New year, new you, new love. Sounds great, but sometimes the only thing harder than putting yourself out there is deciding where to go. Allow us to present a radical idea: the bar.
“The after-work bar scene is great because everybody wants to unwind. They want to talk to someone, it’s just so easy,” says Susan Baxter, whose HireAWingWoman.com service pairs men and women with a “professional plus-one” to meet new people. “People can be somewhat vulnerable or more open to conversation.”
Happy hour is not the only thing that makes a bar great for dating. It gets you in the meeting-people mindset more so than going to an event and hoping that something happens. The bar crowd is also conveniently self-selecting: Singles go out with their co-workers or friends at the end of the day, while people in relationships tend to go home.
Ironically, bars offer the opportunity for instant connection in a way online dating doesn’t. “Until you meet someone in person, you don’t know what kind of chemistry you have. So you’re killing two birds with one stone if you’re at the bar,” Baxter points out.
Convinced? Give bars another try with these expert tips.