These days, it seems like that movie scene run-in with the perfect stranger is far from realistic. If that has happened to you, well, consider yourself lucky. For the rest of us it’s hard to meet someone on a whim—especially offline. The pool of eligible bachelors or bachelorettes seems far from full when they’re not all presented at once on a dating site or app. So what’s a Seattle single to do?
Think outside the box when it comes to meeting a potential other. Yes, the bar is always a reliable source for flirty encounters, but will rarely result in something more serious than a tipsy fling. Seattle is stacked with cool places and events that attract singles of all ages, but your best bet is a place that’s part of the daily routine. Next time you’re on the prowl, check out one of these spots and you may just have that movie moment with a special stranger—make sure you’re looking cute!
The market. Everyone has to grocery shop. Add a cute guy/girl to your shopping list and you may just be pleasantly surprised. Between Seattle’s farmers markets, co-ops, and neighborhood grocery stores, local singles are always out and about shopping for one (maybe next time it’ll be for two!)
Follow Fido. Go where the dogs go. Many Seattle singles have furry friends with whom they spend a majority of time in lieu of a significant other—that is, until you two meet ;). Dogs are the perfect icebreaker and topic of conversation. See someone of interest? Use his or her dog as an excuse to approach and chat. They’ll instantly find you attractive when you express interest in their best companion. Try a dog park or canine-friendly area such as Green Lake or Golden Gardens.
Museums. Creative spaces attract great minds. Art shows, gallery openings, museums, First Thursdays, and the endless list of Seattle arts events are hot spots for smart singles. Use a piece of art to break the ice, getting a feel for his or her intellect and personality by observing something together.
The gym. Not a gym rat? Maybe it’s time you should be. Singles spend plenty of time working out and notice others who do too. Join a group exercise class and/or go at the same time everyday for a consistent chance to be close to that cutie. The lack of clothing and watching them squat are just an added perk of gym life.
Tailgating. Even if you don’t have tickets to the game, pre-parties can be just as eventful. Tailgating for sporting events is a great way to meet people through friends or just by mingling. Seahawks, Huskies, Sounders, Mariners—pick a team, any team! Singles of all ages will be perusing the area with good moods and cold beer.
Local café. Much better than a bar for finding your potential mate, coffee shop vibes are chill and cozy. Most people are posted up in their spot for an extended period of time, giving you plenty of opportunity to lock eyes and make a move.