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The Nine Best and Worst Places for a First Date

Sadly, a common first dates are movies, concerts, or nightclubs, which all are sure fire ways to kill a relationship that has not even got off the ground.

This is valuable information for any guy, or girl, planning a first date. Let us assume you are over the age of 18 and thus not needing the accompaniment of an adult driver. You want to be sure your date not only has an enjoyable time, but remembers you favorably because of it. Let us deal with the worst places first.

The Worst

1.  The local Bar or Pub

Because it’s “local” you may run into people either of you know. This interruption will interfere with your time together, and may even have negative effects if either of you are asked about a former partner. At any local hang out it is easy for these other acquaintances to start up small talk, thus pulling you away from each other.

2.  A Trendy Bar or Night Club

This is not a good idea because your date may be approached by other people. Often these people are intoxicated and will not respect personal boundaries. This is especially dangerous for men on the first date, because you do not want to hear yourself say “she’s mine, back off”. On a first date, she is definitely NOT “yours”. The noise level makes conversation difficult, save this for a future date, but do not go here on your first.

3.  Movies or Plays

This should be a given for a bad first date. The very nature of movies and plays disallows interaction with your date. The only time this should be considered on a first date is if you have dinner prior, and a bite to eat afterwards. Pick the movie/play carefully.

4.  Concerts

So, you’ve managed to acquire tickets to a “sold out” concert. Now your thinking this is the perfect opportunity to get together with your dream girl or guy, well, if they did not go out with you before hand, and now they will, it is probably because of the tickets and not you. You are setting yourself up for a long line of being used for his/her personal enjoyment. With concerts you open yourself up for a range of disasters, from people hitting on your date, to your date being an overly obsessive fan. The concert is generally going to be more memorable than yourself. There are some types of concerts which may be okay, as you will see below.

5.  Sporting Events

If your favorite team loses, the date will have a sour note. You are not really getting to know each other while watching two teams battle it out on the playing field. At any rate this is about the players, not the two of you. I should not have to explain to you why a Monster Truck Rally is not a good first date.

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  1. Karen N

    On August 18, 2008 at 6:42 am


    Excellent points!

  2. Rich

    On March 10, 2009 at 7:49 pm


    I don’t agree with some of the things “not” to do…

    If you have a good personality, you can have fun at the movies, beach, or a sporting event. The focus doesn’t always have to be on where you’re at, it should be on the communication you are having with the other person, whether it be verbal or non-verbal.

  3. kat

    On March 22, 2009 at 12:05 am


    Take ur date 2 the strip club and get a dance 4 ur date

  4. shawna

    On July 21, 2009 at 2:38 pm


    I just went on a date to a stock care race and it was the worst date of my life. It was blazing hot, we sat there for hours on wodden bleachers, and I dont even like car racing…It was terrible. I cant think of a worse place to try and get to know someone. It was impossible to hear him talk to me even if i wanted to lol

  5. Jack

    On December 10, 2009 at 2:23 pm


    I don’t think movies are bad as long as you pick a good one and have dinner afterwards.

    If you’ve just watched what you thought was a great movie and your date thought it sucked then there’s a decent chance you might not be compatible. Better to find out earlier rather than later.

  6. Tiffany

    On April 25, 2010 at 1:54 pm


    My first date was going ice skating. It was good, but he didn’t talk much. Maybe becuase he brought a friend. :(

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