If you change locations, such moving to a different bar or restaurant, call or text message your friend to keep them updated.Arrange to have the friend call you at a specified time, such as one hour into the date, to check how things are going.
This is a basic rule to keep in mind whenever you meet an online date.
Refrain from inviting them to your home, or meeting them at their place.
Sure, you're out to have a good time but if everything goes well there will be many, many more good times to come. Do not leave your personal belongings or drink unattended at any time.
If you go to the bathroom take your phone, bag and/or wallet with you. Keep any drinks close to you at all times and if you've left it, leave it. Be aware of your date's behavior and body language.
If you have gotten to know your date well, your first meeting should go off really well and you will likely enjoy your first date.
However, always keep your guard up just a little bit, at least until you have had a few more dates.
If you are made to feel uncomfortable at any time attract the attention of someone around you.
Tell a waitress, a security guard, a passerby, a stranger in the bathroom - just attract the attention and support of someone around you – and leave.
It may sound like a cliché but always trust your instincts. Similarly if your gut is telling you that you've met the most amazing person in the world, arrange a second date!