Pull up a stool to chat at La Carafe—the city’s oldest bar, with a fabulous jukebox—or try the newbie, downtown’s Public Services Wine and Whisky, which is located in the old 1884 Cotton Exchange building and serves a wide range of global wines, sherries, and whiskeys. 1 city for singles still knows how to whoop it up, ranking at the top of the survey for festivals, bars, and wild weekends.
But a good singles experience in NOLA need not be limited to collecting beads: some cool places to meet a more local crowd, off the tourist grid, include the Saturday night dance party at the Hi-Ho Lounge in the Marigny; Bywater wine bar Bacchanal, with its live-music-filled courtyard; or Fulton Alley for late-night “boutique bowling,” with shareable, andouille-sausage tater tots.
If the dance floor is not your scene, one of the top places to give the locals another chance is at the elegant pre-Prohibition-style lounge Commonwealth on Fremont in Vegas’s happening downtown.
“You can dress a little wilder, slap on some fake eyelashes — you can do anything you want, at any age.
There are no judgments.” Unabashedly batting those faux lashes got the Big Apple more than a few second glances this year.
To catch sets where the music and audience are equally compelling, check out the standing-room-only Marathon Music Works or Mercy Lounge; for more of a sit-down scene, go to Sutler Saloon, which offers “grass-fed” bluegrass shows on Sunday nights. As a testament to its wealth of strapping crooners, Nashville also ranked highly for fun girlfriend getaways.
Angelenos made a strong first impression on readers: attractive people with an on-trend sense of style.
Gorgeous locals, a wealth of nightclubs, and a wild streak as long as the beach: Miami climbed from second to first place this year, thanks to its flair for throwing a big party.
Hot spots like Wall at the W South Beach or the Italian-restaurant-meets-cocktail-lounge Cavalliget a big boost when celebs grace the premises, whether it’s Bieber or the formerly single Clooney.
If you need an excuse to let down your emotional walls, consider that Austin also ranked well for feeling safe.
The Georgia hub scored well for its java, and Dancing Goats Coffee Bar, a single-origin coffee and donut bar in Ponce City Market, is a fine place for a pick-me-up (and perhaps a pick-up line).
And in this otherwise well-dressed town, your best secret-weapon accessory may be a smile: readers found the locals to be a little aloof.