By now, the Regina tinder game has probably lost its fire. You've matched with the entire city multiple times and your fingers are tired of swiping in hopes of finding a decent guy that won't bail or ghost you on the first date. I hate to break it to you, but the chances of finding a good match on Tinder is like trying to get dressed with your eyes closed - it never really works out the way you expected.
So, let's go back to the old-fashioned dating methods where we actually meet someone in person. Sounds scary, huh? It might be awkward as hell at first but once you've mustered up the confidence to approach that cute guy you've been starting at from afar all night then it really won't be so bad once the conversation gets rolling. Just take a shot, chill out, you've got this girl.
Here are a few local hot spots to get your single girl prowl on:
Cathedral Social Hall // 2062 Albert Street
Cathedral Social Hall is kind of like a local watering hole except people go there to drink beer instead of water. Most evenings, you'll find groups of singles guys shooting the shit over a few pints and nonchalantly checking out girls. Find a cute guy, flash a smile, and if you're feeling brave send a shot over to him.
Victoria's Tavern // 1965 Hamilton Street
If beards and tattoos float your boat, this is the place to drop your anchor, put on your hot boy binoculars and see what the night reels in.
Malt City // 2201 11th Avenue
Malt City is Netflix without the chill. Seriously. They have multiple TVs that stream Netflix on the regular and more often than not you'll notice that a weird Korean drama is playing. If you're into underground movies that no one has ever heard of, there's a good chance you might be able to find a guy that has the same interests. He'll be at the bar, drinking a pint, asking the bartender to put on Memories of the Sword.
Leopold's Tavern // 2330 Albert Street & 3735 Quance Street
Leo's is the perfect spot to bump shoulders with a stranger. Due to the nature of it's small and cozy environment, there's no way you're going to be able to avoid eye contact with a cute guy all night. Sooner or later, you'll practically be sitting next to each other and one of you is going to have to make the first move.
Earls // 1875 Victoria Avenue E & 2606 28th Avenue
We all know Earls girls are babes but have you seen the boys? They're not too shabby either. Grab a seat at the bar with your girlfriends and casually strike up a conversation. If all goes well, make a bold move and give him your number at the end of the night.
The Artful Dodger // 1631 11th Avenue
The Artful Dodger is one of the best spots in the city to check out local music. It's also one of the best spots in the city to check out musicians. If that's not something to swoon over then I dunno what is.
Rebellion Brewery // 1901 Dewdney Avenue
Beer lovers, unite. Breweries are the perfect place to brush up on your beer knowledge. Just ask the cute guy sitting next to you and he'll give you the down low and maybe his number in the meantime.
The Broken Rack // 3806 Albert Street
The Broken Rack is kind of like a boys clubhouse. You'll find groups of them lurking around everywhere, sipping beers and shooting pool. Find an open pool table and invite a random group of guys to join in on a friendly match.
Malty National // 1130 15th Avenue
Malty National is hipster's paradise. The electric scene that Malty National, 33 1/3 coffee roasters and T&A Vinyl and Fashion have created all under one roof is pretty cool. Chill vibes, chill boys.
The Canadian Brewhouse // 4820 Gordon Road & 2005 Prince of Whales Drive
There are two types of guys that go to the Canadian Brewhouse: the crazy sports fanatic or the recently turned 19-year-old. It might also be the only place where you could make an eligible bachelor draft night and get away with it.
Chapters // 2625 Gordon Road
Chapters is the rom-com movie of bookstores. There's nothing more romantic than unexpectedly meeting a cute guy that just happens to be browsing the Science Fiction section the same time that you are.
Atlantis Coffee // 1992 Hamilton Street
Atlantis is the go-to spot for young professionals, students, and cute guys. Trust me on this one, it's practically my second home. Grab a coffee and people watch without making it obvious that you're creeping on every guy that walks through the door.
Brewed Awakening // Multiple Locations
Brewed Awakening is Regina's most popular local coffee chain. That being said, there's a good chance you'll be able to run into someone new if you make it your new regular hangout.