As they say, you never get a second chance to make a first impression! A great first date can be at a bar where you share a couple appetizers and drinks. Be mindful of the conversation to avoid it being one-sided. Maybe it’s because it’s summer and everywhere I look I see couples outside, holding hands. and questioning my old defiant attitude toward staying single.However, there are a few things to watch out for, and five important tips to help you get started. Make sure you have sober time before even considering dating again.There’s the classic “one year rule” that those in 12 step programs advice their sponsees and newcomers to abide by.