Speed dating is an organized social event at a specific location, where men sit at tables and women rotate from table to table. After talking for a few minutes, they fill out a little note if either is interested in knowing more about the other person. Only if both want to meet each other again, is it considered a match and they can arrange to meet privately. Many businesses in the Vancouver area specialize in organizing speed dating events. Locations can vary, but are most often held in clubs, bars or restaurants. Sometimes, special themes are offered or the event include drinks or snacks within the cost.
Room 18 (no website; 2042 West 4th Ave., Vancouver; 604-739-4674), a restaurant serving contemporary cuisine, holds speed dating events run by the 25 Dates Speed Dating Company. The Sin Bin Sports Grill (sinbin.ca) on West 2nd Avenue hosts regular speed dating events by The Rendezvous Club, and offers the speed daters free cocktails and appetizers. FastLife offers speed dating for East Asian professionals in Society Dining Lounge (society-grg.ca) in Yalestown. Rendezvous Club uses the Caprice Lounge and Grill (capricenightclub.com) downtown on Granville St. for speed dating among the 25 to 45 age group. These restaurants features a pizza and burger menu as well as a large outdoor patio.
Bar None (donnellygroup.ca/barnone/) in Yaletown bills itself as the only "New York Style" nightclub in Vancouver and is a regular venue for Rendezvous Club customers. Ginger 62 Nightclub (ginger62.com) on Granville Avenue is a venue for tall men and university-educated speed daters by the FastLife Dating Company. Mirage Nightclub (themiragenightclub.ca) in the Guildford area is the venue for Flirt Fest, a speed dating event hosted by "Dating Doctor" Daniel Packard. Serai Social Club (seraisosial.com) on Cypress Street holds speed dating events in a sophisticated and exotic atmosphere.
Ceili's Irish Pub (ceilis.com), in Vancouver's entertainment district, offers speed daters pints and conversation in a relaxed atmosphere. Vancouver Minglers host monthly speed dating events in locations such as Rouge Kitchens and Wetbar (rougewetbar.com), which is located in West Cordova Street and is known for serving stiff drinks and a well-priced food menu. Backstage Lounge (thebackstagelounge.com) on Granville Island is a bar known for featuring live bands and serving food and drinks in a waterfront location.
For those who prefer speed dating in more quiet and casual locations, cafes offer a pleasant alternative. Rendezvous Club has used many Vancouver area cafes for their speed dating events; Bojangles Cafe (bojanglescafe.com) on Marinaside Crescent, Lupo Cafe (no website; 1014 West Georgia St., Vancouver; 604- 685-1131), Cuppa Joe Coffee (cuppajoecoffee.com) on Alma Street and Juliet's Cafe (julietscafe.com) on Cornwall Street have all held events in the past.
Beyond the expected bars and restaurants, speed dating can be held at almost any location. Queen of Diamonds at Plaza of Nations Cruising Yacht (vancouvercruises.com) has had speed dates on board. Similarly, West Cordova Fields Park has organized outdoor events and even Science World (scienceworld.ca) on Quebec Street has presented speed dating in the past.
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