Read through this guide for a full listing of every best restaurant and bar in the city for dating, or click each category type below for separate maps of those restaurants and bars across the Bay Area.First date, drinks: A first date bar should have good drinks, a buzzy vibe (full, but not crowded), and the ability to order some food if things are going well.Formerly Alice Waters' Cafe Fanny for 28 years, Bartavelle picks up where Alice left off with a very Berkeley vibe and adorable patio.If coffee goes long, there's a selection of Kermit Lynch wines for sipping al fresco. Second date, moderate: La Marcha A bustling Spanish restaurant in Berkeley's International Marketplace district, La Marcha has an extensive menu of tapas, paellas, and charcuterie.LTR, expensive: Ditto on the above, but for when the you're feeling a bit more fancy or have a special occasion to celebrate.Breakup spot: Breakups should always happen in the privacy of one's home.Each section includes options for a first date, a breakup, a longterm relationship, and other scenarios (see the key, below right, for exact categories).These categories were chosen for popular date night needs.
But here's the thing: A great first date spot is going to look quite different from an anniversary spot — or even a second date spot, for that matter.When the deed is done, listen to any number of ballads on the jukebox that are perfect for soothing an addled heart. First date, drinks: Holy Water Excellent cocktails in a modern space are all you need for a first date in this sleepy neighborhood.Plus, there are some bar snacks like nuts and jerky to help line your stomach. First date, coffee: Pinhole The colorful, quirky space has seating inside and out front, and the rotating coffee is always on point.After, walk down the street for drinks in downtown Berkeley amongst the students, to feel young and unattached again. Breakup spot: Missouri Lounge This ancient dive bar is as faded as your relationship, and the perfect place to nip it in the bud.Drown your mutual sorrows at opposite ends of the bar with "the special," a shot and a beer for .