Just when you thought fried chicken couldn’t get any better, it turns out it’s the ideal first date food.
Seriously, this is the best dating news we’ve had in a long time. It comes from a newly released survey from the dating app Hinge. They asked 8,000 of their members across five U.S. cities about which kinds of first dates led to those illusive second dates. The results are instructive — and may make you thirsty.
That’s a good thing since grabbing drinks was definitely the most effective first date move. Thirty-seven percent of people said that drinks had led to a second date. That was followed by the equally casual coffee date (34 percent saw success). Lunch and dinner, both far more of a serious time commitment, were lower on the list.
If you want to get specific about which drinks worked, your best bet is a bloody Mary, which had a 57 percent success rate. Who can say no to all those garnishes? After that came the old fashioned, with 35 percent, followed by beer at 27 percent. Tequila was at the bottom of the list, at just 20 percent. Just say no to shots if you want a shot at a second date.
The most satisfying news is that 24 percent of people responded best to an outing for fried chicken. Oddly, grabbing vegan came in at 23 percent. You really gotta land on the right side of that one or you’re really out of luck. Sushi (19 percent) and pizza (15 percent) were also on the list. Surprisingly, pancakes came in at the bottom of the list with only 9 percent.
Hinge also came up with a bunch of city-specific date locations that work well — like Golden Gate Park in San Francisco or Chicago’s Wrigley Field. IRL, their online magazine has the details if you want to pour over them to find a place near you. Overall, though, while parks were a popular first date spot, going to a movie was the on average the most likely to score you a second date.
Obviously these results don’t necessarily apply across the board, since they’re all from Hinge users, but what’s the worst that can happen if you use them as guidance? You go to a movie, then head out for fried chicken (or your favorite vegan fried chicken spot!) and order a bloody Mary.
You’ll have the date of your dreams even if it doesn’t turn into true romance.