You’ve finally met someone special here in the fine city of Philadelphia. Dating anywhere is not easy, but dating in Philly is a world of its own. From going on dates to dive bars to having fall Sundays to yourself, here are a few things you need to know before dating a guy in Philadelphia.
1. Sundays are off limits.
Not completely. They’re just off limits in the fall to anything other than football-related activities. If you’re down to rock some green and head to the stadium, you won’t miss out on quality time. However, if you expect to go for a leisurely fall hike on a sunny September Sunday you’re about to be sorely disappointed.
2. You’re going to eat a lot, but you’ll eat well.
Whether in his home or out and about, your dating lives are going to center around food and drink. Don’t worry, though, you’ll be eating some of the best food in the country while you get to know each other.
3. Honesty is non-negotiable.
Game playing can be a part of dating life in other parts of the world but don’t bring that nonsense with you here to Philly. The people here are honest — sometimes to a fault. You think that shirt is cute but everyone else thinks it’s long overdue for the donation pile? Your Philly guy is going to let you know. Don’t be offended, it’s how they show love.
4. You will learn to love Philly.
Whether you want to or not. Philly pride is infectious, it’s almost impossible not to fall in love with the city. Even if you don’t end up loving it here, you better damn well act like you do around him and his friends.
5. Being taken to a dive bar is a sign of affection.
In other cities, it might be a sign of disrespect to bring a date to a spot with $3 beers. Here in Philly it’s anything but. If your guy brings you to his favorite dive bar it means he’s really into you.
6. You’ll never date a more loyal guy.
Generally speaking, you won’t meet a more loyal guy than the one you find in Philly. Ask him about his friend from 20 years ago and he’s probably never missed a birthday celebration in their two decades of friendship.
7. They probably won’t take you for cheesesteaks, but they might take you for hoagies.
Contrary to what Creed might have you believe, there likely won’t be any cheesesteak date nights. If you’re going for cheap late-night food, it’ll probably be a Wawa hoagie.