While you're scanning the crowd at a sports bar, your next date may be in hot pursuit at Bed Bath & Beyond. We convinced single dudes to divulge their pickup plans. (But don't totally give up on meeting guys in bars. We'll tell you why.)
1) MASTERING THEIR DANCE MOVES
"I once signed up for salsa lessons. Being in the class not only helped my footwork, but it also allowed me to be myself with the ladies...and show off my moves. I didn't even have to think of any corny pickup lines because the class gave me an instant in." -Jerry, 29
2) TAGGING ALONG ON TOURS
"When I lived in New York City, I used to ride the cheesy double-decker tour buses in hopes of picking up single out-of-town girls. Whenever I travel, I always want to meet locals, so I figured the bus patrons might be easy to get a date with. I figured right." -Dave, 27
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3) CRUISING HOME-DECORATING STORES
"I've gone shopping for bath towels just because I know girls like to shop at those kinds of bed and bath places. I even went as far as to linger by the checkout line with two different-colored towels just to ask a cute girl if she thought they matched. It totally worked. And I have, like, 35 bath towels now." -Kenneth, 29
4) CRASHING GIRLIE BOOK CLUBS
"I completely BS'd my way through an organized Harry Potter discussion only because it was full of hot, free-spirited girls. I hadn't read any of the books and almost blew my cover when I overreached and broke the rule against saying Lord Voldemort's name out loud." -John, 23
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5) HANGING AROUND ART MUSEUMS
"I became a museum regular on the weekends after discovering single women love to spend their Saturday afternoons perusing art. I learned enough from an audio-tour guide to approach them and rattle off facts about the paintings they scope out. It makes me look like a cultured genius." -Bobby, 34
6) LOITERING NEAR THE FINISH LINE
"I'm no runner, but I became a lot more interested in watching my sister race after I realized marathons and 5Ks are full of hot women who get hopped up on the runner's high. I once got to spray racers with water as they sprinted past-wet tee shirts!-and ended up hosing down my future wife." -Mike, 28Are you into athletic guys? We got NFL pros to give us their best dating tips.
7) FLOCKING TO FRINGE FILM FESTIVALS
"I once hit up a weekly indie-film series for a month to impress a pretty yoga teacher I had my eye on. She hosted the events, which were a little out there for my tastes. At one Q&A with a director, I ended up being the only guy among nine very artistic women." -Ricardo, 23Take this quiz to access your dating mojo so you'll ace your next first date.
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