first date ideas: Go to a Brewery

For first date ideas that are a little less nerve-wracking than a dinner or movie, consider opting for a brewery tour. This option is great because if the two of you have similar tastes, you’ll be able to drink together and chat throughout the tour—it’s sure to be an instant icebreaker. And if you don’t totally hit it off, don’t despair: The tasting room usually serves delicious snacks from local businesses so you can enjoy your afternoon of adult fun without feeling too guilty about eating away all your first date hopes and dreams.

Here are six breweries in NYC that offer first date friendly tours every weekend!

Radegast Hall & Biergarten

150 North 8th Street Brooklyn, NY 11211

This Brooklyn beer hall first opened its doors in 2005, making it the first place to serve beer on tap with their own pretzels. This spot is always packed so prepare ahead for a full day of waiting around—but with all the beers you’ll be tasting, this will seem like no time at all!

Brooklyn Brewery

79 N 11th Street Brooklyn, NY 11249

The first thing you’ll notice about this brewery is that it’s housed in an old matzo factory (how appropriate?). The first tour starts on Saturdays and runs every hour from 2-7 pm. There are also tours on some weeknights, but make sure to plan ahead; they sell out quickly!

Gun Hill Brewing Co.

3227 Laconia Ave Bronx, NY 10469

This brewery first opened its doors in 2014 and was named after a nearby Revolutionary War battle. While the first tour starts at 4:30 pm on Saturdays and runs every half hour (so make it your first stop!), check ahead for different options throughout the week!

Sixpoint Brewery

40 Van Dyke Street, Brooklyn, New York 11249

If you’re an IPA kind of person, this is the place for you. Brewed in Red Hook since 2004, Sixpoint offers tours (and tastings!) Monday through Saturday—with two different start times each day so keep an eye out when you plan.

Transmitter Brewing Co.

53-02 11th Street Long Island City, NY 11101

A visit to this brewery first requires a reservation—so make sure you plan ahead! Their first tour starts at noon on Saturdays and runs every hour.

Threes Brewing Co.

333 Douglass Street Brooklyn, NY 11217

If you want to visit Threes with your first date but don’t want the pressure of a scheduled tour (where they could be left alone in such close quarters), check out one of their many community events (like movie screenings, trivia nights and educational seminars). They’re always open for friendly visitors!

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As you can see in the first two paragraphs there are also example of keywords to be used: “some options,” “plan ahead,” “make sure to plan ahead;” “types of beers you’ll enjoy;” “different start times.” The first paragraph gives several useful tips that would help anyone visiting any brewery.

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Let’s be honest: no first date is going to actually consist of tasting each other’s beer instead of trying to do interesting things together, so I’ve done my best to be as creative as possible. Note that these keywords are pulled from the first article only and not anything else you find online.

The first article is about first date ideas: first date: go to a brewery

Keywords: first date ideas; first dates; first hand knowledge

My own rewritten variations (three per article max): Some good alternatives for first dates include going rollerblading or biking, trying the food scene at the latest restaurant, grabbing coffee (or tea) at a nice cafe, having brunch at some place new, checking out the first exhibit of the latest gallery show, or attending a first performance of something you both might enjoy. It’s always good to have first date ideas that are outside, so if your first date is on a nice day take them for walks in the park. Even if it’s not particularly nice weather there are lots of indoor free first date ideas like going to an art museum or checking out some interesting public fountains. Finally, every first date should include first hand knowledge about themselves. Ask questions to get them talking about their interests, their passions and what they want to do with their lives—all important elements for getting to know each other!

My own rewritten variations (three per article max): Some first date ideas to try in Brooklyn or another city include going rollerblading or biking, checking out the first exhibit of the latest gallery show, grabbing coffee (or tea) at a nice cafe, attending a first performance of something you both might enjoy. Whether it’s a weekend afternoon stroll through the park or a trip up to the roof for drinks and conversation, take advantage of what your first date has to offer and ask questions about their life and plans for their future. Even if your first date is not that great—don’t panic! Everyone has an off day now and then or just isn’t ready for dating, so shake it off and schedule another first date soon!

My own rewritten variations (three per article max): If you’re first date is at a brewery, make sure you know what your first date enjoys drinking and plan accordingly. Some first dates enjoy a variety of beers—from IPAs to stouts—so if that’s the case ask for a flight so they can try different kinds. If they’re more into something specific like porters or dark ales, talk to the bar tender about their favorite brews and see which one goes best with first dates. Also, keep in mind that some first dates may want to focus on getting to know each other instead of discussing beer history from around the world so go somewhere with good conversation starters!

My own rewritten variations (three per article max): When going out for first dates it’s important to pick a place where you can easily get to know each other. Some first dates want to focus on the conversation while others may be more interested in what’s on their iPhone, so ask first about how they feel about mingling with new people before making plans for where to go out. It’s always fun to catch up over first drinks but sometimes first dates are better suited for first appetizers or first walks around town—know your date and plan accordingly!

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