Five out-of-the-box first date ideas

Ever found yourself asking ‘so what do you want to do?’ and feel bored to tears at the thought of yet another round of drinks (yawn)? While there is nothing wrong with this option as a first date, a truly unique night – or day out – makes for a more memorable evening and can be interesting, spontaneous and even if the date is not your perfect match, it will leave you with a smile on your face.

There is nothing worse than a bad first date.

There is nothing worse than a bad first date.

Here are some handpicked ideas from the team:

The zoo
No awkward silences? Check. Lots to look at? Check. Small furry animals? Check. The zoo can make a great first date, especially when the sun is shining. And if you’re scared of snakes and your date is hot? This is the perfect excuse to hang onto their arms in the reptile house.

Comedy club
Laughter is a great icebreaker. Pick a comedian you know is funny, and if you don’t want to get picked on, head towards the back. It’s also a great way to size your date up, as you’ll see what makes them giggle.

Yes, you did just read that right. If you think singing is just for in the shower, think again. While it might be embarrassing at first, karaoke gives you the chance to break the ice and laugh at yourself. Down a few drinks for dutch courage and nail a few 80s power ballads, before laughing at everyone else who can’t hold a tune.

Cook up a storm
A great date choice for food lovers, cooking classes are popping up all over the place, so why not learn how to create your perfect dish and then marvel over your newfound skills over a glass of wine later. Just steer clear of the garlic!

Progressive Dinner
One for those who know their date is a winner, as you’ll be in it for the long haul. Try dinner with a difference and opt for what’s known as a ‘progressive date’ where you eat your starter, main and dessert in different places. Bon appétit!

Have you got any great first date ideas? Tell us @lovestruck

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