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Yesssss! Sober First Date Ideas

Dating in a world soaked in alcohol need not stop you from making a genuine connection with another person on a sober first date.

As people in recovery, we recognize that we live in a world that far too often uses alcohol as a crutch.

First dates without any alcohol are a cool idea, and you don't have to be in recovery to take advantage of the benefits of sober dating.


Coffee Date

A coffee date is a great choice as a first date, especially if you are coffee lovers, like so many of us in recovery are. You and your date can hop from coffee shop to coffee shop, trying out different beverages — and by the end of the afternoon or evening, who knows? You might just know everything there is to know about each other — maybe, lol!

Take Your Dog(s) For A Walk Or Not?

This type of date is obviously geared towards one or both of you having dogs, but it can be a great first date option. You can go to a local park or recreational area and chat while you see how this potential date is with your pooch. Also, if your dog doesn't seem to like or trust your date, that's a red flag worth noting. Many people would agree that dogs have an amazing instinct for sensing who's good . . . and who's not so good.

A Work-Out Date

OKAY, so we know that working out as a date may sound like a crazy idea? But hold on! For some folks, it's a really good choice, considering it's an environment where drinking is not an option. Working out isn't everyone's idea of romance, but breaking a sweat together can be a lot of fun, especially if you pair it up with a refreshing smoothie or iced coffee afterward for a chance to talk and get to know each other a little better.

Going to The Movies

Is Always A Good Option!

Movies are a great date choice because there's something really fun about grabbing some hot buttered popcorn, and maybe a hot dog and being entertained for the next several hours on a humongous screen! Afterwardicebreaker, you and your date can talk about the movie (which is a natural ice breaker) over a delicious cappuccino, cup of tea or hot chocolate, at a cool coffee shop or cozy restaurant.


  • Bowling - Hey, Its Cheap And Its Fun!

  • Go Bicycling Or Rollerblading Together

  • Tour Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

  • Play A Couple Sets Of Tennis At Sankey/Elmwood Park In The City Of Colusa

  • Check Out A Local Fair, Car Show Or Holiday Event

  • Head Out To A Driving Range And Whack The Heck Out Of Some Golf Balls!

  • Visit The Sacramento Valley Museum In Williams

  • Meet Online And Play An Action-Packed Gaming Video

  • Grab Two Fishing Poles (and a few worms) And Show Off Your Amazing Fishing Skills

  • Eat Pizza On A Bench At The Sacramento River Levee In Colusa - Why? Because Pizza Tastes Good Everywhere!

  • Volunteer - Make A Difference In Other Peoples Lives - Together

  • Take A Class - Zumba, Painting, Cooking or Yoga

  • Go for a Jog Or A Leisurely Walk

  • Meet On Zoom For A Virtual Date

  • Attend A Local Farmers Market In Your Community

  • Hook Up At A Mall - Do A Little Shopping - Then Hit The Food Court

  • If You Attend Church? Invite That Special Someone To Join You At A Holiday Service or Special Function

Got A Sober Dating Idea?

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Contributing CCR volunteer editor: Susan Wagenaar.

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