Being divorced on the Main Line is not easy. In the suburbs, most people appear to be living behind a picket fence of wedded bliss. In reality, there are tons of divorced Main Liners who would love to meet you for a first date.
What is the key to setting up a good first date?
Location, location, location!
Because there is awkwardness, excitement and the potential for disaster (I’m just being honest here), you want to be somewhere that is busy, larger in size, and exciting. If the date is fun, the energy of the bar/restaurant will enhance the mood of the date. On the other hand, if your date is wearing a Bluetooth headset during the date, being in a busy place will help you to feel less trapped with this person.
Here are some great options for a first date on the Main Line:
The Saint James. This newer restaurant/bar is fun, happening, busy, and has a great location in the Suburban Square courtyard.
* Plan B: If your date references how many women he has bedded in the last week, you can lift your spirits by walking a few steps into the Kate Spade or City Sports store. A new handbag or running shoes might just eclipse the frustration of a bad evening.
Verdad. This tapas restaurant has a sexy and fun bar that features interesting tequilas and house-made sangria. Happy hour is generally busy with good-looking, professional types.
* Plan B: If your date turns out to be a convicted felon, hop out & watch an independent film next door at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Get the candy AND the popcorn. You deserve it.
Azie. This stylish, fun restaurant has killer cocktails and delicious sushi. It has an outside eating area and a long, modern bar. It has ample room for talking and people watching.
* Plan B: If your date thinks it’s appropriate to ask you about your sexual preferences within the first 10 minutes of meeting, I personally would grab one, who am I kidding, two slices of white pizza at Peace a Pizza in Rosemont. They sell ice cream too. Just sayin’.
Fleming’s. The location of this bar/restaurant near the Radnor Corporate Center makes it a hot bed of professionals blowing off steam after work.
* Plan B: If your date shows up wearing pants that could double as pajamas, run, don’t walk, to the Home Goods across the street and look for a cute bargain for your house.
Nectar. This stylish restaurant is crawling with good-looking, social Main Liners. The drinks are good, the sushi is excellent and the people-watching is epic.
* Plan B: In the event that your date cries when he talks about his divorce, I recommend making a beeline for Handel’s ice cream where you can order a large chocolate ice cream….with sprinkles.
Dating on the Main Line is not easy, but if you go into it with a sense of humor, you’ll always have fun!
Lauren Napolitano, Psy.D.
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