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Best Bars in NYC, for Singles.

Welcome to NYC's bustling singles scene! Unleash the fun with thrilling singles bars and events right in your own backyard. Whether you're all set for a speed dating night to remember or a laid-back catch up at the city's hotspots, there's always an exciting event happening around the corner.

The question: Where are the best singles bars near me?

We know the bar scene. We've handpicked our favorites, each bursting with character to match your style and mood. From hip beach bars to elegant cocktail lounges, the choices are as diverse as the lively crowd that gathers.

So, get your best outfit on, flash that captivating smile, and dive into the exciting world of singles bars and events. It's time to have fun, meet people, and maybe even spark some romance. The adventure awaits!

Casa Bocado

341 Broome St, New York.

Casa Bocado, located in NYC, transports you to a vibrant Mexican soiree right in the heart of the city. The bar boasts an extensive list of tequilas and mezcals, perfectly complemented by a menu of authentic Mexican cuisine. The lively atmosphere and colorful decor make it a delightful spot for singles. Engage in a tequila tasting, enjoy the live music, or join the salsa dance nights - Casa Bocado promises a festive and dynamic environment to mix and mingle.

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Sons of Essex

Pit Lounge, 133 Essex St, New York.

Sons of Essex is a melting pot of NYC’s diverse cultures. This bar combines a vintage aesthetic with a hip vibe, offering a dynamic setting for singles. A menu boasting comfort food with a modern twist, and a wide selection of craft beers and cocktails, make Sons of Essex a trendy spot for those seeking gastronomic delights and sociable ambiance.

Pando 39

54 W 39th St,, New York.

Pando 39, situated in NYC, is an upbeat bar known for its vibrant energy and colorful ambiance. With an extensive menu of creative cocktails and international cuisines, Pando 39 provides a versatile space for singles to mingle. Its lively music, eclectic crowd, and themed nights, from salsa dancing to karaoke, make it an exciting locale for a night out. At Pando 39, every visit promises a new adventure and potential for unforgettable memories.

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The Sentry Flatiron

37 W 24th St 18th Floor, inside Hotel Henri, New York.

Perched atop a high-rise building, The Sentry Flatiron offers an elevated bar experience - quite literally. This stunning rooftop bar in NYC provides panoramic views of the cityscape that add a touch of magic to every visit. The sleek design and sophisticated atmosphere, complemented by soft lighting and plush seating, make it a top destination for singles seeking an upscale night out. The Sentry serves a selection of fine wines, craft cocktails, and gourmet bites that are as delightful to the palate as they are aesthetically pleasing. Whether you’re catching up with friends or meeting someone special, The Sentry Flatiron ensures an upscale social experience that’s hard to forget.

Randolph Beer (Dumbo)

82 Prospect St, Brooklyn, New York.

CitySwoon moves over the river to Dumbo for our first event in Brooklyn for a couple years! Enjoy Randolph Beer, a sprawling event space, brewery, restaurant, bar & rooftop with self pour beer, classic arcade, pinball, skeeball, shuffleboard + NYC's only feather bowling! There's plenty to keep you busy as you enjoy a series of dates in this great venue!

Single giving a testimonial about a CitySwoon singles event
"Amazed at how well I was matched and how fun and easy it was! Really great hosts and fun dates."

Sarah M, 23 star

Single man's testimonial about a CitySwoon singles event
"Awesome night with amazing people!"

Denis C, 30

Singles testimonial about a CitySwoon singles event
"I like the flow of the event. The pace was perfect. I would definitely come to another one of your events, if I am not in a relationship by then :)"

Diana L, 33

Frequently Asked Questions About Speed Dating:

What is speed dating, and how does it work?

So, you're single, and ready to mingle? - but you're sick of swiping, and you want depth. That's where speed dating comes in. Think of it like a real-life dating app, where you get to meet a bunch of eligible singles in one fun-filled evening.

The concept is simple - you attend an event, typically held in a bar or restaurant, where you're given a set amount of time to chat with a potential love interest. Usually, you'll have around five to ten minutes to get to know each person before moving on to the next.

After the event, you'll let the organizers know who you're interested in, and if they feel the same way, you'll be matched up. It's like a romantic game of musical chairs, except you're not left standing alone at the end!

It's a great way to meet new people. For speed dating on steroids, try Speed Dating 2.0 with CitySwoon. It's incredibly fun - think algorithmic matching meets live events!

What is Cityswoon, and how is it different to traditional speed dating?

Cityswoon: it's speed dating's cooler, more adventurous cousin. Picture this: instead of being cooped up in some dimly-lit back room, chatting with every Tom, Dick, and Harry, you're out in the main part of the bar with everyone else, dating a handpicked group of singles. Yup, that's right - no more speed dating roulette. Cityswoon uses fancy algorithms to match you with compatible folks based on personality, values, and interests. It's like having Cupid as your personal dating assistant.

But wait, there's more! Cityswoon doesn't just set you up with some rando and call it a day. Oh no, they take it to the next level. You see, after each date, you give live feedback. And guess what? They use that info to tweak your matches on the very same night. It's like a choose-your-own-adventure novel, but with actual humans. And the stats don't lie: a staggering 95% of peeps meet someone they're attracted to, and 90% score at least one 5-star mutual match.

So ditch the humdrum world of traditional speed dating and give Cityswoon a whirl. With unique venues and a more laid-back vibe, you're bound to have a night you won't forget. And who knows? You might even meet someone who changes your world. Now go on, get out there and have a blast!

What questions should I ask at a speed dating event?

Psst, here's a big secret: everyone's favorite topic of conversation is themselves! When people start talking about themselves, they generally feel that you are a great conversationalist.

At the start of each date, you'll be wanting to help put your date at ease - everyone is nervous at the start! So it is a great idea to ask questions that are easy to answer, just to get the conversation flowing, such as "Do you have pets?", "Where's your hometown?", "Have you been to an event like this before?". After each answer, you can ask more questions, so that they can elaborate on their answers.

As the date progresses, you can learn more about them with fun questions like "How would your friends describe you?", or "What is your favorite food?" or "What do you enjoy doing?".

You don't necessarily need to steer away from topics like religion or politics, but it could be hard to build up to deep topics in the 10 minutes or so that you have to chat. You will need to find out the answers to these questions eventually, if you like them, but you might find you naturally get to these questions at the bar, after the dating, or at a later date.

How should I prepare for speed dating?

Prep like a pro. Before you dive into the thrilling world of speed dating, you've got to get your game face on. Start by choosing the perfect outfit - something that screams confidence but keeps you comfy. After all, you'll be chatting it up with a bunch of potential matches, so you might as well look and feel fabulous.

Next, flex those conversation muscles. The secret is that everyone likes to talk about themselves. So, ask your date some easy questions, to help them relax, and let the conversation flow from there. Everyone will be feeling nervous at the start of the night - but will start to relax after the first dates.

The trick is to be genuine and kind. While you're schmoozing with the singles, remember that authenticity is key. Ditch the cheesy pick-up lines and just be yourself. Trust me, they'll appreciate it. And hey, even if you don't find your soulmate, at least you'll leave with some great stories to tell. So get out there, enjoy the ride, and remember - it's not a race, it's a journey. Happy speed dating!

How can I find a speed dating event near me?