Best First Date Bars (Manhattan & Brooklyn)

I’ve been single for about 3 years, which means I’ve been on a LOT of first dates. Some good, most mediocre.
My criteria for a good first date spot is somewhere not too dark, loud, or crowded. Below are my top picks for where to take your next hinge/bumble/coffee meets bagel/tinder/do people actually meet IRL anymore? date.

  • Angel’s Share 
    • East Village speakeasy hidden inside Village Yokocho. 
    • Cozy, sophisticated vibes & AMAZING cocktails.
    • Actual Japanese employees! Yesss!! Not common at Japanese establishments. 

  • Cienfuegos
    • Cocktail bar above Mother of Pearl in the East Village.
    • Fun, casual vibes. 
    • 100% vegan food/drink menu! 

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  • Tiki Tabu
    • Rooftop bar with fun jungle vibes located on the 7th floor of Sixty LES. 
    • There are a bunch of couches inside to lounge on, and outdoor seating. 
    • Good for day-dates.

  • Spitzer’s 
    • Casual bar in the LES with a big beer menu– 40 different ones on tap! 
    • Lots of space/seating.

  • Sisters
    • BEAUTIFUL bar in Clinton Hill.
    • Plenty of vegan options on their food menu! 

  • Donna
    • Cute cocktail bar in Williamsburg.
    • Also known for their tacos, but I’ve never tried them. 
    • Friendly, fun atmosphere. I LOVE the interior design here. 

  • Torst 
    • For beer lovers!! They have a really interesting/ever-changing beer menu.
    • Located in Williamsburg, right across from Screamer’s (aka best pizza ever). ;) 

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  • Cardiff Giant
    • Clinton Hill bar serving all local booze.
    • The backyard is super cute! 

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  • Lavender Lake
    • Another great day-date spot in Gowanus– one of the best backyard spaces I’ve experienced. 
    • Kind of a bitch to get to, but worth it! Quintessential hipster-Brooklyn vibes. 
    • Has a decent vegan menu. 

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