But, once you've got all that down, you might need some date ideas that are a little... different. These 12 people took to Reddit to share their best ever unconventional dates - and they're all totally worth pinching. Take notes!
1. Wine Tasting
While drinking wine on a date is kind of conventional, going somewhere super fancy where you can learn about and try all sorts of exclusive wines. If you're nervous and unable to summon any conversation starters, you'll have an activity to focus on. You can explain what you like about each wine, and describe what you can taste and compare notes.
If you're based in London, The Royal Exchange is home to Oeno House, a fine wine boutique run entirely by women. You can try one of their 4,000 wines and order from a list of a further 45,000.
2. Go book shopping
"[My] boyfriend took me to a bookstore specialising in rare books, and we picked out a book for each other. It was the sweetest thing, and it really helps you learn more about your partner and how they think of you, and how well they know your interests." [via]
3. Drive out into the countryside
"We woke up before dawn, and we drove together to watch the sun rising over a nearby lake. It was the day after Christmas and bitterly cold. I think it was below zero. The sunrise was especially beautiful that morning; the clouds were so full and puffy and formed these weird, colourful towers over the horizon. We blasted the heat, sang along to music, and had considerable trouble deciding whether to gaze at the perfect sky outside the window, or each other." [via]
4. Take classes together
"Blind date to home and [hardware] shop. He knew I was different, so we went to a store that had classes in doing tile and grout mosaic wall designs, built a bird house and then we walked around the store and just chatted with a cup of coffee. A really fun inexpensive date that gave us time to talk and have fun, without being super serious. I loved it and think of it each time I walk [through] the tile area of any hardware store. Forgot to add, he bought me a fig tree as a gift while we were there." [via]
5. Visit an animal shelter
"A guy took me to the animal shelter on our second date. We spent two hours petting cats. He took me to dinner after. We’ve been together for four years now. That dude is the love of my life." [via]
6. Go on a spooky tour
"I have done [those] haunted pub tours, and cemetery tours, those are great to go on with a date. There’s just something nice about hearing a spooky story while walking outside at night." [via]
7. Choose picnic items for each other
"We went to a supermarket and had five minutes to buy each other lunch - it was fun racing around, trying to find things we thought we would each like, and trying to sneak around the aisles unseen and accidentally bumping into each other. Then we walked to a park nearby, and revealed our picnic, and just sat and talked and ate - very simple idea, but very sweet and lots of fun!" [via]
8. Take a train going nowhere
"He baked TWO kinds of muffins, brought coffee in a flask (all in a picnic basket) and then we went on an [overground train] line that goes in a circle (takes about an hour) and we ate muffins, drank coffee and talked. That was actually quite cute." [via]
9. Catch a plane somewhere
"A day trip to London (my favourite city). I live in Dublin, and London is only about 50 minutes away by plane. My fiancé surprised me with a Saturday trip there because I was having a bad week. The flights were really cheap too. Only about £45 return." [via]
10. Recreate a childhood memory
"One of my favourites is we recreated a special childhood memory. Mine was making my grandmas burritos and going to the drive-in movies." [via]
11. Drive to the beach
"I was whisked away after work for a five-hour road trip to the beach. We swam in the moonlight and ate at a restaurant. It was amazing, and I didn't want to come back home." [via]
12. Try some new foods
"We went to the Asian supermarket and oohed and aahed over the cool fruits and veggies we didn't know. We bought some that were somewhat recognisable to us, and took them home to try some different recipes/food. Ended the day with eating mini moon cakes, and it was fun." [via]
13. Sneak into somewhere
"I brought a boy to a local waterpark in the off season to sneak in and run around and stuff. It was a lot of fun." [via]
14. Go for a drink somewhere secret...
Underground cocktail bars and Speakeasys are becoming such popular date spots, and it's not hard to see why. You can cuddle up together in a booth, in a darkened corner, away from prying eyes. They're the perfect (and super cool) date spots, so find one near you ASAP. If you're in London, Dear Alice is basically the dream Speakeasy cocktail bar. It's behind a hidden bookcase FFS. Obsessed.
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