Speed-dating events allow singles to sit and talk for three to five minutes, then shift to a new partner for another quick chat. Each participant rates each interchange, and at the end, organizers help match up pairs of people who gave each other high marks. It’s a great way to meet a lot of people, fast, and to hone your conversational skills. Best of all, you get to meet potential partners in real time and space, thus bypassing those sometimes (often?) misleading online profiles. CTMatch.com (860/236-3343) organizes speed-dating sessions at restaurants, bars, and other venues.
One of the hottest spots we know of for speed daters is the Litchfield Saltwater Grille, where owner Brett Clugston serves as self-described “matchmaker” for singles who come not just from Connecticut but from Rhode Island and Massachusetts, too. Between 60 and 100 people generally attend, and the events have spawned several marriages, says Clugston.
26 Commons Drive (Rte. 202), Litchfield, 860/567-4900, litchfieldsaltwatergrille.org.