Whether you are visiting from out of town, live here or are moving to Sydney, have been single for a while, are new to singledom or have just decided to start stepping out to meet new people, you are likely to face the same challenge – where to meet someone new.
With online being the predominant arena to meet new people and plenty of apps and avenues available, the thing these lack is the simplicity of being able to meet someone face to face and feel whether there is a connection.
Being in the same dilemma as many other singles, I wanted to meet new people that were of like mind and in a similar situation without having to scan the web or do the rounds of the known singles venues around town either, so I ventured into a different kind of dating experience and I have to say I am glad I did.
Having come across CitySwoon.com.au and registered my profile, I was all set to book in for one of their speed dating events recently held in Sydney. It was a well-run and smoothly organised gathering of singles all looking to meet someone, yet face to face in a conducive and safe setting held at a pleasant venue.
With everyone registering their arrival via their phone our host Shannon gave us the heads up on the evening ahead. With all attendees being matched up prior and send their dates for the night one at a time, we stepped into our first meeting. With an open bar to help the nerves and each date the courtesy of offering a beverage, we were given 15 minutes each to explore our meeting.
The difference between meeting someone face to face versus through chat online is that its so real and you can straight away get a sense of the other person. Within the first 5 or so minutes and after the usual ice-breaking lines of introductory small talk we get a much greater insight in who this person is in front of us, and of what the resonance is with them.
Add the stylish and comfortable atmosphere of the host venue, in this case the Prankster Bar in Sydney’s Cross, and it was like a real date, but with the added benefit that it was limited to just 15 minutes, enough for more than a first impression, yet not too long if there was no connection. If matched dates wish to connect after the very night, this can easily be done through the message function of the City Swoon website and so with the next date being called, a message arrived on everyone’s phone with name and image to make finding their next contender in the venue easy.
And so, we moved to the next date and the next. Interspersed with a break for open mingling along with a selection of nibbles and canapés. Then, we were given the phone message for the second round of yet another four dates. So, with eight dates to the night and the open invitation to linger and stay at the venue after the scheduled dating completed (in line with the open bar subsiding) it gave a great platform for some more organic dating too.
Going by my own experience and the feedback from others on the night, the event was a real hit, a great way to meet a number of people sitting in the same boat, and whether friendships or more were forged on the night, we all got to meet more of each other better than a lengthy chat online would have ever done.
And, since meeting face to face outstrips any amount of selfie profile shots could ever come close to revealing about oneself, here goes another reason why to sign up for a CitySwoon Speed Dating event, which are held not only in Sydney, but Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth as well.
Well, if you are single in the city (Syd, Mel, Bris or Perth) and want a different dating experience than the swipe, like, kiss or tingle the online dating landscape offers, sign up to one of city swoon’s events, held across different age groups – if nothing else, it’s a great night out of making new friends… or perhaps more! Happy swooning in your city.