Bars are excellent fodder for memorable dates, if we do say so ourselves. Valentine’s Day or otherwise, not much can rival a night out spent with quality drinks that massage better conversations, smooth music, and inimitable vibes with your companion. With that prospect, a big first world problem looms: In a country crowded with bars, how can you possibly pick the right one?

Before you take a downward spiral, and become bait for pricey Valentine’s Day marketing ploys, take a step back to breathe. Think about the type of date you want to have, and what you want to get out of it  (inappropriate jokes at bay, please). Got it? Now, pair that with a suggested bar below, and thank us later.

If nothing below fits your fancy, we’ve got more recommendations on what and where to drink right here.