Dating: Choosing a First Date Venue

You’ve been emailing and chatting online to someone you like, and you’re thinking about taking the next step: arranging a date to meet in person. A face to face meeting will move your cyber relationship into a totally different arena, and if all goes well you’ll end up dating for some time, so it’s useful to give a little thought to the venue for that important first date.

It probably goes without saying that your meeting place, and the date venue, needs to be a public setting with plenty of people around so that you can both feel confident of your safety. While a dinner date may be the first idea that springs to mind, think outside the square. For an informal, low-key first date, consider meeting for coffee, or for lunch - you can always continue through the afternoon if the date is going well.

For many people, the thought of sitting opposite a stranger across a restaurant table for a couple of hours or more is enough to make them nervous. If you’re considering a venue that provides entertainment rather than eating, choose a setting that still allows you to get to know each other. If you both love clubs that’s a great common bond, but a noisy club is not the best place to talk to your date the first time you meet; similarly, taking in a movie has limited possibilities for face to face communication. Art galleries, river trips, visiting the zoo … there’s a huge variety of choices that can provide a great background and fodder for conversation to help ease that first date anxiety.

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