Summer dates in New York: Where to find a summer romance in New York City

Looking for someone to take on a summer date—or, let's be real, make out with? See who we found—and who you can expect to meet—at four hot spots.



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If you’re seeking a summer fling in New York City, look no further: We scoped out the singles scenes at dance party the Rub, Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum, the bear-friendly shindig Buddies and Brooklyn Kickball in McCarren Park. Plus, you’ll find plenty of cute boys and girls to ask out right now.

Photograph: Kenny Rodriguez

The Rub

The scene: This popular funk-fueled shindig recently moved from its longtime home at Southpaw to the Bell House—and the bigger digs mean that even more folks are shakin’ it on the dance floor. DJs Ayres and Eleven spin a pulsing mix of dance hall, disco, funk, house and hip-hop till the wee hours. Says single guy Jacob, “There is a diverse crowd that’s friendly and unpretentious.” If you do catch the eye of another partyer, decamp to the hallway between the main space and the Bell House’s front room—there are several couches where revelers hang out to catch their breath. The Bell House, 149 7th St between Second and Third Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn ( Last Saturday of the month 10pm–4am; $10.

Percent single: 65%
Most common single type: Casual, creative and stylish music lovers under 35
Ease of mingling: Arrive at the beginning of the night if you’re looking to chat someone up—once the DJs take center stage, it can be hard to carry on a conversation.

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