For Singles 100 Places to Meet People
- Take a class that interests you. Extension
classes or places like the Learning Annex
are great places to meet people with similar interests.
- Take a wine tasting class. It is a great
way to impress your friends at the dinner table or your next date, and
you just might meet someone interesting in the process.
- Go to a dog park.
Men and women who have dogs make particularly good partners, providing
you like dogs. They have the ability to care for another being, a sense
of responsibility, and are able to form emotional attachments.
- Go to a 12-step
If you have a problem with drugs or alcohol you need the help, anyway.
It’s also a great way to meet people who are willing to work on themselves.
If you are the child of an alcoholic check out Adult
Children or if you need help dealing with a relative or friend with a problem, Al-anon is a great place to go.
- Religious singles should try their local place
of worship. Attending services is a great way to meet people. Also,
many religious organizations offer events and classes specifically
geared towards singles.
- Get out and go to restaurants. Try new places
or restaurants that cater to singles or have music at night, which tends
to attract a more social crowd. Sites like Zagat
can help you search based on location, cuisine, nightlife, etc.
- Online dating is
a great way to meet people. You can learn a lot about a people based
on their online profiles. Anyone who fills out a profile shows that he
or she is motivated to meet people, is literate, and has a certain level
of organizational skill. Make sure that, when you meet online dates for
the first time, you do it in a public place and take all reasonable safety
precautions until you know that person really well.
- Speed dating which is like musical chairs with human chemistry,
is a time effective way to meet a future partner. At a speed dating event,
all men and women are given a numbered badge. The women are usually seated
at individual tables and the men will rotate around the room meeting
each of the women. A bell will ring signaling the beginning of the date
and each couple then spends four to eight minutes (depending on the host’s
rules) interviewing each other before the bell rings and the men move
on to sit across from the next woman. At the end of the evening, if there
are any mutual love connections, the host then lets the “couples” know.
- Ask everyone you know to set you up on a blind
date. Blind dates are a great way to meet people because the person
who is setting you up knows both of you and is hopefully basing their
decision on more than the fact that you are both single. If someone
knows both your personalities they just might help you find your soul
- Bookstores are
a great place to meet literate singles. Most bookstores have seating
areas and some even have coffee bars.
- Try singles groups that are organized around
seemingly every type of interest and age group are a great way to meet
potential mates with similar interests.
- Hit the gym. You can meet health conscious
people and, even if you don’t meet someone, you are still doing something
healthy that will extend your life and keep you fit.
- Physical activity is a good way to meet people. Start rock-climbing,
surfing, skiing, playing tennis or golf. You never know who will meet
while being active and being healthy.
- Go to sporting events. Football games, baseball
games, tennis matches, golf tournaments, hockey games, extreme sports
championships, and any other type of sporting event can be a great way
to meet someone.
- If you are looking for a woman, go where the women
are: nail salons, spas, and hair salons are great places to meet
well-groomed women and become a well-groomed man.
- Going to a retreat can help you find someone
with similar interests. Spending time away from home learning a new skill
like meditation, yoga, or even self-exploration can be good for you,
- Take a cooking class. You can master the
art of the culinary seduction and meet someone at the same time.
- Go to a convention. Most convention centers
offer calendars of scheduled events.
- Check your local paper for listings of upcoming special
events. The Los Angeles Times Calendar section, for example, has
a great event section.
- Matchmakers are back again. Thanks to people like Patti
Stanger matchmakers have had an resurgence.
There are individual matchmakers as well as companies that set people
up. There is even a company that only sets people up on lunch
- Take a magazine, book, or the weekend paper and
go read at a quick outdoor restaurant like Jamba Juice, Noah’s
Bagels, Starbucks ,
or Coffee Bean.
- Happy hour isn’t
just for drinking. Many restaurants and bars offer a special happy hour
menu. People tend to be a little more social and open to meeting people
- You can always find sports-loving men at a sports
bar when there is a big game playing. Often the bars will offer
free drinks to women on those nights.
- Volunteer! Studies show that people who volunteer have
fewer incidents of depression and higher self esteem. Volunteering is
a great way to feel like you serve a purpose in the world and a great
way to meet people. Check out an organization like Volunteer
to help you find an organization you will be excited to help.
- Take sports lessons. Learning a new sport
can help your fitness level and you never know who you will meet in your
- Go shopping. Pick stores based on the kind
of person you are looking for and spend some time browsing. Ask fellow
shoppers to help find a gift for your “relative.”
- Go to a magazine stand. Hang out and read
while looking for interesting people with whom to start conversations.
- Go hang out at a coffee house. The more
social the hangout, the better.
- Go car shopping. Not in the market for a
new car yet? Have fun browsing and talk to other customers. Each one
is a potential date.
- One isn’t such a lonely number. It is an approachable
number. Go out to eat by yourself. It makes you easier to talk
to. Bring a book or magazine if you are worried about being bored.
- Go to a concert or a play. If you have the
same taste in music or theater, who knows what else you have in common?
- Start a blog. It
is a great way to be creative and be part of an online community.
- Go to the public library. Cruise the shelves
for smart singles. Make sure to check out specific libraries like college
libraries and medical libraries.
- Start a company newsletter. This gives people
from other departments a reason to talk to you. It could be good for
your career too.
- Circulate a sports pool. It’s a great excuse
to talk to people at work you might never speak to. Ask friends if they
know anyone who might like to join.
- Host a coed (or single sex if you are gay) poker
- Throw a singles party. Tell each friend
you invite they have to bring two singles friends.
- Take a singles trip. Check with a travel
agent or do some online research to find cruises or trips just for singles.
- Take dance lessons. You can learn to dance
at a dance studio or, better yet, try a club that offers classes. If
you arrive without a partner the instructor will pair you up.
- Learn the art of public speaking. You can
boost your career skills and meet interesting people at the same time.
Public speaking organizations such as Toastmasters are
- Attend a trade show for fun. You will
get lots of free goodies and maybe a date.
- Start an investment club.
You can become financially savvy, make some money, and meet new people.
- Try a cuddle party.
Cuddle Parties are affectionate play events for adults, designed to provide
a space to explore and enjoy touch, nurturing and communication.
- Hang out at the pool. Find a friend that
lives in an apartment or condominium that has a pool where people hang
out on the weekends.
- Go spend a day at the beach.
- Learn how to surf.
- Organize a neighborhood
It is a great way to meet your neighbors, make your neighborhood safer,
and meet a potential date.
- Train for a marathon. Groups like the LA Leggers
and the LA Roadrunners
teach people how to train for the event, organize group runs and has
guest speakers. Most cities have their own training groups.
- Ride a bike. Check out the bike paths in your neighborhood.
- Do your grocery shopping after work or on
weekends. You stand a better chance of meeting employed singles.
- Join a car club like the Sports Car Club of America,
BMW, Muscle Car Club,
or Aston Martin.
You don’t have to own a car to be a member of most car clubs. You can
go to the events and even learn driving skills.
- Attend a car show. Shows like the LA
Auto Show are a fun way to see next year’s cars,
get fun accessories, and meet people. Take the weekend off and go see
the Concours d’Elegance.
- Take a vacation. Save up and splurge on
a high-end vacation or go on a social vacation to a place like Club
- Go to a museum. Museums aren’t just about
art. There are car museums, wax
and even tar pit museums.
- Try going to a performance driving school like BMW
Driving School, Evolution
, Fast Track Driving School
or any number of others available in your area.
- Attend an air show.
- Learn to sky dive from a certified instructor.
- Learn to play an instrument.
- Get a membership in a private social group or
- Learn a language. Try a group class at a place like Berlitz. You could
be learning the language of love!
- Take an art class. Painting, ceramics, watercolors,
drawing, sculpting can all be great ways to explore your creativity and
meet other creative people.
- Go to a home improvement store. You can
improve your home and your love life all at once.
- Get on the board of a charity. It is a great
way to give back to the community and meet generous people.
- Feed the homeless. Many homeless shelters have programs that allow
people to come in and work in the soup kitchen. It is a great way to
donate your time and meet other kind souls.
- Get politically involved. Get involved with your political party or volunteer
to work for a candidate who is running for office.
- Join a demonstration. Follow your beliefs. March for or against something.
- Go bowling or join a league.
- Go for a walk in a different neighborhood
or visit a jogging track.
- Learn how to sail. Take a lesson or join
- Learn how to fly a plane.
- Get certified in scuba. Most scuba schools
offer snorkeling classes, instructor training, and can even hook you
up with scuba travel destinations.
involved with the Sierra Club. The Sierra
Club’s has more than 750,000 members. Inspired by nature, the Sierra Club
members work to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America’s
oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.
- Take an architectural tour of your city.
The L.A. Conservancy
conducts a dozen information-packed walking tours of historic Downtown
L.A., seed of today’s sprawling metropolis. Check out tours in your neighborhood.
- Go furniture shopping. Ask someone cute
you are a single parent, check out Parents Without Partners.
PWP helps parents who are struggling to raise children
alone, contend with the emotional conflicts of divorce, separation, widowhood
or having children out of wedlock. PWP Inc. is the only international
organization that provides real help by means of discussions, professional
speakers, study groups, publications and social activities for families
you have children, take a parenting class for singles. It will make
you a better parent and you never know who you might meet.
- Go visit an internet café.
- Spend a day at the hospital. Find out about
volunteering, eat in the cafeteria, and shop in the gift shop.
- Take your friend’s dating leftovers. Make
a pact to set each other up with up with eligible dates that don’t work
out for each of you. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.
- Have “Dating Leftovers” party, like Charlotte
did in “Sex in the City.” Ask each invitee to bring someone of the opposite
sex (same sex if you are gay) who they are not interested in dating themselves.
- Host a holiday
dinner. Lots of transplanted singles have nowhere to go during
the holidays. Be inclusive and invite friends to bring friends. The
more the merrier!
- Get a tattoo. If you are into tattoos you
just may meet another like-minded tattoo lover. Just make sure the tattoo
parlor follows all heath and safety precautions
before you let them work on you. If you hit it off with someone
you meet there, do not get a tattoo of your new friend’s name.
- Go to your class reunion. Everything old
is new again!
- Take your dog to obedience class. You end
up with a better behaved puppy and can meet other dog lovers.
- Write or answer a personal ad. Make sure
to meet in a public place to be safe.
- Get a second job. You can meet new people
and make some dough.
- Learn to tend bar. Making a good mixed drink
can be sexy. You can meet people in the classes or after you finish,
working as a bartender.
- Take pictures. Spend a day taking pictures around town. If you take a great picture
of someone, get their info so you can send it to them later. You can
also meet people in a photography class.
- Bake cookies for a new neighbor to welcome him
or her to the neighborhood.
- Go for high tea if you are looking for women.
Take your grandmother, mom or sister as your wingman.
- Take martial arts or a self defense class.
You will increase you own sense of safety, get stronger, and you might
meet interesting people.
- Instead of washing your car at home, go to a car
- If you have kids, take them to an amusement
park. It is great place to meet other parents, hopefully lots of
- Teach a class about something in which you are an expert.
- Visit a friend at work. Have your friend introduce you to his or her
- Eat in a cafeteria. People tend to be more
social in a cafeteria setting. Choose the one at your own work or meet
up with a friend or colleague at his or her workplace cafeteria.
- Go to a wedding alone. Parties that celebrate
important milestones like: a Bar or Bat Mitvah,
a christening, a graduation parties, a Bris,
a baby naming, or a sweet 16 are all great places to meet people.
- Go to a house party.
- Host a party. Throw a theme party, an Academy Awards party, a Halloween party,
a TV Show party or just