10 Ways to Meet Singles in Kansas City, MO (Dating Guide)

Kansas City, MO

10 Ways to Meet Singles in Kansas City, MO (Dating Guide)

Hayley Matthews Hayley Matthews • 2017

With more than 481,420 residents, Kansas City is the 37th largest city by population in the United States. However, if you’re single and looking to meet other singles, that number gets smaller once you take out the married people and children. It can be frustrating when you’ve tried what seems like everything and haven’t seen any results. That’s how TigerGradKC was feeling when he posted on Reddit that he had run out of ideas.

He received a bunch of responses from people who said they were experiencing the same thing. We don’t want to leave those Reddit users and folks like you hanging — so today we’re presenting 10 ways you can up your dating game in Kansas City and finally have that date or get into that relationship that you’ve been dreaming of.

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Kansas City Dating Sites

This guide wouldn’t be complete without mentioning online dating — it’s hands down the go-to way to meet singles in your area. To help you whittle down your choices, we’ve picked what we believe are the five best dating sites — comparing them to the five best cuts of meat because Kansas City is part of beef country, after all.

Best Singles Site

Kansas City is known for having some of the best beef in the world, and if we’re comparing the meat to dating sites, then we’d say Match.com is like the filet mignon. It’s the highest quality, it’s the most popular, and it’s totally worth it. Match has been around since 1995, has more than 30 million members, and has facilitated the most romantic connections of any dating site.

★★★★★
4.9/5.0

Relationships: Casual Dates, Deep Relationships

Match System: Search by age, profile, zip, more

Our Experts Say: “Match.com has led to more dates, marriages and relationships than any other site. Its impressive user base and success rate make it our top review...” Full Review »

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Best Site for Professionals

Sticking with the beef analogy here, Elite Singles would probably be the ribeye. While this cut is tender, Elite Singles is understanding of any dating situation. While this cut is quick cooking, Elite Singles is fast working on finding you the perfect match. While this cut is flavorful, Elite Singles offers a satisfying experience.

★★★★★
4.6/5.0

Relationships: Serious Relationships

Match System: Search personal criteria, plus get Partner Suggestions

Our Experts Say: “Elite Singles is the premier site for professionals. Most members are upper-income with college degrees, and its Fraud Detection ensures no-nonsense dating...” Full Review »

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Over 50 & Senior Site

OurTime has got to be the Kansas City strip steak of the online dating industry. It’s a classic just like the cut. And just like the strip steak won’t require you to put in too much effort (because it’s boneless), neither will OurTime. The site has a straightforward layout that will get you searching and chatting with single seniors in a couple of minutes.

★★★★
4.4/5.0

Relationships: Casual Dates, Deep Relationships

Match System: Search by age, profile, zip, more

Our Experts Say: “OurTime is quickly gaining popularity amongst older singles, featuring an extensive profile search and simple interface. Exclusively for ages 50+...” Full Review »

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For Black Men & Women Only

The top sirloin is a thick cut that’s great for a range of cooking styles: grilling, broiling, sautéeing, or pan-frying — similar to how BlackPeopleMeet is great for black and biracial singles whether they’re looking for friendship, dates, a relationship, or marriage. The site has more than 1.4 million monthly users and is a sister property of Match, which means it’s just as trustworthy and successful.

★★★★
4.0/5.0

Relationships: Casual Dates, Deep Relationships

Match System: Search by age, profile, zip, more

Our Experts Say: “BlackPeopleMeet.com is the largest online dating site for black and biracial daters of all backgrounds, and is used by 1.4 million daters each month...” Full Review »

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Hookup & Sex Site

If we had to choose a cut of beef for Adult Friend Finder, it would be the Porterhouse. It’s not shy about what it is, and neither is Adult Friend Finder. This casual sex site is the largest and most open-minded in its niche, with 77 million members interested in one-night stands, threesomes, orgies, swinging, affairs, and so much more.

★★★★
3.5/5.0

Relationships: Hookups Only

Match System: Search by location, interest, more

Our Experts Say: “Make no mistake: this site isn't about making friends, it's about short-term "hookups" and affairs only. Note that a basic account costs $14.95/month, but it's well worth it if casual sex is your goal...”

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Popular Dating Apps

One of my close friends has never had a boyfriend and was never really into dating while we we’re growing up. But that’s changed over the past few years because she’s joined a couple of dating apps. Her dating life has done a complete 180 — it’s no longer a lot of work on her part, and she’s going out with guys a couple times a week. Dating apps can do that for you, too — especially if you’re struggling to find enough hours in the day to meet even one person who you like enough to have dinner with. There are hundreds of dating apps out there, but we’ve found the only three you’ll ever need.

Zoosk

★★★★★
4.9/5.0
Zoosk

Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Casual Dates, Relationships
  • Match Sysytem: Search for and receive matches
  • About the App: 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).
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Match.com

★★★★★
4.9/5.0
Match.com

Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Fun Dates, Serious Relationships
  • Match Sysytem: Browse by location, age, interest, and more
  • About the App: 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.
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Elite Singles

★★★★★
4.9/5.0
Elite Singles

Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Deep Relationships
  • Match Sysytem: Search by education, lifestyle habits, age
  • About the App: 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.
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Kansas City Singles Bars

According to YellowPages.com, Kansas City has about 150 bars, but they’re not all created equal in terms of people-meetability (yes, I just made that up). That’s why we’ve done the legwork to narrow down the options for you. These eight bars are definitely worth visiting:

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Voltaire

★★★★★ 4.9/5.0
1617 Genessee St • Kansas City, MO 64102 (816) 472-1200 Visit Website

"We're all in this together" is Voltaire's motto, and this "global eatery and purveyor of libations" is located right along the Missouri/Kansas border. You'll find tons of beers (like Deschutes Obsidian Stout), cocktails (like Bee's Jeans), wine (like Laudun Galets), and whiskeys (like Elmer T. Lee). In terms of food, you've got meat- and vegan-friendly options, including Thai Pork Satay, Faroe Island Salmon, Spaghetti alla Puttanesca, and Tacos al Carbon.

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The Ship

★★★★★ 4.8/5.0
1217 Union Ave • Kansas City, MO 64101 (816) 471-7447 Visit Website

The Ship is an old-school diner and bar that initially opened in downtown Kansas City in 1935. It was demolished in 1993 but re-emerged and reopened in the West Bottoms area. The Ship hosts weekly jazz nights and other shows performed by musicians like the Greg Meise Organ Trio, the Soul Preservers, and the Naughty Pines. The bar is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., and the kitchen is open until 10 p.m. — serving up snacks (fried pickles), sandwiches (muffuletta), full meals (meatloaf), and brinner, aka dinner plus breakfast (biscuits and gravy).

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Lucky Boys

★★★★★ 4.7/5.0
1615 Genessee St • Kansas City, MO 64102 (816) 442-8131 Visit Website

Located in the Stockyard District, Lucky Boys, has nightly drink and food specials such as a catfish basket and a Coors Banquet. For entertainment, the bar has pool tables and shows the Royals and Chiefs games. Tex Houston gave Lucky Boys five stars on Facebook and said: "Great people. Delicious food and cocktails. This joint has a great atmosphere, and the music is always good. Perfect place to go if you are alone or with a horde of berserkers."

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Trago

★★★★★ 4.6/5.0
9261 NE 83rd Terr • Kansas City, MO 64158 (816) 429-8950 Visit Website

Trago offers Spanish tapas but with a personal history behind them — the dishes are inspired by the founder's late grandmother. Share the ceviche de camarón, chicharrones, melón y jamón, or churros, and you won't regret it. Wash it all down with a top-shelf bourbon, glass of homemade sangria, or pitcher of margaritas. Trago also provides live entertainment such as Tuesday nights with Al Latta.

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Trezo Maré

★★★★★ 4.5/5.0
4105 N Mulberry Dr • Kansas City, MO 64116 (816) 505-3200 Visit Website

Head to Briarcliff Village, and that's where you'll find Trezo Maré. This restaurant and lounge prides itself on serving the best Italian cuisine in Kansas City. For example, all the produce is local, fresh, and seasonal, the seafood is delivered every day, and the steaks are cooked over a wood fire. The atmosphere and decor, with high ceilings, red booths and chairs, and warm lighting, also make Trezo Maré stand out.

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Piropos

★★★★★ 4.5/5.0
4141 N Mulberry Dr • Kansas City, MO 64116 (816) 741-3600 Visit Website

Piropos brings Argentina to Kansas City, focusing on grilled meats, just-caught seafood, and exciting salads and vegetables. Menu items include breaded calamari with cilantro pesto aioli, grilled filet mignon with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed mushrooms, and flan de vainilla. For drinks, we'd recommend the Ar-gin-tini, but don't forget to check out Piropos' numerous wines and beers.

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Brown & Loe

★★★★★ 4.5/5.0
429 Walnut St • Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 472-0622 Visit Website

Brown & Loe is housed in a building dating back to the 1920s and was a Merchant's Bank before it became a restaurant famous for its cured, smoked, and pickled meats. The team puts its spin on comfort food like grilled short ribs with stone-ground grits, green chili pork chop, and a coffee-rubbed brisket sandwich. The libations are just as interesting, and what caught our eye was the Black Velvet (Guinness and prosecco) and Claret Punch (red wine, lemon, and orange liqueur).

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Harry’s Country Club

★★★★★ 4.5/5.0
112 E. Missouri Ave • Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 421-3505 Visit Website

Founded by Harry Murphy, who also owns Brown & Loe, Harry’s Country Club is a simple bar and restaurant that does everything extremely well. The stuffed mushrooms, fried bologna sandwich, and buffalo chicken mac and cheese made our mouths water. Go during happy hour when you can get $4 Bastard Bombs (Irish cream and cinnamon shot dropped into a glass of Stone Double Bastard and A&W root beer), $5 limoncellos, and $5.50 Stiegl cocktails.

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Kansas City Speed Dating

Some people may think of speed dating as a formal event where you have to stay in your seat and have the same conversation over and over again with a bunch of strangers. But it’s really so much more than that. Events can be set in various locations (e.g., bars, restaurants, boats, and dance halls), have many different styles, and offer several activities to lighten the mood and encourage non-awkward interaction. Eventbrite has a long list of speed dating events just for singles in Kansas City, so give it a try if you haven’t already!

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Kansas City Singles Events

Years ago, a group of us had a rock climbing day at a local gym where we spent hours challenging each other to see who could go the highest or tackle the craziest part of the wall. It was awesome because we got a workout in, but we also got to know each other a little better. The thing is activities like this can be turned into a dating tool, and you don’t have to do any of the planning like we did. Companies, like Lock and Key Events, will do all the work, and all you have to do is show up and mingle!

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Kansas City Singles Clubs

In high school, my sister and her boyfriend at the time took a salsa class, and they absolutely loved it. They learned something new and grew closer together, but these kinds of classes aren’t just for couples. A lot of organizations and even clubs put on classes only for singles, and it’s a great way to hone your skills so you can show them off on a night out. (I know the country bar in my town has a line dancing lesson before things really get going.) We referred to Yelp on this one to find the top Kansas City clubs, and here they are:

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Kansas City Chat Rooms

Did you know the chat room was invented in Cleveland, Ohio, in the 1970s? It’s come a long way since then, going from the dial-up AOL days to being able to send information across the world at almost lightning speed. Chat rooms today couldn’t be easier to use as well. For some, all that’s required of you is a username and an avatar. Below are five Kansas City chat rooms where you can get your flirt on (for free, by the way) and maybe even arrange a date if you come across that special someone.

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Kansas City Personals

So, there are dating sites and dating profiles, and then there are personals sites and personal ads. But the secret is they’re basically the same thing. You provide details about yourself (age, zip code, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) and the type of person you’re into (appearance, religion, hobbies, education, etc.), post a photo, wait for incoming messages while browsing, and set up a meeting when you connect with someone. In this section, we list five personals sites with Kansas City-specific signup pages for even more efficient dating.

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Join a Religious or Spiritual Group

BestPlaces.net has found that 37% of people in Kansas City consider themselves to be religious. Among them are 6.46% who identify as Catholic, 0.37% as LDS, and 6.14% as another Christian faith. Attending church or participating in a religious or spiritual group doesn’t just allow you to celebrate and explore your beliefs — but it also allows you to come together with those who have similar values.

Photo of the Center for Spiritual Living-Kansas City

The Center for Spiritual Living is just one of dozens of religious or spiritual organizations in KC where you can meet people.

The Center for Spiritual Living, the Ignatian Spirituality Center, and the Sanctuary of Hope, Prayer & Retreat Center are just a few of the faith centers in Kansas City. We found these by doing a Google search for “spiritual centers Kansas City,” so definitely feel free to search on your own and adapt the phrase as needed until you locate a place that’s just right for you!

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Participate in Social Clubs & Organizations

I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd, and I go crazy when I meet someone who’s also a fan — talking their ear off about the story and comparing theories and things like that. It’s just so easy to talk to someone when you have the same interests. That’s why we’d highly recommend joining a social club if you’ve been having trouble meeting people.

Photo of Art Has No Boundaries

Art Has No Boundaries (pictured), and other social initiatives like it, is on a mission to make a difference in the KC community and bring people together in fun ways.

From historical associations to health and fitness leagues to business organizations and coding classes, ExperienceKC.com offers a wealth of resources for choosing the ideal interest group.

Find Your Heart In "The Heart Of America!"

TigerGradKC and other Kansas City singles like him don’t deserve to be annoyed with dating. It’s one of the most enjoyable things in life, and they should be able to spend more time on the actual dating part, not the searching part. As the authority in the dating industry, our job is to help simplify the process, and that’s what we strive to do with the tips above. All that’s left is for you to get started!

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