Meeting People Is Easy
So, you’re single and ready to mingle! The question is, where do you go in Richmond to find your kind of gentle gent or lovely lady? Certainly, there’s a host of gay and lesbian establishments around town, but are you thinking outside the box? I mean, didn’t you meet your last girlfriend while picking up PBR at the CVS on Broad?
Fresh dates await you around every bend. We know the pickings are slim in this fair town of ours, but if you’re looking in the right places, you can sink your teeth into your Prince Charming before you know it.
Let’s just get it out of the way: there are only so many places to have a drink or a coffee and find a date in this town. However, among those that exist , you have to know for what you seek.
For the ladies, we’ve got a few options for you:
If you’re looking for that butch broad who only sports the finest cargo shorts, and rocks none but the most detailed Jeep Cherokee, head over to Babes of Carytown on a Saturday night. There too you’ll find those young ones who love a good dance party and a few who like a little sand between their toes. Now, if the lady you’re looking for is on the softer side, word on the street is that Empress is the place to be, but for those who just want a straight girl to put the moves on and maybe have some company with a third, head over to Cha Cha’s and survey the scene.
For the fellas, we’ve got a few choices as well.
If you need to let your love-light shine with the glitter of sequins and rhinestones, Nations is definitely your spot on a Friday night. Godfrey’s is packed with everyone you know, but it’s
still a great time. Their Sunday brunch was made for boys who like boys who like dressing like girls, but make sure to bring the credit card for this one, ‘cause it’s gonna cost ya. If you
want to save a buck, head to Barcode and find yourself a sugar daddy. At the very least, you might meet someone as old as your daddy.
However, don’t settle for just the typical gay and lesbian establishments. Broaden your horizons with a visit to a place like Balliceaux, where it doesn’t seem that anyone cares
who’s got what genitals. And if your weekend proves unsuccessful, you can always find yourself a mate by swooping in on the spoils of a OkCupid date gone wrong; these little
treasures can be acquired at pretty much any Richmond coffee shop between the hours of 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. on any given Tuesday.
Cruise through any major Richmond event and you’ll be sure to meet a few new friends. Most of these guys and girls aren’t the type you’ll see out on the town, but a street festival
or concert at Brown’s Island brings ‘em out in droves. Maybe its the family-friendly environment, maybe it’s the kebabs and funnel cake, but if the weather’s right, Richmond events always provide a good crowd of fresh faces.
Fancy a freckled femme? Visit the Church Hill Irish festival on March 24th and 25th. This weekend street fest is a perfect spot to meet that red head you’ve been dreaming about
and enjoy a pint of Guinness while you’re at it.
Wanna get sweaty with that jock you always see at the gym? Sign up for the Monument 10k and run him down. He’ll finally get to notice those toned calves of yours as you maneuver in
front of him, then he’ll see that you care with your support of the Massey Cancer Center, and what better way to relax after a run than a frolic on the grassy medians of Monument
Love that artistic type? Head down Broad Street every first Friday of the month and join the masses for a host of gallery openings. Ponder the complexities of an abstract rendering of
American Gothic, then offer to buy your little art crush a drink over at Tarrants. Or maybe check out the ever-popular fire dancing at Gallery 5. Here, you’re sure to meet a lady who
enjoys the feel of a good belly chain, and a gent who can swallow your sword.
Hold out for summer if you want to get wet and sticky with a new friend. From the Friday Cheers series at Brown’s island to The Watermelon Festival in August, the warm weather
brings out all brands of fresh faces. You’re sure to find just what you’re looking for.
Don’t forget about all those in-between places as well. Looking for that scruffy-faced, gentle bear? Swing through Ellwood’s, and while you’re picking out your $18 free-range pickles,
strike up a convo about the latest farm-to-table documentary you’ve watched. Maybe you need to re-up on “supplies”? Visit the ever-sexy ladies at Taboo. Who says you can’t meet
a girl while picking out your new vibrator? And if you like ‘em young and ready to party, take a stroll through the VCU campus. This batch of youthful 20-somethings seem always open
It may feel like you’ve met every potential partner out there, but if you keep an open mind, heart, and fly, you’re sure to make a connection sooner than you think!
… there’s a helluvalot to do in Richmond if you’re queer and looking to be in costume someplace.October 26, 2016
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