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2015 Top 10 First Date Bars in the U.S.

Let the Sparks Fly

Meet up at the raw bar then continue to the dining room at The Optimist, one of the Top 10 First Date Bars in the U.S.

Best Bars and Restaurants for a First Date

For a first date, you want to pick a spot where you can get to know someone, but also make a good first impression. Meeting at a bar for drinks gives both parties an easy escape route if needed, without having to sit through what could be a painful dining experience. But you want to keep your options open in case both parties want the date to turn into a meal. GAYOT has rounded up the top 10 bars across the country for a first date, where a drink or two could turn to dinner or something more.

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