Moving from New Orleans to Las Vegas was supposed to be an exciting time for Kallie, but it was clouded by the fact that she was struggling to meet people (particularly for romance). She tried expanding her social circle through work and the local colleges (to no avail), so she turned to Yelpers for advice.
“I get along with everyone and can make anyone laugh… you’d think it would be easy,” Kallie wrote.
She received several responses that same day (with more to come) and even connected with people who were interested in getting together to eat at one of Vegas’ infamous buffets.
In addition to getting tips from Yelp users, like Kallie did, you can turn to us. We’ve rounded up 10 ways for single Las Vegans to take their love lives to the next level. Let’s get to it!
Las Vegas Dating Sites
Online dating has so much going for it that you’d be crazy not to try it. You have thousands of sites to choose from, you won’t have to spend anything, you can be as nitpicky as you want about your preferences, and you’re highly likely to have success. Plus one of my favorite reasons is you can find singles in your area without having to leave your house or trudge from bar to bar. Here are five dating sites that we can’t get enough of, and we’re sure you’ll feel the same way:
Best Singles Site
Match.com is the top-rated dating site of all time, and it’s great for singles who just want to go on some fun dates or who want to be in a long-term partnership. Match has been around for more than two decades and has had more than 42 million signups (and counting) since 1995. Think about it: You probably know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who’s found a match on the site. And, with a free membership, you’ve got nothing to lose!
Best Site for Professionals
If you’re looking for the real thing, Elite Singles can lead you to it. This dating site is for commitment-, career-, and family-oriented daters as well as those who value education (82% of members have a college degree). Elite Singles is responsible for more than 2,500 love stories a month, and what if you were next? All you have to do was create a profile.
Elite Singles is the premier dating site for educated professionals. Most members are upper-income with college degrees, and its impressive Fraud Detection system ensures no-nonsense dating. Full Review »
|Gender Ratio||M: 43% | F: 57%*|
Over 50 & Senior Site
Sometimes it feels like technology is changing every day, and it can be hard to keep up, even for the most tech-savvy people. But online dating doesn’t need to be complicated or super fancy — it just needs to work. That’s the goal of OurTime — to forget about all the clutter other dating sites have and get single seniors on dates as soon as possible and as easily as possible.
For Black Men & Women Only
Las Vegas is an extremely diverse city, so while black singles may have a hard time meeting each other in other cities, they won’t here. According to Al Jazeera, black men and women make up 10.5% of the 2 million people who live there. And you’ll be killing two birds with one stone if you live in Vegas and join BlackPeopleMeet. It’s dedicated to helping black and biracial daters connect.
Hookup & Sex Site
Whether you’re taking a break from dating or are only interested in sex most of the time, Adult Friend Finder (AFF) could be right up your alley. You could be looking for a one-night stand, threesome (or more), affair, fetish or swinging partner, or any other adult activity and it wouldn’t matter on AFF because you can openly share any of your passions. And just like what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas — what happens on Adult Friend Finder stays on Adult Friend Finder!
Popular Dating Apps
Adding a dating app to your arsenal will totally change your dating life — it’ll be like night and day. You can find dates no matter where you are, no matter what time it is, and no matter what you’re doing. The three apps on our list are the best, in our expert opinion, and offer free downloads, profile creation, search, and flirts.
Zoosk is the number one app for finding dates, and if you sync up your Google+ or Facebook account, you can have a profile in seconds. The app has 38 million members and will deliver matches to your inbox on a daily basis based on your behavior such as who you search for, like or don't like, and message. The Carousel is another section for matching (tap the heart if it's a yes and the X if it's a no).
|Gender Ratio||M: 48% | F: 52%*|
|Available On||iOS, Android|
Available via the App Store and Google Play, Match is a fantastic app for dates and relationships. With a user base of 30 million singles, Match is where you'll have a high chance of success. It's free to download, create a profile, search for and receive matches around the corner and across the world, find missed connections, "like" people, as well as send and receive winks.
|Gender Ratio||M: 49% | F: 51%*|
|Available On||iOS, Android|
Commitment-minded, professional daters will feel at home with Elite Singles, which can be downloaded for free in the App Store or Google Play. Not only is everyone looking for a long-term partner, but 80% of members hold a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree. Elite Singles sees 210,000 visitors and 2,500 users finding love every month, so it's one of the fastest growing and most reputable apps.
|Gender Ratio||M: 43% | F: 57%*|
|Available On||iOS, Android|
Las Vegas Singles Bars
Las Vegas has hundreds, if not thousands, of bars, so narrowing down those that are the top is no easy task. Good thing we’ve done all that work for you! Below are eight bars where you can get your drink, grub, and, most importantly, flirt on!
1ALIBI Ultra Lounge
The ALIBI Ultra Lounge, located in the ARIA Resort & Casino, lives by the motto "Chic all day. Chic all night" and says it "celebrates the perfect convergence of premium spirits, imaginative ingredients, and highly stylized opulence." Open every day from noon to 5 in the morning, ALIBI has one-of-a-kind drinks, a hardworking staff, luxurious decor, and classic music perfect for relaxing and mingling.
Atomic Liquors is known as "Las Vegas' Oldest Freestanding Bar" having been founded in the early 1900s and claiming "the first package liquor license and off-sales permit in the city." If you're into dive bars, craft beers, creative pub food, outdoor patios, and a Space Age style, you'll definitely be into Atomic Liquors. On the menu, you'll find mac and cheese bites, burgers, seafood, IPAs, barleywines, and stouts (among other things).
Bin 702 is famous for its charcuterie and cheese boards as well as mini sandwiches — all of which are made with the finest ingredients. Offerings include a Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Montadito and lobster grilled cheese. Bin 702 doesn't phone it in on the beer and wine either. The bar has numerous types and brands on tap and in bottles. Another thing that makes Bin 702 unique is that it was built out of two shipping containers (totaling 640 square feet) in 2013.
Bond can be found on the first floor of the Cosmopolitan in the Boulevard Tower, and it's open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 a.m. as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m. This unique and hip bar and lounge serves up fun and daring cocktails, DJ nights, table games nearby, and floor-to-ceiling windows that will give you beautiful views of the Strip.
Located in the lobby of the Cromwell, Bound is an upscale circular bar that takes the Las Vegas "experience to a new level of class." It hosts live music from 9 p.m. every night until 1 a.m. (11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday) and mixology hours Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can often find specials on popular names (like Crown Royal) as well as Bound's signature cocktails like the Bunny Bubbles (made with raspberry puree and fresh pomegranate).
6Casa Fuente Cigar Lounge
Head to the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace, and that's where you'll find the Casa Fuente Cigar Lounge, which opened more than a decade ago. It's said to have the "best cigar selection in Las Vegas," and people on Yelp seem to agree. Dan. L. gave Casa Fuente five stars and commented, "Every single time I light up and smoke one of Arturo Fuente cigars, I am magically transported to what I imagine those tropical paradises would be like." In terms of libations, try the Casa Mojito, Spicy Lover, or Sensual Berri.
The aptly named Center Bar is right in the middle of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and was recently upgraded to "indulge guests with a new contemporary twist." Mixed drinks include classics, like bellinis, as well as new concoctions like Pear of Aces. Manda Bear B. didn't have anything but good things to say about Center bar: "Nice layout, beautiful waitresses, white leather couches, divider in between, newly furnished, dim lighting, strong drinks, and good service."
The Chandelier will have you swinging from the chandelier just as Sia would want you to. Another Cosmopolitan staple, the Chandelier has two and a half levels (all with a different experience), a purple theme, and, of course, dozens of "shimmering, beaded curtains of light" hanging down all around. Some favorite drinks among patrons are the Forbidden Fruit, the Infinite Playlist, and the Fire-Breathing Dragon.
Las Vegas Speed Dating
Forrest Gump said life is like a box of chocolates, but we think speed dating is also like a box of chocolates if you think about it. With dozens of attendees and different kinds of events to choose from, you never know what you’re going to get, who you’re going to meet, or how those encounters will play out. When you’re looking for speed dating in Las Vegas, the events held by Pre-Dating can’t be beat.
Las Vegas Singles Events
A Lock and Key event is a growing trend in the dating world. It starts off as a regular happy hour, but then men are given keys, while women are given locks. They’ll go around trying each key and lock until they’ve found the right match — or matches, as there are at least two or three in each group. Take some time getting to know the person, and then, if you’re interested, turn in your key or lock, or get a new one, and start again! This is just one example of a singles event that actually makes it fun to break the ice with a stranger.
Las Vegas Singles Clubs
I have no rhythm, so I’m not much of a club person. However, for those who have some actual moves, going to a club is a great way to not only show them off but attract people with them. Las Vegas is a club lover’s dream, and Thrillist has an awesome article that breaks down your options by price, music, location, hours, and what you can expect.
Las Vegas Chat Rooms
A lot of dating sites, like DateHookup listed below, also have chat rooms, so users have several different ways to communicate with each other. But then there are also straight-up chat rooms that have themed rooms to help you really zero in on your individual interests (e.g., lesbian women). You’ll encounter pros and cons of each, but the most efficient way to to figure out which will work best for you is to test out both dating sites and chat rooms. Registration is usually free, so you won’t be putting anything on the line until you’re ready.
Las Vegas Personals
A personal ad is just a traditional way of saying a dating profile. While it is a little more compact than a dating profile, a personal ad works in the same way. Typically, you’ll come up with a headline (such as Single Asian Male Seeks Fellow Las Vegas Native), provide details about your perfect date or partner, and post it online. While you’re waiting for people to reach out, you can browse personal ads and reach out on your own. We’ve picked five personals sites that have sections that cater to Las Vegas singles.
Head to the Strip & Check Out Some Casinos
Las Vegas wouldn’t be Las Vegas without the Strip, and an average 17,700 people are walking on it at any given hour on any given day. You’re practically bumping into people you could meet! Not to mention there are 31 casinos on the Strip, and that doesn’t include the ones that are just off it.
All you have to do is walk along the Strip and play in some of the casinos. You could tell the person watching the Bellagio fountain show that this is your first time seeing it (if it is) and ask them if they’ve seen it before. Or you could talk to the person playing slots next to you if they’ve won anything yet. Or whatever the case may be! Bring a friend with you because it’s always less awkward when you’ve got someone else around.
Check Out a Football Game or NASCAR Race
Las Vegas isn’t all about gambling — it’s also a huge sports hub. The Vegas Golden Knights (hockey), the Las Vegas 51s of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League (baseball), the University of Nevada Las Vegas football team, and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway all call Sin City home. Las Vegas also hosts the Las Vegas Bowl, an annual NCAA bowl game, the USA Sevens rugby tournament, the National Finals Rodeo, and the Professional Bull Riders World Finals.
If you’re an athlete and/or enjoy watching sports, go to a few games and come together with your fellow fans. Normally it’s not weird to have a discussion with the people next to you about who they think is going to win, how the rest of the season looks, and things like that.
With Almost 694,000 People & 40 Million+ Annual Visitors, Sin City is a Dating Mecca!
Kallie took matters into her own hands instead of just waiting for a compatible person to fall into her lap, and that’s a big part of having dating success. All it takes is putting yourself out there and making a little change to your routine — that special someone could pop up anywhere. You don’t have to go it alone, though. We’re here to help you every step of the way, starting with this list!
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