Since 80 percent of my job is to meet single people for the purposes of my column, I’ve been to more than my fair share of mix and mingles, etc. Without question, the best ones I’ve been to are Match.com’s one-year-old Stir events.
I know you see the “Sponsored Post” tag on the title of this post and think I’m being paid to say that, but believe me I didn’t have to be paid anything to spread the good word. When I was invited to check out a Stir event last year, I had no idea what to expect, and I was hardly excited to go. But it was a Saturday night, I had no other plans on my calendar, so I thought why not. It was a straightforward night of cocktails at one of my favorite Midtown venues, Lounge 48.
When I walked in that night, I did so by myself; a stranger amongst strangers, which is never comfortable. Two hours later, I was leaving with three girls and two guys who were friends of theirs. We ended up at a karaoke lounge (I sang a Drake song, of course), and then a club on the Lower East Side where a friend of mine was spinning while Adrian Grenier stood off to the side nodding his head in approval with some friends.
How I got there with people I didn’t know prior to leaving my apartment that night can be credited to the Stir event. Unlike a typical night at any non-descript lounge or social venue, everyone at the Stir event is 1) single 2) there to meet someone they’ve never met before. That’s not something I considered when I walked into the event, but after experiencing it for myself, I can honestly say Stir events are one of the best ways to meet new people, and that includes the next person you might call a girlfriend or a boyfriend. Though that wasn’t the end result with my own Stir experience, I still came away with some good friends and good memories, which is probably more than I would get on a typical Saturday night out at a less formalized gathering.
But that sort of magic isn’t exclusive to the adult playground known as NYC. In just one year Match has hosted 2,850 events – broken down, that’s 14 events each day, 75 events a week, 320 events per month! Match has collaborated with over 1,200 venues and partners, including House of Blues, Banana Republic, Sur la Table and Warrior Dash, along with local gems in each city. Match is throwing singles events in over 80 cities across America – including events in Anchorage and Honolulu! Over 225,000 singles have attended a Stir event to date! In celebration of the Stir anniversary, Match.com is offering the opportunity for singles to create their own Stir event, and if their event is chosen, to work with Match Stir event planners to bring it to life!