Grocery stores: the last frontier in the hunt for hot guys.
Who can resist a guy who loves his pup, especially at Mutts Canine Cantina?
Mutts Canine Cantina is a great place to meet singles and their pups.
The canine hangout has no shortage of guys.
Park House draws all the oil and gas boys.
The eligible guys at Park House are looking for girls to take home to mother.
HG Sply Co. is the most popular rooftop bar in Lower Greenville.
Round up your girls and hit up HG Sply Co.
Channel your inner Samantha at Javier's Cigar Bar.
Javier's Cigar Bar is the spot to show off your sophistication.
I was recently seated at a very formal dinner — hint hint: it was at a museum celebrating its much-awaited fashion exhibition — and somehow the topic of where to meet eligible men came up.
I’ve realized that this has come up quite frequently in the past few years. Alas, I now find myself in the category of single and am wondering the same thing.
I happened to meet my former partner on a dating app. Before that, between the years of 2010 to 2014, I was averse to the idea of meeting someone online or via my iPhone.
That said, having lived like a monk during most of those years, I decided that when I moved to Seattle I would create a profile and see what I found in the app world. Within a few months, after a series of slightly comical dating misadventures (perhaps that will be another story to share with you), I met a really nice guy that I was then with for close to five years.
Please don’t misunderstand me. There is nothing wrong with being single. In fact, I wrote about some chic watering holes for a tried and true GNO — Girl’s Night Out. In that PaperCity piece, I also shared some of the great advantages of being single.
This time, however, I will be sharing my tips on where a single girl might potentially meet a single boy. Hopefully, as I get my game back on I will begin discovering where a boy might meet another boy.
Stay tuned for that feature in the near future.
Javier’s Cigar Bar
This is my No. 1 choice. The ratio of men to women is what I imagine things must be like in Alaska. So ladies, if you like those odds and don’t want to freeze to death in Anchorage, then head to Javier’s Cigar Bar, tucked inside Javier’s Gourmet Mexicano.
Channel your inner Samantha (from Sex & The City) by ordering a high-end scotch and brush up on your knowledge of Cuban cigars in advance — you don’t bring your own, rather order from Javier’s extensive menu. All will be impressed that you know your stuff and can appreciate a few good puffs.
Javier’s Lounge and Cigar Bar, 4912 Cole Avenue, Dallas, 75205, (214) 521-4211, javiers.net
Here’s the caveat — only go on the prowl at the members-only Park House during happy hour. The oil and gas boys are out in full force from the window of 4 to 7 pm. They seem busy on their devices, but I’ve caught a few glance up to check out any girls that walk in the room.
In the fall and winter they seem to favor wearing dark jeans or khakis with a button-up shirt and a puffer vest. Might I suggest for you either a cute Alice and Olivia dress or Johanna Ortiz jumpsuit (in honor of co-owner, Deborah Scott) to attract one of those looks?
Remember, these guys are generally looking for girls they can bring home one day to meet mom, so steer clear of anything too short or revealing.
Park House, members only, 100 Highland Park Village, Level 3, Dallas, 75205, (214) 550-2878, parkhousedallas.com
HG Sply Co.
I have never actually been, but this is on the advice of a few of my colleagues here at PaperCity. This seems to be the type of place that you should round up a few girlfriends (never just one, and perhaps never more than five), put on your favorite skinny jeans and get a great blowout in the hopes of attracting that right guy.
I am guessing the clientele is probably 25 to 35, so if you are that age or are looking to find a boy in that bracket, then pick a Saturday night in the very near future.
HG Sply Co., 2008 Greenville Ave, Dallas, 75206, (469) 334-0896, hgsplyco.com
Kroger on Capitol Avenue
Since this grocery store is in the same parking lot as an L.A. Fitness, you can see a bunch of guys fresh from a workout. None of them seem to be sweating profusely, which makes me wonder — are they only preening in their gym clothes to show off as they cruise the produce aisles?
Be on the lookout for a few items in their cart: dog food, hopefully in the bigger bags which means they have a nice lab mix (hopefully from a rescue group), decent bottle of Malbec (in the $25 to 40 range to show they aren’t cheap and can afford something decent) and an assortment of cleaning supplies to show that they are at least a little tidy.
Steer clear of the guys who have Prosecco and an abundance of exotic fruits in their basket — they probably play for my team.
I’ve seen the crowds pretty much all times of day (except late night, post-9pm, if you have witnessed that scene please report back) and the pickings look good. If anything, steer clear of Saturdays as it seems to be mostly couples doing their weekly grocery shopping.
Kroger Fresh Fare, 4241 Capitol Ave, Dallas, 75204, kroger.com
Mutts Canine Cantina
This ideally located (yes, Uptown is the primary neighborhood for eligible singles) dog park and bar checks many boxes. You’ll feel like a dutiful pet parent, be able quench your thirst with a refreshing Corona and potentially meet a doggy dad.
Also, being alone (compared to flying solo at a bar) and lingering are both excusable here (unlike Kroger, which might seem weird).
Mutts Canine Cantina, 2889 CityPlace West Blvd., Dallas, 75204 (214) 377-8723, muttscantina.com
If only life could be as simple as the mating habits of the birds of paradise from the Netflix series Our Planet. Your PaperCity Dallas edit team is obsessed with the show and love the dances the boy birds perform, along with straightening up their living area, in anticipation of the girls of the species noticing their efforts.
Alas, in our non-rainforest world, you might need to instead find yourself walking your dog, smoking a cigar or grocery shopping five times a week in search of single men.