What is the Best Night for Date Night?

Which night bodes better for your next date night — Monday or Friday?

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When it comes to dating, there is a lot to think about. Which restaurant is best? Where to wait for your date? Furthermore, what you order to eat or drink provides your dining partner a window into who you are.

Is your date scheduled for a Tuesday or a Thursday? It makes a difference, you know! Read below to see what the night of the week says about your date (then brush up on these 12 dinner date dealbreakers).


The Monday Night Date: 
Monday night is the antithesis of date night: People are usually back at work, and back to their weeknight routines, maybe getting caught up on the errands like grocery shopping, laundry, and going to the gym. Really, there is nothing sexy about a Monday night... And this is actually good news. If someone schedules a date with you on a Monday night, it means they are really eager to spend time with you. Screw the norms, they don't even want to wait for a more socially acceptable night of the week. Even Wednesday is an eternity away when you're "in like."


The Tuesday Night Date: 
A Tuesday night date can mean ambivalence. Sure, they'll grab coffee/a drink with you. And maybe, if things go well, it will turn into a late night. But it's also the night of, "I'll just pop by for one drink and if it sucks, I'll be home in time for Parks and Recreation." No one goes into a Tuesday night date expecting a super long evening.


The Wednesday Night Date: 
Statistically speaking, it's the best night of the week for a date. Maybe it's because by Wednesday night, people have recovered from the weekend and are looking for a nice break in the work week. Because it's a weeknight, Wednesday nights are unburdened by "Will we spend the night together?" pressure, which can free people up to act a little more brazenly, and it lets longer nights feel more spontaneous.


The Thursday Night Date: 
Thursday nights are pretty good. It's almost the weekend, and people usually feel more free to stay out late on a Thursday night (and be hungover at work on a Friday) than they do earlier in the week. Still, Thursday isn't a complete free-for-all. A Thursday night date means you want to have a good time, but you're not yet ready to give up precious weekend time. A weekend date you have to work toward.


The Friday Night Date: 
Friday night is the second best date night of the week. People feel festive and ready to go out. The lack of work the next day obviously means a greater chance of staying out late and throwing all caution to the wind. Friday night loses some of its edge by virtue of dates coming right after work. People might have time to stop at home, but not for long. This means that people are slightly less rested, and slightly less primped, than they would be for a Saturday night date.


The Saturday Night Date: 
This is prime real estate: The one day of the week where you don't have to work all day, and don't have to be anywhere the next morning. You only get one a week, so people are often loathe to waste it on anything but a "sure bet" — a night out with friends, for instance. If someone makes plans with you for a Saturday night, they're pretty sure that they'll have as good a time hanging out with you as with anyone else, a high compliment, indeed. Girls especially will take advantage of the extra time on Saturday to really get ready for the date, and dress up far more than they would on a weeknight.


The Sunday Night Date: 
It’s the worst night of the week. A Sunday night date just calls attention to the fact that you both had other plans with other people (whether with friends or dates) on Friday and Saturday. You're both probably pretty drained from the weekend, and possibly pretty stressed about the work week ahead. Chances are you won't stay out late, won't drink too much because you're hungover from the weekend, and won't spend too much because you're broke. Sundays are no fun for dates. Better to stay in and recuperate, rather than try to squeeze too much out of the weekend.

— Chiara Atik, How About We


Related Links:

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