5 Places he really wants to go on a first date

Nov 11, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Where does a guy really want to go on a first date? Paul A. Falzone is the CEO of eLove, one of the world’s largest online dating and matchmaking services. He’s also the author of eLove: A Singles Guide. We asked Paul to give us some insight to a guy's perspective on first dates.

Date to the ballpark

What does he really, really want?

One of the underlying perceptions of the first date is that the guy is so concerned about making a good impression that he puts his preference for venue or activity aside. So that begs the question: If it was his choice as to what to do or where to go — with no repercussions from her — what would the guy like to do on the first date?

Here are the top five places he'd really prefer to go on the first date:

1The movies

Sure, the idea of the first date is getting to know each other and being in a movie for two hours doesn't exactly encourage conversation. Still, discussing the movie before and after can be a bit of an ice-breaker and foster conversations over coffee or dinner after the movie.

2Sporting event

What women who are not sports fans do not realize is how social attending a sporting event can be, particularly baseball. Even better, if the conversation lags, you merely turn your head back to the game, which is what you're supposed to be doing.

3Coffee shop

Meeting at a coffee shop can provide much more than a caffeine buzz. People-watching over a cup of joe with some good conversation is a low-pressure date that gives both people a chance to ease into the date.

4Sports bar

His choice for a sports bar is not as obvious as it may seem. While having the game on is fine for background noise, many sports bars also offer activities like pool, darts or video games that she might enjoy as well.

5Comedy show

This activity can be a great ice breaker, offering a nice combination of entertainment and opportunities to get to know each other. What a better way to find out if you have a similar sense of humor?

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