Dallas is a pretty solid spot to find a place to take a first date. When it comes to knowing who to take on that first date, technology has made it a heck of a lot easier in the choosing process. Spend a day or two on a dating site, and you can find a person with ease, usually, if you have the right profile and pictures to match. But what do you do next? How do you stand out in a crowd of other people who can win a date in a heartbeat? Well, it’s all about where you choose to spend your time that can make all the difference.
You’re not sure, though. You can’t figure out what to do or where to go, because there are just too many darn places to choose from. What if you’re taking a person out who doesn’t drink? What if the person is an introvert and doesn’t like doing a lot besides reading to take up their time? What if you don’t have that much money but you still want to make a good first impression?
Believe me, the amount of questions that bombard my brain before a first date exceeds the previous questions by a landslide. Don’t worry, though. Chances are you are probably overthinking a bit. It happens. I’m here to help you relax a tish so you don’t have to use up all that energy figuring out a place to go.
For the Introvert
Trivia Night is an awesome idea for the introvert you are taking out on a date. There won’t be lot of room for awkward silences because you will be working together to answer questions. Trivia questions can sometimes be crazy hard, so even if you end you end up losing or getting questions wrong, it can still be a lot of fun. If you are a sore loser, then maybe this one isn’t for you, but it sure is a great way to get to know someone without too much pressure of starting conversations out of thin air. A ton of places offer trivia. Try Bryan Street Tavern or Pluckers Wing Bar.
For the Partier
You may think this choice the easiest because you can take your date to a bar, but it’s not THAT simple. You want to make sure you aren’t going to a place that is not too crazy busy, or a place that is so loud that you can’t hear each other speak. You want to hit a spot that has a chill atmosphere so there’s no pressure on either side. Oh, and you want to make sure that the bar has some tasty food. I would go for The Libertine, The Blind Butcher, or Rapscallion. All these places are on Lower Greenville, so if the date’s going well, you can continue after dinner and get some drinks at Truck Yard or Ships Lounge.
For the Non-drinker
One word: arcade. The non-drinker may seem lame to you at first thought, but they still know how to have a good time. Believe me. And you don’t have to worry about them getting so drunk that you have to take care of them and get yourself into a sticky situation. One of the most casual and fun places to go is an arcade, so try Dave n’ Busters, which has half-price games on Wednesday, or Speed Zone, which has race cars a-plenty. Also, winning prizes can be fun, and will give you a little souvenir of the first date if it ends up working in your favor.
For the Money Saver
Now we get to two words: coffee shop. An afternoon date at a coffee shop can guarantee that you won’t spend more than ten bucks, and it’s a super relaxing and stress-free environment. You can pick a “hip” coffee shop to have your cup of java, talk a little bit, and hope that you can land that second date. Some of the coolest places are Toast, Mudsmith, or Opening Bell Coffee, which has alcohol for those who want to add a little something-something in their coffee to ease the tension.
For the Dog Lover
Ah, there is nothing better than meeting someone who shares your affection for dogs. There are so many different places to take the pups on a first date, and if there are any awkward silences, just start talking to your dog or talk about your dog- you can pretty much say anything relating to dogs and you’d be fine. Some cool places to meet are Mutts Canine Cantina, Katy Trail Ice House, or you can even hit up the dog park at White Rock Lake. Whatever you choose, you’ll have your buddy right by your side for emotional and moral support.
For the Movie Buff
Well, I mean, you can always go to the movies if you are super shy and like movies at the same time. Try seeing a light comedy or even a movie so scary that you have to laugh at how much you are scared. If you don’t want to watch the scary scenes, just do the ol’ hide-behind-the-hands routine and it’ll probably make the situation even more hilarious. You can hit up a cool place like Alamo Drafthouse where you can order drinks and food, or, you can even do a bit of driving and go to a drive-in movie at Galaxy Drive-in or Coyote Drive-in.
For the Music Lover
Going to a local show can be a great time if you’re listening to the right music. I wouldn’t go for anything too heavy or crazy. You don’t want your date to end up in a mosh pit or squished by a crowd. Or, maybe you do- totally up to you. I would pick a chill place where you can talk and listen to tunes, like The Balcony Club. Or, if you want to get a little uncomfortable, there’s always karaoke at The Goat or San Francisco Rose.