During one spring break, my friends and I were at the beach, and we met some guys who were staying at the hotel next to ours. We spent the next few days hanging out, playing Frisbee, walking along the shore at night, and, of course, flirting every chance we got. Some of my friends weren’t single, so those of us who were paired off with the guys we connected with the most. It was a trip we’ll never forget.
There’s something romantic about the beach — the crashing waves, the smell of saltwater, the sun beaming down, and the wind blowing in everyone’s hair. Virginia Beach, Virginia, is one of the most romantic beaches in the US (and we’d say the world). It is known as Resort City, after all. But sometimes even singles living in the most romantic places can struggle to meet new people. That’s why today we’re offering up 11 solutions to turn your dating frown upside down.
Virginia Beach Dating Sites
If singles in Virginia Beach want to get offline, they first need to get online. Dating sites have become the go-to avenue for meeting people because there are thousands to choose from, they’re easy to use, they’re low-cost, and they’re effective. We wouldn’t send you out into the online dating world on your own without offering some advice — so below we have descriptions of five unique dating sites that are first-rate.
Best Singles Site
Match.com is at the top of so many online dating lists, including our own, for many reasons. Mainly, it’s the dating site, launching in 1995 before any other. Since then, more than 42 million people from more than 25 countries have joined Match, and practically all of them have found a compatible date or long-term relationship.
Best Site for Professionals
I have a bachelor’s degree, so I find it attractive when I meet a guy who also has some sort of higher education degree. It’s not totally necessary for me to date someone, but it does add a little something-something. Elite Singles is a dating site with college and university graduates in mind — about 82% of members have a degree. And, if you’re looking for a serious commitment, you’re in luck because that’s what most members want.
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
YesVirginiaBeach.com has found that 24.2% of the population is 55 or older, and OurTime is a great dating site for singles in this demographic to try. In addition to having a targeted user base, OurTime has a free membership that allows you to create a profile, add several photos, and browse for and receive matches, among other things.
For Black Men & Women Only
According to BlackDemographics.com, 31% of people in Virginia Beach are black, making it a relatively diverse city compared to dozens of others in the country. BlackPeopleMeet specializes in black dating (plus interracial dating) and is one of the most trusted sites in this niche. Not only is BlackPeopleMeet under the Match umbrella, but our experts have also given it a 4-star rating.
Hookup & Sex Site
For all things sex, frisky Virginia Beach singles and couples can turn to Adult Friend Finder — the largest and most welcoming hookup site. In addition to one-night stands, you can find threesomes, full-blown affairs, swinging partners, and any other casual encounter you could come up with. Adult Friend Finder has over 77 million users and will help you narrow down those options by showing you who in your area is logged in at the same time.
Popular Dating Apps
We all have something that’s by our side for most of the day, and we may not realize it’s the best dating tool: our cellphone. In a matter of minutes, you can download a dating app (usually it’s free), connect a social media profile for quick profile creation, use your location to find matches, and even meet up with someone right then and there. We consider three dating apps, in particular, better than the others, and in this section, we’ll share more info about each:
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|
Virginia Beach Singles Bars
Sometimes you need a little something to give you the courage to approach a cute single at a bar, and a beer, glass of wine, or shot will normally do the trick. Virginia Beach has a ton of awesome watering holes, but the following eight have the most delicious, creative libations and exciting atmospheres that encourage talking with and getting to know your fellow patrons.
Tinto, which means red wine in Portuguese, is "your everyday wine expert," serving Southern European-inspired wines by the glass and bottle. Not to mention you've got dozens of cheese, charcuterie, and tapas selections to work your way through. The wine bar also hosts themed events every week, including Grilled Cheese Tuesday, wine classes, and member appreciation celebrations.
1608 Crafthouse is an American gastropub that uses only local and sustainable ingredients, and specializes in homemade, farm-to-table Mid-Atlantic cuisine. Chef and Owner Kevin Sharkey leads the team, creating delectables that include butter-basted scallops, fried green tomato BLTs, and lamb and roasted oyster mushroom burgers. The drinks are nothing to sneeze at either, with craft beers and cocktails like the Tricks pumpkin beer, Reaver sour ale, 1608 Julep, and Pleasure House Margarita on the menu.
3The Frog Sports Bar & Grill
The Frog Sports Bar & Grill isn't a fancy place, but that's what Virginia Beach residents love about it. Here, you'll find classics like PBR, Bud Light, white Zinfandel, meatloaf, roast beef sandwiches, and chicken salad. The Frog is known for its events, too, including poker tournaments, pool and darts leagues, and karaoke nights. Terran S. said, "This is my new go-to place. Great friendly people, great DJ, awesome food, and excellent service."
411th Street Taphouse Bar & Grille
Founded in 2010, the 11th Street Taphouse Bar & Grille (the Taphouse for short) is built on a "love for the beach and drinking good beer." Offerings include lobster dip, Devil's Backbone BBQ wings, fish tacos, and Key lime pie. To wash it all down, we recommend a Dark n' Stormy, Hurricane, Espressotini, or any of the tap beers.
Lynnhaven Pub has 4.6 stars out of 5 on Facebook, and it's easy to see why. The bar has about 100 different beers, a wide-ranging menu, and fun events — such as tap takeovers and open forums about the beer industry. George W. Culver is just one of dozens of happy patrons: "The quintessential dive bar from the looks of it, but don't let that fool you! It has one of the best beer menus and beef brisket in Virginia Beach. The environment, beer, and food, experienced together with a diverse crowd of people from all walks of life, is a must if you're in the city."
6Ultra Craft Cocktails
Ultra Craft Cocktails provides "a premier craft cocktail experience from garden to glass" — thanks to its high-quality liquors, mixers, and accouterments. Menu items include the T.A.F. (Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, Orgeat, banana puree, cold-pressed lime juice, and Tiki bitters) and Citrus Crush (Cirrus vodka, blackberry and blood orange syrup, fresh squeezed orange juice, and sparkling water). Located in the Oceanaire Resort Hotel, Ultra Craft Cocktails also offers mixology classes and a yoga series.
7Murphy's Grand Irish Pub
Opened in 2003, Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub strives to show Virginia Beach what traditional Irish food and entertainment is all about, and the team does that very well. In terms of the food and drinks, you'll find Irish stew, beer-battered fish and chips, Guinness, and Smithwicks. In terms of the entertainment, you'll find sports on flat-screen TVs, trivia nights, and live music from the Strange Rootz, Poehemia, and other artists.
Blufrog Bar/Grill is "where good times are always on tap," and that seems to be the case if you look at the reviews on Facebook. One comment from Cullen W. Pittman raved that, "Blu Frog has the best hamburgers I've ever tasted. And so are the fresh cut fries. And the people there are very friendly." Open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Blufrog has more than 20 draft and bottled beers as well as indoor and outdoor seating so you can mingle everywhere no matter what the weather is like.
Virginia Beach Speed Dating
If you haven’t tried speed dating, you’re missing a fantastic opportunity. Instead of just going on one date, assessing how you feel about the person, deciding you’re not into them, and then trying again next week with someone new — you could meet upward of 20 date prospects in one night. Pre-Dating is a company that was founded around 2001 and has held more than 5.6 million speed dates (and counting) in more than 70 cities across the US, including Virginia Beach.
Virginia Beach Singles Events
Speed dating can be considered a singles event, but things like happy hours, kickball matches, live shows, dance lessons, and brunches are also opportunities to meet new people. Meetup.com is a resource that will completely change your dating life — it has a bunch of different search filters so you not only find activities going on in Virginia Beach but also activities based on your preferred age, ethnicity, religion, and interests.
Virginia Beach Singles Clubs
Music is one of those magical things that brings people together. Once a song gets going and people start dancing, there’s no need for words — their bodies do all the flirting and talking. Virginia Beach is a club goer’s dream, and Yelp has a comprehensive list of the clubs you want to make sure you go to. This list also includes reviews from singles, like yourself, sharing their thoughts on the clubs’ DJs, drinks, lighting, crowds, and hours.
Virginia Beach Chat Rooms
When AOL introduced its chat rooms, I, like pretty much everyone else, created a username and logged in almost every day. I did the same when Yahoo launched its chat rooms, talking with friends from school, guys I liked, as well as people from all over the world. It was a phenomenon, and it was super fun. Chat rooms are way more advanced and targeted these days — with phone and video features and sections based on all kinds of categories (e.g., city and relationship status). We’ve rounded up five chat rooms where Virginia singles will never run out of people with whom to start a conversation.
Virginia Beach Personals
“Desperately Seeking Susan” is a 1985 movie that stars Rosanna Arquette and Madonna and centers around personal ads. Roberta (Arquette) is a bored housewife in New Jersey who lives vicariously through Susan (Madonna) and the personal ads she posts and receives in a New York City tabloid magazine. Throw in some amnesia, mistaken identity, and theft, and you’ve got yourself a classic comedy. Today, though, people no longer have to post their dating escapades in a newspaper — they can just go online to a personals site (like the five mentioned in this section) and anonymously find someone like-minded.
Head to the Beach, Of Course
Virginia Beach is located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The city covers 497 square miles, and it has a boardwalk that stretches for three miles. That’s so much area for you to cover! The city has more than 452,700 residents — not to mention 6.4 million annual visitors. You don’t have rely on your own ideas for entertainment. Beach Street USA hosts a crazy number of festivals and events throughout the year, including movies in the park, fireworks shows, musical performances, and holiday celebrations.
You could also try taking a surfing or paddleboarding lesson, joining a beach volleyball game, or sign up for a wild horse tour. Do a little research by typing “things to do in Virginia Beach” into Google — you’re sure to find something that fits your style.
Take Your Furry Friend to the Dog Park
Dogs make the best wingmen — science says it’s true! Benjamin Moore, Editor at BarkGood, said “Dogs are chick magnets… teach you to have an open mind about romantic partners… [and] teach you how to be more attentive to other people’s needs.”
Dog parks in Virginia Beach include Bayville Farms Park, Red Wing Park, Woodstock Park, City View Park, False Cape State Park, Bea Arthur Dog Park, and so many more.
Sign Up for an Adult Class
We should never stop trying to learn new things after we graduate from high school and/or college. It’s not just good for improving ourselves — it’s also good for expanding our social circles.
The Adult Learning Center in Virginia Beach offers numerous classes for advancing your career, like nursing or business, and networking with people who could become colleagues, friends, or dates. VirginiaMOCA.org and Eventbrite offers more hobby-like classes like painting, jewelry making, photography, cooking, sewing, and basically anything you can think of!
Virginia Beach Has Got the Sun, the Sand & the Singles!
My friends and I didn’t keep in touch with the guys we met on that spring break, but that doesn’t take away from the experience at all. The beach was the perfect setting for getting to know new people as well as getting to know ourselves a little better. Singles living in Virginia Beach are lucky to call such a romantic place home, even if you’re going through a lull. We can get you out of the funk, and that’s what the tips in this guide are for. If we happened to miss anything, let us know!
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