Dating IRL: Best NYC Bars To Meet Singles When Tinder Won't Do

Dating IRL: Best NYC Bars To Meet Singles When Tinder Won't Do

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Forget all about online dating and head out to one of the best singles bars in NYC. There's no swiping needed to find your next fling.

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    The brain child of the former lead singer/guitarist of the band “The Normals”. The bars carries with it a feel from the 70’s with it’s aesthetics and decor. Go-go dancers, a zebra lined pool table and old TV’s playing old James Bond flick, this is definitely a time travel to the past you'll love.
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    Don’t let its location fool you, this little gem in the heart of over-priced fancy bars is a place to visit. With a swing above the bar, a pool table in the back and a photo booth, what more do you need to meet your soulmate?
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    This historic dive bar located in the heart of Hells Kitchen with its signature pig in a red blazer guarding the door is the epitome of what a dive bar is and should be. With a diverse crowd and cheep price, this establishment is a must visit for everyone. Also, free hot dogs.
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    The perfect medley for drinkers who sing and singers who drink, this karaoke bar allows you to live out your inner rockstar fantasy. With red velvet and zebra print chairs and sofa’s, this is sheer tacky awesomeness with good patrons and good vibes.
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    A good place to take a whiskey shot and make out with a hipster, activities preferably punctuated with handfuls of free cheese balls (faux cheese breath is sexy, right?) Hot dudes aside, the Levee's got Big Buck Hunter, a dirty unisex bathroom (hello) and the aforementioned cheese balls, so there's plenty to enjoy even if you're not getting laid.
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    A generally spectacular drinking hole that happens to be a great pick-up spot for adults. Between the bar's lovely backyard and its intimate, wood-paneled booths, it's pretty easy to pick up a partner for the night (or forever!).
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    For those who prefer their bankers in a “bohemian atmosphere.” With strong drinks and pleasantly cheesy music, the Alphabet City standby is a solid spot to start your evening and a potentially sloppy place to end it. A dance floor at the back can be hit-or-miss depending on the vibe, but on weekends the main bar area is reliably packed.
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    This oft-crowded Williamsburg honky-tonk joint is also one of the best pick-up spots in Brooklyn. Frequent live bluegrass music means less talking, more dancing. After a few frozen bourbon-spiked coffee drinks and bourbon ice teas, you and your paramour will be down to find a more private place to...connect.
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    Models flock to this swank multipurpose bar, restaurant, and work/playspace designed with the appearance and amenities of a hotel lobby in mind. During the day, visitors will find both diners and laptoppers taking advantage of the free WiFi; at night, the communal vibe creates an ideal setting for mackin on strangers. During the rooftop months, head outside to the terrace to break the ice with cornhole and ping-pong. 
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    The bar for bros, and the women who love them. A night here will force you to spend time in a sea of 20-something finance folk, fraternity brothers, and recent college graduates. Still, there are $1 beers here on Tuesday nights and the crew is generally DTF, provided you don't mind suffering through someone's Pledge Week horror stories during pillow talk.
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    With DJs playing sexy soul music and New Order to a dance floor packed hip-to-hip with gyrating humans as taxidermy animals watch from their respective wall perches, Home Sweet Home features a good-looking dance-y crowd.
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    The official hook-up bar of Brooklyn since 2008. It's hard to know exactly what makes this place such a draw for singles—is it the taco truck? The heat lamps on the outdoor patio? The long lines for the private bathrooms that everyone's having coked-up sex inside? The ghosts of the koi ponds? Whatever the aphrodisiac, a night out here is guaranteed to get weird, and if you will it, you will get laid. Bring some friends, for there is safety in numbers here.
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