In the name of research, we made a reservation at Opaque in San Francisco to see what happens when you and a date can’t see what’s happening. You can hold a hand an inch in front of your eyes and not see it. You form a single-file line and place one hand on the shoulder in front of you. It’s a very unique experience and it’s disorienting. And doing stuff without anyone seeing can feel delightfully naughty. Friends who’ve been say they definitely took advantage of the dark and indulged in some romantic moves. Make sure your hands are clean before you’re seated. It’s great if you like eavesdropping on other people’s conversations. If you want to go: They have versions of Opaque in LA, NYC, SF, Dallas, and San Diego.
You’re then led past a velvet curtain, through a tiny maze, and into the unlit dining room. But dining in the dark wasn’t as sensual as touching and tasting someone in the bedroom. But it should be noted: If your date touches your knee under the table, you may just shriek like a startled four year old afraid of the tickle monster. You can also dine in the dark in Switzerland, Thailand, and all over the world. Would you spend a night out eating tuna tartare and chocolate cake in the dark with your date?
Locke says that while he was coming out, the existing gay dating platforms left him “utterly terrified”.“I didn’t want a d*** pic to be quite honest, I did not want someone sending me a picture of their penis immediately.Chappy, a fusion of ‘choice’ and ‘happy’ is the brainchild of Ollie Locke – of fame – and Jack Rogers.Locke’s venture comes after a very public coming out after viewers of the reality television programme saw him date women including Topshop heiress Chloe Green and model Ashley James, come out as bisexual and then say he was a gay man last year.The app, which can be downloaded from the app store is being rolled out in London, New York City and Los Angeles and has been backed by Whitney Wolfe, the co-founder of Tinder and CEO of Bumble – the dating app where women have to initiate the conversation.
Last year she praised the shared values between Bumble and Chappy saying: “Bumble has made great strides for women in the dating scene and we believe Chappy will do the same for gay men.” Locke echoed this praising Bumble’s responsible, feminist and quality values saying they have been incorporated into Chappy.On the new podcast, Coles also talked about a complaint she frequently heard from women who are currently dating or in relationships: They felt they were competing with online porn.Although she described herself as “not anti-porn,” Coles said it has unsettlingly become the “default way of learning how people have sex.” “What works for the camera doesn’t necessarily work in real life,” she said.Locke toldit is partly through his experiences of using dating apps to come to terms with his own sexuality which is why he co-founded Chappy.“I have had a really struggling coming out session in the last 10 years, it has obviously been quite well-documented but I didn’t really know what I was doing and I struggled.I wanted to be able to find someone who I could bring to my friends who I had fallen for.” “Both of us identified that all the apps out there at the moment are very much casual dating apps which focus on facilitating hook-ups,” Rogers adds.