If you’re reading this, you probably googled for help. Understandable. Choosing a good first date location is a deceptively trick endeavor: you’ll want to seem discerning and imaginative without being pretentious or suffocatingly over the top. Choosing somewhere small enough to feel intimate, but not so small the bartender unintentionally third-wheels is key. So too is noise: you don’t want to have to shout every sentence. Proximity to a good second location (somewhere with great food, or good dancing) is always ideal in case things go well; while knowing your taxi options and telling a friend where you are is essential for blind dates. Oh, and this is Auckland, so try to avoid bars on your doorstep, otherwise luck will have it that you bump into failed dates whenever you’re on hungover missions for milk.