Pull up a stool to chat at La Carafe—the city’s oldest bar, with a fabulous jukebox—or try the newbie, downtown’s Public Services Wine and Whisky, which is located in the old 1884 Cotton Exchange building and serves a wide range of global wines, sherries, and whiskeys. 1 city for singles still knows how to whoop it up, ranking at the top of the survey for festivals, bars, and wild weekends.
But a good singles experience in NOLA need not be limited to collecting beads: some cool places to meet a more local crowd, off the tourist grid, include the Saturday night dance party at the Hi-Ho Lounge in the Marigny; Bywater wine bar Bacchanal, with its live-music-filled courtyard; or Fulton Alley for late-night “boutique bowling,” with shareable, andouille-sausage tater tots.
The singles scene in New York City is a little crazy, maybe even certifiably so.
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.
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.
For an alternative to the clubs, try gallery-hopping through So Ho or hitting one of the many after-hours mixers at top-ranked museums, like the First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum or the K2 nights—with Asian tapas, happy-hour drinks, and a DJ—at the Himalayan-art Rubin Museum.