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    3 Drinking Etiquette Tips for a First Date

    When you’re on a first date, every little gesture speaks volumes about your personality. Even something as simple as the way you turn the wheel when you drive or speak to a valet provides valuable information about you, and you can be sure that your date will notice even the tiniest ticks and quirks.

    This may be why so many first dates end up at the bar, where a more relaxed vibe allows for moments of real authenticity. It’s also a great place to see how your date answers the question, “What are you drinking this evening?” If you want to make a good impression at a bar or restaurant, it’s important to order a drink that shows a little sophistication without being overly complicated or pretentious.   That’s why we came up with our drinking etiquette tips to help you out.   Here are a few tips for ordering a drink during a first date, so you send the right signal.

    Be a Little Adventurous

    If you go somewhere new on your date, it’s OK to leave your comfort zone to try something new. If you go to a hip speakeasy, tiki bar or craft brewery, don’t just order the cheapest light beer special. This is no time to be frugal or to fall back on your favorite swill from your college days.

    Choose something a little off the beaten path, or better yet, let your date choose for you. A good cocktail is meant to be a conversation piece. Even if it isn’t exactly to your usual tastes, you’ll at least let your date know that you’re willing to try new things. If you find your new favorite drink in the process, that’s just an added bonus.

    When Ordering for Two, Keep It Simple

    If your date asks you to order a drink for them, it’s a good idea to keep it simple and sophisticated. Even if you’re the fun-loving type, it’s probably best not to see the request as a chance to surprise them with a mango pina colada or an extra hoppy IPA. Asking you to order a drink is a sort of test. Your date is showing that they are willing to trust you and that they’re hoping you make the most of the opportunity.

    Ask your date if they prefer their drinks to be on the sweet or savory side, then order a classic cocktail prepared in a classic style. A vodka martini is an ideal choice because it can be prepared dry or wet to match their response. Ordering a classic cocktail also lets you show off your savvy. Make sure you choose a smooth, crisp vodka like Ketel One, which is specially crafted for a well-prepared martini.

    Pick a Lane and Stay in It

    If you’re date is going well, you might feel the urge to keep the night going by ordering several eclectic drinks. Avoid that temptation and show a little restraint. Sip your drink and savor its flavors. Don’t feel bad ordering a palate-cleansing glass of water (no ice) between drinks.

    A first date isn’t a sprint to the finish line; it’s a slow, steady marathon. You want to give off the impression that you’re someone who likes to have fun, but you want the fun to be about the connection you’re forming with your date, and not about your ability to sample the whole drink menu.


    We hope you like our drinking etiquette tips, please let us know if you have any other etiquette tips you would like us to discuss in future blogs.

Claire Bahn


Claire Bahn is the CEO and Co-Founder of Online Profile Pros (OPP). She founded OPP to help individuals build, maintain and protect their personal brand to help them get the jobs, promotions and dates they desire. She has 15 years experience in branding, public relations and event marketing at start-ups as well as large Fortune 500 companies like Rueters and SAP. Claire has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur magazines among others. Online Profile Pros helps executives, entrepreneurs & influencers strategize and create their best personal brand.


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