The winning cities in the singles-scene category excel in the off-hours, ranking highly for nightclubs, dive bars, and even great diners, where you might lock eyes with someone over a late-night order of fries.
But the most singles-friendly cities also put a creative spin on conventional meet-up spots.
Gorgeous locals, a wealth of nightclubs, and a wild streak as long as the beach: Miami climbed from second to first place this year, thanks to its flair for throwing a big party.
Hot spots like Wall at the W South Beach or the Italian-restaurant-meets-cocktail-lounge Cavalliget a big boost when celebs grace the premises, whether it’s Bieber or the formerly single Clooney.
Pull up a stool to chat at La Carafe—the city’s oldest bar, with a fabulous jukebox—or try the newbie, downtown’s Public Services Wine and Whisky, which is located in the old 1884 Cotton Exchange building and serves a wide range of global wines, sherries, and whiskeys. 1 city for singles still knows how to whoop it up, ranking at the top of the survey for festivals, bars, and wild weekends.
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But a good singles experience in NOLA need not be limited to collecting beads: some cool places to meet a more local crowd, off the tourist grid, include the Saturday night dance party at the Hi-Ho Lounge in the Marigny; Bywater wine bar Bacchanal, with its live-music-filled courtyard; or Fulton Alley for late-night “boutique bowling,” with shareable, andouille-sausage tater tots.
Gallery Row, at the intersection of Colquitt and Lake streets, offers both great art and conversation starters: check out Hooks-Epstein for contemporary surrealists or Catherine Couturier Gallery for vintage photos.
Houston also pulled off an upset by winning the wine bar category this year.
Sin City naturally ranked highly for its people-watching and came in at No.
2 for nightclubs, including relative newcomers Li FE at SLS and the indoor-outdoor Drai’s at The Cromwell.