Where To Meet Men? (23 Of The Best Places To Meet Single Men In Real Life)

Last updated on July 4, 2022 by April Maccario

A lot of people would rather have a dreamy, romantic love story about how they met their partner, rather than saying they met through online dating. A lot of people also never want to give online dating a go and instead, hold out for the right person to waltz into their life. 

Although it’s so lovely that so many of us want to find a potential partner in real life, the majority of us have no idea where to start looking, and that’s exactly why this article is here!

In this article, we’re going to take a look at 23 of the best places to meet single guys in real life, as well as share some tips on how you can approach a guy in each situation. 

After reading, you should be all clued up about not only where to meet a man, but how to meet a man. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started.

How and Where to Meet Single Men

1. Stood in a queue

Standing in a queue is a great time to casually start talking to somebody because apart from staring blankly at your phone, there’s not much else to do. If you notice that a cutie is standing behind you, you can flip your hair around and start a casual chat - start by something related to the queue or the place you’re in. You might hit it off, or you might not - you’ve not lost anything, but you might gain something!

2. At a coffee shop

Coffee shops aren’t only a great place to get that morning caffeine fix, but they’re a great place to get to know people. So many people spend time at coffee shops either working or refueling, and chit-chat with strangers is normally well-received. 

3. At a bar

Normally there’s at least a couple of cute guys standing at every bar you go to, so the next time you’re at one, why not choose to chat with one of them? If you’re too nervous, ask your friend to wingman you and go over, or send a drink to them with the help of the bartender.

4. On any type of public transport

Whether you’re standing on the subway or sitting on a bus, there’s normally some kind of unspoken connection with somebody on there with you. Rather than missing another opportunity, the next time you meet eyes with a hot guy opposite you, start a conversation with him and see where it goes.

5. At a party

Parties are places where people are expected to be social and therefore you will most likely be able to find a single guy there. You can easily start a conversation with someone you don’t know at a party because the atmosphere encourages it. If you’re too shy to talk to anyone, you could ask one of your more confident friends to help you out.

6. Walking your dog

walking your dog

If you have a dog, or you’re taking care of someone’s dog, utilize it to meet people! It’s so easy to start conversations with other people that have dogs because the dogs interact with each other and you’re almost forced to interact with the person. 

7. At the gym

Although you might feel like you don’t look your best while you’re working out, the gym is actually a great way to find a potential partner. The next time you see someone you’re attracted to in the gym, why not ask them to help you with a piece of equipment you’ve never used before? 

8. At an art class

Art classes are a great way to connect with like-minded people if that’s what you’re into. If you’re at a painting class and see someone you’re interested in, ask them for some advice on your piece or start a conversation whilst you paint.

9. At a lecture or educational talk

Going to a lecture or educational talk is the perfect place to meet someone that’s intellectual and interested in the same things as you. Although you might not be able to speak to someone during the talk, you can start an intellectual conversation with them at the interval or afterward over a glass of wine.

10. On vacation

Meeting someone on vacation is really easy to do as it’s such a laid-back environment. You can easily spend time getting to know someone as you sunbathe around the pool or whilst you’re sitting with your friends enjoying happy hour. Obviously, you might not actually live close to each other though, so this may only be a holiday fling.

11. At a speed dating event

Although you might think speed dating died out in the 2000s, it’s actually still really popular, and it’s a lot of fun! Sign yourself and a friend up for a speed dating event and enjoy getting to know a selection of single men - one might be the one for you!

12. In your local community

in your local community

You might actually find a potential partner by just spending more time in your local community. Whether you get involved in a community project or you spend more time at your local cafe, there will most likely be some single men in your area!

13. At the beach

Next time you head to the beach, keep your eye out for hotties and realize that this is a great place to meet single men. Whether you and your friends decide to sunbathe close to a cute bunch of guys or you have a chat with somebody heading out for a surf, the beach is a wonderful place to find a potential partner.

14. At a festival

Festivals, whether they’re music festivals or art and literature festivals, are fun places to connect with new people! Whether you’re intrigued by the person you’re rubbing up against whilst dancing to your favorite band or you fancy the person that’s camping next to you, start chatting to them and see how things progress!

15. On a double date

One way to meet someone that’s single and that you’ll most likely get on with is by going on a double date! Get your friends’ man to fix you up with one of his friends and head out together.

16. At a bookshop

A bookshop is an idyllic place to find somebody, so the next time you go to purchase a new book, take your time, look around, and if there’s somebody cute there, have a chat with them about what they’re reading.

17. During volunteer work

You’re pretty much guaranteed to find someone kind and caring if you meet someone during volunteer work. If you’re working with someone, you’ll also have to speak to them to get the job done, meaning you don’t have to put yourself out there too much.

18. At singles nights

at singles nights

Singles' nights might seem a little daunting or a little sad, but they’re a wonderful way to find men! Grab some of your single girlfriends and head to one. Don’t put any pressure on finding men, but stay open-minded.

19. In a nightclub

The majority of people at nightclubs will be single people, and although most of them will have probably had more than enough to drink, you might actually find someone special. 

20. At a wedding

Weddings are obviously romantic places, making everyone feel romantic, even those without anyone to show love to. So, a lot of the time, single people at weddings tend to gravitate towards each other and get together. 

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21. At a laundromat

The next time you’re waiting for your washing to be ready and there’s a cute guy waiting too, say hi to him. There’s nothing else to do when waiting for laundry, so both of you will at least have company during this time, and the two of you might really hit it off.

22. At work

Although work romances can get confusing, your workplace actually could be where you find your future partner. If you have a workplace crush, spend more time with them, grab lunch together, and see if sparks actually fly out of office hours.

23. Art galleries and museums

What’s more romantic than meeting somebody whilst you walk around an art gallery or museum? Pretty much nothing, so head to your nearest art gallery and strike up a conversation with the man staring at your favorite painting.


Where is the best place to meet a nice guy?

23 of the best places to find guys are listed in the article above, so you can take a look at why these places are so good in more detail there. However, if you’re looking for a really nice guy, you might want to look in places that you think they would go to. For example, places where volunteer work happens.

Where can I meet smart guys?

Although you can find smart guys anywhere, if you’re really targeting intellectual men, then you’re going to need to go to the places they will be. For example, it’s a good idea to head to a lecture or educational talk, a museum, a bookshop, or an art gallery. You have to think about what they will want to be in their free time, and then head there. Obviously, you should be interested in going to these places too though.

Where should I meet a guy for the first time?

You really can find men anywhere as long as you have an open mind and you’re willing to give time to people that you don’t know. If you’re willing to strike up a conversation in a coffee shop or you’re keen to go to an art class and speak to new people, you can find a guy easily. If you’re unsure where exactly you should be heading to find a guy, check out the 23 places listed in the article above.

Where do most single guys live?

If you’re wanting to know about what kind of places single guys live, they typically live in apartments or shared apartments. If you’re wanting to know about the cities with the most single guys, check out Boston, Austin, LA, and New York.

Where do you meet guys if you’re shy?

If you’re shy you might think that finding a guy online is the only option for you, but it’s not! There’s an array of places you can feel comfortable going where you might find a guy. For example, a cozy bookstore or an art gallery. If you can build the courage up, you can also try a low-key double date with a friend or attend a painting class or educational talk. 

In Conclusion 

Hopefully, after reading this article you’re all clued up on where the best places are for you to find single guys. You really can find the perfect person for you anywhere as long as you have the right mindset and you’re open to starting a conversation with someone if you find them attractive.

Did you like this article and find it useful? Let us know in the comments and feel free to share with anyone else wanting to know how to meet men!

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April Maccario
I'm a huge nerd when it comes to understanding how relationships between men and women work, and what drives a certain behavior. I spend much of my time getting into the nitty-gritty and try to share my findings on this site with the hope of making life a little easier for women that are struggling in their relationships or love life.

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