A Fun First Date: Bocce Ball

“How About We Play Bocce,” read TallDarkandHandsome's HowAboutWe profile.

It sounded like a fun idea to me (and he was cute!), so I said yes. A few messages later (I heard you should save your best material for the date), we met at Union Hall, a cozy Brooklyn bar complete with bocce courts.

We ordered a drink and got to the game. No small talk, no formalities, no awkward silences—just a really fun time.

I’ve long liked to play games with guys. It’s fun, flirty, and usually gives you the chance to stick your butt out at least once. And I was pleasantly surprised to find it was just as fun with someone who, for lack of a better word, was a stranger.

While I had only played bocce twice before then, TallDarkandHandsome was used to playing at least twice a month. So he had fun teaching me the game. And I had fun teaching him how fast a learner I was—and when things went awry, how cute I was stomping my feet.

When the game ended—I didn’t win and was glad he didn’t let me—we plopped down on a plush couch and got to talking. But still, it wasn’t small talk. We had gotten to know a lot about each other’s personalities throughout the course of the game. So by the time we got to learning about each other’s families, childhoods, and eccentricities (when he was a kid, he wore a visor everywhere he went), we were completely relaxed.

Next up? A movie at the Angelika. Yes, we already have a second date planned.

My new first date recommendation: Do something!

What about you? What's the funnest thing you've done on a first date?

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