Our charm comes in the form of Nor’easters, questionable accents, and a veering-on-psychotic love of sports.
Let’s face it, Boston doesn’t exactly have a romantic reputation.
Unlike New York or Paris, we’re not known for our glittering parties, scenic strollable avenues, or adorable patisseries.
Accept the inevitability of dating people who spend more time with their Mac Books than their fellow humans, send unsolicited and inaccurate erotic fiction via text message after your first outing together, break out a backgammon board in the middle of a bar but refuse to teach you how to play, or demonstrate how many push-ups they can do (approximately five) in the middle of a crowded Chipotle, while confused onlookers hesitantly order burritos. On the plus side, this means most of us aren’t going to move in with you until we’re good and ready, and even then, we’ll likely make sure there are a few buffer friends in the house so we can try out the whole living-with-you idea before really shacking up.
Here are 17 things you need to know before you head out for that wicked-hot date in the Hub. If you're not in grad school, the person asking may pause, give a puzzled look, and contemplate their own crippling student debt before continuing the conversation. Basically, sports games are blackout dates for dating, UNLESS the game IS the date (which is pretty often if we’re honest).
Just resign yourself to talking about your education every time you go out. And if you know what’s good for you, you won’t go Downtown on Patriot’s Day, or cross the river during the Head of the Charles Regatta unless you’re partaking in the festivities.
Unlike women in other major metropolitan areas, Boston chicks are typically more concerned with comfort and warmth than with fashion, so there better be a damn good reason to get dolled up.The notable exception to this is Back Bay, where ladies wear lipstick and Lulus to walk their dogs from one end of Newbury St to the other.Only a small pool of men bothers with belts and button-downs around here.Women wear flats on coffee dates and almost everywhere else (because cobblestone streets are hell on stilettos).Almost everybody is on Ok Cupid, Tinder, and/or Grindr.Observing Ok Cupid dates in the wild is practically a Cambridge-side spectator sport. Sure, there are awkward people everywhere, but in Boston, it seems like the lion’s share of the dating pool. Most Bostonian 20-somethings (and a fair number of 30-somethings) live with other people their age, so you better have that Spotify playlist on lock, and the dishes out of the sink by morning.