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Upcoming Speed Dating Events in Essendon

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Spice Market
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Fri, 26 July, 7:00 pm AEST
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Beaney Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000 3000
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Diesel Bar & Eatery
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Sat, 27 July, 5:00 pm AEST
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202 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Bendigo Street Milk Bar
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Sun, 28 July, 5:00 pm AEST
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37 Bendigo St, Richmond VIC 3121
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Diesel Bar & Eatery
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Sat, 3 August, 5:00 pm AEST
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202 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Miranda Tequila Bar
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Fri, 9 August, 7:00 pm AEST
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313 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Diesel Bar & Eatery
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Sat, 10 August, 5:00 pm AEST
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202 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Diesel Bar & Eatery
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Sat, 17 August, 5:00 pm AEST
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202 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Spice Market
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Fri, 23 August, 7:00 pm AEST
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Beaney Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000 3000
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Diesel Bar & Eatery
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Sat, 24 August, 5:00 pm AEST
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202 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Hotel Railway Brunswick
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Wed, 28 August, 7:00 pm AEST
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291 Albert St, Brunswick VIC 3056
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Diesel Bar & Eatery
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Sat, 31 August, 5:00 pm AEST
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202 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Miranda Tequila Bar
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Fri, 6 September, 7:00 pm AEST
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313 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD

Speed Dating Social Events In Essendon

Looking for love in Essendon? Forget swiping endlessly on Tinder or crafting the perfect Bumble bio – speed dating in this charming Melbourne suburb is where real connections happen! Mount Alexander Road, Essendon’s bustling hub, is the epicenter of romantic encounters, with its cozy bars and trendy pubs setting the perfect stage for finding your soulmate. Hop on the Craigieburn line train to Essendon Station, and you’re just a short stroll away from potentially meeting your perfect match.

Speed Dating Social events kick off with a mingle at 6:30 PM, giving you time to calm those first-date jitters before the main event at 7 PM. You’ll embark on 12 whirlwind mini-dates, each lasting 5 minutes – it’s like Coffee Meets Bagel in real life, but way more exciting! Men rotate while women stay put, creating a fun and dynamic atmosphere. Use the Matching App 4.0 to select ‘Match’ or ‘Friend’ for each person you meet. After a quick 10-minute intermission at 8 PM to catch your breath and maybe grab a drink, you’ll wrap up at 9 PM, with your matches revealed at 8 AM the next day. Talk about breakfast of champions!

Wondering what to wear to make a lasting impression? Ladies, swing by Essendon DFO for that perfect outfit that screams “I’m single and ready to mingle!” You’ll be meeting singles from neighboring Moonee Ponds and Strathmore too, so bring your A-game! As an attendee, you’ll feel the rush of real-life connections – a refreshing change from the endless swiping on dating apps that often lead nowhere.

Book your spot on Eventbrite and choose from age groups spanning 20s to 70s. There are even specialized events for LGBTQ+, Christian, and Asian singles. Stuck for conversation starters? Chat about the beautiful Queens Park and suggest a romantic picnic there for your second date. It’s the perfect way to keep the spark alive and potentially turn that speed date into a long-term relationship!

Our Venues

The Courthouse Hotel, located at 1 English Street, Essendon, is a local favorite that’ll set the perfect mood for your speed dating adventure. This charming pub, established in 1885 and lovingly restored in 2018 by local businessman Tom Wilson, retains its historic charm while catering to modern romantics. The Courthouse’s three unique features – its heritage-listed facade, rooftop bar, and gourmet gastropub menu – create an ideal atmosphere for connection. The historic exterior provides a great conversation starter, the rooftop offers breathtaking views for a romantic intermission, and the diverse menu gives you plenty to chat about. Try their signature “Verdict” cocktail to calm those first-date jitters. Speed dating at The Courthouse feels like a friendly neighborhood gathering where everyone just happens to be single and ready to mingle. Pro tip: Arrive early to snag a spot on the rooftop for some liquid courage before the dating begins!

Mr. McCracken, nestled at 2 Vaughan Street, Essendon Fields, is a trendy bar and restaurant that adds a dash of modern flair to your speed dating experience. Opened in 2017 by restaurateur Sarah McCracken, this venue transformed a former airport hangar into a hip dining destination. Mr. McCracken’s three standout features – the aviation-themed decor, craft beer selection, and live music nights – create a fun and relaxed environment for meeting new people. The unique decor provides plenty of ice-breakers, the extensive beer list ensures there’s a perfect brew for every personality, and the background music keeps the energy high. Don’t miss their famous “Fly Me to the Moon” IPA – it’s the perfect libation to get your romantic journey off the ground! Speed dating at Mr. McCracken feels like you’ve stumbled into a cool underground party where everyone’s looking for their special someone. For best results, come with an appetite for both food and love – sharing a charcuterie board could be your ticket to romance!

The Anglers Tavern, situated at 2 Raleigh Street, Maribyrnong (just a stone’s throw from Essendon), is a beloved local institution that’s perfect for a laid-back speed dating experience. This riverside pub, established in 1943 and recently renovated in 2020 by the Johnson family, blends old-school charm with modern comfort. The Anglers Tavern’s trio of unique features – the stunning river views, spacious beer garden, and weekly trivia nights – create a welcoming and unpretentious vibe for meeting new people. The riverside location provides a romantic backdrop, the beer garden offers a breath of fresh air between dates, and the trivia night energy keeps things fun and competitive. Try their signature “River Romance” spritz – it’s a refreshing ice-breaker perfect for sparking conversation. Speed dating at The Anglers Tavern feels like a casual backyard barbie where everyone’s invited and single. To make the most of it, brush up on your local trivia – a well-timed fact about Essendon could impress your potential match!

What To Expect At Our Events

Get ready for a whirlwind of romance, Essendon style! Upon arrival, you’ll receive your name card and scan the QR code to access the Matching App 4.0. This nifty app shows you a list of all attendees, so you can start putting names to faces right away. After some casual mingling at the bar, ladies take their seats while the gents prepare to rotate every 5 minutes. As you chat, simply select ‘Match’ or ‘Friend’ on your phone for each person you meet. The next morning at 8 AM, cupid delivers your matches’ contact details straight to your inbox. With 12 five-minute mini-dates between 7 and 9 PM, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to find that spark. Feeling tongue-tied? No worries! Ice breaker games during intermission and conversation cards are there to rescue you from awkward silences. With a perfectly balanced ratio of 20 guys and 20 ladies, you’re guaranteed to have someone to talk to all night. It’s a refreshing change from the endless swiping on Hinge or the lengthy questionnaires on eHarmony – here, you get to see the real person behind the profile!

Speed Dating Social

Founded by the matchmaking mastermind Darcy Todd in 2020, Speed Dating Social has been playing cupid for over 787 events, bringing together more than 37,423 singles across Melbourne. They’re all about equal ratios, ensuring you’re never left hanging without a chat partner. Snag an early bird ticket for just $29.90, or if you like to live on the edge, last-release tickets go for $34.90. Why no refunds within 30 days of an event, you ask? Well, they’re committed to maintaining those perfect ratios, so your spot is gold! Need to reach out? Drop a line to matches@speeddatingsocial.com and let the love journey begin!

Who You'll Meet

Prepare to mingle with a diverse crowd of Essendon’s finest singles! You might find yourself chatting with a sports-loving professional from the nearby Essendon Football Club, a creative soul from the local art scene, or a foodie who’s sampled every brunch spot in the area. From university students in their early 20s looking for fun to divorced professionals in their 40s ready to dive back into the dating pool, the mix is always interesting. Many attendees are Speed Dating Social veterans, their confidence boosted by previous successes. The vibe is friendly and open, with everyone there for the same reason – to make genuine connections. You’ll meet folks from neighboring Moonee Ponds and Strathmore too, adding to the melting pot of personalities. If you’re a single parent, don’t stress! Drop the little ones off at Essendon Children’s Centre and come ready to meet other singles who understand the joys and challenges of dating with kids. For a follow-up date, why not suggest a play date at the family-friendly Woodlands Park? Pro tip: Come with an open mind and a few fun facts about yourself – you never know who might be intrigued by your hidden talents or quirky hobbies!

Post Event Essendon Date Night Ideas

Still feeling the spark after your speed dating adventure? Keep the romance alive with these local date night gems! First up, take a romantic stroll through the beautiful Queens Park. This lush green space is perfect for getting to know your match better in a serene setting. Pack a picnic, find a secluded spot, and let nature work its magic. To make your date extra special, bring along a frisbee or a set of bocce balls – it’s a great way to keep the conversation flowing and show off your playful side!

For something a bit more unique, why not explore the Essendon Airport together? This small airport offers scenic flights over Melbourne, providing a thrilling and memorable second date experience. Whether you’re adventure seekers or just curious about aviation, the excitement of taking to the skies together is sure to bring you closer. Plus, the spectacular views of the city provide endless conversation starters. To make the most of your airport date, challenge each other to spot famous Melbourne landmarks from the air, or share your travel dreams and adventures. It’s a fun way to see if your potential partner is up for spontaneous adventures and if your travel styles align – crucial information for any budding romance!

Attendee Reviews

Jeffery
Jeffery
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I tried a speed dating night in Melbourne, it was pretty good, I think 2 ladies didn't show up but I still got about 14 dates
Sarah
Sarah
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was a fun night out with my girlfriends, some conversations were a tad dull but 2 cute guys made it worth it and even got their numbers
Steph H
Steph H
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I didn't know speed dating was a thing but I'm new to the area and was good meeting some new people
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Speed Dating Social Events In Essendon

Looking for love in Essendon? Forget swiping endlessly on Tinder or crafting the perfect Bumble bio – speed dating in this charming Melbourne suburb is where real connections happen! Mount Alexander Road, Essendon’s bustling hub, is the epicenter of romantic encounters, with its cozy bars and trendy pubs setting the perfect stage for finding your soulmate. Hop on the Craigieburn line train to Essendon Station, and you’re just a short stroll away from potentially meeting your perfect match.

Speed Dating Social events kick off with a mingle at 6:30 PM, giving you time to calm those first-date jitters before the main event at 7 PM. You’ll embark on 12 whirlwind mini-dates, each lasting 5 minutes – it’s like Coffee Meets Bagel in real life, but way more exciting! Men rotate while women stay put, creating a fun and dynamic atmosphere. Use the Matching App 4.0 to select ‘Match’ or ‘Friend’ for each person you meet. After a quick 10-minute intermission at 8 PM to catch your breath and maybe grab a drink, you’ll wrap up at 9 PM, with your matches revealed at 8 AM the next day. Talk about breakfast of champions!

Wondering what to wear to make a lasting impression? Ladies, swing by Essendon DFO for that perfect outfit that screams “I’m single and ready to mingle!” You’ll be meeting singles from neighboring Moonee Ponds and Strathmore too, so bring your A-game! As an attendee, you’ll feel the rush of real-life connections – a refreshing change from the endless swiping on dating apps that often lead nowhere.

Book your spot on Eventbrite and choose from age groups spanning 20s to 70s. There are even specialized events for LGBTQ+, Christian, and Asian singles. Stuck for conversation starters? Chat about the beautiful Queens Park and suggest a romantic picnic there for your second date. It’s the perfect way to keep the spark alive and potentially turn that speed date into a long-term relationship!

Our Venues

The Courthouse Hotel, located at 1 English Street, Essendon, is a local favorite that’ll set the perfect mood for your speed dating adventure. This charming pub, established in 1885 and lovingly restored in 2018 by local businessman Tom Wilson, retains its historic charm while catering to modern romantics. The Courthouse’s three unique features – its heritage-listed facade, rooftop bar, and gourmet gastropub menu – create an ideal atmosphere for connection. The historic exterior provides a great conversation starter, the rooftop offers breathtaking views for a romantic intermission, and the diverse menu gives you plenty to chat about. Try their signature “Verdict” cocktail to calm those first-date jitters. Speed dating at The Courthouse feels like a friendly neighborhood gathering where everyone just happens to be single and ready to mingle. Pro tip: Arrive early to snag a spot on the rooftop for some liquid courage before the dating begins!

Mr. McCracken, nestled at 2 Vaughan Street, Essendon Fields, is a trendy bar and restaurant that adds a dash of modern flair to your speed dating experience. Opened in 2017 by restaurateur Sarah McCracken, this venue transformed a former airport hangar into a hip dining destination. Mr. McCracken’s three standout features – the aviation-themed decor, craft beer selection, and live music nights – create a fun and relaxed environment for meeting new people. The unique decor provides plenty of ice-breakers, the extensive beer list ensures there’s a perfect brew for every personality, and the background music keeps the energy high. Don’t miss their famous “Fly Me to the Moon” IPA – it’s the perfect libation to get your romantic journey off the ground! Speed dating at Mr. McCracken feels like you’ve stumbled into a cool underground party where everyone’s looking for their special someone. For best results, come with an appetite for both food and love – sharing a charcuterie board could be your ticket to romance!

The Anglers Tavern, situated at 2 Raleigh Street, Maribyrnong (just a stone’s throw from Essendon), is a beloved local institution that’s perfect for a laid-back speed dating experience. This riverside pub, established in 1943 and recently renovated in 2020 by the Johnson family, blends old-school charm with modern comfort. The Anglers Tavern’s trio of unique features – the stunning river views, spacious beer garden, and weekly trivia nights – create a welcoming and unpretentious vibe for meeting new people. The riverside location provides a romantic backdrop, the beer garden offers a breath of fresh air between dates, and the trivia night energy keeps things fun and competitive. Try their signature “River Romance” spritz – it’s a refreshing ice-breaker perfect for sparking conversation. Speed dating at The Anglers Tavern feels like a casual backyard barbie where everyone’s invited and single. To make the most of it, brush up on your local trivia – a well-timed fact about Essendon could impress your potential match!

What To Expect At Our Events

Get ready for a whirlwind of romance, Essendon style! Upon arrival, you’ll receive your name card and scan the QR code to access the Matching App 4.0. This nifty app shows you a list of all attendees, so you can start putting names to faces right away. After some casual mingling at the bar, ladies take their seats while the gents prepare to rotate every 5 minutes. As you chat, simply select ‘Match’ or ‘Friend’ on your phone for each person you meet. The next morning at 8 AM, cupid delivers your matches’ contact details straight to your inbox. With 12 five-minute mini-dates between 7 and 9 PM, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to find that spark. Feeling tongue-tied? No worries! Ice breaker games during intermission and conversation cards are there to rescue you from awkward silences. With a perfectly balanced ratio of 20 guys and 20 ladies, you’re guaranteed to have someone to talk to all night. It’s a refreshing change from the endless swiping on Hinge or the lengthy questionnaires on eHarmony – here, you get to see the real person behind the profile!

Founded by the matchmaking mastermind Darcy Todd in 2020, Speed Dating Social has been playing cupid for over 787 events, bringing together more than 37,423 singles across Melbourne. They’re all about equal ratios, ensuring you’re never left hanging without a chat partner. Snag an early bird ticket for just $29.90, or if you like to live on the edge, last-release tickets go for $34.90. Why no refunds within 30 days of an event, you ask? Well, they’re committed to maintaining those perfect ratios, so your spot is gold! Need to reach out? Drop a line to matches@speeddatingsocial.com and let the love journey begin!

Who You'll Meet

Prepare to mingle with a diverse crowd of Essendon’s finest singles! You might find yourself chatting with a sports-loving professional from the nearby Essendon Football Club, a creative soul from the local art scene, or a foodie who’s sampled every brunch spot in the area. From university students in their early 20s looking for fun to divorced professionals in their 40s ready to dive back into the dating pool, the mix is always interesting. Many attendees are Speed Dating Social veterans, their confidence boosted by previous successes. The vibe is friendly and open, with everyone there for the same reason – to make genuine connections. You’ll meet folks from neighboring Moonee Ponds and Strathmore too, adding to the melting pot of personalities. If you’re a single parent, don’t stress! Drop the little ones off at Essendon Children’s Centre and come ready to meet other singles who understand the joys and challenges of dating with kids. For a follow-up date, why not suggest a play date at the family-friendly Woodlands Park? Pro tip: Come with an open mind and a few fun facts about yourself – you never know who might be intrigued by your hidden talents or quirky hobbies!

Post Event Essendon Date Night Ideas

If you’re a single parent, finding time for speed dating can be challenging, but Essendon Early Learning Centre offers child care services, making it easier to attend. After the event, consider inviting your match to a second date at the Essendon Traffic School for a fun experience or the Woodlands Park for a beautiful picnic setting, making your second date memorable and enjoyable.

Attendee Reviews

Jeffery
Jeffery
Read More
I tried a speed dating night in Melbourne, it was pretty good, I think 2 ladies didn't show up but I still got about 14 dates
Sarah
Sarah
Read More
was a fun night out with my girlfriends, some conversations were a tad dull but 2 cute guys made it worth it and even got their numbers
Steph H
Steph H
Read More
I didn't know speed dating was a thing but I'm new to the area and was good meeting some new people
Previous
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How It Works

Ever wanted to try or wondered how a speed dating event works? It’s easy, just follow these 6 steps:

Book A Ticket

Simply book a ticket through our website or Eventbrite to secure your spot

Hosts Greet You

Turn up and be greeted by friendly hosts who help scan you into our matching portal

Get Your Own Table

Be assigned your own table where you can comfortably mingle one on one

Enjoy 12 Fun Mini Dates

Be rotated every 5 minutes and enjoy 12 fast 5minute dates

Tick Yes To Anyone On Your Phone

Anonymously tick yes on anyone you like from your phone

Matches Sent The Next Day

Receive your matches and contact details of everyone who selects you the next day

Frequently Asked Questions

When attending a Speed Dating Social event in Essendon, dress smartly yet comfortably. Think chic casual—something that reflects your personality and is also suitable for the local vibe. A good place to get your outfit is Essendon DFO on Bulla Road, where you can find a stylish selection at Country Road. For a polished look, consider stopping by Essendon Hair and Beauty on Fletcher Street. Ask for a stylish blow-dry or a classic makeup look to enhance your natural features and increase your confidence.

Talking about local attractions can make for better conversations. Discuss Essendon Traffic School, a quirky spot for a fun date, or Woodlands Park for its scenic beauty is perfect for setting up a future picnic. You can mention the latest community event at Windy Hill, home of the Essendon Bombers, to show interest in local events.

LGBTQ speed dating events are often held at The Laird Hotel on Gipps Street in nearby Abbotsford. This bar has a welcoming vibe and supports our gay community, making it a great spot for lesbian and gay singles. Attending a queer dating events is lively and inclusive, with a friendly atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable, with a focus on building meaningful connections.

For health-conscious singles, consider joining Goodlife Health Clubs on Mt Alexander Road. Staying fit not only makes you feel good but also connects you with others who value a healthy lifestyle. Working out at this gym can be a great way to meet other fitness enthusiasts and singles who share similar interests in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Discuss your favorite pet or breed with your dates. You could also suggest a visit to Aberfeldie Park, a popular dog park in the area, or Brother Hen, a dog-friendly café on Keilor Road, for a casual future date. Ask about their pets and share your experiences to build a connection over your shared love for animals.

At a Speed Dating Social event, you’ll start by booking a ticket on Eventbrite. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a name card and scan a QR code for the Matching App 4.0, where you can see all the other attendee profiles. The event usually starts at 7 pm, with 12 five-minute mini-dates until 9 pm. During the 10-minute intermission, mingle at the bar or grab a drink. Afterwards, Icebreaker games and conversation cards are provided to ease the flow of conversation. Afterwards, decide who to “Match” or “Friend” directly from your phone, and you’ll receive contact details of mutual matches at 8am the next day.

Mention your local clubs or activities to find common ground. Ask if they’re part of the Essendon Tennis Club or if they enjoy activities at Essendon Community Centre. Discussing your involvement in these local clubs can help you connect over shared interests.

Events typically draw around 40 attendees, including singles from nearby suburbs like Moonee Ponds and Ascot Vale. You’re likely to meet a diverse mix of professionals, single parents, and people of different cultural backgrounds such as Asian or Jewish singles. Asking where they’re from can also help you find locals near you, making it easier to suggest follow-up dates that are convenient for both of you.

Asian speed dating nights often focus on cultural appreciation and respect. I’d suggest attending events near Footscray, known for its vibrant Asian community. Be mindful, Asian singles events emphasize understanding and valuing cultural backgrounds. Apps like Coffee Meets Bagel and EastMeetEast are also popular among Asian community  for dating.

Christian speed dating focuses on connecting those with shared faith and values. You can meet Christian singles at churches like Essendon Baptist Church or St Therese’s Catholic Church. Ask about their community involvement and what they look for in a partner, emphasizing shared beliefs and values to foster a meaningful connection with the ultimate goal of marriage.

For over 40s and 50s singles, Essendon Over 40s Social Club is a great meetup group to find a partner. Attending singles dinners and casual gatherings at The Cross Keys Hotel provides a relaxed setting to meet new people. Alternatively dating apps like SilverSingles and OurTime are also popular among this age group.

For a post-event date ideas, consider The Last Jar for its cozy Irish pub atmosphere or LaManna Supermarket, where you can grab fresh ingredients for a romantic home-cooked meal. Choose what you feel is right for a second date.

Meeting single parents can be hard and fulfilling. For those new to the game, the Essendon Early Learning Centre is a good topic to discuss for those managing parenthood and dating. Talk about balancing responsibilities and share tips for making dating as a single parent smoother.