The idea of meeting people to date in bars is quite polarizing. There are a lot of single people in a small place, but intentions and quality of those people are questionable.
I have met someone who became a boyfriend in a bar and know a handful of people who also have/have had successful relationships with someone they met in a bar, so it really shouldn’t be overlooked.
Attempting to meet someone in a bar this month was a little tricky because I came up with the plan not too long ago plus I have kinda cooled it on the drinking, well, since November, but more so since mid-month, pretty much becoming a teetotaler in the two weeks before my race.
But, I did make it to a few bars and did meet a guy, not much to report on him, but following is my checklist on meeting men in bars:
1. Go to places that you like to go. I’m not a club person and the men in clubs are not for me, so I stick to dives and sports bars. Also, I’m no spring chicken anymore (future MJ will probably kill me for saying that), so to avoid looking around and realizing I’m the cougar at a bar, I have to be a little pickier about where I go. I live right by a huge college town and like to go out there, but for men, I’ve found other areas that are better.
2. Okay, this might be awful, but Rebel took me to a swanky resort lounge recently and it was crawling with age-appropriate business men. Granted, they likely were not locals and I’m not looking for a long distance relationship with a traveling businessman who picks up women at hotel bars, BUT I think it’s good practice and probably would be a flirting confidence booster and I might go back sans date sometime.
3. This is super cheesy, but I used to give myself a pep talk before I went into a bar. Something along the lines of, “you’re cute and the men in here would be lucky to talk to you.” Confidence is sexy and comes from within! I try to send out a good vibe.
4. Similarly, I used to go out with my roommate and if a guy didn’t talk to her within a few minutes of walking in, she’d get pissed off and she ended up giving off a very negative vibe and no one wanted to talk to her (or the unfortunate girls she was with – me!) all night. She’d sit and play with her phone. Ugh, it was awful.
5. Move around. I don’t like sitting at the same table or standing in the same spot all night. I don’t order drinks from a server, I walk over to the bar by myself (being alone makes a woman much more approachable) and find a spot next to a cute guy to belly up.
6. I’m not huge on approaching. I have no good lines, so usually I just rely on placement + eye contact + smiling to get a guy to talk to me. I have yet to find the happy medium between “hi/what’s up?” and “do you believe in love at first sight or should I walk by again?”
7. Sad to say that Mystery is right, having an accessory as a conversation piece does make it easier to talk to a guy. I probably wouldn’t talk to one wearing a large fuzzy hat and goggles, but I’d comment on a sports team shirt or something. Same goes for women. “I like your black tank top, jeans and sexy heels that are like every other woman’s here,” is not something you hear often, so I embrace my own style instead of trying to look like everyone else.
8. The guy I met at the bar this month approached me when I was sitting at the bar by myself waiting for my friends to arrive. It’s definitely hard to go to a bar by yourself, but knowing you have people meeting you later makes it easier. I’m a late person, but I might consider changing that to scope out that scene, pick a good spot and maybe chat up a guy before my group arrives.
Overall, I’d give my experiences this month with meeting men in bars a D. Not good, but like I said, the mission wasn’t given the full attention it deserved. In general, I’d say meeting men in bars gets a B- and if it works out, it’s nice to be the exception to the “you can’t meet men in bars” rule!
Why the hell am I trying to meet a guy in a bar? It’s part of my great dating challenge of 2011. Check it out here.
Have you met a man at a bar? Do you have any tips for zeroing in on the good ones, approaching a man or being approachable in a nightlife environment?