How would you describe the ‘dating scene’ in your city?
San Francisco is young – that’s what I love about it. There are young people everywhere. There is always something to do, somewhere to go. The energy is wild. There are so many restaurants and bars in the city (and the outskirts), the question is always, “Ah! Where should we go tonight!” I’m also a firm believer in creating your own opportunities.
Have you in the past or are you currently, online-dating?
I moved to San Francisco a little over three months ago. When I moved, I knew no one. Like, not a single soul. So, I joined this site to try and meet people. I left it open so girls could contact me, too, if they were in the same situation I was. Low and behold, I met some great guys who wanted to show me around! There’s no better way to see a new city than to go on dates.
If yes, in your opinion, do you think online-dating is a better way to meet new people rather than the traditional meet at a bar/club/restaurant/bookstore/where-ever, scene? Why?
Holy cow, yes. I have dated my fair share of “frogs” and I can tell you this right now… online dating is great. Look at it like this – when you apply for a job, you send an email with your resume attached. Then, you hope that they like your resume enough to call you in for an interview. Now, you have the opportunity to rock the interview and subsequently get the position you applied for. Well, being my boyfriend is a position to be earned in the company of “Lauren.” And I don’t just hire anyone. Dating online allows these guys to “submit their resume” to me and then I can decide if I want to meet them in person. I, personally, think it narrows down the scope and allows you to make more of an educated decision on who you want to spend your time with. After all, your time is precious!
Would you recommend online-dating to your friends/family, etc.?
Absolutely. I would, of course, remind them to be safe and only meet people in public places for the first time. But, it’s a great way to get to know someone before physically meeting them. Then, the first time you meet, it’s not nearly as awkward.. The only weird part is the question, “How did you guys meet?” While online dating is definitely becoming more and more accepted, it still comes with some stereotypes. Meh, I say embrace it!
What sort of guys do you try to avoid like the plague?
I’m fairly picky with guys I choose to invest serious time and effort into. However, I’m an equal opportunity dater. I’m at an age now where I want someone who has a job, has their head on straight, and treats me right. Doesn’t seem like much, does it? You’d be surprised.
Is there a specific “type” that runs rampant in your city?
San Francisco is divided into little districts. Depending on where you are in the city, you could be surrounded by hipsters, Latinos, grunge, 25-year-old frat boys, punks, or normal average-joes. Totally depends. But, you can find every type of guy out here – that’s the beauty of living in the city!
What are some of your favorite date spots to go to for dinner/cocktails or both (yay!)?
Oooh, there are lots to choose from. I really just like going somewhere that I haven’t been before. I’m all about the fun, energetic ambiance. I love Le Colonial downtown, Betelnut in the Marina, Martuni’s in the Mission, but I am always up for trying new things. I don’t like going to loud clubs on a first date, however… kinda sends the message that you don’t care what I have to say…
What is your staple go-to date outfit? Pics please!
Deciding what to wear is a tough! It all depends on the guy and the plans. For casual dates, I usually just wear a cute sweater or top and boots. Boots are HUGE in San Francisco and I LOVE them. Like, L-O-V-E. I think tucking pants into boots is a really easy way to add a little sass to the outfit. So even when dressing casual, you can dress it up a bit with some boots. And don’t forget the accessories!
When the date is a bit dressier, I LOVE wearing bright colors with contrasting black. There is nothing sexier than black skinny jeans and killer heels. I have so many heels it’s hard to choose. San Francisco also gets cold at night, so this outfit is great paired with a little leather jacket.
Between the city lights and the beautiful bay, I don’t think there is anything that’s not romantic about this city.