FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2020
It’s finally time to meet up with that bangin’ dude/chick you matched with on Tinder - and we want to help you make the best first impression!
You’ve carefully curated an image of yourself as a cool, sophisticated traveler (or a degenerate who’s just looking for some more fun), and the Tinder date is the next step. It is also where all expectations go to die. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with options that showcase Budapest’s unique charm and will make you look like you put in just the right amount of effort. Even if your personality might be better conveyed through a phone screen, these Tinder date activities will mask your awkwardness and help ease the date towards a... positive ending.
So maybe no one would ever describe you as “cute,” but do you know what is cute? Kittens, bunnies, chinchillas and almost every other small pet known to man. So why not head to Zoo Cafe and put the focus on these adorable animals instead of on your homely-looking face? Get your date to snuggle up with a cat in the hopes that it’ll be you they’re snuggling up to later.
Let’s be real, Tinder is all about appearances - at least at first. You probably want to know what you’re getting yourself into. Those hot profile pics might be fully accurate and you’ve scored yourself a 10 (props, mate) or they might be photos from 12 years back and this person has since gone majorly downhill. The solution? Pop on over to a water park for your date. It’s a fun excuse to see them in their bathing suit and get some flirtation on in the water… Just make sure you won’t be the one embarrassed by baring all in your togs.
So you’re trying desperately to think of a way to show this new human that you’re actually genuinely nice and not just another dick on Tinder? Show them your altruistic side and help Food Not Bombs with their mission to feed the homeless of Budapest. You’ll come across as that sweet boy/girl to take home to mom… or maybe just to take home...
Unleash your competitive side with a playful game of pinball at the Pinball Museum. Entry gives you unlimited playing time on 130 machines from the past century. They sell snacks and drinks inside as well, so you don’t have to face the daylight until you’re good and ready to show the world that you are the reigning champion of Budapest. Or you could, you know, let your date win a few since you’re trying to pull and not be an egomaniac. Your choice.
Obviously, the best dates include consuming some sort of alcohol. While heading to one of the famous ruin pubs for a cheeky pint and a chat is a great option, there’s always that possibility that one of you will turn out to be a terrible conversationalist, leaving the other quickly chugging that beer and running out the door. Avoid this disaster by joining not just any pub crawl, but Bingo Bar Crawl.
This fun crawl offers the option for a one hour all-you-can-drink open bar of beer, wine, or sangria for a bit of social lubricant to prepare you for the crazy challenges you’ll take part in as part of the “bingo” game. These challenges range from tame - “learn 5 rude phrases in Hungarian” - to a bit more wild, such as “put on red lipstick and kiss someone’s nipples.” Hey, we aren’t saying you and your date have to complete every challenge with just each other, but when you have to “make out with a stranger for as long as you can hold your breath” in the name of completing your Bingo card, it gives you a pretty damn good excuse to cut straight to the chase.
With these awesome spots in your repertoire, you’ll be well prepared for a meet up with any of your future matches whilst here in Budapest. Have fun in this amazing city, and good luck.