It’s bad enough to feel like the oldest person in a bar or club; it’s even worse if you’re single and looking – whether it’s a one-night stand or a lifelong commitment you’re craving. Sometimes, it’s just not a good look (trust me).
As the app-facilitated dating world continues to spread like wildfire, some of us who are over the age of 30 and remember life pre-Tinder would still rather meet someone the old-fashioned, in-person route. Naturally, this usually involves a bar.
Last month, we told you about all the places to party if you’re over 30. Now, here’s where you can you pick up if you’re over 30.
Shangri-La Lobby Lounge
188 University Ave.
The Shangri-La Lobby Lounge is the perfect breeding grounds for mature connections. The flowing wine, live jazz, and dreamy spa-like aroma will calm any social anxiety, and you’ll actually be able to hear what that sexy stranger is saying. During any awkward moments or lulls in the conversation, the editorial-worthy crowd will offer no shortage of opportunities for people watching and subsequent outfit inspiration.
2075 Yonge St.
If you’re not afraid to venture out of the downtown confines, have a thing for Thursday night cocktails and are a single over the age of 35, midtown’s Coquine could be your next go-to. On Thursdays, the lively bar of the French Bistro fills with a mature set of wine sippers, cocktail clinkers and shot takers who are old enough know what it means to connect – and drink – with people in real life.
136 Ossington Ave.
If the prospect of bonding with a potential new person of interest over tequila shots of all varieties is your more thing, Ossington’s Reposado caters to the refined set of hard partiers. Though narrow and sometimes overcrowded, the spot offers a safe place for a mature late night makeout without feeling like chaperones at a school dance gone wrong.
The Drake One Fifty
150 York St.
Despite its presence smack dab in the middle of Financial District, the Drake One Fifty draws an assortment of 30 and 40-something young professionals from all industries thanks to its artsy, eclectic vibe and reliable menu. The circular central bar is ideal for interaction; so come ready to be “on.”
121 Ossington Ave.
Ossington’s newest watering hole, Oak Island, is where to go if you’re looking to mingle with fellow 30-somethings over specialty cocktails, sexy lighting and 70s and 80s-inspired décor. The steep price of catching a buzz at this spot and the fact that it’s so new on the scene means it has yet to be frequented by the fresh-out-of-university set.
O & B Café Grill
33 Yonge St.
Now that the warmer weather has finally decided to grace us with its presence, the patio at Front Street’s O & B Café Grill is bustling once again with the city’s movers and shakers and the wannabes, all of whom have a special spot for post-work cocktails and booze-fuelled conversation. What you won’t find here is a saturation of hand-holding couples.
Real Sports Bar
15 York St.
One of the best places in the city to meet a potential love interest is at Real Sports Bar during and after a Leafs or Raptors game. Not only does the infectious energy of the cheering crowd make for a more relaxed interaction with a fellow single, the place is filled with people from all backgrounds and walks of life – including a handful of tourists, if a one-night-stand is your thing – offering variety to choose from.
192 Adelaide St. W
For the creative set of singles with memberships – or friends with memberships – the best thing about Soho House is its open, collaborative feel invites sporadic conversations and debates among well-read strangers, some of whom are naturally single. With cell phone use frowned upon, you’re more likely to actually connect with someone here.
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