#1 Keep it simple. I prefer coffee dates because I don’t drink, and you can stay for 30 minutes or hours. But, getting drinks is good too.
If that feels like too much pressure on the conversation, head to a bar that has darts or board games so you have something fun to lean on during lulls. If you go to an escape room or bowling, you are sort of stuck into an allotted amount of time.
#2 Meet there. The internet is the internet after all. Go in wisely. You want to be positive, but you never know, so be safe. Drive yourself there or take a cab or Uber. Giving someone your address before you meet, probably not too smart.
This way you can also leave whenever you want.