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 Beth and Ryan up for a special night at The Post – LoHi in Denver.
Meet The Daters
Current job: Massage therapist and project estimator for glass.
Favorite food: Cheba Hut.
Biggest Pet Peeve: Getting up in the morning.
Cats or dogs: Cats, but I love them both.
Winter or Summer: Summer.
Do you want kids? Never.
One of your best qualities: Loyal, funny and caring.
Immediate Red Flags: People constantly on their phone.
How many times have you been in love? Several times.
Do you believe in love at first sight? No.
One thing you can’t live without: My cat Kali.
Strange date story? One time, I applied to this magazine ad and here we are…
How did your last relationship end: He couldn’t keep his dick out of other girls.
Longest Relationship: 3 years.
Celebrity Crush: Leonardo DiCaprio or Eric Cartman from South Park.
Guilty pleasure: Mountain Dew.
Current job: Arborist.
Favorite food: Sushi or pizza.
Biggest Pet Peeve: People who talk over you.
Cats or Dogs: Both.
Winter or Summer: Summer.
Do you want kids? Maybe, depending on the person.
One of your best qualities: I have none—and I don’t take myself too seriously.
Immediate Red Flag: She chugged vodka out of the bottle on a recent date.
How many times have you been in love? Once or twice.
Do you believe in love at first sight: No.
One thing you can’t live without: Pizza.
Strange date story? I ruined a first date by going to see The Hills Have Eyes 2; never heard from her again.
How did your last relationship end: Mutually: we realized we were different people at the end.
Celebrity Crush: Ana de Armas
Guilty pleasure: Beers on a Monday.
Who doesn’t love chicken and beer? The relaxed atmosphere of The Post is ready as the daters arrive for the evening. They settle in for some deviled egg appetizers and a couple whiskey cocktails. Once they’ve met, we pull them aside to see if the relationship has as much spice as the chicken seasoning.
How would you describe your dating life in three words?
Beth: Fun. Confusing. Exhausting.
Ryan: Better off dead. Like the movie with John Cusack.
Where do you normally meet potential partners?
B: At Bars or at a show.
R: Dating apps.
Why are you here tonight?
B: A girl has got to eat.
R: I thought your magazine was cool and it would be a cool way to meet someone.
What are you most nervous about for tonight?
B: The end of the date … how is it going to go over.
R: I was nervous about going on a blind date for the first time.
What are you looking for in a partner?
B: Loyalty, someone that I have fun with, and someone who gives me my space.
R: Honesty and empathy.
Did you get any advice for this date?
B: I asked a lot of people this question and everyone said have fun.
R: Stay true to yourself.
How did you prepare for the date?
B: Getting ready—I drank a Truly on the way here.
R: Took a shower, had an anxiety attack and chugged a beer.
What was the first thing you noticed about the dater?
B: How buff he was.
R: Her extremely blue eyes.
What are your first impressions?
B: He seems like a player. He’s nice.
R: She’s fun. She’s open and easy to talk with.
Are you attracted to your date?
B: He is attractive.
Well, Beth doesn’t hold back in the first round while Ryan seems like he’s here for a good time and good food. Hopefully the daters brush off the first round jitters with some fried chicken and beer. Once they’re done with their meal, we check back in to see how things are going.
How was dinner?
B: I had the Yoga Pants (Salad). It was really good.
R: Great. I had the portobello sandwich.
Have your first impressions changed?
B: Yes, slightly. He seems more genuine.
R: No, she’s great. I like how honest she is.
Do you guys have anything in common?
B: Yes, absolutely. He likes to go to shows like I do.
R: More of a gregarious nature than I assume.
Are there any deal breakers so far?
What’s something interesting you’ve learned about your date?
B: He’s Hawaiian.
R: She really loves her cat.
How do they compare to other people you’ve dated?
B: He’s more engaging.
R: I like talking with her a lot. I’ve had some awkward dates where I have to initiate the conversation.
What would your parents say about the dater?
B: She’d say that he's good looking and hot.
R: I’m pretty sure they would like her.
What’s been the best part of the date so far?
B: The company and the environment.
R: The conversation is awesome. It’s effortless.
What could make the date better?
B: Better music.
R: Besides free food and free drinks, not really.
How’s the chemistry on a scale of 1 to 10?
Where do you see the night going?
B: Both to our own respectable homes.
R: Hopefully talking more and figuring each other out.
Good food, good conversation and no deal breakers seems like a good start but the two daters can't seem to find the spark. After dinner, when they head down to the Groovy Bar underneath The Post for a nightcap. Rooster leaves and checks back in the next day.
What happened after Rooster left?
B: We went downstairs to the Groove Room. It was a vibe.
R: After Rooster left we had a drink downstairs in the “groovy” area. After that we went our separate ways.
What was the best part of the night?
B: Making out and not having to give up my number.
R: The best part of the night was getting to meet someone new and have our food and drinks paid for.
Would you have changed anything about the date?
B: I wouldn’t change anything about the date.
R: Would have ordered more deviled eggs.
Was there a goodnight kiss?
B: I would say yes, a kiss goodbye forever.
R: There was kind of an obligatory first kiss.
Would you go on a second date with them?
R: If we were going to go on a date again, it’d be more of a platonic setting.
B:Nah. Wish him all the best out there.
Any advice for future blind daters?
B: Answer questions carefully, especially after you’ve had a few dranks.
R: My advice: just relax and have fun doing something out of the norm.
Is there anything you want to end with?
B: Honored to be part of this Rooster experience, thanks yo!
R: It was a pretty cool experience. If you guys want to keep sending me on blind dates and paying for it, I’m totally down!
The night didn’t get much better after we left. Sure there was a goodnight kiss but it turns out that’s just an obligatory gesture of kindness. Rooster has managed to make platonic friends yet again… upward and onward with the next daters! There’s love in the air and we’ll find it.