There was a time when men would always pick up the tab for dinner, whether on a first date or indeed subsequent dates. But times have changed and these days equality is the name of the game so it should come as no surprise that Fred Siriex, general manager of Galvin at Windows in the London Hilton, believes the bill should be split between a couple. Singleton, Elaine Kavanagh agrees and says if a man ever asked her to pay for dinner or even to go halves, she would walk out of the restaurant. The proof of the pudding, as they say, is always in the eating and some restauranteurs say the tides are beginning to turn with more and more couples opting for the modern approach. Niall Dunne, operations manager of Newpark Hotel Kilkenny, says equality really is becoming the name of the game as many people are choosing to split the bill. Shane Molony, general manager of Riba restaurant in Stillorgan, has also seen a trend towards splitting the bill, but says more often than not, the man does end up paying. So while the equality debate rumbles on, who pays the restaurant bill is set to be questioned for some time yet.
Why splitting the bill on a first date could be the key to a successful love life
A man who paid for dates showed that he could fill the role of provider, and this supported the model of romantic relationship as transactional. Skip navigation! It’s a moment so many women who date men have experienced: I’m at the end of a first date, the bill comes, and I’m sitting there, eyeing the guy for signs of his next move. Will he pull the chivalry card, covering the numbers with one hand while deftly putting down his credit card with the other?
Will he act as if nothing happened and let the bill sit between us until the very last moment, waiting to see what I might do? The first guy was “the keeper” — he wanted to take care of me and he valued my time.
As someone who’s been dating since the age of 14, I’ve spent a lot of to men, we should pay for our own share, and split the bill with our date.
This happened to me recently. When lunch was finished and the bill came, my date pulled his wallet out, placed it on the table and then shot me an expectant look. I smiled politely, of course, then started to rummage through my handbag to find my wallet. I put my cash down even though it was more than half the bill , he placed it in his wallet and took out his Platinum MasterCard.
The waitress came over, and he paid. While charging his card, she gave me that little side smirk, as though he was such a gentleman for footing the bill for an expensive lunch. Therefore, no say equals no pay. The start of the relationship is when people put their best foot forward to try to impress each other. One guy I dated made us evenly split Every. He was adamant about the need for me to pay my way through our relationship, despite the fact he earned four times my wage.
Going Dutch? In the age of equality, who pays for dinner?
We had an amazing first date, but things went downhill quickly after the bill arrived at the table and I got the expectant look. The final straw was finishing coffee with him one afternoon and being met with his expectant hand. It was this relationship that made me value generosity and really see that some men use the excuse of splitting the bill to hide their stinginess. This happened to a girlfriend of mine recently. She went out with a man to one of the priciest venues in town.
In , millennials are more likely to split the bill on a first date than older daters, but only by 9%. Only a third of millennial men and women.
The setting: a mid-price range, family-friendly restaurant just before Christmas. A young Japanese couple, early university age, sit together at a table. They nervously hand one another cutely wrapped gifts, fussing over the wrapping paper before opening them. The guy goes first. He gets a nice Moleskine notebook and a fancy ballpoint pen.
He thanks her. The girl goes next. She opens a small box to find a Swarovski earring and necklace set. She thanks him. The end. This actual date happened right next to me when I was writing another article. I made a note of what happened for two reasons: one, they were both being very vocal about their gifts and their discussion of the bill, and two, because it got me thinking about the economics of dating in Japan.
Things are a lot more expensive nowadays thanks to the ever-increasing consumption tax! And yet another thinks nothing of splurging on the weekends with his lady but subsists on conbini fare the rest of the week.
Why it pays to pick up the bill on the first date
I vividly remember my first gay date. He was a large, muscular man with a deep voice that carried throughout the restaurant. He took me to a local sushi restaurant, where he ordered both his food and mine. This came as a shock, but I could tell that for him, it was a means of asserting dominance.
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Moving in with your significant other requires a lot of compromising. Between varying bills and chores like cooking dinner and cleaning the bathroom, some things are divided evenly, while others are covered wholly in exchange for another task. Our first apartment together was a studio in Queens, New York, halfway between each of our jobs. I assumed that as an independent, stubborn woman, I would hold my own in the relationship and pay for half of everything.
I chose a low-paying creative field, and that would be my lifestyle. Before loans kicked in, he expressed that I had chosen a low-paying career path which would be useless in the event of an apocalypse; his words, not mine and my financial situation as an English major meant that I would have less spending money.
I agreed, and I wanted to hold my own in the relationship despite making almost half of what he did.
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Picture: Unsplash Source:Supplied. Splitting the bill on dates sets the precedent for a relationship, one where everything is straight down the middle. And where does that end? We had an amazing first date but things went downhill quickly after the bill arrived at the table and I got the expectant look.
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Your first date with a potential new boo is coming to a close. It went well: You two hit it off, the conversation flowed easily and you even shared a few laughs. Then the waiter places the check on the table. What do you do? It depends on who you ask. For better or worse, there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to who should pay on the first date, so things can get confusing and kind of clumsy when the bill arrives.
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Considering the traditional Western ideals of chivalry, this new arrangement is arguably most appealing and helpful to men, who have long been expected to pay for dates in order to appear gentlemanly. Centuries of assured gender roles have culminated in a 21st century society which insists that women should accept and perhaps even expect to be paid for at all stages of romantic relationships. Equally, whilst the financial generosity of a date demonstrates their kindness, it is in danger of introducing pressure on the other person to agree to another meeting.
However, men still predominantly opt to pay for the table and the question of who takes care of the bill remains a topic of discussion for most couples who enter the restaurant. Whilst men are most likely to pay in heterosexual pairs, an imbalance of financial contribution is also frequently seen in non-heterosexual couples, too.
Man paying the bill with credit card on a date one in five women prefers going dutch, less than one in 10 men are down to split the bill evenly.
To settle the argument, we asked 12 men and women to tell me their opinions on splitting the bill. My friends say that makes me quite extra, but I really hate the feeling of owing someone something. When I was a teenager, I let my boyfriend buy me dinner once and I felt like I owed him some massive favour. You learn a lot about a guy when it comes to settling the bill.
In same sex couples, I think the rule is the person who has done the asking picks up the bill. If I really liked her, I would pay the whole bill and would not even give her the chance to open a discussion on it. On the first date, a guy should pay no matter what the lass says — if he wants to see her again, that is.