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11+ Best Places to Go on a First Date

In this post you will learn the absolute best places to go on a date, where to take a girl on a date and the best venues for date nights.

With all of these venues you’ll be surprised, but many of these are near you, easy to get to and super cheap and even free!

Side note: because DatingArmory is a website tailored to help guys successfully date girls, this article will be written from a guys perspective, however if you’re a girl, don’t worry! This article is just as useful for girls.

Ready? Let’s get started!

1. Walk in the park

While everyone’s asking where to take a girl on a date and how much money you need to spend… sometimes you don’t need to spend a penny and you’ll have a super romantic date!

Just go for a walk in the park! (Preferably a big park.)

If you’re the romantic type of guy – pick her a flower and push her on the swings. Trust me, there’s nothing cuter than that!

You don’t need to stay in the park, you can go explore parts of the city you’ve never visited. Walk to downtown, get a coffee and chill with your date.

Super easy, cheap and because you’re always in public your girl is going to feel extra comfortable with you.

The challenge with spending your date in a park is that you need to be good at sparking fun conversations because talking about the scenery isn’t enough for a first date. [1, 2]

If you don’t know how to talk to girls, a walk in the park is gonna be really awkward for the both of you… And although you will get better with experience, having a concrete guide on dating will help.

This is why I recommend you get The Rise of The Phoenix by Sebastian Harris because with this book you will learn how to date, kiss and sleep with the most beautiful women.

2. Go for a drive with your date

This might not be your best option if you only have a 500 dollar car, but if you’ve got a successful online business and you have a nice motorcycle or cool sportscar why not take your date on a joy ride?

Once you’re in a car, there’s plenty of places to go:

  1. The coast
  2. The beach 
  3. Tall buildings
  4. Mountains 

And besides you can always just drive really fast on roads outside of the city – I hope you don’t get caught speeding!

But really, in a nice car with blasting music how can you go wrong? My only concern is that some girls will want to stay in public so they feel safer, so it all depends on the type of girl you’re dating.

3. The bar

Unfortunately, if you’re under 21 this option won’t work for you (at least in the US). But for the 21+ guys keep reading!

There are several reason why the bar is a perfect venue for a first date:

  1. After having a few drinks you’ll both be feeling a lot calmer
  2. Sometimes bars are dimly lit which allows your girls to worry less about her looks/ makeup
  3. There’s usually a very calm and accepting vibe with helps every chill the heck off
  4. If there’s a dance floor, you’ve just got the perfect excuse to touch her which is a perfect way to escalate intimacy

If you can’t dance, forget about being perfect and make your date laugh in your attempt. The only thing that matters is having a good time!

The only downside with going to a bar is that it costs more, but for those who can afford it, going to the bar on a first date is a great way to casually spend time with a hot girl.

getting drinks at bar for a first date

4. Coffee shop

Here’s what you need to know about going to a coffee shop on a first date:

  1. It’s quick
  2. It’s cheap
  3. You can easily ask girls out on a coffee date

Keep in mind that if the date is going well you can always keep chatting and if things are getting boring, it’s super easy to end because after all it’s only a coffee date! [4]

Some guys say that coffee makes you poop which is kinda inconvenient for a first date! If that’s the case for you, just order tea instead.

If you’re traveling around and you’re looking for the best coffee shop for a first date, I’ve got you covered. Here are some of the coolest coffee shops:

  1. Cafe Tortoni
  2. Black Fox Coffee Co
  3. Coffee Manufactory
  4. Madcap Coffee – Grand Rapids
  5. Cafe Central
  6. Sant’Eustachio il Caffe

Stay away from ordering fatty deserts because many girls feel uncomfortable eating desserts because they don’t want to be seen as fat, plus you don’t want to make this more than a quick coffee date

So as long as you know what to talk about on a first date, the coffee shop is a good venue and don’t forget, you can always go for a walk in the park so you don’t feel glued to the coffee shop. [1, 2]

5. Food market

The marketplace is one of your best options for a first date for many reasons:

  1. Your in the public which makes every girl feel safer
  2. There are tons of things to look at
  3. You can always grab lunch
  4. You’ll see lots of people doing a whole bunch of interesting things
  5. Open food markets have really cool vibes that are perfect for first dates

Don’t believe me? Take a look at some of these incredible outdoor food markets:

  1. Pike Place Market
  2. Findlay Market
  3. Viktualienmarkt
  4. Albert Cuypmarkt
  5. Maltby Street Market
  6. La Boqueria Market

If you have an open food market in your area, going there for a first date is a no brainer and if you find a quiet spot you might even kiss your girl on the first date!

walking in a garden for a first date

6. Big botanical gardens

Here are some of the most amazing botanical gardens for a first date:

  1. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  2. University of Ferrara Botanic Garden
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens
  4. Denver Botanic Gardens
  5. Phipps Conservatory
  6. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
  7. Butchart Gardens
  8. Montreal Botanical Garden

Unlike the food market, a botanical garden doesn’t offer much to talk about, so if you’re heading there for your next date, I’d suggest you first read my post titled 14+ Things to Talk About On a First Date.

But just because botanical gardens aren’t as exciting doesn’t mean you can’t have a romantic first date, follow these steps and you’ll get that second date:

  1. Bring some good food, a big blanket and have a picnic
  2. Play some music in the background 
  3. Make her laugh
  4. Flirt with her

It doesn’t need to be complicated, just ask your crush out (over text) and get that picnic date! [3]

7. Go to the mall

Just because you’re going to the mall doesn’t mean you need to spend a dime! Sometimes just walking into stores and checking out what they have is tons of fun.

If you’re a beginner and going to the mall for a first date seems intimidating here’s my advice for you:

Get as many dates as you can and don’t give up because you’ll only really get better with experience, but if you want to quicken the process without getting rejected ruthlessly, invest in The Collection of Confidence Course by Hypnoitca.

That course will teach you everything about dating from the perspective of building your  confidence to such a level that it’ll become too easy to sleep with hot girls!

8. Art gallery

I know what you’re thinking: I’m a normal 20 year old and I don’t give a damn about some crazy modern art painting!?

That’s exactly my point! Laugh about the paintings. You can always play the game of captioning the art by coming up with the best titles for the craziest paintings!

The randomness of the paintings will make you laugh and you’ll have plenty of things to talk about.

And there’s nothing better than going to an art festival and getting some lunch when you’re done. Here are some examples of where you can go:

  1. Musee du Louvre
  2. Van Gogh Museum
  3. Art Basel
  4. Metropolitan Museum of Art
  5. State Hermitage
  6. Art Institute of Chicago
  7. Tate Modern

Of course, if you and your date actually admire art and enjoy contemplating it, perfect!

9. Skating

Although this is an expensive option for a first date, it’s well worth it especially if you split the price. 

You won’t stop laughing at how both of you keep slipping and falling!

Skating will give you the chance to tease her, tell her how cute she is and when she falls, complement her perfect butt!

Additionally, at a skating rink holding a girls hand doesn’t get easier! Just offer your hand as support and bang! You’re holding hands with a beautiful girl!

10. Go to a local sports game

This is a great option for the guys that are passionate about sports and the great part is that it doesn’t need to be expensive, just go to your local college football games.

Sports games have awesome vibes, cool people and lots of yelling and screaming which makes it really easy to sneak in a kiss on your first date!

Let yourself be a little wild, get a little crazy about the team your rooting for! Get excited and you’ll always have something to talk about.

But yes, overall, sports games are perfect venues.

going to a local sports game for a date

11. Make a BBQ

It’s time for BBQ and chill! If it’s a nice day outside, light up the grill and have a BBQ. Plus, if it’s later in the evening you can invite her into your place and get her in bed!

If your date feels too uncomfortable cooking at your house, just bring a disposable coal grill to the park and have a BBQ there – you get to show off your cooking skills too!

Keep in mind that while you’re having the BBQ don’t just act like a good friend, make sure you show your sexual attraction to her or she’ll treat you like a friend and dump you in the friend zone!

  1. Tell her how beautiful she is
  2. Touch/ caress/ massage her
  3. Follow steps to make her horny fast
  4. Make her laugh…

And if you can kiss her! 

Where not to go on a first date

Going to the wrong places on the first can cause a complete disaster. Here are some examples of where not to go:

  1. Skydiving (you know why this isn’t a good idea!)
  2. Long dinner (too long and expensive)
  3. Movies (you don’t get a chance to talk)
  4. Bowling (boring and too competitive)
  5. Paintball (painful!)
  6. Rock climbing (too difficult)

Basically anything that doesn’t give you a chance to talk, is boring or expensive, skip. You’d be much better doing these on the 2nd or 3rd dates when you know your date better. 

Summary

A lot of these places and ideas really depend on the type of girl you’re dating and your level of confidence. 

If you are a cool guy and she’s a hot girl, you could easily get an instant-coffee-date and meet her later for Netflix and chill. 

If you’re not at that level yet, don’t worry! With hard work and of practice you will improve. Keep pushing and remember there are no concrete rules in dating, you’ve got to play it by ear.

Your friend,

Colt Smith

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