Too often people try too hard to look for “that one”. This is especially true during times like handcuff season. For those who don’t know what it is, it’s the coldest time of the year when people feel compelled to find a partner to cuddle with. That being said, don’t rush to find that partner too quickly. Learn to find what you love about yourself and what drives your interests and passions, and you’ll find that building relationships will come much more naturally. But if you feel like you’ve done that before and are sick of the bars and the sweep, try these places in Atlanta where you can strike up a conversation with a stranger and eventually turn it into something Deeper.
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If you’ve ever dreamed of a romantic encounter with a romantic comedy, you can make it a reality in a cafe. Flirt with the barista while you order your spiced almond milk latte or strike up a conversation with the pretty person at the next table about one of her laptop stickers. Some great local cafes for socializing include Chrome Yellow Trading Co., Rev Coffee and Dancing goats.
Make the world a better place AND meet your soul mate in the process? It’s a win-win. Whether you’re passionate about animal welfare, gardening, or mentoring, you’ll be sure to find others who share your passion for volunteering and helping your neighborhood. Find volunteer opportunities at Atlanta Open Hand, Atlanta Trees, Atlanta Humane Society, Atlanta Community Food Bank and more, as well as through social organizations, including Community bucket.
The gymnasium and sports leagues
Compliment someone on their kettlebell swing, deadlift or bench press and let the gainz begin. Dating gainz, that is. Atlanta has many CrossFit and kickboxing gyms, as well as Orange theory and cycling studios, which are nice social spots. Whether The physical form is more your style, there are plenty of them in various neighborhoods too. You can also join sports leagues such as Atlanta Sports and Social Club.
When your dog Fluffy starts running with Fido in the dog park, Cupid might hit you and Fido’s owner. Exit at Dog parks Piedmont Park Where Boat of Libertyor head to Fetcha more upscale dog park with food, drink, and live music.
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Of course, many of the “meetups” on Meetup.com happen to take place in bars. But it’s not always the case. If you want to learn archery or take a paint and sip class, if you want to learn a language or find writing buddies, if you are interested in playing board games or joining a club racing, and much more, you will find a group of people who share similar interests on Meetup.com groups in the Atlanta area.
Religious (and non-religious) groups
Let your local church, synagogue or mosque answer your prayers to find “the one”. For example, Buckhead Church offers a singles program for young adults called canopyand various Jewish institutions such as the Temple and Moishe House have a working population of young adults. If you are not religious but spiritual, consult Sunday Assembly in Atlanta.
Many Atlanta breweries offer activities, such as game nights, movie nights, and more, that are great for meeting people. Not *quite* a bar, brasseries tend to be in industrial buildings with high ceilings and plenty of space to hang out and relax. Try a new craft beer while making new friends at breweries such as Monday evening Brewing/Garage, scofflaw brewery, Arches Brewery and so many others.
school or work
For those in school or working for a big company, let’s not overlook our classmates and single colleagues. There is something beautiful about connecting with those who are on similar paths to us. Join school clubs or corporate employee resource groups to meet other like-minded peers. (Whatever you do, just make sure there is no conflict of interest).