“Boston is fantastic for first dates,” said Jill Vandor, executive matchmaker at Lunchdates.com, a professional dating service in Boston. “There are so many great things to do on a first date. You just want to make sure you’re in an atmosphere where you can have a conversation and get to know each other.”
Vandor said she typically sends clients to venues with a laid-back atmosphere because it keeps the mood light and fun.
“If it’s super loud and super crowded, then you’re not putting your best foot forward on that first date,” Vandor said.
With all of that in mind, she recommended the following three first date spots for making a connection and nabbing date No. 2:
Coppersmith in South Boston
This vintage industrial warehouse once housed Dahlquist Manufacturing Co., founded in 1894, which specialized in copper fabrication. Now, the space boasts a brick-walled, open dining room, two indoor food trucks, a rooftop bar featuring an Airstream trailer, and a killer vibe for a casual evening date.
“It’s really trendy,” Vandor said. “It’s just a cool, fun, great place.”
The sizable drink menu features bottles and cans, specialty cocktails, and even cocktail pitchers. For dinner, you’ll currently find everything from sweet potato tater tots to burgers to sirloin steak. If your date loves barbecue, options range from ribs to pulled pork to brisket.
(Coppersmith, 40 W. 3rd St., Boston; open Mondays-Fridays from 7 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturdays-Sundays from 8 a.m.-1 a.m., kitchen closes at 10 p.m. and food trucks close at 11 p.m.)