Let’s face it: as the weather grows colder, the atmosphere of your local bar changes for the worse. Summer was about men and women fleeing their internships and dead-end jobs to idle away the evening on roof top decks. Summer was about calling in sick on Friday because your boss took his kids to the beach a day early. Summer was about stumbling home with a new friend at three in the morning, unsure whether you were sweating or had spilled a beer on yourself. Now, summer’s over and the bar feels played out. The once vibrant scene has been overrun by college students and sullen businessmen downing beers until they forget that their kids are home from summer camp. The back patios, sidewalk seating, and rooftop decks have been sealed off for the season. If it seems impossible to practice your game on such a playing field, it's time to broaden your horizons.

Though bars have the benefit of serving alcohol, there are a number of reasons that it's a less than ideal spot for meeting Ms. Right. Bars are loud. Odds are you’ll impress more with your karaoke game than your perspective on current events. Men always outnumber women at bars, and really, can you blame women for staying away? Finally, if a girl hooks up with you after you leave the bar, then she has to explain to people that you met at the bar. No one wants to tell their grandchildren that they met over body shots and keg stands. For these reasons and many more, it is time for you to seek greener pastures. It’s might be hard for you at first. Odds are, you’re far less interesting sober. Man up. Step off of the barstool and into the wider world with these 20 Places to Meet Women That Aren’t Bars.

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