Where to go to meet other singles in Honolulu (for any age)
Whether you’re in your 70s and looking to make new friends, or in your 30s and hoping to find “the one,” check out these social scenes across Honolulu.
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Readers voted Bar 35 as the best bar for singles in our 2010 Best Bars issue. Need we say more? 35 N. Hotel St.
“People think speed dating is for desperate people, but it’s not,” says Nancy Do, who started HI Speed Dating. Do has helped match people up, and start new friendships. HI Speed Dating takes place at Bar 35 every third Thursday. It’s $27 per person, including a drink and slices of the bar’s popular flat-bread pizza. Do has themed events, such as Christian and pet-lovers’ nights and for certain ages. October 18 is Christian night, and November 15 is for ages 30 to 40. hispeeddating.com.
Little Gay Book
Head over to Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand for women-only speed dating. Too nervous to come up with questions? Organizer and matchmaker Shelley Simpson can help craft insightful ones beyond “What do you do for a living,” or “What’s your favorite color?” This month’s event is Oct. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m.—the next ones are Nov. 14 and Dec. 19—but come early, beforehand Simpson will hold a short how-to-flirt demo. littlegaybook.com/events, registration is $20, which includes a cocktail. Only 12 can register at a time, due to space.
Real a Gastropub
Hang around other craft beer lovers at this relatively new hotspot and get into a conversation about breweries. Order a sampler of 4.5 ounce pours, and you’re bound to make a few friends. 1020 Auahi St., 596-2526. realgastropub.com.
If you’re in your 40s…
The age group at Pearl averages around 30-40, but who said looking a little younger (or a little older) breaks the rules? Try the after work happy hour between 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. or visit on every last Saturday of the month for an event called Beautiful. Hookipa Terrace 3rd Level, Ala Moana Center, 944-8000, pearlhawaii.com.
Whether you’re looking for a young’un dancing in the cages, or a mature adult shuffling across the dance floor, this nightclub covers every age group. Ala Moana Hotel, 410 Atkinson Drive.
On Tuesday evenings, Sarento’s restaurant turns into a social live jazz scene among the 40-and-up crowd. Match that with Sarento’s haute cuisine, and you have a winning night, with or without meeting someone (though we hope you do!). Visit dancindaveproductions.com for a list of the upcoming performers.
Whole Foods Kailua
Stop wearing your sweats to the grocery store, and start paying attention to the people around you. Compare nutrition facts on your whole grain bagel. Reach for the same organic head of lettuce. Do get into a conversation about fruit. Grocery shopping can be flirtatious and fun. 629 Kailua Road, Suite 100, 263-6800, Mon. through Sun. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.