By Hillary Juster, NewsCastic
If you’re like us, meeting someone at a bar or club sounds a little bit like a nightmare you once had. You can’t hear them over the music. How do you introduce yourself? What do you even talk about? If you’re tired of online dating and you’ve had enough of bars, don’t worry.
We’ve got you covered, Dallas. Here are 7 recurring Dallas events and classes that take the pain out of meeting new people, in real life. Bonus, these are not designated “singles'” events. They just happen to have built in ice breakers, a need to be introduced to new people, and plenty of single people there naturally.
We’ve found places for all kinds of interests. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and mingle!
Rhythm Room: Learn to Dance, Give Love a Chance (2714 1/2 Greenville Ave.)
It might not be intuitive, but you’d be surprised how much swing dance class is a full-on flirt fest. Yes, you’re learning to dance, but you’re also switching partners about every 30 seconds, as well as chatting and touching. Most people seem to come by themselves, and everyone is super friendly. So, don’t be shy.
The classes run in 4-week rotations, and the beginner’s swing class was so popular, they recently had to add more classes and graduate some intermediates. Sixty dollars will purchase you access to all of the Beginner Swing classes all month, which meet Sunday at 6:00 p.m., Mondays at 8:00 p.m., and Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. That’s a whole lot of flirtin’!
Katy Trail: Take a Walk on the Style Side
The Katy Trail is one of Uptown Dallas’s best places to see and be seen on a fine-weather weekend. The popularity of this walking, jogging, and cycling trail has even inspired the popular joke t-shirt, pictured above.
To get in on some of this action, bring a buddy with you and follow this recommendation from the Friends of the Katy Trail for parking “behind the Lamps Plus store on Knox Street.” If you prefer to start downtown, you can park at the American Airlines Center as long as there is no event going on. Finish off your flirtatious walk with a nice bite and beverage at the Katy Trail Ice House.
Cost: Free (unless you end your outing with something tasty at the Ice House)
Luck at Trinity Groves: Find Your Other Half with Odd Couple Pairings (3011 Gulden Ln. Ste. #112)
You may have heard that recently Luck at Trinity Groves had an event pairing craft beer with our favorite Girl Scout cookies. We know that it sounds a little sinful to pair children’s cookies with adult beverages, but it tastes so heavenly.
Well, it turns out they host this kind of odd couple, dessert and craft beer pairings quite regularly. For instance, on March 6th, drool-worthy donuts from Glazed Donut Works will be served ($12). Follow Luck on social media to stay up-to-date on their current pairings.
Sundown at the Granada: Watch the Walking Dead, Eat a Heart Out (3520 Greenville Ave.)
Does your idea of a romantic evening involve flesh-eating zombies, aka walkers, in your favorite show The Walking Dead? You might want to try out the screenings every Sunday, when there is a new episode, at 9:00 p.m., at Sundown at the Granada.
They have been doing these screenings here for several years, so they are very unlikely to stop. Special episodes, like season premieres and finales, have costume contests and door prizes. Bonus: the food and drinks here are so tasty they will melt the flesh right off your face.
Cost: Free (but really, grab a drink and a snack)
Dallas Games Marathon: Go Directly to Love—Do Not Collect $200 (930 West Parker Rd. Ste. 530)
Whether or not you love board games, you may find you love the Dallas Games Marathon. This social tabletop game event, with a huge library of games to play, occurs monthly as a marathon and weekly as a game night.
Try out the “Thursday Night Gaming,” if you’re new to board games or intimidated by large events. It’s only $5 and starts every week at 6:00 p.m. Let them know you’re new, and they can set you up with a gaming group. Your group can explain all the rules to you and help you out if you get confused.
Alamo Drafthouse: Trivial Pursuit—of Love (100 S. Central Expressway #14)
How would you like to meet someone special, and potentially win free movie tickets at the same time? Geeks Who Drink is a fast-paced team trivia event at the Alamo Drafthouse that takes place every Monday and Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Don’t worry if you don’t have a team, they can help place you with one. Just make sure you’re with the cutest geeks in the room!
Cost: Free (with the potential for prizes)
Round-up Saloon: Sing and Dance Your Way into Their Heart (3912 Cedar Springs Rd.)
Snuggled in the heart of the gayborhood is a jewel called Round-up Saloon, where 3 nights a week you can learn to dance, then sing karaoke all night long. Everyone will feel welcome here, regardless of persuasion, so no need to fret, whomever you love.
Dance lessons get moving Tuesdays through Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. and cover everything country from the 2-step to line dancing. Stay after for the karaoke that starts at 9:00 p.m. and lasts until the bar closes down.
Cost: Free (no cover for the bar or the lesson or karaoke)