Next time you find yourself in Soho and surrounding gay bars, take a little time between sipping on your beer to peer through the number of brooding men in their tank tops three sizes too small and see all those awkward ‘virgin’ gaydar dates. The first meet from net to bar.
Now I know from personal experience again that when you walk into a bar and go up to many men asking ‘Sorry are you Ben?’ can be mortifying. Trying to find your perfect man from the hundreds of thousands of men online is that somewhat easier then finding that one you have traded countless emails with, in a bar with a capacity of 150.
Then you have the fear that they don’t actually look like Brad Pitt as they do in the photo. In fact the look more like Wayne Rooney. But this is only in very unfortunate circumstances.
Most of the time they are as perfect as they look in that 6×4 photo online. So after traipsing through every stereotypical gay in the bar – you find him. The one you have conversed with for days online. Being open and in some case a bit dirtier then you actually are.
Drinks bought. You sit. You stare. Your mind is blank. All those msn dates out the window. Suddenly you have to be yourself and can’t hide behind the pixelated screen. It’s raw. It’s you.
The usual talk and elaborate lying to make you sound that bit more interesting takes place from both sides. Then a few drinks down and you begin to reminisce on the talks you have had. The one where your little devil popped out from your privates and started whispering sweet nothings in your ear.
This social awkwardness is visible to everyone in the sticky floor bar. You will always see this scenario in deepest darkest corners. Not sure whether this is them praying the date won’t see the white head that has suddenly popped up or if it’s they don’t want the gay community to sit and watch this first date scenario. Cause let’s be honest – we all love a bit of drama.
So next time you are in a bar, listen out for that awkward silence or the overpowering roar of fake laughter in the corners of the bar. Watch and hope that they do in fact hit it off. As we all know, this gaydar business is no ‘walk in the park.’
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