10 New Places To Meet Someone

You could keep going to the same bars and continue trying to make eye contact at the gym… or you can try these clever ideas for connecting.

By Karen Robinovitz

y all means, keep going to your favorite neighborhood pub; continue scanning profiles online; and go ahead and give that blind date a shot. But if your “meet someone” routine could use a little lift, check out something new. We talked to ten high-profile types to give you some bright ideas about where to start scouting. Happy hunting!

Charity begins
“Join a charity committee. Not only will you be giving back, but it automatically
Yoga is a great place for men to meet women.
puts you in a feel-good setting with like-minded, educated, concerned people who care about more than clubs and bars and partying.”
- Ron Berkowitz, president of Berk Communications, a PR firm

Let's makeup
“The cosmetics counter of a chic department store is great place to meet women. A man could easily go with the ‘I’m buying my mother a gift, what do you think of this,’ scenario. Women love men who think of their mothers and understand the need for a great lipstick.”
- Olivia Chantecaille, creative director, Chantecaille Beauté cosmetics

Get cooking
“I think a great place to meet guys is a cooking class because there’s nothing more impressive than a man who cooks and if he’s learning to improve his cooking skills, there’s probably a candle-lit dinner or two in your future.”
- Nicole Young, lifestyle reporter

Hit the mat
“Yoga! Yoga is a great place for men to meet women— classes are filled with gorgeous, flexible, strong women, who are into fitness and the body/mind connection. Guys think it’s wussy but it’s hard core. And you really see what everyone looks like. There aren’t a lot of clothes. There’s no makeup. And it makes you feel great about yourself afterwards. During class there’s no socializing, but afterwards it’s fair game.”
- Belisa Vranich, clinical psychologist/sex editor

Ante up
“Play poker. Find a group night at a bar or club or lounge or a charity tournament. It’s great for women because it is typically so male-oriented, though more and more women are getting into it. And it’s a nice way to really see how someone behaves in a group setting—or how good they are at bluffing, which could be a warning signal!”
- David Rabin, owner of Lotus, an NYC nightclub and lounge

Be better read
“Hands down the greatest place for people to meet one another has to be a book-signing event. It’s where you know you will find someone with similar interests and intellectual pursuits as yourself and it always lends itself to the most relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere. Guests are encouraged to exchange ideas and commentary on the evening. Here you can find someone who stimulates your mind before they stimulate your body.”
- Sasha Tcherevkoff, owner of NYC restaurants Pop Burger and Pizza Bar

Be a drama king (or queen)
“Non-profit professional and community theaters are always on the lookout for ushers and other backstage volunteers.
“Believe it or not, shooting ranges are a hot hookup spot.”
A strong guy with carpentry skills might meet some talented actresses, and handing out programs guarantees personal contact with the playgoers. There are lots of people to welcome warmly and maybe grab for a drink at intermission. Plus you get to see the shows for free!”
- Pat Doherty, Dallas-based professional actress

Get to church on time
“Meeting boys at church is the only way to go. You already know they’re good, which you can’t learn at a bar! I’m really shy, so I usually don’t say anything to anyone after church, but having to share a hymnal, program, or pen is always a good ploy!”
- Holly Dunlap, creative director for Hollywould, a fashion and shoe company

Take aim
“Believe it or not, shooting ranges are a hot hookup spot. Besides the fact that the guy to girl ratio is way better than at a bar, the novelty of learning how to shoot a gun makes for fun conversation. Also, most guys think a chick taking shooting lessons is really hot.”
- Andrea Lavinthal, coauthor of The Hookup Handbook: A Single Girl’s Guide to Living It Up

Get in a sweat
“I tend to meet a lot of women in the waiting room of my therapist’s office, though that is not a route I would advise. For something a little different, try a physical challenge—join a local coed triathlon training group or sign up for a 10k race with some others. It’s athletic, it’ll get you off your couch and it’s very social.”
- Peter Hyman, author of The Reluctant Metrosexual: Dispatches from an Almost Hip Life

Karen Robinovitz is the coauthor of How To Become Famous In Two Weeks Or Less and The Fashionista Files! Adventures in Four-Inch Heels and Faux Pas. Incidentally, she met her fiancé not training for a triathlon but online.
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