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In Pittsburgh, happy hours are held at popular restaurants such as Savoy and Bar Louie. Eighty percent say they'd go to another one, Gebhardt says.
“They can meet people with the same background,” she says.
What seems like a return to the old days of singles mixers and blind dates is actually a move among companies to improve user experiences, industry insiders say.
The dance floor at the Saturday Night Singles event at the West View VFW is crowded with people on Saturday, February 23, 2013.
More online dating sites are focusing on offline group events like happy hours and dances like this one where singles can meet.
Leslie Ferrari, 53, of Mars has been organizing singles dances on select Saturday nights at the West View VFW for five years for singles age 40 and older.
Each event draws around 300 people, a third of whom are new each time, she says.The app searches for a compatible date, then sends a confirmation to both parties.