Dating...it’s crazy out there. Too many happy hours, dating apps, and pictures of girls with their dogs. But hey, you manned up, asked her out, and she agreed. Congrats. Now the tricky part, planning dates that don’t suck. Fear not, we’ve got you covered. Our foolproof plans will not only ensure a great time but also a great first impression. Because, hey, this is supposed to be fun right? Don’t forget the deodorant.
When: Midweek Night
Where: A drinking establishment
Why: While you want to keep things casual, you also want to put a little thought into the location; a cool speakeasy for cocktails or a relaxed wine bar are great choices. You shouldn’t have to shout over earsplitting dubstep and let’s face it, nobody has ever gotten laid after a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Don’t forget to have an excuse ready to go just in case, and remember, the nearest exit may be behind you. Now take a few deep breaths and have fun out there.
When: Weekend Day
Where: Take It Outside (The Bar)
Why: The goal is to connect while doing something fun and unexpected (and that doesn’t revolve around alcohol). A hike, an afternoon bike cruise, bowling, or a trip to a cool art exhibit; all great ideas. Our secret home run date #2? The shooting range. I know what you’re thinking, trust us, it’s a blast and you’ll definitely win points for creativity. You know about the Shaky Bridge Theory right? The gist is, adrenaline = arousal. Here's proof for you.
When: Weekend Night
Where: A Restaurant (not Denny’s)
Why: You guys have clicked (hopefully?) and now dinner is the right move. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, but you want to show her you’re not a slacker. That cool new gastro pub or a wine bar with small plates are great places to start. Eat, chat, and share cool stories; just try not to spill on yourself, don’t drink too much, and always pick up the check.
So there’s your game plan. And while we can’t guarantee every date will be awesome (stage 5 clingers anyone?) at least you’ll know that you did your best not to blow it. Where you go from here is up to you. Good luck out there gents, helmets are encouraged!