even get into what you’re doing, make sure you have the right mindset so that you are picking from the correct list of options. Is this a truly first-time deal where you’ve never spent a second with this person before? Or is this a situation in which you’ve already built a rapport and are trying to take things to the next level? Figuring this out will help dictate early on what type of date you should go on.
A general rule of thumb for a first date is doing something that is both affordable, casual and allows the two of you to have a conversation. Going to the movies on a first date is a bad idea because you’ll spend most of the time silent. Your first priority should be a venue in which you can do some face to face talking before you go out and experience something.
Dinner Is Popular AF
With these things in mind, one of the best first date ideas always starts with dinner. Try and go to a trendy spot that isn’t too fancy, but has a cool aesthetic and an exciting menu. There are plenty of dinner spots where the chef will put on a cool show, or they have a staple meal that’s both amazing to look at and eat. This will give you something to talk about, and the dinner will pace the early stage conversations.
Once you get that out of the way, one of the better choices is to do something that allows you to walk around and engage with your surroundings. A walk in a park is cool, but a walk through a museum is even better! Likewise, doing anything particularly scenic that involves water or a beautiful view, is often a great choice.
Another great idea which typically involves alcoholic drinks is also karaoke. It shows that you are loose and don’t take yourself too seriously, talking about taste in music is a great ice breaker, and it allows you to bond without having to talk so much. Likewise, any game themed date is a great idea. Hit an amusement park, check out some mini golf, or hit the arcade for some quick games.
This Wine Tastes Like Wastedville
If things are going well, you should pursue any ideas that involve creativity. There are lots of wine tastings that are paired with painting, pottery, and other artistic pursuits. Though it may be a bit pricier for a first date, you could also do something incredibly relaxing like hit a spa, take a breathtaking helicopter ride, or a smooth boat ride. All of these things are great ways to both break the ice and set the mood for hopefully many more dates to come!
Update: I recently had a friend pass away in a helicopter accident and I can no longer suggest that you take a helicopter ride unless the pilot is experienced and ready for all types of weather and flight issues.
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