When we headed into Rose Bar to play pool, Phil's outrageously obnoxious behavior escalated quickly, and the guys we were playing pool against asked what on earth was wrong with me for dating him.
I'm sure they thought I must be a gold-digger or hired escort for putting up with the animal that was Phil.
We kept the bartender names and bars anonymous to protect the innocent (and to make sure you keep having really awkward dates there). They were both probably mid-20s, it was their first date, and she was at the bar before he got there. ' She looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Fucking Tinder.'” ...
which she called abruptly ending a date early, walking around the block, and calling friends in the neighborhood to meet her at a bar.
Girl-in-black was explaining how much she enjoyed the fact that girl-in-white always wrote her handwritten notes.
And everyone knows the real freaks congregate in NYC, meaning terrible one-on-ones are amplified in the most gruesome way, and often broadcasted across Facebook for all the world to recount. You had us laughing, crying, laughing again, and then almost vomiting. OMG, look behind you, I've been trying to figure out these people since I got here.' Me: 'Hmm, interesting group. In my mind, I was stoked for drinks with a hot, bearded, blue-eyed hipster from Long Island City, not someone with delusions about being a reincarnated American Civil War Yankee officer.
Dating can suck no matter where you are, but NYC dating is a special type of suck. They were there for an hour and ultimately left in different directions, but not before the guy got up and went to the restroom.
So, we talked to a bunch of local NYC bartenders about the weirdest/worst/most uncomfortable first dates they've witnessed at their bars. He was annoying right off the bat, from the second he sat down. When he was in there I walked over to her and gave her a look like 'What are you doing here with this guy?
So, it was the first date for this couple and it wasn’t happening.
He did this awkward thing -- he couldn’t look her in the eyes.