First dates get the heart pumping. Will we have something to talk about? Will it be awkward? Will he kiss me? There is nothing like the adrenaline of meeting a potential love interest for the first time. But, the wrong environment can ruin the whole experience. And, there is no second chance to make a first impression. That’s why they call it a first impression, guys! Maybe you don’t put a lot of thought into the subject because there are bigger fish to fry. However, it is something to bear in mind at all times if you want the rendezvous to go swimmingly.
Here are the tips to remember.
No Man’s Land
It’s tempting to pick a place which you love. After all, it’s a fantastic way to show off it everything goes to plan. Should it not, the date may not reflect well on you and a second meeting may be off of the cards. Usually, it’s better to choose somewhere neither person has eaten before. Sure, it may be a flop food-wise, but at least you’ll experience it together for the first time which is a bonding experience. Also, go for a cuisine that isn’t too niche. Not everyone enjoys spicy Mexican dishes.
Casual And Classy (Ish)
Again, the desire to impress will make you think that a five-star joint is an excellent choice. In reality, it may be overkill. For one thing, the other person may not have a clue how to act. As silly as it sounds, there is a way to present oneself in a Michelin-starred restaurant. When things get awkward, that is when the date goes sideways. Plus, remember that you barely know this person. So, it’s important not to act as if the first date is your 50th wedding anniversary. Classy is good, but casual and open are better.
“We’ll have the house bottle of red, please.” No, you won’t because not all restaurants serve alcohol. It depends on the license, and, unfortunately, some establishments serve food only. As sad as this is going to sound, it may put a dampener on the evening. Drinking isn’t mandatory, but it loosens everyone up enough to have an enjoyable time. How can you tell if they are alcohol-friendly? Liquor liability is part of restaurant insurance and can be found on the website. Alternatively, you can pick up the phone and ask, or go in and speak to them face-to-face. How novel!
Focus On Fun
Conversation and food aren’t the only things on the menu. A date is about having a good time and enjoying each other’s company. Therefore, let the restaurant do the hard work by choosing a place with a relaxed vibe. A teppanyaki joint is a perfect illustration. When there is a lull in the conversation, you can count on the chef to add to the atmosphere. Other examples include tapas bars with flamenco dancers and a jazz bar with live music.
All that’s left to ask is, are you nervous? You should be; it’s the first date!