Things to Do First date spots in NYC: Bars, venues and more places to go out By Dana Reszutek firstname.lastname@example.org Updated June 13, 2017 2:02 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email So you got the date…now what? Asking someone out can be stressful enough, so picking the perfect spot to bring your next special someone or Tinderella — or whatever dating app you think works best — can be just as nerve-racking. But fear not, there are plenty of first date locations that will prove enjoyable -- no matter how the date itself goes. Skip the dinner and a movie and show off your dating prowess at these venues: Go on a daytime adventure: Governors Island Photo Credit: Dana Reszutek Who really goes on dates in Central Park? If you want to do some outdoor exploring on your first outing, check out Governors Island, just a short $2 ferry ride from lower Manhattan or Brooklyn Bridge Park. The island hosts a variety of events during the warmer months, and also offers bike rentals to explore its 172 acres. Be sure to check out the two beer gardens to grab a drink and a bite. Oh, and did we mention the spectacular city views? Nothing's quite as romantic as a perfect skyline. (Ferries located at 10 South St., Manhattan; Pier 6, Brooklyn, govisland.com) Get competitive: Royal Palms Photo Credit: Anthony Lanzilote You don't have to be on a cruise ship to show off your shuffleboard skills. Play another couple on one of Royal Palms' 10 shuffleboard courts, where introductory lessons are complimentary, so you won't embarrass yourself too much in front of your date. (514 Union St., Gowanus, royalpalmsshuffle.com) Have a cocktail under the stars: Night of Joy Photo Credit: Sheila Griffin Many city rooftop bars are found in the heart of midtown, and often filled to the brim with bros. Instead, head right under the BQE in Brooklyn to find a cozy rooftop bar that has more of a chill factor. Night of Joy sells unique cocktails like an orange blossom rum lemonade, a basil-lime gin gimlet and a cilantro Bloody Mary that make great conversation starters. (667 Lorimer St., Williamsburg, nightofjoybar.com) Show off your artistic side: Living Gallery Photo Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang Instead of hitting up one of the more popular museums or galleries, check out Bed-Stuy's lesser-known Living Gallery to enjoy a variety of hands-on classes, concerts and art exhibitions. Head to the space on Wednesday for its weekly "Drink and Draw" class ($10), where you can BYOB or enjoy wine while you try your hand at sketching a live model. (1094 Broadway, Bed-Stuy, the-living-gallery.com) Knitting Factory Photo Credit: Getty Images for VH1 / Andrew H. Walker This small 300-person venue has been a NYC staple for live music and comedy since 1987 when it opened on Houston Street. The Williamsburg location opened in 2008 and has been hosting rock, pop and experimental bands all along. Those 18 and older are welcomed and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (361 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, bk.knittingfactory.com) Enjoy a joke or get crafty: Q.E.D. Photo Credit: Q.E.D. Nothing's better than making someone laugh on the first date. Astoria's Q.E.D.: A Place to Show & Tell offers a little bit of everything when it comes to entertainment. A daily schedule of trivia, stand-up, improv and storytelling events are free or very affordable -- $10 is the most you'll end up spending on a show. Go on an even more interactive first date by signing up for one of Q.E.D.'s classes where you can learn anything from origami, tarot card reading to swing dancing. (27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria, qedastoria.com) Check out a cozy dive: Botanica Bar Photo Credit: Botanica Bar via Instagram If your ideal first date involves a cheap pint and a cool atmosphere, downtown's Botanica Bar will do the trick -- neon sign included. Conveniently located near Angelika Film Center -- if you wanna see a flick before having a drink -- Botanica brings a lively crowd, with a good mix of dates and friend groups enjoying the variety of libations offered. Mixed drinks, specialty cocktails, affordable beer on tap, including Botanica's own house lager, abound. Try to snag a seat in the bar's back room for a cozy table. (47 E. Houston St., Nolita) A locals-approved spot: The Penrose Photo Credit: Tony Hoffer A recent survey from dating app Hinge revealed the top first-date spots that are most likely to lead to a second meet-up. According to the data, uptown's The Penrose ranks at the top, offering a casual and comfortable atmosphere, where an extensive cocktail menu and shareable bites go a long way. (1590 Second Ave., Yorkville, penrosebar.com) By Dana Reszutek email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Free dating apps ranked: Which are the best to find love?Which app reigns supreme? 1st date spots to hit if you want a repeatSuggest sipping on Bloody Marys and you're more likely to snag that date. See a movie under the stars at these outdoor screeningsTake movie night outside. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.