match.com today announced a series of dating events taking place across the UK in the week leading up to Valentine’s Day. The events come as part of the dating expert’s initiative for singles to ‘make their own luck’ on Friday 13th: a day it is billing as the single’s alternative to Valentine’s Day.
Every day of the week beginning Monday 9th February, events will be held in different cities across the country. The events, ranging from salsa to bowling, are designed to bring single people together at a time of year that is traditionally geared towards couples and give match.com members more ways to meet. This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday, but rather than focusing on the 14th, match.com is encouraging singles to instead focus on the notoriously unlucky Friday 13th, with the intention of making it lucky for some.
Kate Taylor, dating and relationship expert at match.com, comments: “There is no reason to feel despondent if you’re single this Valentine’s Day. At match.com, we’ve always believed you have the power to change your love life, so we’ve expanded our glittering portfolio of Social Events to give you even more chances to meet your match before February 14th. Break tradition this year and make Friday 13th a lucky night by trying out our stylish Black Label event at Sway Bar in London.
“Our social events mix our unique match-making formula with real-life chemistry. We invite a hand-picked crowd of singles to relax and mingle over the fun of a shared experience. Whether you’re bowling, trying out salsa dancing, shaking up cocktails or just shaking your thang at our Black Label evenings, there’ll be an event to suit you.”
The following events are taking place in the week beginning 9th February:
Monday 9th February 2015 – Strike it lucky at Black Dog Ballroom, Manchester
57 Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5WW
7pm (Age Range: 20-40)
Feeling lucky on AND off the bowling lanes?! We thought so…So why not join us at Manchester’s Dog Bowl.
You’ll enjoy a game of bowling on match-dedicated lanes, have a complimentary drink on us and hang out in a reserved area of the bar where you might even strike lucky!
Tuesday 10th February 2015 – Strike it lucky at Bloomsbury bowling lanes, London
Bedford Way, Basement of Tavistock Hotel, London, WC1H 9EU
7pm (Age Range: 20-40)
Feeling lucky on AND off the bowling lanes? We thought so…So why not join us at London’s Bloomsbury Lanes if you can spare a minute!
You’ll enjoy an hours bowling on match-dedicated lanes, have a complimentary drink on us and why not hang out afterwards where you might even strike lucky!
Tuesday 10th February – Missoula Montana Bar & Grill, Nottingham
7 High Pavement, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1HF
7pm (Age Range: 25-45)
Come dine with us in the stylish Missoula Montana Bar & Grill.
We’re talking tender baby back pork ribs, succulent chicken wings and much more…..along with something punchy to wet your lips!
The Missoula Montana is the perfect setting for eating, drinking, chatting and getting to know people in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Wednesday 11th February – Cocktails at Revolution, Manchester
St Mary’s gate, Parsonage Gardens, Manchester
6.30pm (Age Range: 30-50)
Prefer yours shaken not stirred? Well now you can decide at our interactive cocktail-making event.
The best mixologist Manchester has to offer will be hosting an event to show you how to create the most delicious, creative and tastiest drinks.
Wednesday 11th February – Strut your stuff at Bar Salsa, London
96 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JG
8pm (Age Range: 35-55)
Why not try out the passionate and expressive dance that has taken the world by storm. There is no need for a partner, and no need to have danced before. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, come dance and love that Latin spirit! Experience a fun evening learning new moves and meeting like-minded people, and maybe you’ll find someone special to spin the night away with. All levels welcome.
Thursday 12th February – Test your swing at Soho Golf and Country Club
Urban Golf, 33 Great Pulteney Street, London, W1F 9NW
Fancy swinging some night soon? Yes you heard us…get ready to swing that golf club at our brand new Urban Golf event, where you can try your hand on the state-of-the-art simulators testing your longest drive and closest-to-the-pin abilities.
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just want to try your hand at something new, this night is for you. There’ll be fun, flirting and lots of time to mingle with other singles who also love to swing! You can enjoy three hours of simulated golf in the central Soho venue… there’ll be some Thursday night tunes and a fully licensed bar to kick start the weekend early.
Friday 13th February 2015 – Quiz/DJ Night at Sway Bar, London
61-65 Great Queens St, London WC2B 5BZ
Which Spice Girl married a famous footballer? Grab your friends as we have our first ever quiz night and it’s set to be a winner. Make your own luck this Friday 13th and unleash all that TV, general knowledge and random information you have stored up!
The evening in Central London involves a light-hearted quiz set to help you mingle and win some goodies. The fully-stocked bar has Happy Hour prices running across a variety of drinks to help you get in the swing of things. Teams will consist of guys and gals in an equal mix but don’t get too comfortable as the guys will move onto the adjacent team at the end of each round. Afterwards you get FREE entry into our Black Label night where the DJ will spin you round the dance floor all night long.
Friday 13th February 2015 – ‘Lucky for some’ Black Label event at Sway Bar, London
61-65 Great Queens St, London WC2B 5BZ
9pm (Age Range: 30+)
Why not make your own luck this Friday 13th and join us for our Black Label night in the Holborn/Covent Garden area.
Black Label is simply a great way to meet singles, with a late night bar, DJ and more. Our fun, easy- going atmosphere makes dating a breeze, so all you have to do is turn up and enjoy.
Here are Kate Taylor’s Top Five tips to make the most of your match.com Social Event:
- Fly Solo. Arriving in a small group, or alone, makes you infinitely more approachable to other singles. Don’t feel shy – the relaxed atmosphere of our Social evenings bring out the best in even the most seasoned wall-hugger.
- Don’t worry about what to say. The activity you’re trying out (whether that’s trying out a new cuisine, or trying to beat your best score in bowling) creates conversations naturally.
- Look your best. If you’re coming straight from work, ensure you’ve picked out an outfit that’ll show you at your best after-hours too. Or bring along a more casual accessory to remind you to switch from “office” to “flirt”.
- Have fun. Don’t worry about being the best bowler, or getting every salsa step right. These Socials are simply ways to meet other singles. Nobody will be watching your technique. Just show off your cutest smile.
- Kick ass, take names. Be sure to get the match.com username of any singles you like, so you can keep in contact after the Event. Or swap numbers.”