For $20, today's side deal gets you a two-month membership to Eight Friends Out singles club (a $59.90 value). Eight Friends Out helps single professionals meet and mingle with relaxed dinners and other gregarious outings. Each mealtime comingling takes place at a restaurant, such as Mia Bella Trattoria or Brisa Cocina Mexicana, and registration is controlled so that equal numbers of ladies and gents are in attendance. Those who lock eyes during the initial cocktail hour or wheelbarrow race can ask the event's hosts for special crush-side setting during dinner or wait to be matched with a lucky lass or lad based on a profile. Hosts are always willing to make a discreet introduction or ask for a guest's number or favorite Star Trek captain on a member's behalf, smoothing the way for substantive, stress-free interactions. Members pay an extra fee, usually $46, for every dinner they attend to cover the cost of food and drinks, and Eight Friends Out usually hosts five to 10 dinners each month.
Eight Friends Out
The leaders of Eight Friends Out fashion themselves equal parts matchmakers and event planners, helping Houston singles meet and commingle through fun, safe events. Annual and semiannual memberships grant members admission to a variety of themed speed-dating events, such as Italian brunches, Indian dinners, and martini nights, which are hosted at a variety of venues. Events typically are arranged by age group, as the staff recognizes that most people prefer to date within five years of their own age. Eight Friends Out's team is proud of its track record, estimating an average of about three marriages per year in its nearly 20-year history.