Dating can be like 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 pickup artistry with this Groupon.
$20 for Admission to One Speed-Dating Event (Up to $49 Value)
The events are held at hot spots throughout the area, where participants undergo matchmaking in the British style of speed dating. Icebreaker cards stack each table, and guests log their favorite dates on scorecards to aid in following up after the event. Singles' ages range from 21 to 42 for both men and women, and events often center around a specific theme. Regular events cost $39–$44, and special or themed events cost up to $49.
The British- and Bravo-approved SpeedToronto Dating (a subsidiary of SpeedLA Dating) assists aspiring singles in finding romance with two-hour bouts of sophisticated speed dating. British hosts guide guests through the entryway of a moodily lit locale to begin striking chords with 18 singles of the opposite sex in the hope that a playful rendition of “Dueling Banjos” develops between heartstrings. After the staff seats each lady at her own secluded table, gentlemen jaunt from gal to gal, spending seven to eight minutes with each potential partner. As the minutes full of cheeky conversation and gourmet appetizers pass, participants make their decisions about date mates on a provided card and check their email 24 hours later to see if a match has been made.
Like the BBC News and the definition of chips, SpeedToronto Dating offers a British spin on familiar American tropes. Each speed-dating session eschews noisy whistles and impersonal nametags for civilized conversation enders and an email about fellow attendees prior to the event. Chic consultants also provide free optional makeovers for ladies 30 minutes before each event.