When you go on a first date, there's a lot at stake. As you know, you only get once chance to make a first impression.

So when you're out there on your inaugural voyage with a woman, here are a few bad first dates to avoid:

Messy Food -- To be perfectly safe, go for drinks or coffee and avoid such things as giant sandwiches, ribs, onion rings, and spaghetti.

Dive Bar -- You might think it's charming in a dirty-floor and watered-down-beer sort of way, but you must step up your game just a bit when getting to know someone.

The Movies -- The idea of a first date is to talk to each other, not sit in silence and watch other people talking.

Somewhere She Works or You Work -- Very important to meet on a neutral field. You don't need the pressure and prying eyes of people who know you.