With more than 481,420 residents, Kansas City is the 37th largest city by population in the United States. However, if you’re single and looking to meet other singles, that number gets smaller once you take out the married people and children. It can be frustrating when you’ve tried what seems like everything and haven’t seen any results. That’s how TigerGradKC was feeling when he posted on Reddit that he had run out of ideas.
He received a bunch of responses from people who said they were experiencing the same thing. We don’t want to leave those Reddit users and folks like you hanging — so today we’re presenting 10 ways you can up your dating game in Kansas City and finally have that date or get into that relationship that you’ve been dreaming of.
This guide wouldn’t be complete without mentioning online dating — it’s hands down the go-to way to meet singles in your area. To help you whittle down your choices, we’ve picked what we believe are the five best dating sites — comparing them to the five best cuts of meat because Kansas City is part of beef country, after all.
One of my close friends has never had a boyfriend and was never really into dating while we we’re growing up. But that’s changed over the past few years because she’s joined a couple of dating apps. Her dating life has done a complete 180 — it’s no longer a lot of work on her part, and she’s going out with guys a couple times a week. Dating apps can do that for you, too — especially if you’re struggling to find enough hours in the day to meet even one person who you like enough to have dinner with. There are hundreds of dating apps out there, but we’ve found the only three you’ll ever need.
According to YellowPages.com, Kansas City has about 150 bars, but they’re not all created equal in terms of people-meetability (yes, I just made that up). That’s why we’ve done the legwork to narrow down the options for you.
Some people may think of speed dating as a formal event where you have to stay in your seat and have the same conversation over and over again with a bunch of strangers. But it’s really so much more than that. Events can be set in various locations (e.g., bars, restaurants, boats, and dance halls), have many different styles, and offer several activities to lighten the mood and encourage non-awkward interaction. Eventbrite has a long list of speed dating events just for singles in Kansas City, so give it a try if you haven’t already!
Years ago, a group of us had a rock climbing day at a local gym where we spent hours challenging each other to see who could go the highest or tackle the craziest part of the wall. It was awesome because we got a workout in, but we also got to know each other a little better. The thing is activities like this can be turned into a dating tool, and you don’t have to do any of the planning like we did. Companies, like Lock and Key Events, will do all the work, and all you have to do is show up and mingle!
In high school, my sister and her boyfriend at the time took a salsa class, and they absolutely loved it. They learned something new and grew closer together, but these kinds of classes aren’t just for couples. A lot of organizations and even clubs put on classes only for singles, and it’s a great way to hone your skills so you can show them off on a night out. (I know the country bar in my town has a line dancing lesson before things really get going.)
Did you know the chat room was invented in Cleveland, Ohio, in the 1970s? It’s come a long way since then, going from the dial-up AOL days to being able to send information across the world at almost lightning speed. Chat rooms today couldn’t be easier to use as well. For some, all that’s required of you is a username and an avatar. Below are five Kansas City chat rooms where you can get your flirt on (for free, by the way) and maybe even arrange a date if you come across that special someone.
So, there are dating sites and dating profiles, and then there are personals sites and personal ads. But the secret is they’re basically the same thing. You provide details about yourself (age, zip code, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) and the type of person you’re into (appearance, religion, hobbies, education, etc.), post a photo, wait for incoming messages while browsing, and set up a meeting when you connect with someone. In this section, we list five personals sites with Kansas City-specific signup pages for even more efficient dating.