The One With Good Lighting
I met a blind date in the middle of a dark, red bar (which was weird to begin with... who lights a bar with only red lights?), but he assured me that he looked exactly like Orlando Bloom. Considering I was already a few tequila shots in, I believed him. He asked me to walk to Washington Square Park, where we sat in the freezing cold and I listened to him drone on about his ski trips to Switzerland, and his family's private jet. Hey, sounded good to me! When I finally saw his Union Square apartment, which not only had three floors but also a washer and dryer, I was pretty much set. But it was when he insisted on lighting candles instead of turning on the lights, that I really started feeling the vibes. Could this be because he didn't really look like Orlando Bloom? Possibly, but the drunk writer in me only saw true romance in his gesture.
New York, NY
The One Where Everyone Knows Your Name
I was instantly drawn to this hot guy at my local bar, but since I was in a relationship it was only after a year of subtle flirting and glances back and forth that we really got to talk once I was finally single. We stayed until last call and as I was leaving he grabbed me and kissed me, telling me he had wanted to do that since the first time he saw me. The way that he took control was really hot and the kiss was so passionate, my head was totally spinning (okay, maybe it was a combination of the kiss and all the bourbon). The following week he took me on our first date to a fancy French restaurant. I was so nervous I barely put a dent in my food. We loosened up over cocktails at the next place, but we had the best time at our last stop, which was the local bar where we had met. We were both in our element, which helped us open up and reminded me of all the times I saw him there and wanted to jump his bones, which I did shortly after. And we didn't make it far from there either: never has a bar bathroom felt more romantic! Two years later and we are still together -- and that’s still our favorite bar.
New Orleans, LA