So, you have a date!  Whether you’ve finally asked out that person you see every day at your local cafe, swiped and matched with promising person online, or hit it off with a mutual friend, this all means means one thing: a first date is looming!  Admittedly, meeting up with someone for the first time—or just seeing them in a new, unfamiliar context—can be nerve-racking, especially if you recently started dating, consider yourself a shy person, or loathe small talk.  And sometimes it’s just plain awkward. But jitters and long lulls in conversation aside, dating has the potential to be a ton of fun.

Even if you don’t end up feeling a spark, first dates are never a waste of time if you’re doing something you enjoy.  Think of it this way: If you feel a spark and get to practice a hobby or indulge a passion, then it’s all the more meaningful.  To make sure you relax and feel fulfilled, we are sharing five fun things to do on a first date!

Ready to scroll through these nine ideas with us to meet your match? Great—it’s a date!

Pick a Memorable Bar

Who says grabbing a casual drink doesn’t qualify as a fun thing to do on a first date? The trick is to choose a location that’s quirky, scenic, or special in some way. This could mean a swanky speakeasy, or a rooftop bar with a view. If you choose a memorable spot, then the old “drink date” isn’t boring in the slightest.


Plan a Scenic Picnic

This can be a great way to bond with someone while also enjoying the outdoors and soaking in the good weather while you still can. Actually, come to think of it, a winter picnic date can be just as romantic, as long as you pack what you need to cozy up. If you live in a city, plan to have the picnic in a public park or during sunset on a rooftop (if you have access to one).


Go Wine Tasting

Okay, so you really want to make an impression, and you’d love the idea of grabbing drinks, but it feels too bland for a first date. Your solution? Go wine tasting! It’s a bit more sophisticated and requires more planning than just meeting at a bar. Plus, if you two don’t hit it off, at least you’ll learn something new from your guide.


Go to a Gallery Opening

If you and your date have a mutual love of art, you’ll bond over this shared interest even more during a first date. Plus, you’ll get to attend a cultural event, support local artists, and perhaps even be moved by some of the work on display, so not much can go wrong. If all goes well, grab a bite to eat after.


Go to a Reading

If you have a favourite independent bookstore in the area, or if there’s a university nearby, check the calendar for upcoming events. There may be a reading, book tour, poetry slam, or Q&A that piques your interest.  Bring your date along, and then grab a coffee or a drink afterward at a bar close by to debrief.  It’s sort of like the classic movie date, except it will be well-lit, and you don’t have to sit in silence (well, during the event you probably should).  If this sounds too intellectual for either of you, attend a comedy show or a live music event instead.

What are your favourite first date ideas? Share them with us in the comments below!