Filled with first date ideas, real-life dating advice, and so much more, Elite Daily's 50 First Dates series makes the words "bad first date" impossible.

50 Actually Cool First Date Ideas That Aren't Drinks At A Bar For the 7th Time

How many times have you chatted with a seemingly decent person on a dating app (finally), decided to meet up with them instead of watching your 18th consecutive episode of Law & Order: SVU, only to meet up for drinks at a crowded bar where you can't …
By Theresa Massony

7 People Reveal Their Go-To Methods For Calming Their Nerves On A First Date

I have a working theory that the extent to which you are worried about what someone else thinks of you is directly proportional to how nervous you will be on a first date. I might not be able to back up those facts with scientific research, but based…
By Caitlyn Luce Christensen

5 First Date Body Language Clues That Could Prove They're Totally Into You

The first time you meet someone, it can be hard to tell for sure if you're actually vibing. Even if you think they're all that and a bag of chips, you might not be sure they feel the same way about you. Before you panic, instead of focusing purely on…
By Tayi Sanusi

If You're Not Attracted To Your First Date After This Long, You Might Lack Chemistry

The laws of attraction can be confusing, to say the least. In the past, I've thought that I'd been totally crushing on someone, only to find out that I didn't actually want to date them. Instead, I wanted to become them. I've tried to date people who…
By Caitlyn Luce Christensen

Don't Despair, Here Are 12 Ways To Salvage A First Date That's Going Terribly

Ask any modern woman to tell you about a bad first date, and she'll probably say, "Which one do you want to hear about first?" Whether you were set up by a mutual friend or you've only interacted over dating apps, it's not out of the ordinary to meet…
By Jamie Kravitz

'Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness Dishes On His Biggest First Date Red Flags — EXCLUSIVE

First dates are 100 percent near the top of my list for weirdest experiences ever. I mean, just take a second to think about the concept objectively: You meet up with a stranger. You both talk about yourselves until you're either obsessed with each o…
By Theresa Massony

Here’s The One Question You Should Always Ask Yourself After A First Date

I was never very good at first dates. I tended to treat them like they were job interviews, but with more alcohol. I was so focused on making a good impression, on generally doing as little to embarrass myself as possible (failed on that pretty regul…
By Rachel Shatto

5 Texts To Send After A Great First Date That’ll Totally Land You A Second One

When you first enter the dating world, figuring out your own personal way of approaching it can definitely take a bit of trial and error. But once you're really ready to date for the purpose of finding someone, keeping some solid texts in your arsena…
By Tayi Sanusi

How To Know Your Date Likes You, According To 'Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness — EXCLUSIVE

Nothing like a first date to make you swirl into a cycle of extreme anxiety and questioning everything you've ever known to be true about yourself, amirite? Even on first dates that seemed to have gone extremely well on paper, I've found myself picki…
By Theresa Massony

I Secretly Brought My Friend On A First Date & It Boosted My Confidence About Dating

I am a woman rife with "scaries." I get the "Sunday scaries" every weekend when I remember Monday is mandatory. I get the "missed-call scaries" when I receive a call from an unknown number because what if they were calling to deliver the worst news e…
By Kimmy Foskett

I Went To A Psychic On A First Date & Here's How Our Future Really Panned Out

When I think about typical first date activities, I have a pretty well-established list of go-to choices. Drinks at a not-too-fancy, not-too-divey bar? Definitely. Something fun but slightly corny, like mini-golf? Totally works. Visiting a psychic on…
By Taylor Tobin

I Admitted My "Bad Qualities" On A First Date & His Reaction Was Not What I Expected

So much of my life revolves around dating. Reading about it, writing about it, pouring glasses of rosé while grumbling about how I'm so freaking over it. And yet, I am terrible at dating — at packaging my personality up into neatly wrapped boxes like…
By Genevieve Wheeler

A Body Language Expert Analyzed My Selfies From A First Date & This Is What She Found

When I feel nervous on dates, I have a habit of fiddling with my hair or rearranging my arms. I don't mean to do it; I'm just excited about where the date will lead and worried about falling into a string of awkward silences. After my most recent fir…
By Elana Rubin