Leeds is a fairly big city. It might not be a metropolis like London, but there are definitively enough people to add variety to your dating. The problem? You won’t necessarily meet them all.
Truth be told most of us hope to meet singles through friends. Your social circle in Leeds is therefore often your best chance at meeting someone. It isn’t necessarily that great a chance though. If you have a huge social circle that always bring in new people, then fair enough, but most people don’t. Most people have their mates who they’ve been mates with since forever. Every once in a while someone new enters the group and of course there’s the odd party where you meet lots of people, but it’s not on a weekly basis.
Going out on town we tend to have patterns as well - we go to the same bars, pubs and clubs, where the same kind of people tend to go. Of course other singles do too, but not everyone going out is single, nor will they necessarily approach you even if they are.
Enter online dating in Leeds. Suddenly you find thousands of singles wanting to flirt and date in one place. Meeting people to date suddenly becomes easy as anything. All you need is a good profile and you’re set to go!
So you’ve met someone through flirt.com and decide to go on a date. Where to go?
We recommend coffee shops, pubs, bars, wine bars, tea rooms (upscale hotels often serve great afternoon tea), patisseries, ice cream parlors and the likes. Somewhere public where you can meet for a quick drink or similar. You want to keep it short and sweet as it’s a first meeting and you want to leave them curious to find out more. Hence, dinner isn’t really an option.
It should be a place you both feel comfortable in too. There are enough nerves as it is during a first date - you don’t need to feel out of place too.
North Bar, the Chemic Tavern, Arcadia, Friends of Ham, Lazy Lounge, Épernay, Laynes Espresso, La Bottega Milanese, Mrs Atha’s, Shake-it and the Sunshine Bakery are a few spots to get your mind going. The important thing is that there’s a nice vibe (or if you’re grabbing a coffee or ice cream to go for a walk together, that there isn’t a mile long line) and you can hear each other over the crowd. Live music on a first date sort of defies the purpose of getting to know each other.
Second dates can be much more imaginative - do something together where you get to know each other better.