If online dating isn’t your thing don’t worry, there’s still plenty of ways to meet someone new the ‘old fashioned way’ that doesn’t involve a smartphone!
1 – Beer/food festivals. Everyone loves food and beer and what better place to meet someone that when they’re a little tipsy with a belly full of good food? It’s also easy to strike up conversations about the food/drink on offer and there’s usually a band and entertainment to create a lively buzz.
2 – At the gym. An oldie, but a goody. The gym is a great way to meet people as the informal atmosphere makes it easy to chat and everyone looks pretty hot when they’re in lycra! Join a few classes too to meet likeminded people, you never know who you’ll meet at the water cooler…
3 – At a concert. When you’re dancing to one of your favourite bands you’re really happy and what could be better than a partner who enjoys the same music as you?
4 – A sports event. It usually works well if you already have something in common so if you already support the same team you’re already halfway there.
5 – At a coffee shop. The old cliche, guy spots cute girl sipping a latte and engrossed in a classy novel but coffee shops are a great way to meet people as there’s no drunken bravado and an interesting book cover is a great ice breaker. Plus, coffee is cheaper than a cocktail.
6 – Shopping centres. Everyone loves a little retail therapy and it’s true when you’re buying something for yourself or just shopping in general little endorphins get released into your body giving you a buzz and a great energy, making you fun and approachable.
7 – Art museums and galleries. People aren’t in their usual rush when they’re in an art gallery so it presents a great opportunity to strike up a conversation about some of the amazing pieces on display.
8 – Poetry/acoustic nights. Not only is it pretty romantic in itself, it’s not uncommon to find people going to acoustic or poetry nights solo which makes it easy to share a table and grab a drink without much effort.