Here are some ideas for a low-pressure first date, as well as tips for landing a second date. These spots are public, casual, and perfect for grabbing a drink.
Bear Coast Coffee
What to Expect: It’s hip without being pretentious and across the street from San Clemente Pier. Grab your drinks and take a sunny stroll.
Land a Second Date: Head up the hill to Parque del Mar to share a bench and take in the stunning view.
Hive and Honey
What to Expect: With romantic seating around fire pits and incredible views of Irvine, this rooftop bar has all the ambience you need to set the mood.
Land a Second Date: Come Fridays and Saturdays after 9 p.m. for the DJ.
The Anaheim Packing House
What to Expect: This hangout has plenty of variety for food and drinks. Start with apps or cocktails; if the date goes well, head to dinner at one of many restaurants.
Land a Second Date: Opt for an intimate setting such as The Blind Rabbit to get to know each other.
Hi-Time Wine Cellars
What to Expect: Book a spot at one of the tastings at this Costa Mesa gem to try up to 12 wines Thursday through Saturday, or pour your own at the wine station.
Land a Second Date: Grab some charcuterie at the deli on your way in.
Petals and Pop
What to Expect: Make your way inside Pacific City’s Lot 579 in Huntington Beach for a glass of Champagne at this quaint flower shop.
Land a Second Date: Buy your date a favorite bottle or create a custom bouquet.