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July 20, 2017

Report: Where Philly’s OkCupid users go for first dates, hook-ups, and bathroom sex

Summer Online Dating
Tattooed Mom Thom Carroll/for PhillyVoice

The coveted bathroom at Tattooed Mom.

With summer hook-up season in full swing, Philadelphia’s singles are no doubt hard at work finding their next date in the LCD-glow of their smartphones.

One of the area’s most prominent dating apps, OkCupid, asked the dating community the places they frequent the most for dates – and other romantic activities – and where you can expect to witness a healthy share of awkward first-Internet-date conversations.

Along with FourSquare, OkCupid unveiled their findings in the 2017 Daters’ Choice Awards, surveying 10 major metropolitan areas in the U.S. for their favorite places for each dating category.

Some striking takeaways from the data: Philadelphians will not resist working cheesesteaks into a romantic evening. Dalessandro's Steaks was named the best "Dime Saver Destination" for OkCupid dates, so if you’re ever worried about being a cheap date, keep that in mind.

If you’re thirsty for Instagram love, OkCupid voters chose Mission Taqueria as the "Most Instagrammable" date location. What doesn’t say romance like watching your date agonize over which Instagram filter better suits their tacos, Crema or Nashville?

The Trestle Inn was voted the best “Spot That Gets The Sex Started,” but if you’re looking to actually seal the deal in the immediate, then head over to Tattooed Mom instead, because that got high marks as the “Best Bathroom For Sex.” If you can withstand the grunginess in there, kudos to you.

If you’re looking to seem ~sophisticated~ and impress your date, head to the Mütter Museum, which was named best “Intellectual Attraction.”

Here’s the list of other top-voted Philly date spots:

• Nerdy Pickup Spot: Barcade
• No-Bro Sports Bar: Good Dog Bar
• Classic Local Spot: Johnny Brenda’s
• Well-Hidden Haunt: Hop Sing Laundromat
• Boozy Date Spot: The Franklin Bar
• Ass-Kicking Locale: North Bowl
• Open-Air Option: Morgan’s Pier

You can view a map of all the haunts on FourSquare here.

If you haven't heard, PhillyVoice is delving into your love lives this summer and exploring the topic of dating. An addition to articles like this one and others, we want to hear your bad dating stories. We’ll compile our favorites – and don’t worry, we’ll protect the identities of all parties involved.

Sharing your tales of dates-gone-wrong will be cathartic for everyone involved. You can read more of our reporting on dating in the digital age here, or jump right in and tell us your experiences using the form below: