Normally, we go to the local Irish pubs in Manchester on weekends, with great big groups of friends. This is the stuff that brunch stories are made of, but not always the best way to meet people (if you’re looking to meet people). Venturing out to a pub by yourself may seem awkward and intimidating, but in reality it’s a great way to meet potential love interests. Here are five tips on how to hang with the barflys:

  • Put away your phone! It’s a crutch! It makes people think you’re waiting for someone/busy/don’t want to be bothered. There’s really nothing sexier than someone just sitting at a bar, enjoying their drink, and decompressing after a long day.
  • Have dinner at the bar! Don’t feel like making dinner? Resist the urge to grab something to take home, and treat yourself to dinner at a bar. It’s totally easy to make conversation with the people sitting next to you, most of whom are probably single, or happy to have company. If you feel shy, you can whip out a book, which in itself can always be a conversation starter.
  • Go on a weeknight! Bars are crazy on weekends — bartenders are swamped, people are out with big groups of friends, the music is loud, and it’s probably less weird to stay in on a Saturday night than it is to go to a crowded bar, alone. On a weeknight, however (especially Mondays and Tuesdays), bars are much more relaxed places, full of regulars enjoying a relaxed drink or two.