8 First Dates That Aren’t So Lame

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You should get two things out of a first date:

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A strong enough vibe that you connect with this human and can stand each other’s company, perhaps even enjoy it, and clarity that you are, indeed, physically attracted to them and can foresee things moving beyond the friend-zone.

We’ve already given you a slew of first dates that will provide you none of the above, so some of you asked for first dates that will.

Take your date out with one of these ideas and if she still doesn’t like you, get a new haircut or onto the next one. Haters gon’ hate.


You don’t have to plan anything while wine-tasting or fill silence with conversation about how you rescued your partially blind puppy. 

1. Wander a Street Fair

You’re able to talk as much or little as you want because, when the conversation dulls, you can just pretend like you’re super interested in all the hotcakes around you.

You’ll also be able to grab a bite to eat or a beer. Just don’t forget cash.


2. Play Tourist

We all take our own cities for granted and don’t explore them as much as we should.

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Pick a spot—a museum, a famous ice cream joint or even a neighborhood—to which neither of you have been and check it out together.

If the date ends poorly, at least you did something you’ve been meaning to do since you moved there a decade ago.


3. Taste Wine

You don’t have to plan anything or fill silence with conversation about how you rescued your partially blind puppy.

Just shush, drink the wine, drop some fancy jargon and let the actual expert do most of the talking. After you’ve had a glass or two, then you can both sit down and chat yourselves.

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4. Ride Bikes

Bike riding on a first date is so underrated. If you go for a leisure ride, you can chat along the way and learn about each other.

Plus, it’s an active, fun time in the great outdoors that won’t cost you a dime.


5. Hike

Likewise, hiking won’t cost you anything.

If she’s into it—like genuinely into it and not texting her group thread begging someone to lend her lulu lemon—hiking could be a great time.

You can chat, it’s sort of private and romantic and you can show off those Boy Scout skills you’ve been itching to use your whole adult life.

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Alex Wisehttps://www.loveawake.com
I started blogging in the summer of 2008 as a way to have an alternative outlet for my creativity. My writing career was at a standstill and I was dying for an audience (any writer who tells you they don’t want an audience is lying). Friends had been suggesting, for years, that I write about dating. I’ve always been a prolific dater and had plenty of dating stories to share, so I went with it. And blogging seemed like a great way to find an audience. I am also a co-founder of Loveawake dating site

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