As a twin, I understand how great it can be to have someone by your side during the good times and the bad. This especially comes in handy when you’re dating. We’ve group dated a lot over the years, and it’s always been a lot of fun. Plus, it took the pressure off and helped all of us break the ice quicker than we probably would’ve if it were a one-on-one date.
Since not everyone has a twin (sorry!), a group date app can be the next best thing, so we’ve compiled a list of the eight best options. Let these group dating services be your sidekick to love!
Without a doubt, Match is going to be the best app for you to find singles for a group date. They have around 30 million users and a free membership, so you and a friend can join, upload your information and photos, browse for and receive matches, and communicate without having to spend a penny. Also, Match is known as the dating app responsible for the most dates, relationships, and marriages, so the chances are on your side!
|Gender Ratio||M: 49% | F: 51%*|
Zoosk is one of our go-tos if you’re looking for people to group date with, particularly if you’re a millennial. Sync up your Facebook or Google+ profile when you register for Zoosk (which will pull your details for you as well as prove you are who you say you are), and then you can use their Carousel to yay or nay suggested dates. Another perk about Zoosk is that whether you use an iOS or Android device, the app is 100% free to download.
|Gender Ratio||M: 48% | F: 52%*|
Founded by several friends in Chicago, Cliq is a group dating website that wants people to “live your city,” “connect in real life,” “do tonight differently,” and “be spontaneous.” I know, sounds amazing, right? Don’t just take our word for it, though. As Cliq user CJ put it: “Cliq has been such a refreshing way to meet people I never would have crossed paths with otherwise.” Nick from the app’s team added, “Cliq is focused on groups getting together in person, not necessarily solely about dating. We have a ton of couples who move to new cities and use Cliq to meet people and go to events.”
The Grouper dating app is probably the best-known in this niche, and for good reason — they do most, if not all, of the work for you. Available for iOS, Grouper, which is invite only, lets you anonymously browse through friends of friends until you find someone you want to meet up with. If you mutually match, they’ll set up the date for you: drinks with two of your pals and two of his or hers. No uncomfortable, pressure-filled messaging needed.
Fondly named after the popular sitcom, Cheers not only helps set up the group date, but they take it one step further by paying for the drinks. Once you sign up, you’ll get to see other groups of friends in your city who want to go out tonight. Connect with them via the app, discuss the plans, meet up at one of Cheers’ predetermined locations, and mingle with friends old and new.
With Squad, you don’t have to worry about a night out with your friends that could take away from meeting someone special — now you can do both. To get started, create a squad with the people you’re hitting the town with (Note: everyone in the squad gets their own profile), and then swipe yes or no to indicate which groups you’re interested in. To incentivize meeting in real life as soon as possible, Squad only allows connections to last for 24 hours, so get to planning!
Instnt understands there’s strength in numbers, so they’re bridging the gap between dating and hanging out with friends — all in a space that’s exciting, welcoming, and safe. So, how does Instnt work? First, take a group selfie and tag everyone in it. Next, search and swipe for compatible groups nearby. Once you find a match, message, arrange, and meet — it’s that simple!
While Tinder isn’t technically a group blind date app, they do offer a cool feature, Tinder Social, that makes it really easy to bring people together. All you have to do is switch to Social mode on the app, swipe right on groups you like and left on those you don’t, share your plans for the night, and then go do them!
Have Twice the Fun With Group Dating Sites!
It’s great having my sister act as a dating support system if I need it every now and then — and vice versa. But you don’t need to be a twin to have that same kind of backup. Try out one of these group dating apps and have double the fun!