First dates can always be a nerve-wracking experience. Now that you finally got the girl to say yes to your invitation (which is the hardest part of the experience), you now have the next thing to worry about: where to take her.
To help you in making the best choice for your first date, here is a simple analysis of the top three date locations – bars, coffee shops, and restaurants – giving you the pros and cons of each as to the location, price, and fun factor.
Factor Number 1: Location
Bars are the most suitable place for daters who like music and dancing, as they have both. Make a reservation or be sure that both your names are on the guest list before coming especially for the more popular bars in your area since it is hard to find a table and it is impossible to get in without being in the guest list, particularly during weekends. It is just hard to make a conversation in bars, what with the blaring music around you.
Coffee shops are the opposites of bars, noise-wise. Its ambiance is very relaxing and carefree. Except for the occasional whirring of the coffee machines, of barristas calling out customers’ names for their coffee and dessert orders, and some music in the background (mostly of Jazz and/or other soothing music genres), there is no other noise in coffee shops. The coffee shop’s warm interior and the rich aroma of freshly-brewed coffee is an experience in itself. This is best for daters who just want to hang out and talk the whole night.
Restaurants are the most popular first-date choice of those who like to eat. Just like in bars, it is best to phone in a reservation in advance, specifically for renowned restaurants during weekends (or even weekdays, depending on the seating capacity and the number of people who have previously made reservations). It is also advisable to check the dress code (if any) or ask your date for any food allergies (as some restaurants have set menus) to avoid any embarrassing mishaps on your first date. The ambiance in restaurants is very impressive, especially those that are well-known, with very intricate interior and well-put ornaments. If your aim is to wow your date with elegance and class, then a restaurant should be your number-one pick.
Factor Number Two: Price
Most bars would require you to pay entrance fees, which are pretty affordable. Some bars would offer a complimentary drink or two during low business days, so be sure to take advantage of those if you are on a tight budget. Prices of cocktails and other drinks (alcohol or virgin) can also be fairly reasonable. Just do not go overboard with the alcohol, though. You want to have a good time on your first date, and not sprawled over the floor the entire time due to drunkenness.
Out of all three, the prices in coffee shops are the most budget-friendly. A cup of steaming (or iced, depending on your preference) coffee does not cost as much, and some coffee shops even offer unlimited coffee at a very affordable price. You can even do with a dessert item or two and still be saving a lot of money. Coffee shops are ideal for those who are still in school and are on a tight budget.
On the other hand, restaurant prices can be pretty sky-high, especially those which have the much-coveted Michelin stars under their belt. If money is no object and if your primary goal to impress a girl with this, then by all means, take her out to first-class restaurants on your first date.
Factor Number Three: Fun factor
If you want to gyrate the night away, you are sure to enjoy having your first date at a bar. Music lovers would likewise enjoy spending your first date at a bar, especially when some famous artist is performing. Also, if you do not mind people in crowds, then this is the place for you.
Coffee shops are for those daters who just want a peaceful first date. Not too noisy, it would give both parties a chance to talk and get to know each other. If you are into coffee and other caffeinated beverages, then I am sure that coffee shops are your Utopia.
The first date in restaurants will be most enjoyed by those who have a passion for food and for eating. If it is your goal to provide you a girl with a gastronomic experience like no other, then a restaurant is the best choice for you.
Regardless of where you are taking her, it is most important that you will get to enjoy each other’s company and that your first date experience will leave you expectant for more.