Whether it’s Tinder or OkCupid, Grindr, or Christian Mingle, plenty of people are meeting online these days. The stigma is over, everyone! Still, it can be stressful finding a place to go with someone you’ve only sent flirty messages to online. Here are some ideas to minimize your anxiety.
Head to a cheap happy hour
If you’re looking to impress, but you’re not ready to drop $50 on a date that might not go anywhere, head to a happy hour at a nice cocktail bar. Think Teardrop, Interurban, Bit House Saloon (they have a cocktail called Tinder Fuel, after all), or The Knock Back. Aalto Lounge has the best happy hour in the city, featuring $2 cocktails. Even if you buy all of your date’s drinks and don’t hit it off, you’ve only spent around $12 plus tip, the price of a cocktail anywhere else.
Have a picnic in a park
Did you know Portland has both the country’s largest and smallest parks within city limits? Don’t expect to have a picnic in the small one, but a picnic date in any of our others is perfect for an initial meetup. It’s public, safe, and affordable. It’s illegal to drink in Portland parks, so we’re absolutely not suggesting you grab a bottle of wine or some cans of Portland Sangria for your date.