If you don't drive, create an alternate plan before you meet—bringing cab fare or arranging a ride.
“[Texting] is a great way to flirt, maybe give them a taste of who you are,” says dating coach Chrisler.
It also takes away some of those first-date jitters by knowing this isn't really a date.7. Remember all of your dating rules, mind your manners, and even though it's casual, put a little effort into your look.
I decided to make my first meetings casual because I got tired of getting all dressed up for someone that either didn't show up, or were otherwise disappointing. If something doesn't seem right before you meet, don't do it.
“[But] they’re not a great way to go deep or get to know the person’s personality.” Chris Donahue, a 28-year-old writer from Brooklyn, believes men should still foot the bill, at least on the first date.
“It opens up a kind of flirty dialogue of like, ‘You can pay for the next date,’ ” he says.