Top Places to Meet Singles in Denver Besides Bars

Meeting Mr. or Mrs. Right in the Mile High City

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Single in the city? You could be lucky in love in Denver.

WalletHub ranked Denver as the third-best city for singles, out of 150 cities across the U.S. Singles in Denver should fire up Tinder, as the Mile High City ranked eighth for mobile dating opportunities. Denver also ranked 13th for number of cafes per capita and 14th for number of nightlife options per capita.

In 2013, about 44 percent of U.S. residents were single, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Men and women are also marrying later in life than previous generations, experts say.

"The average age of marriage has pushed back to late twenties for people with a college education, mid-twenties for people who did not have little or few years of post-high school education," says Pepper Schwartz, professor of sociology at the University of Washington, in a statement.

But where can you meet singles if you're tired of the bar scene and online dating? Denver's proximity to the mountains allows for meeting cute on the ski slopes, and Denver also hosts a thriving cultural scene where you can mingle with singles with similar interests.

  • Colorado Mountain Club
    • Active singles can enjoy hiking and other activities through the Colorado Mountain Club. The club, founded in 1912, offers a way to meet people interested in outdoor adventures ranging from hiking to ice climbing. The club is open to all people, not just singles, but can be an opportunity to enjoy Colorado's world-renowned scenery while meeting like-minded individuals. Upcoming Colorado Mountain Club events.
  • Give Tinder a Second Chance: The app has a newly debuted feature called "Tinder Social" and it's perfect if you're looking to expand your social setting and don't like contrived online dates. If you are looking to go out, you can invite friends to join your group and then swipe and match with other groups who are nearby and also have plans to go out. From there, you can message your matches and see where they are going. Maybe they know about a free concert in a park, or, perhaps you can invite them to join you for Happy Hour and if the group vibes, head over to Comedy Works for a show. 
  • Untitled at the Denver Art Museum
    • Art lovers can enjoy a cash bar on the last Friday of each month from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. at the Denver Art Museum.If small talk is not your forte, the museum also offers mini art projects to help break the ice. “Untitled events are designed for individuals looking for an off-beat art experience. It serves as an opportunity for local creatives to share their creative processes and inspirations with Untitled visitors to create a fun, collaborative atmosphere,” said Jaime Kopke, manager of adult and college programs, in a statement. Upcoming Untitled dates.
  • COmingle at the Colorado History Center
    • In a similar vein, the Colorado History Center offers an after-hours event from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on one Thursday each month. History buffs can participate in trivia while enjoying a cash bar and appetizers. Upcoming COmingle dates.
  • Learn a New Skill
    • My husband and I met at a salsa dancing class, although neither one of us are particularly good dancers. Go outside your comfort zone, you might be surprised who you meet on the way. In Denver, Colorado Free University offers eclectic, budget-friendly classes in a variety of subjects, from cooking classes to yoga and meditation retreats. 

    Nina Snyder is the author of "Good Day, Broncos," a children's e-book, and "ABCs of Balls," a children's picture book. Visit her website at ninasnyder.com.