Tired of the online dating world? We feel you. It can be annoying to swipe through hundreds of pictures of people that might be a potential match, only to never find love. If you’re tired of trying to find romance in “new” ways, there’s a tried and true method of meeting new people: going out in public.
There are lots of great public places to meet singles, especially women. Here are our six favorites:
1) At the gym.
You don’t want to be the creepy gym guy that hits on women at the gym, but it’s only naturally to be curious about the girl you always see on the treadmill. There’s not always a graceful way to do it, but you need to make sure you’ve established eye contact or said hi to one another a few times before asking her out.
Also, you want to make sure, if you do ask her out, that even if there is no spark, you are a nice guy. You will be seeing her at the gym tomorrow!
2) At the grocery store or farmer’s market.
People mock this choice a lot, but it’s true. Lots of women go to the grocery store and linger as they shop. It’s a great place to meet a woman, and a fun place to strike up a conversation to boot! Try the produce aisles, farmer’s markets, or other open air venues.
Cereal aisles can feel a little cramped for flirting!
3) At work.
It’s not always the best idea, to flirt with or ask out a co-worker. You have to be careful and make sure that it’s appropriate. Some work places are social and will allow colleagues to date, and some are more buttoned up and there’s not a cultural of camaraderie. Make absolutely sure that your crush likes you back before asking her out.
If she says no, you must take that for an answer. Just because you work together doesn’t mean you should keep trying. If it works, great! If it doesn’t, move on as quickly as possible.
4) Dog park.
Ah, dogs. They’re definitely man’s best friend, and probably because they instantly help you pick up women. If you’re a single guy at a dog park, you are like, well, catnip, to single dog ladies. Also, it’s very important that you make sure your dogs get along while you are chatting her up. You don’t want to have to break up a squabble! These beautiful areas are often social meccas for urban singles that are pet people. Try one out, and maybe you’ll fall in puppy love!
We know, we know. No one really goes to church anymore, right? Wrong. Churches, synangogues, mosques, and other places of worship have long been hotbeds for faithful singles. There’s always a singles class or group, and you can meet people for a deeper reason than at a bar.
6) Last but not least, at a bar.
The classic place to pick up girls still remains a favorite. It’s an easy place to go to talk to people, and it’s also not frowned upon to meet new folks and bring them into your group. Buy a girl a drink, and ask out her out!