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Why bars are actually great first date locations

Bars get a bad rep in the dating world. Even if it's true, many people don't like saying that they met their significant other in a bar. They might fear that others will think they were drunk, or lonely, or that they don't have a network of friends to set them up. Or perhaps they want a better story – something like "We met when he complimented my umbrella – and then I realized he was the designer!" 

But bars are actually fantastic places to meet people for first dates. Read on to find out why! 

A relaxed, informal atmosphere

Firstly, and most obviously, it's no secret that a drink or two will loosen you up and make you more chatty, open, and friendly. Too many drinks, of course, is a no-go, but having a couple will help you to shake off those first date nerves. 

A shared experience

Secondly, bars usually have a lot going on. From showy bartenders to live music, there's something to watch. Sharing an experience with someone is a great way to get to know them. Plus, having something to talk about that's new to both of you and happening right in front of your eyes is a great way to dispel that first date interview talk. Nothing kills a connection faster than going back and forth asking "So do you have any siblings?" 

Learn more about their personality

By meeting at a bar, you'll get a chance to know someone in a different way than if you just went to a coffee shop. On first dates, people are on their best behavior and if they're not, well, that tells you a lot about them too. Seeing what someone orders to drink is a great window into their personality. Do they order an extra-dry martini, and then grimace when they take a sip? Is it Bud Light, and Bud Light only? It's always impressive when someone has a signature cocktail – perhaps they specify the type of liquor, or add something new and surprising to a classic mixture. This will help you to get a sense of who they are as a person.

Our tip to you? Add salt to a Greyhound. It's a game changer.

BYBER Team 😉

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