By all means, keep going to your favorite neighborhood spot; continue scanning for other singles online; and go ahead and give that blind date a shot, if you trust the matchmaker. But if your “meet someone” routine could use a little lift, check out our ideas for trying something new. We talked to 10 high-profile types to give you some bright ideas about where to start scouting. Happy hunting, single guys and ladies!

Give back to the community while getting a few numbers
“Join a charity committee. Not only will you be giving back, but it automatically puts you in a feel-good setting with like-minded, educated, concerned people who care about more than clubs and bars and partying.”
- Ron Berkowitz, president of Berk Communications, a PR firm in New York City

Put your best face forward at the women’s cosmetics counter
“The cosmetics counter of a chic department store is great place to meet women. A man could easily go with the ‘I’m buying my mother a gift, what do you think of this?’ scenario. Women love men who think of their mothers and understand the need for a great lipstick.”
- Olivia Chantecaille, creative director, Chantecaille Beauté cosmetics

Get busy cooking up some chemistry
“I think a great place to meet guys is a cooking class, because there’s nothing more impressive than a man who cooks — and if he’s learning to improve his cooking skills, there’s probably a candlelit dinner or two in your future.”
- Nicole Young, lifestyle reporter
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Stretch your flirting muscle at yoga class
“Yoga! Yoga is a great place for men to meet women — classes are filled with gorgeous, flexible, strong women who are into fitness and the body/mind connection. Guys think it’s easy, but it’s hardcore. And you really see what everyone looks like. There aren’t a lot of clothes. There’s no makeup. And it makes you feel great about yourself afterwards. During class there’s no socializing, but afterwards it’s fair game.”
- Belisa Vranich, clinical psychologist and co-author of He’s Got Potential: A Field Guide to Shy Guys, Bad Boys, Intellectuals, Cheaters, and Everything in Between

Bet on finding love at a poker tournament
“Play poker. Find a group night at a casino, club, lounge or a charity tournament. It’s great for women because it is typically so male-oriented, though more and more women are getting into it. And it’s a nice way to really see how someone behaves in a group setting — or how good they are at bluffing, which could be a warning signal!”
- David Rabin, president of the New York Nightlife Association

Flirt with other literature lovers at a book-signing event
“Hands down, the greatest place for people to meet each other has to be a book-signing event. It’s where you know you will find someone with similar interests and intellectual pursuits and it always lends itself to the most relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere. Guests are encouraged to exchange ideas and commentary on the evening. Here, you can find someone who stimulates your mind before they stimulate your body.”
- Sasha Tcherevkoff, co-founder of slangwho.com

Find another fashion-minded person to bond with while you shop
“This is a shameless plug, but it happens to be totally true: The best place to meet future spouses in New York is the Barneys Warehouse sale. If you’re not near a Barneys, find a similar big sale at a clothing store that caters to men and women. At Barneys, the men’s suit area is full of over-achieving young bucks who are embarking on their careers in the financial community. The women are all groovy Manhattan chicks changing in the aisles (there are no fitting rooms). It’s very easy to strike up a conversation — for instance, ‘Shall I help you pick out a tie to go with that shirt?’”
- Simon Doonan, creative director of Barneys New York and author of Eccentric Glamour and Nasty: My Family and other Glamorous Varmints

Share a pew with someone who could be perfect for you
“Meeting men at church is the only way to go. You already know they’re good, which you can’t learn at a bar! I’m really shy, so I usually don’t say anything to anyone after church, but having to share a hymnal, program, or pen is always a good ploy!”
- Holly Dunlap, founder of 4MaCoHa, a line of fashions and accessories consisting of pieces made in Malawi by the Malawi Council for the Handicapped

Put a sexy gun owner in your sights
“Believe it or not, shooting ranges are a hot hook-up spot. Besides the fact that the male-to-female ratio is way better than at a bar, the novelty of learning how to shoot a gun makes for fun conversation. Also, most guys think a woman taking shooting lessons is really hot.”
- Andrea Lavinthal, co-author of The Hookup Handbook: A Single Girl’s Guide to Living It Up

Try chasing down dates in a totally different way... by running together
“I tend to meet a lot of women in the waiting room of my therapist’s office, though that is not a route I would advise. For something a little different, try a physical challenge — join a local co-ed triathlon training group or sign up for a 10k race with some others. It’s athletic, it’ll get you off your couch, and it’s very social.”
- Peter Hyman, author of The Reluctant Metrosexual: Dispatches from an Almost Hip Life

Karen Robinovitz is the founder of Digital Brand Architects and coauthor of How To Become Famous In Two Weeks Or Less and The Fashionista Files! Adventures in Four-Inch Heels and Faux Pas. Incidentally, she met her husband not training for a triathlon... she met him online.




Article courtesy of Match.com.