The 7 Best First-Date Bars

With summer officially here, it’s time to look forward to fresh starts, and for some of us that means in dating. While swiping on Tinder or Hinge can be romantic in its own way, we’re also old-fashioned in thinking those relations should escalate into the thing Carrie Bradshaw talked about for six seasons: The first date.

Since we can’t invoke Barney from How I Met Your Mother’s Lemon Law on dates (you know, the law that says you have the right to tell someone you’re not interested then leave within the first ten minutes) you can however commit to just drinks rather than dinner. Momofuku’s beverage director Jordan Salcito told us seven great bars for just that…

Admittedly I haven’t been on a first date for a while (my husband and I have been married for six years!) but here are a few…

For wine in NYC, I am smitten with the bars at Charlie BirdEstela, Pearl & Ash and Rebelle.

For cocktails, Booker and Dax makes an absolutely brilliant drink called the Bangkok Daiquiri that is probably my favorite cocktail in the world (it involves liquid nitrogen and thai basil). Cosme has a fantastic cocktail program, and PDT is longtime favorite that’s as good, and as special, as ever.