When it comes to dating, you probably have plenty of stories about dates gone wrong. Just like a person might be different when you’re on a date with them, where they take you may be "different," too — meaning, it was the weirdest place you’ve had a date. Ever.
For instance, one time, my date met me at a Halloween party dressed as a zombie, and between his fake blood-covered face and red-colored eyes, I could barely look at him. Suffice it to say, no love connection was made… until a few years later, when he was dressed as himself (and we ended up dating for almost a year).Another time, I had a first date take place in jail. No, it wasn’t with a prisoner, but my date’s dad worked there, and he’d forgotten about his dad’s birthday party being held in the break room. He didn’t want to cancel our date, and I didn’t want to bail on him — no pun intended — so I went along with it.
After meeting his dad — NBD on the first date, right?! — my date gave me a tour of jail cells that famous people had been in, such as Robert Downey, Jr. When it came time to leave for the non-jail portion of our date, we got stuck in the parking garage because we needed cash to exit and neither of us had any, so we looked all over the car for spare change to (literally) get out of jail using every penny, nickel, and dime we found. And, yes, we ended up going on more dates after this one.
What The “Perfect” Date Location Is Really About
“Far more important than a perfect date location is being with the right person and having an open, positive attitude,” Antonia Hall, psychologist, relationship expert, and author of the Sexy Little Guidebooks, tells Bustle. “Sometimes, life doesn’t meet our expectations, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have an amazing time. Keeping a good attitude and having an enjoyable exchange with your date will always be better than the most ideal fantasy dream date location with the wrong guy. Go with the flow and see where life takes you. It could provide one of the most memorable, romantic dates you’ve ever had, or it could at least make for an entertaining story.”
An “entertaining story” is right, and it turns out that I’m not the only one who’s had dates in weird locations. Below, nine women share some, too.