I have a date coming up, with a real live person no less! We attend the same yoga class and after much surreptitious glancing at each other over sweaty yoga maps over the course of a couple of classes he asked me out on our very first date to… drum roll, please! An Escape Room!
In my mind I played it super cool- I fixed him with my sexy come-hither eyes and a little half smile as I quipped something original and witty about being locked in a room together… In actual reality, I was super sweaty, my glasses were mostly steamed up and I let out an overexcited yelp of “That’idbesocool” in a sort of breathless way (note: not the sexy kind of breathless way but the actual, I’m out of breath way). To his credit, he smiled and we set up a time and place to meet: success!
His interesting choice of a first date got me thinking about what other unusual nights out there are that would be more effective at breaking the ice than coffee or cocktails.
Sight-Seeing Tous: Bonus points if it is on an open-topped bus! Taking a tour of the city you both live in will often give you a different insight into the streets that you regularly walk each day. If it is one of those tour buses where you can choose to listen to the commentary or not why not forgo the pre-recorded stories and point out perosnal landmarks to each other, you’ll learn way more about each other than what you would get out of a date at a bar.
See a Show: I don’t mean a professional one, look for a local amateur dramatics society and get yourself tickets. It’s a win-win situation; First of all, tickets are not going to break the bank and, if you are lucky, the cast will be good, if you re luckier the cast will be terrible providing you with ample things to talk about when you go for drinks afterwards!
Cook a Meal Together: There are two option with this one if you are going on a date with someone you already know cooking a meal together at one of your homes is an excellent, low-stress (not to mention budget friendly) way to spend time together. If you don’t know each other well why not take a group cooking class? Having a task to do will cover up any awkward silences and if things go well you have a wonderful bonding experience to kick things off.
Now, I have a very important question… What on earth do I wear to an escape room!