Plenty of big attractions—from the Brooklyn Museum to the San Diego Museum of Art—offer monthly happy hours, wooing artsy singles with cocktails and live music. Another strategy for uncovering a city’s best singles scene is exploring the activities that locals love most.
In Boston, one of the coolest bookstores does Trivia Nights, while in downtown L. “New Orleanians live and breathe festivals—like Jazz Fest, and even Creole Tomato Fest,” says native Stephen Schmitz.
“You can dress a little wilder, slap on some fake eyelashes—you can do anything you want, at any age.
There are no judgments.” Unabashedly batting those faux lashes got the Big Apple more than a few second glances this year.
If you prefer snobs of the burger variety, head to Holeman and Finch, where every night at 10 p.m., you can line up for one of the 24 acclaimed double-patty (grass-fed chuck and brisket) cheeseburgers, served on house-made buns.
Atlanta’s residents also made the top 20 for being smart.
But the most singles-friendly cities also put a creative spin on conventional meet-up spots.If you need an excuse to let down your emotional walls, consider that Austin also ranked well for feeling safe.The Georgia hub scored well for its java, and Dancing Goats Coffee Bar, a single-origin coffee and donut bar in Ponce City Market, is a fine place for a pick-me-up (and perhaps a pick-up line).Within the sprawling metropolis, the revived downtown is one of the best places to break the ice.Go bar-hopping from the buzzy roof of the Ace Hotel to 82, a “barcade” with craft cocktails, vintage pinball machines, and old-school games like Frogger and Tron—an easy way to ask someone if they’d like to share your next life. A., of course, and one good in-the-know spot is The Varnish, a speakeasy-style bar tucked behind the famous Cole’s French Dip on E. Singles are spoiled for choice in New York, though at first blush, the scene can be intimidating between outspoken, stylish locals and sky-high prices.