Why do first dates seem to be an endless cycle of grabbing drinks or (gasp! While diners don’t offer super fancy meals, they’re certainly good at setting a relaxed, fun tone.
Instead, get your hands dirty at a local cooking class. To shake things up (and enjoy more cuisines), pick three different places to nosh at. No, we’re not talking about taking a stroll in the nude (though kudos to you if you do). Whether you go for a long bike ride, try outdoor rock climbing (psst, an indoor rock climbing wall is an awesome option too), go for a hike, or take some swings on the golf course, the natural air make the date that much sweeter. No matter where you live and how long you’ve been there, there are likely things on your tourist bucket list.
They can be a bit pricey, but deal sites like Gilt and Groupon often offer amazing discounted options. You never know when that purchase (or the subsequent cheese-making skills) is going to come in handy. Use dating as an opportunity to check things off and tread unchartered waters.
Lots of bars have jazz nights and showcase great local musicians.
If you’re not sure where to find ‘em, try resources like Yelp, Time Out, and the arts section of the local newspapers.
To make it even better, place a silly bet on the game.