Dating can be similar to assembling the silver monkey in Legends of the Hidden Temple, a challenge requiring wits, luck, and passing knowledge of primate anatomy. Skip the confusing steps of pick-up artistry with today's icebreaking Groupon: for $35, you get your choice of three New York singles events from Meet Market Adventures (up to an $80 value). Choose three events from the following six options:
- Singles Mega Multi-Group Fall After Work Party (a $20 value) on Friday, October 22 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Singles Urban Race and Scavenger Hunt at Stone Creek Lounge (a $10 value) on Sunday, October 24 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Singles Pub Stumpers Trivia Night at Houndstooth Pub (a $10 value) on Thursday, November 4 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Singles Games Night at Houndstooth Pub (a $10 value) on Wednesday, November 10 from 6:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Singles New Year’s Eve Party at STITCH Lounge (a $40 value) on Friday, December 31 at 8 p.m.
*Anti-Valentine's Day Party for Singles (a $20 value) on Saturday, February 12, 2011 from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Boasting a membership of more than 80,000 North American singles, Meet Market Adventures offers free online dating, plus imaginative offline events. Shuck off your shyness with icebreaker games, dancing, and free hors d'oeuvres and drink specials at the Singles Mega Multi-Group Fall After Work Party, which takes place at one of New York's premier hotspots. The Singles Urban Race and Scavenger Hunt teams you up with three other people before sending you on a frenetic Benny Hill dash about town—creating ideal conditions for sparks and zero openings for awkward first-date silences. Otherwise, uncover a cute intellectual equal during Singles Pub Stumpers Trivia Night, or flirt with nostalgia over classic board games at Singles Games Night. Meet Market can also take the pressure off of finding a date for New Year's Eve with a blowout of more than 350 singles at chic STITCH Lounge. An Anti-Valentine's Day party, meanwhile, lets lovers of love and haters of Hallmark holidays boycott the execution of Saint Valentine with feng-shui love consultations, a live DJ, and free hors d'oeuvres and drinks. With admission to three events, participants will have plenty of chances to meet other singles, try out a new activity or venue in the city, and dust off decrepit datebooks that have long been relegated to doorstop status.
Though it hosts a number of parties and bar nights, Meet Market's activities also give potential paramours ample opportunity to lock eyes over a poker hand, lock blades during fencing, or meet cute during sundry nature hikes, wine tastings, and swim sessions. Whatever the activity, Meet Market's main priority is to help singles have fun being single rather than shoehorn couples together without regard for values, chemistry, or the "hook" and "loop" compatibility of their hand-Velcro.
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