Stuck in a dating rut? Maybe you’re looking for love in the wrong places.
Sure, nightclubs and bars are full of singles, but here in the Valley you can find great people in plenty of other interesting spots. From coffee shops to music venues, you might just find a person who sparks your interest where you least expect it.
1. Lux Central
You can have a quirky conversation over coffee at this eclectic café in the middle of Phoenix. If you’re looking to catch someone’s eye, this coffee shop, bar and bakery is the perfect spot. You can bond with someone over your mutual love for vegan doughnuts or share laughs between sips of a blue blazer hot toddy. Scope out the scene and start up a conversation with a charming stranger in this hipster hub.
Lux Central, 4402 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012 | (602) 327-1396
2. Crescent Ballroom
Nothing stirs up conversation more than talking about music. And the building that houses the Crescent Ballroom is a conversation piece in and of itself. Dating all the way back to the early 1900s, the one-time F.L. Hart garage is comprised of sturdy brick, which adds a certain charm to help set a romantic and relaxing atmosphere. There are plenty of opportunities in this music venue, lounge and kitchen to chat someone up over a specialty cocktail like the Honey Badger or a delicious Sonoran Hot Dog. Perhaps you’ll find someone that shares your interest in the same band performing on stage.
Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003 | (602) 716-2222
3. Phoenix Art Museum
If you think admiring art is relaxing and enjoyable, chances are there’s someone out there that feels the same way. Treat yourself to a day of adventure at the largest art museum in the southwestern United States. While you’re there, you can look at more than just paintings on the wall. You might find a welcoming face in the halls of the museum, wandering through the sculpture garden, or having a bite inside the Palette restaurant. There’s a lot to discover at the art museum, you just have to look for it.
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004 | (602) 257-1222
4. Sutra Midtown
Why not get a workout in while looking for a hot date? Sutra Midtown is a locally owned yoga studio in Phoenix that is sure to help open your mind to new things in life. Sometimes being single in a fast-paced environment can be stressful, so a bit of yoga and meditation can help set the mind straight. The studio is filled with local art, live music, and delicious raw treats. If yoga is your thing, it won’t be hard to find a fellow yogi to share your days with in this unique spot. Relax your mind, body and soul and you might just find a new workout buddy.
Sutra Midtown, 2317 N. Seventh Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006 | (602) 253-9525
5. Tempe Marketplace
From restaurants and bars to stores and movie theaters, this shopping mall in Tempe has it all. You might say hello to the handsome fellow searching for headphones, or let the woman sitting by the fireplace know that she looks beautiful today. The possibilities are endless in this 1.3 million square foot retail shopping center. There’s always something to talk about while perusing the stores and, if you snag a date, you can always catch dinner and a movie all in one place.
Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 966-9338
– Jasmine Kemper, Phoenix.org