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Best Dating Sites for Portland SinglesJanuary 11, 2020
Dating apps can work wonders if you’re on the right one and presenting yourself authentically, but they are by no means the only great place to meet new people. While dating in a mid-sized city like Portland can be challenging, the sheer number of people moving here each year is making it easier than to make a connection. Most of my clients either just moved to Portland, are busy professionals, or just retired and are starting a new phase in their life.
The best approach to meeting someone is to make sure you cast a wide net. This ensures you’re able to meet a lot of different people in a variety of social settings. There’s something for everyone in Portland, which is alive with activities and a thriving cultural scene.
OMSI After Dark attracts a lively, diverse crowd and is 21+ for an adults-only museum experience. The events are creatively-themed and offer a chance to learn something new in a totally fun, hands-on environment. The scene is prime for easy conversation starters. Geek out over the science behind robots or tornados while you enjoy a glass of wine, or talk to a brewer about the science behind beer. It’s set up so you can bounce around and explore, and everyone’s in the same groove.
Portland Art Museum’s $5 After 5 happens every Friday evening and is a great way to mingle with other art lovers. You may find it easy to strike up a conversation over the PAM’s latest exhibition or over one of your favorite works. Loosen up with a drink from the Art Pub in the Museum Grounds Café, and get a conversation going about this year’s Art Basel drama.
There’s also a membership level for young patrons of the art museum. They host arts and culture events throughout the year. Membership includes access to invitation-only parties and lectures as well, which are also great places to meet people with similar interests:
PCS at the Armory has regular First Thursday live music events and happy hours where you can meet other singles and fans of the musical and performing arts. Both of these scenes are popular with extroverts making it easier to find someone interesting to talk to. Check out their featured art exhibit if you’re looking for something to strike up a conversation about.
Portland Opera’s Young Patron Society brings young, single opera fans together on Thursday evenings with a cocktail hour and group seating at the Keller Auditorium. Chat about the breathtaking moments and gripping emotions of the performance in the Young Patron Donor lounge at intermission. Take advantage of the discounted tickets, bring your favorite wingman or wingwoman, and break out that special outfit you’ve been looking for an occasion to wear.
Social + Athletic Clubs
The Portland area is practically a playground for adults with many amazing athletic clubs and fitness facilities. Places like the Portland Rock Gym
offer first-timer classes in a safe and fun group setting that welcomes you into the climbing community. Membership at high-end gyms like the Multnomah Athletic Club, VillaSport, and Bay Club includes social events and mixers. Social clubs like Knot Springs
are designed to build community around wellness. Golf and racquet clubs also provide great opportunities to meet singles who share the same interests.
Are you looking for a more civic-minded person? Consider doing some good for the community and meet singles while volunteering. There are a lot of options in and around Portland. Many organizations even have volunteer nights. Not involved with any charities? No problem! It’s easy to see what’s out there and sign up through Hands On Greater Portland. Scroll through their calendar and find upcoming volunteer opportunities at organizations like The Children’s Book Bank and the Oregon Food Bank. A few of my clients have actually met their partners through Hands On. The best part is whether you make a connection with someone or not, you feel great about lending a helping hand in your community.
In addition to volunteering, non-profit fundraising events are another great option for meeting Portland singles who share your passion. Events can range from formal dinners to silent auctions or carnivals and unite people from all walks around a common interest. I enjoy attending events hosted by Pacific Pug Rescue and find it easy to strike up a conversation when surrounded by other pug lovers. Whether it is pug yoga or pints for pugs, I have fun supporting an organization I care about while meeting other like-minded folks.
Expand your dating horizons by going for a hike, wine tasting, or playing kickball with other Portland singles. Some groups even connect singles based on lifestyle preferences, religion, and spirituality. Here are just a few examples of what you’ll find:
Portland Dog Lovers
is the perfect way to connect with other dog owners for fun activities like hikes, dog park visits, and yappy hour. There’s no better way to break the ice than with a furry friend at your side.
Portland Ski & Snowboard
brings skiers and snowboarders of all abilities together. Hit the slopes for the day with other singles and enjoy happy hour events in the off-season.
PDX Single Boomers
facilitates a variety of monthly activities for singles in their 50s, 60s, and 70s. Casual get-togethers include game nights, bowling, pool, and much more.
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