Blind Date: Natalia and Christie Make Magic at Inga's Alpine Tavern in Denver
Two daters attempt to find love over free drinks and food.
Each month, we set two daters up at a restaurant, give them free food and drinks, then wait for the magic to happen. This month's Blind Date, we set Natalia and Christie up for a special night at Inga's Alpine Tavern in Denver.
Meet The Daters
Current Job: Gymnastics coach and entertainer, but entertainer first.
Why are you going on a Rooster Blind Date? Because I feel like it would be a great story.
What do you do for fun? I like burlesque, circus, and comedy. Same things I do for work.
What are you best at? Making people laugh whether they want to or not.
What do you suck at? Being on time.
Do you sing in the shower? Always! You mean my wet auditorium? Yes!!
What are you most grateful for? Really grateful to be an artist who’s family supports their art.
Do you want kids? Yes: one adopted and however many “the good lord provides.”
Immediate red flags: Fear-based people. Conservative Christians.
One thing you can’t live without: Art.
Why did your last relationship end: Because I’m a witch and he’s a rational materialist.
Celebrity crush: Irene Adler in Sherlock Holmes. James Franco for men.
Guilty pleasure: Catholics. I’ve never met a catholic who’s not a little kinky.
Current Job: Beer tender.
Why are you going on a Rooster Blind Date? For the story.
What do you do for fun? I drink beer, go to sporting events.
What are you best at? Not being wrong.
What do you suck at? Sports betting.
Do you sing in the shower? No. I like to meditate in the shower.
What are you most grateful for? My family.
Do you want kids? Yeah. 2.
Immediate red flags: Being snarky or mean to waitstaff. I’m in the industry.
One thing you can’t live without: My support system. My friends and family.
Why did your last relationship end: 2 months ago. I broke it off. It got boring.
Celebrity crush: Mila Kunis.
Guilty pleasure: Taylor Swift.
It’s a beautiful night in Denver and the fun is just beginning for another Rooster blind date. Christie arrives early and tells us she’s into sports betting. She needs the Buccaneers to get the next touchdown (they do not). The Cowboys are now up 24-0. Natalia arrives late in what some would call “western gear.” Coincidence the Stockshow was this week? We digress. The daters share small talk, order some drinks, watch the Buccaneers get crushed then we pull them aside to see how things are going.
How’s it going so far?
N: It's going awesome. I told her when I got here I was exited to see who would say fuck yes to a first date at a strip club. I’m really glad it’s a really cool chick and not a dude with a mustache.
C: It’s good. She’s cute, good conversations so far. Easy to talk to which is always nice.
Are you glad it’s a woman?
N: Yesh. We both were talking about how this would be a lot more … What kind of man would sign up for a first date at a strip club?
C: Yes. Period.
What were your first impressions of the dater?
N: I think she’s super sweet. Super funny. She seems like she knows what she wants and doesn’t have a hard time being direct.
C: She’s cute. She has better style than I do. She seems fun to get to know.
Is this the type of person you’d normally date?
N: I don’t really date, so… unless someone saunters into a show of mine and I’m captivated enough… So it’s hard to say. My dating life is a vacant opera house.
C: Negative. She’s just not someone I would usually go for.
Anything right away that might be a deal breaker?
N: Might be – she likes sports and I don’t care for sports. I don’t care that she likes sports, but if you really love sports, I don’t. Also, they sometimes annoy Earth signs.
C: No. She ordered french fries. I like that.
Where do you normally meet potential partners?
N: Either traveling or they come to a show.
C: Friends of friends. Connections. Things like that.
What’s the strangest dating story you have?
N: I took my last partner (second date to a strip club) and the 3rd date was to see me perform stand-up comedy at a nudist resort.
C: I tried Bumble during covid, and we went on a “walk” through Wash Park and he could not stop pointing at airplanes because he was studying aviation. He would stop me all the time to point out airplanes and it sucked and it was terrible.
What are you most nervous about for tonight?
N: I was nervous about being late, but that already happened so there’s nothing to be nervous about!
C: I’m not nervous.
Did you get any advice for this date?
N: Two of my friends told me to use my stage name to promote and advertise. If you want to mention, my name is Miss Kitty D. Vine.
C: No. I didn’t tell very many people I was going on it.
How did you prepare for the date?
N: I spent 10 mins jazzing myself in a tiny office wardrobe. That’s literally it.
C: I listened to Taylor Swift. She gets you going.
How did your date dress tonight?
N: I think she’s dressed very cozy and casual.
C: She looks really good.
Date is going well. The Cowboys are up 31-14. Christie’s date is going even better. Does that annoy Natalia? She says she doesn’t care about the touchdown; lying is unbecoming of her. Over tavern plates, the daters continue to talk like BFFs from years past. So much so, Natalia doesn’t want to come over for the second interview. We say they are both contractually obligated. They oblige.
Do you ladies have anything in common?
N: We both have a belief in magical thinking. And an inkling that we might leave Denver. Not sure where, but just an inkling of where’s next.
C: We’re both pretty spiritual woo woo. Astrology and all that stuff. Sign: Capricorn.
What do you like about your date?
N: She’s a really great listener, really great conversation. Really interesting to talk to. There hasn’t been a lull in our conversation so I’m excited to learn more about her.
C: So easy to talk to. We have good conversations.
What do you not like about your date?
N: That’s so rude! I don’t know if I know her that well to find things I don’t like.
C: She doesn’t like football! I’m trying not to watch too much, but we’re at a sports bar!
What’s the most attractive thing about your date?
N: Personality: curiosity and presence. Physical: she’s got very beautiful eyes.
C: Her whole energy about her is pretty attractive. It just works. I like it.
How would your parents feel about the dater?
N: They don’t believe in bisexuality, so they’d probably call me a pervert. They respect my art, not my sexuality. Not all my choices. I’ve come out 3 times; it gets easier every time.
C: My mom would love her. My dad would not like that she doesn't like sports.
What’s been the best part of the date so far?
N: Hearing about her New Year’s Eve. Diving into our spiritual woo woo talk and belief.
C: The conversation is great.
What could make the date better?
N: Sushi. I’m a sushiholic on a rice and bento box budget.
C: Once the cameras leave…
How’s the chemistry on a scale of 1-10?
N: It’s hard to rate a human on a numerical scale, but I’m curious to learn more.
C: Probably like a 5.
Where would you like the night to go from here?
N: Sadly I have a very early morning. The night from here goes to planning for tomorrow but hopefully seeing each other again. Our second date will have to be at Shotguns!
C: We were really set on the strip club, so we’ll see.
So, good night kiss?
N: Only time will tell! And a lady never tells.
C: Not sure yet.
Talk of the strip club following the date makes us regret having to leave early but budgetary restraints don’t allow for Rooster staff to partake in strip club festivities—maybe next month? As the daters keep talking and Tom Brady shits the bed, we leave knowing it’s been a good night. We call the next morning to see how things ended the night before.
How was dinner at Inga’s Alpine Tavern?
N: Really good. I didn’t know what to expect with tavern food, but it was not your average bar food so that was delightful.
C: Food was good! Didn’t help the Buccaneers lost.
What happened after Rooster left?
N: We did end up going to Shotgun Willie's. It was her first time there.
C: We decided to go to Shotgun Willie's since that was the original plan. I had never been, but she had so she seemed to know the ropes.
What was the best part of the date and why?
N: Conversation was really good. It kept flowing all night long and she was very easy to talk to.
C: Best part of the date was definitely titties.
Was there a goodnight kiss?
N: A lady never tells!
C: There wasn’t a kiss.
Will there be a second date?
N: I think so. Hopefully when we’re both back in Denver the times will align.
C: I don’t see a second date. There wasn’t any chemistry.
Strip clubs, football and fish and chips, what more could you ask for from a bi-sexual date? While the conversation flowed like a fresh Colorado craft beer, the chemistry never seemed to click for Christie. Something tells us sports had something to do with it. As we look back at another fun night with a missed connection, we prepare for next month's date because there's love in the air and Rooster will find it!