Despite research by Ei Publican Partnerships in 2018 finding that a quarter of Brits met their partner for the first time in a pub, and 8% revealing it was the place that they told someone they love them for the first time, research by dating app Plenty of Fish has found that heading elsewhere for a first date is the most likely way to someone’s heart.
The app’s survey revealed that a third of Brits think a pub or a bar is the worst place to be taken on a first date despite 89% of respondents having experienced a ‘pub date’ – making it the nation’s least popular romantic backdrop on a first date.
Venues offering outdoor dining apparently offer lovebirds the best chance of making a good first impression, with a third of respondents (33%) suggesting that an alfresco dinner date was their ideal opener and 30% opting for a rooftop setting.
Almost a third of those surveyed, however, would steer clear of food and drink altogether, with 30% of surveyed singletons preferring to go for a walk.
Deal breaker venues
The app’s research also found that more than a quarter (28%) of its 2,000 survey respondents would cancel a date if they didn’t like the venue chosen – with almost half (48%) of Millennials ‘washing their hair that night’ or succumbing to a sudden mystery illness if they didn't approve of a date's location.
With this in mind, almost half of respondents (44%) revealed that they had been invited to a first date at McDonald’s at some point in their lives while 42% shared that paintball had been suggested to them as an icebreaker by a potential shooter.
While, just shy of a quarter of respondents stated that a karaoke date failed to make their heart sing, shockingly, one in 10 (11%) singletons revealed that they decided a potential relationship wasn't going anywhere after being invited on a first date to a love interest’s car.
Whisky is risky
Getting too drunk on a first date was highlighted by more than half (54%) of respondents as being a date-ender, with whisky apparently the least attractive drink order according to women surveyed.
Plumping for pinot over a pint on a first date is more likely to lead to a second date according to findings, with almost two thirds (60%) of women revealing that they find a date more attractive if they opt for wine over beer.
However, the biggest relationship wrecker according to Plenty of Fish was a date using their phone excessively, with two thirds (65%) of respondents stating that a phone addict wouldn’t push their buttons on a first date.
Other mood killers included talking about an ex (47%), forgetting a date’s name (32%), going for a cigarette (31%) and talking selfies (27%) with one in five revealing that political chat would end in no deal.