OnDating: New Year's Eve Events for Starting a Romance

By Ellen McCarthy
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, December 26, 2008

It was probably not St. Nick's intention to emphasize your singleness at this of year.

That was Aunt Bertha's doing. ("Seeing anyone special we should know about?") And Uncle Fred's and cousin Rita's, and then there's the hostess at the crowded airport lounge who shouts: "Mind moving to the bar since it's just you? We need this table for parties of two."


If there's any upshot to all this, it's that by the time New Year's week rolls around, lots of folks are in the same boat -- and thus more open than ever to meeting someone.

Almost any New Year's Eve party is conducive to introductions fueled by champagne courage. But there are a few events in the area that go out of their way to elicit an end-of-'08 romance.

On Saturday night, Pros in the City has a four-minute dating session at Kstreet Lounge. Come, drink, speed-date for an hour, and if someone catches your fancy, continue the conversation. If not, wait for the regular crowd of beautiful people to arrive for Round 2.

The next night, the 35-plus set gets its chance with speed dating at Stacy's Coffee Parlor in Falls Church. The group's big New Year's bash at the Hilton Washington will have speed dating throughout the night, so consider that if you haven't finalized your plans for the 31st (http://www.prosinthecity.com).

Things to Do DC is hosting its pregame event Saturday with a Dupont Circle bar crawl with five stops. Before the tour begins, a "lock and key" singles event will have folks chatting each other up as they try to find a padlock match (http://www.thingstododc.com).

Tommy the Matchmaker is trying to make love happen again this year with his New Year's Eve bash at the Doubletree Hotel in Bethesda. Tommy, for the uninitiated, ran a long-standing singles dance at the Yacht Club of Bethesda and claims to have sparked more marriages than he can count. It's mostly over-30s at his soirees, and he's expecting almost 500 this year (http://www.yachtclubofbethesda.com).

And if you want the good times to continue, consider heading to the Warehouse on Seventh Street for the launch of its weekly "Punch Club" on New Year's Day. It should be a pretty social event, with lots of hangover-curing cocktails (http://www.warehousetheater.com/cafe.php).

If you've got D.C. dating tips or gripes, send 'em our way: dating@washpost.com.

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