You can actually hold a conversation in there, and the chairs are fairly comfortable. Bier Markt, 1948 West 25th St., Cleveland: This West 25th Street bar is a "hub for high-spirited love connections," Averbach says.
In fact, all of West 25th Street is good ground for mingling, with a built-in pub crawl from Bier Markt and Market Garden through ABC Tavern, Old Angle and Nano Brew.
"West Side singles flock to Mahall's for food, drinks, music and bowling," says Averbach of the trendy bowling alley with its classic lines and chicly restored bar that attracts a 20- and 30-something crowd.
Felice Urban Cafe, 12502 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland, 216-791-0918: Another tip from Averbach: "East Side singles flirt over small plates and creative libations in this restored turn-of-the-century home." LGBT Happy Hours, facebook.com/thewh2 and g2h2.com: Gay and lesbian singles have two networking events specifically for them.
Though not exclusively for singles, they do draw a large pool of available Clevelanders: the WH2 Women's Happy Hour, the fourth Friday of each month; and the G2H2 Men's Happy Hour, the third Friday of each month.
Cleveland Critical Mass, clevelandcm.wordpress.com: Meet fellow bikers and active types at this monthly cycling event/mass bike ride, suggests Averbach. Cleveland Society for the Learned, facebook.com/The Booker TCleveland Society For The Learned: Mingling is a must at these monthly book swaps around town -- you have to persuade someone to take your book, so you have to talk to lots of people. ' is a great way to break the ice," says Booker co-founder Ivana Batkovic, 29, of Cleveland.
So we asked some local singles and dating expert Elana Averbach for suggestions on some of the RIGHT places to be on the lookout for love: Cleveland Museum of Art Mix events, clevelandart.org: These monthly Friday-night events attract around 1,000 art and music lovers looking for a sophisticated night out in a lovely and lively local setting.
Area singles say once you get past college and clubbing age, this family-oriented town can be a difficult place to find a match.
The huge atrium is perfect for mingling, and the art and entertainers lend themselves to easy conversation openers. " Loop Coffee Shop, 2180 West 11th St., Cleveland: More than one person suggested this Tremont coffee shop/record store/gallery as a good place for singles, so there must be something happening here. " says Bruno Tatalovic, 46, a Cleveland actor, filmmaker and educator.
"Loop is never crowded, it has a nice second-floor space with old records and CDs. Cleveland Metroparks, clemetparks.com: Meet fellow nature lovers or exercise enthusiasts at hundreds of monthly events, from group hikes to bird-watching and photography clubs.
"We place our contact info on the inside of the cover, so if there is chemistry, swapping books can also mean swapping contact info.
Although the book club was not intended as a dating service, there have been a few Booker T. Friday, May 17, at the Literary Cafe, 1031 Literary Road, Cleveland.
Ballroom/Latin/World dancing: You have to get up close and personal when dancing, so what better way to meet someone new?