First dates can be terrifying. Endless time spent on what to wear, what to say, what not to say – which eventually translates into crippling anxiety. The last thing you want is to be stuck at a restaurant, sipping on watered-down drinks, wondering if it’s a job interview or a date. With first dates, the setting is key, yet finding the right spot can be tough when all you have is their Tinder bio. As always, we look to the stars for answers and astrologer Maressa Brown offers some date night ideas based on bae’s zodiac sign.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
The first of the zodiac, Aries are known for their childlike and playful nature. A date with Aries feels like a non-stop thrill ride. Brown suggests a fun night at the bowling alley with your competitive ram, challenge them but make sure they win.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
The biggest homebodies of the Zodiac. A night in heaven for these earth signs would look like bottomless cuddles and their favourite takeaways. Ideal first dates with a Taurus could include cooking together or going to a luxurious restaurant with views.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Geminis are ruled by the planet of communication, Mercury. Pick their brain on the first date, and participate in a whirlwind of debates. These air signs don’t mind attending a housewarming with you on the first date, they are the zodiac’s social butterflies after all…
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Whatever you do, make a sentimental affair out of it. These loving crabs would typically enjoy attending a poetry night, or a cosy movie night. Brownie points if the movie is a tearjerker. They want all that is magical and vulnerable.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Ruled by the sun, a day in the life of a Leo is lights, camera, action (well at least in their world). The world is their stage, so make sure to play your part and sweep them off their feet! Take a Leo to a snazzy restaurant and shower them with all of the attention.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
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Extremely analytical, trust a Virgo to know exactly what they are eating upon arrival. No stone will be left unturned. Virgos are always paying attention to detail, so make sure all of your ducks are in a row and that the reservation is made in advance. Ideally, a fireplace with gorgeous meals and good wine will do.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Ruled by planet Venus, these air signs have an “old-school” take on romance. Your date should look like something straight out of a rom-com. Think candlelit dinner, or a sunset picnic. Yes, as cheesy as possible.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
These deeply intense and magnetic water signs enjoy being challenged emotionally. Scorpios value privacy so take them somewhere secluded, close to the ocean and wow them with your favourite album. Anything that creates space for a deep conversation.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Did someone say a spontaneous adventure to the other side of town? Daredevils by nature, there’s no limit to what a Sag could do. Consider an activity-packed date, surprise them to jet skiing before heading out to your local bar for a few drinking games.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
When they aren’t the employee of the month, they are ticking a bunch of goals off their to-do list. Capricorns are disciplined and practical. According to Brown, these earth signs “crave recognition and being respected, so they might want to show off on a first date”. Challenge them to a difficult hiking trail and be sure to ask them about their latest projects on your way to the top.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
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Aquarius’ enjoys being the “wild-card” of the zodiac. Win them over by telling them that there are no one quite like them, keyword mysterious. Ruled by the planet of revolution, Uranus, these air signs can be quite unconventional. Get creative with the date, attend a murder mystery dinner or go gallery hopping on First Thursday.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
With their heads in the clouds, these mermaids are usually zoning out somewhere close to the ocean. Pisces love to dream, so a first date should include space for a creative outlet. Pro-tip, water signs love water, so pack your paintbrushes and head out for a picnic by the ocean. Don’t forget the wine!