Blind Dates

Soothe your nerves at these worry-free spots.

 
At the Hawaii State Art Museum, go for a quick lunch, or spend a long afternoon. 

Photo: Courtesy Thirtyninehotel

Flirt Away

For a downtown date spot with a cool vibe, take your date to the outdoor bar at Thirtyninehotel on a weekday night. Not too crowded, you’ll be able to carry on flirtatious conversation, while sampling tapas and sophisticated cocktails off of its menu, like the Late Night with blackberries, hints of vanilla and lime. When you’ve finished, take a walk around the lounge and admire the art on its walls. 39 Hotel St., thirtyninehotel.com. Watch a video from our editors.
 

Soup and Sculptures

The Hawaii State Art Museum offers a perfect blind date spot. Get to know each other over a casual lunch at Downtown, and enjoy gourmet sandwiches made with local ingredients, salad, soups and dessert. If you feel like lunch has ended too soon, take your soon-to-be-soul mate to browse art through the galleries upstairs. Reservations recommended for lunch. hawaiistateartmuseum.org.
 

Tea Time

Get to know your date over a cup of tea at The Tea Farm. The shop features 50 varieties of loose tea in a casual, inviting atmosphere. Try an herbal tea, such as rosebud or lavender to relax your nerves. The detailed descriptions next to the jars of tea provide a great conversation starter. She’ll be asking for a second date in no time. 2600 S. King St., 945-2679, theteafarm.com.
 

Get Your Fix

Coffee houses and blind dates seem synonymous, so why not go to the best one. Coffee Talk won our Best of Honolulu readers’ pick for best local coffee house. Not only does this café serve tasty, homemade sandwiches, pastries and desserts in addition to its locally grown coffee, but also it’s decorated with interesting artwork and has plenty of seating. Five years from now, you’ll both look back at this date with fond memories. 3601 Waialae Ave., 737-7444.