A Single's Guide to Dating in Miami

Romance in the air | © Shutterstock
Romance in the air | © Shutterstock
Photo of Karina Castrillo
29 August 2017

Dating in Miami is like searching for parking in the detoured one-way streets of Downtown during Ultra. You need patience, persistence, and oh yeah – perseverance. Miami’s dating scene is a trying game of people looking for a green card, a ride on your boat, or a peep at your implants. But not all hope is lost, there are plenty of eligible single women (and some men) out there looking for love or just a lovely evening. Up your chances of meeting ‘the one’ by trying these tips on repeat.

Linger in a promising bar

If nightclubs aren’t your scene, going out to the bar is the next best thing. Check out the laidback watering hole that is the Broken Shaker at the Freehand Hotel. A hostel with a tropical lounge and pool in the back serves cocktails from its tiny tiki bar and lures in young creatives from all over the world. Similarly, the Lagniappe House in Wynwood has a casual feel, a long list of incredible wine and cheeses, and a romantically lit patio that makes it easy to mingle. If you’re looking for a banker or generally successful professionals, head to Brickell’s Segafredo, Area 31 or Sugar.

Courtesy of Sugar Miami

Join a group

Meet like-minded people that share your interests while you enjoy your hobby. There are scores of groups to join on the internet, but if you want something less committed, go to an event. If you’re into painting or poetry, drop by Tea & Poets to stay for a class in the evening. Into yoga? There’s free yoga sessions every other Saturday at Brickell’s East Miami. Love to bike? Show up for Critical Mass every last Friday of the month to bond with other cyclists along the trails.

Join the gym

If you’re strictly into chiseled looks, you’re likely to find your next model-made persona while doing squats at the gym. Join L.A. Fitness or Youfit, or if you want to snag real eye candy join Equinox (they even have an indoor pool and a long list of classes which ups the chances of meeting someone)!

Hang out at Starbucks

Plenty of creatives hang out at the local coffee shop nowadays. It’s the unofficial office of the digital nomad. Take your laptop and sit at any Starbucks, or try Panther Coffee, Vice City Bean or Mister Block Café in Wynwood. Head to Le Marché Café or Pasion del Cielo in Brickell or Aroma Espresso Bar in Miami Beach.

When all else fails download an app

Sometimes it’s just easier to flip through potential love interests from the comfort of your bed, and hey, there’s no shame in that. Any of these dating apps might get you lucky or find you the love of your life (it does happen!) – Tinder, Bumble, Grindr, OKCupid, and The League.

Try dating from your phone | © r.g-s/Flickr

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