A word of caution: it's best to do this date with someone you are excited about. Like, someone you'd consider shaving your legs and curling your eyelashes for. If this is a blind date, proceed with caution as results may vary.
Rule #1: Start high brow.
|High brow time|
Rule #2: Go someplace else that's even nicer.
|Go SUPER high brow for this leg of the date|
Rule #3: At the end of the night, stop off somewhere super low-brow.
|This is basically the absence of brow|
This is when you guys can finally loosen up. Now you're full from dinner, buzzed from the fancy drinks, and pumped with enough liquid courage to hold hands or brush knees under the table. The bar you choose should have a jukebox and a lively clientele. Order a beer or another no-fuss cocktail.
This formula works because it shows that you can go from proper adult date-y places to crushing a PBR while The Stooges play in the background. That's an irresistible combination. I guarantee that if you follow this first date recipe, by the time you two part ways, you'll be counting down the minutes until you see each other again.
And for those of you who don't drink or the date's on a weekday so you can't fly your freak flag too high, you can still hang with this first date model. Instead of stopping off at a place to grab a fancy drink in the second phase, go somewhere for a super fancy dessert since you didn't order one at the first spot. Go to a place with a dedicated pastry chef and try some shit out. For the last stop, instead of flopping into a dive bar, stop into a speakeasy-ish place and order virgin cocktails. They make them fresh and they're fantastic. The key is to go to at least three places with different vibes and keep things moving. Good luck!