Museums for Mingling


Museums have become hot destinations for singles, with many hosting cocktail hours that make mingling easy. The great thing about going to a party at a museum is that there’s always something interesting to look at and talk about, so even if you don’t meet your match, you won’t have wasted your evening.

Four times a year the Connecticut Science Center holds a Liquid Lounge party. These themed parties take place throughout the museum, with tons of activities, including interactive exhibits, “smoking” cocktails and such surprises as a photo booth, magicians, and mimes—all in the galleries. Though not designed specifically for singles, with more than 2,000 attendees they’re “a great place to network,” says Pat Faulds, director of visitor services. “It’s easy to create connections with people when you’re having fun interacting with the science exhibits together.” The party’s on from 6 to 10 p.m.; tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, 860/724-3623,

In Hartford, Real Art Ways has been hosting its monthly Creative Cocktail Hour for 10 years now. But longevity hasn’t made it stale: Every CCH is different from the one before, depending on the art that’s on view, the artist who’s on hand, the music and the mix of people who show up. Executive Director Will K. Wilkins says the event, though not designed specifically for singles, attracts a wide range of fascinating people. “We created it as a place where people who self-designate as ‘creative’ could come and bump into each other,” he says. He adds that the events draw anywhere from 225 to 700 people ranging in age from early 20s to 80s, “with a mix of backgrounds you would find in a city.” “Plenty of singles come,” he notes, “I know some people have met at Creative Cocktail Hour and gotten hitched.”
Third Thursday of each month, 6 to 10 p.m., cover charge $5 for members, $10 for non-members. 56 Arbor St., Hartford, 860/232-1006,

And in nearby New Britain, the New Britain Museum of American Art hosts First Fridays and Museum After Dark (a quarterly event targeting young professionals ages “21-35-ish”). The former takes place the first Friday of each month from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and features jazz music in the galleries, light hors d’oeuvres and activities such as food tastings, dance lessons (for $5) and scavenger hunts. Melissa Nardiello, the museum’s marketing and design manager, calls the event “a great place for boomer-age singles.” Admission is $5 for members, $10 for non-members; there’s wine and beer for $3 each. Museum After Dark is a themed party featuring specialty cocktails and light food, dancing to a deejay, and art activities, all taking place “from 8 p.m. to late” in the galleries and, in good weather, on the museum’s outdoor terrace.
Admission is $15 for members, $20 for non-members. 56 Lexington St., New Britain, 860/229-0257,

Museums for Mingling

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