If you’ve tried various dating apps and still can’t swipe yourself in love, it’s probably time to look for something more personable. Speed dating events allow you to find a deeper connection without the pressure of someone setting you up on a blind date. You get to meet multiple people within a few hours and fill out a matchmaking card, so there’s no guesswork if the attraction is mutual.
With NYC being a diverse city filled with single people, your chances of meeting the right person for you increases. So, what are the best events to try? To help you get started, we’ve got a list of 6 speed dating events in NYC for you to check out.
Geared towards attendees in their 20s and 30s, Amiccio hosts a weekly speed dating event at The Malt House in Greenwich Village. The venue offers chill yet upscale vibes with intimate spaces to hang out for speed dating.
Typically 30 to 40 people attend. You will get to sit down and meet 10 people during the rotations. However, the event is structured so there’s free socializing at the end so you can meet everyone else before filling out your matchmaking cards.
On Speed Dating
On Speed Dating is known for their fun and creative dating concepts and themes for the speed dating events. They host events for all sexual orientations and in various locations throughout NYC, including the Spring Hill Suites Bar 1905 and Radegast Hall & Biergarten. Most of their speed dating events are for people in their 20s, 30s, and/or 40s.
While some events are only categorized by the age range, most have quirky themes associated with them so you are bound to meet someone sharing your same interests. Examples of themes they’ve hosted in the past include:
- “Rescue Me” Firefighters
- Geek Speed Dating
- Celebrity Look-Alikes
- Herbivore Night
- Asian Persuasion
- Size Matters
- Have Passport, Will Travel
Originating in the UK, SpeedNY Dating is known for its relaxed and comfortable, low-key approach to speed dating. They curate their events for a more sophisticated crowd and have zero tolerance for anyone who upsets their fellow daters. In contrast, daters who stand out positively can expect complimentary events and matchmaking opportunities.
Most of the speed dating events are at the Flute Champagne Bar on 54th Street. However, they also host events at other locations, including the Hideaway Seaport, The Ainsworth-East Village, and Moxy NYC Chelsea. They categorize each speed dating event by age range, such as 25-39, 32-44, or 24-36.
The Men Event
The Men Event (yes, a play on words of The Main Event) was founded in 2004 for the entire LGBT community. A common theme for their speed dating events is Gay Professionals. However, they also offer other event themes, such as Millionaire Matchmaker and Poz Gay Speed Dating, that are exclusively for men who are HIV positive.
While most of their recent speed dating events are hosted virtually online, they are starting up some in-person events again. The goal is to provide a safe, social gathering to build new friendships and potentially meet the love of your life.
NY Minute Dating
NY Minute Dating host multiple speed dating events each month and cater their services to professionals seeking love and friendship. If you attend one of their events and don’t meet anyone to match with, they let you attend the next event for free. They also have convenient cancellation policies where you can easily reschedule for a different event.
They categorize most of the speed dating events by age, race (including interracial), or religion so that you can meet people with common grounds. However, they also have some specific themes, such as Older Women/Younger Men (Cougars & Cubs) and their Mega Speed Dating Event where you can meet up to 20 singles.
Tantra Speed Date
Tantra Speed Date takes a new spin on speed dating by combining a Puja style “speed date” with relationship skills games. A Puja is an intentional ceremony where participants form two circles facing each other, with the men forming the outside circle and women forming the inside circle.
Their statistics boast a 95% match rate and if you don’t meet someone, your next event ticket is free. At their speed dating event, you’ll get the chance to get to know someone in a more meaningful way through various exercises, such as:
- Partner yoga
- Actor’s improv
- Eye gazing
Ex-Brit turned Manhattan resident since 2008.