What, you’re single or been through another breakup? That sucks 💔
But before you go buying a bunch of cats there are some advantages to being single. Yes you shouldn’t rebound straight into another relationship, but for those who are ready, Speed Dating Social hosts the best blind dating nights in Brisbane.
Basically if you’re single and want to meet other locals in QLD, attendees meet face to face for a series of 12 quick dates to find romantic relationships or event love. So stop being ghosted on the apps, because here’s what you should know before speed dating in Brisbane.
Pick the right age range: It’s important to meet people who are compatible life stage, that means being in a similar age group to you. Most events have a 1 year lee way and speed dating ages range from 20s, 30s, 40s and over 50s events. So pick the right age group that you fit into because ID’s will be checked on the night.
Planning your outfit: Yes first impressions count so decide what you’ll wear ahead of time. Many can over think, but just wear smart casual, whatever you’d normally wear to a bar. Just pick nice clothes that are true to your style, so you can be yourself while enjoying the extra boost in confidence.
Choose the right singles event: Depending on your preference or lifestyle it’s important to meet those most compatible to you. If you want to increase your compatibility, consider a tailored event such as LGBTQ, Asian or Christian speed dating nights.
Choose a location near you: if you live in Newstead there’s little point in meeting your soul mate if they’re on the Gold Coast. But surprisingly I’ve noticed location doesn’t play that much of factor so long as it’s central. Basically any Brisbane CBD bar is good. Just remember to screen your dates by asking where they’re from and give the ones who live closer more attention.
Arrive Early and Mingle: If you’re speed dating for the first time it’s normal to feel nervous. To make things easier, try and arrive 15mins early. That will give you plenty of time to find a park, mingle and even take advantage of any complimentary drinks, canapés and ice breaker games.
Explore a new bar: Speed dating isn’t only for getting dates, it’s also about exploring new venues. If you’re attending your first night a few of our Brisbane favourites include, Fridays Riverside venue and Cindy Chows in the CBD. While those in the suburbs can opt for The Newstead Social, or the Mix bar in Woolloongabba. And of course you Southsider’s on the wrong side of the Brisbane river can try The The Fourth Monkey Cocktail Bar & Grill for a great night out.
Sign in and choose your matches: Arriving early also gives you time to check into our matching portal by scanning the QR code and entering the specific nights Event Code. Then you’ll see a list of all the attendees, simply toggle it to ‘Yes’ on as many or few of your dates as you like. But always do this straight after your 5 minute mini dates so you don’t forget!
Keep mingling at intermission: The 10 minute intermission signals halftime and is a great opportunity to stretch your legs, grab another drink and pursue any favourable chats. Just remember to talk to everyone, it helps overcome any nerves and generates positive social proof in the venue. That is, don’t just sit there by yourself and look antisocial, you want to maximise your chance of getting matches.
Make great conversation: 5 minutes goes quick so wow your dates with these great topics to find commonalities and increase your chances of mutual attraction: Talk about travel, both places been and new destinations, your favourite or quirky hobbies, pets (are you a cats or dog person?) and even find out any commonalities in your taste in food, movies or music can also create stronger bonds in a short amount of time.
Hang around at the end: After 2 hours of chatting many can feel exhausted, but this is when the real winning is done. Instead of running away, stick around and reignite a few of those hotter chats. Your speed dates only lasted for a few minutes so it’s important to continue the interactions so they can remember you. So chat, grab another drink together or even suggest bouncing to another near by location for a quick instant date can solidify your connections.
Contact your matches: When you and your date tick yes, that’s a match! You can get unlimited matches with the catch, they also have to tick yes to you. At 8am the following morning after speed dating, your matches mobile numbers will be emailed to you. Always follow up with a light hearted text to reignite the conversation. Keep it casual and then once you’ve got a conversation going, steer it towards your first date. I’d suggest using an alternate choice close between 2 casual choices “Would you like to grab a drink one night or are you more of a coffee type of person.”
So remember it’s as much about going with the exaptation of having fun as it is about meeting new people. I know it can be scary but after your first few chats you’ll find your rhythm and you can go alone or bring a friend. So don’t spend another weekend alone a book a speed dating event in Brisbane.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
How many dates do you get?
At Speed Dating Social we always advertises 12 fun dates in 1 night. That’s because it seems to be a decent amount of chats without being too few or too many. That being said there can be a few no shows so we always aim to book 30 to 40 attendees per event.
So even if you hit a couple of empty seats in a night, by the end of 2 hours you should still get around 12 chats. Of course some people will want more and they’re welcome to hang around after an event and keep mingling.
How long do the Brisbane events last?
Even though a mini date is just 5 minutes but some events go up to 10 minute dates. By the time there’s check-ins, late arrivals and intermission, your typical Brisbane speed dating events last just under 2 hours. It’s always recommended to arrive 15 minutes early, that way you’ll have plenty of time to check in through our matching app.
Is speed dating a good way to meet someone?
Speed dating can be an effective way to meet someone, offering an organised event to connect with multiple potential partners in a short period. According to a study by the University of Pennsylvania, participants are likely to go on dates with about 1 to 2 people they meet at a speed dating event, showing a reasonable rate of success.
Furthermore, a study in the UK found that about 20% of participants found a match, indicating a significant opportunity for forming connections. The face-to-face interactions can be more telling than online profiles, providing immediate insight into compatibility. While it may not be the perfect fit for everyone, speed dating presents a viable option for those seeking new romantic in person connections.
What should I know before speed dating in Brisbane?
Before embarking on a speed dating adventure, it’s crucial to enter with the right mindset and preparation. First and foremost, be open-minded and ready to meet a diverse range of people. Dress in a way that makes you feel confident yet comfortable, striking a balance between looking presentable and being true to your style. It’s also wise to prepare some conversation starters or questions in advance, keeping them light, engaging, and reflective of your interests.
Remember, first impressions count, so being punctual, presenting yourself well, and showing genuine interest in your dates is key. Moreover, keep your expectations realistic; not every interaction will lead to a connection, and that’s perfectly okay. Speed dating is a fun experience as much as it’s about meeting potential partners.
Can you go speed dating on your own?
Absolutely, you can go speed dating on your own, and many people find this to be a rewarding approach. Going solo allows you to fully immerse yourself in the experience, focusing entirely on the individuals you meet without the distraction of friends.
This encourages you to step out of your comfort zone and can be empowering, boosting your confidence as you navigate social interactions in a safe, structured environment. Speed dating events are designed to cater to individual participants, making them a perfect setting for anyone looking to connect with potential partners in a direct and personal way.
What should you talk about at speed dating?
What to say? Well it’s just 5 minutes and you’ve literally got two lifetimes to catch up on. After all the goal isn’t to dominate the conversation but to give the other person a chance to contribute to topics like:
Interests and Hobbies: Asking about their interests, hobbies, or what they do for fun gives insight into their lifestyle and can reveal common interests.
Career and Education: Inquiring about their job or education can provide a sense of their background and ambitions.
Travel Experiences: Discussing travel can be exciting and reveal insights into their adventurous side or cultural interests.
Favourite Movies, Books, or TV Shows: This can be a light hearted way to find common ground and can lead to interesting discussions.
Food and Cuisine Preferences: Talking about favourite foods or restaurants can be fun and might set the stage for a future date.
Funny or Memorable Life Experiences: Sharing amusing stories or experiences can lighten the mood and make the conversation enjoyable.
Music Tastes: Music preferences can be a great way to connect and may even lead to attending concerts or events together.
Pets and Animals: If they have pets, this can be a great topic as most people love talking about their animals.
How do you match with someone?
At the event you’ll be asked to scan a QR code that will bring up our matching portal. Each event is assigned a different Event Code, this is a word that’s entered at the venue which ensures everyone signs into the same event. After completing your details such as your table number, first name, mobile number and email, you’ll be texted an event link.
Simply click that link and you’ll see a list of everyone at the venue with a toggle yes/no button after their names. Simply click ‘yes’ on as many or as few attendees you’d like to match with. Every time someone also ticks yes on you, that’s a match and you’ll both be emailed each others contact details at 8am the following morning.
What happens if a Brisbane dating event is cancelled?
Cancelled? Look it’s possible, but very unlikely. Lockdowns are behind us and these days marketing is on point so when we aim for 30 to 40 attendees in an event, even if a few cancel the show will still go on. In the extremely likely case that 70% of attendees cancel or we just can’t fill one of the genders an event may be cancelled. If that happens you’ll receive an email and a full refund.