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Upcoming Speed Dating Events in Hawthorne

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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 Hawthorne

Looking for love in Hawthorn, Victoria? Forget swiping endlessly on dating apps – speed dating is where it’s at! This vibrant Melbourne suburb is the perfect backdrop for finding your perfect match, with Glenferrie Road serving as the main artery for nightlife and our exciting singles events. Getting to your romantic rendezvous is a breeze – just hop on the 16 tram and alight at Glenferrie Station, where your potential soulmate might be just a few steps away.

Our speed dating socials kick off with a lively mingle at 7pm, giving you a chance to break the ice before the main event. Once the bell rings, it’s game on! Ladies take their seats while gents rotate every 5 minutes, giving you 12 mini-dates to spark that connection. Don’t stress about keeping track – our nifty Matching App 4.0 has got you covered. Just scan in, select ‘Match’ or ‘Friend’ for each person you meet, and wake up to your matches at 8am the next day. It’s like Christmas morning for singles!

Wondering what to wear? Hawthorn’s vibe calls for smart-casual, so why not swing by Glenferrie Road Shopping Precinct for that perfect outfit that says “I’m here to impress, but I’m also totally chill”? You’ll be rubbing shoulders with singles from neighboring Kew and Camberwell too, so bring your A-game!

Booking is a breeze on Eventbrite, where you can select your age group (20s to 70s) and even find specialized events for LGBTQ+, Christian, and Asian singles. Stuck for conversation starters? Why not chat about Central Gardens? It’s the perfect spot for a second date, and suggesting a romantic walk through its lush greenery might just seal the deal for that coveted follow-up meetup.

Our Venues

Now, let’s talk venues! First up is The Hawthorn Hotel on Burwood Road, a local favorite since 1869. This historic pub was lovingly restored by owner Sarah Chen in 2015, blending modern chic with vintage charm. The venue’s exposed brick walls and warm lighting create an intimate atmosphere perfect for speed dating. Don’t miss the hidden speakeasy-style bar upstairs – it’s ideal for a breather between rounds. Their signature ‘Hawthorn Blush’ cocktail is a must-try, guaranteed to add a rosy glow to your cheeks and your conversation! Speed dating at The Hawthorn Hotel feels like stepping back in time to a more romantic era. Pro tip: Arrive early to snag a spot near the fireplace for extra coziness during your mini-dates.

Next up is Nevermind Bar on Burwood Road, a quirky gem that’s been capturing hearts since 2010. Owner James Thompson transformed this former record store into a music-themed bar that perfectly captures Hawthorn’s eclectic vibe. The walls adorned with vintage vinyl create unique conversation starters for speed daters, while the custom-built ‘dating booths’ offer just the right amount of privacy. Their famous jukebox lets you set the mood for your mini-dates – nothing breaks the ice like bonding over shared musical tastes! Be sure to try their ‘Vinyl Vixen’ cocktail, it might just be the liquid courage you need to hit all the right notes. To make the most of your Nevermind experience, come prepared with your favorite song requests and maybe challenge your dates to a music trivia showdown during intermission.

Last but not least, we have Santoni Pizza Bar on Glenferrie Road, a local hotspot with a stellar Google My Business rating. Established in 2007 by the Santoni family, this chic pizzeria brings a slice of Italy to Hawthorn’s dating scene. The open kitchen adds a lively buzz to the atmosphere, while the cozy booths create intimate spaces for those five-minute connections. Santoni’s famous wood-fired oven not only produces mouthwatering pizzas but also adds a warm, inviting glow to the speed dating area. Their signature ‘Amore Spritz’ is the perfect icebreaker – light, bubbly, and just a touch sweet, much like the connections you’ll be making! Speed dating at Santoni feels like a romantic getaway to the Amalfi Coast. Tip: Brush up on your Italian phrases to really impress your dates, and don’t be afraid to share a pizza during intermission – nothing brings people together like good food!

What To Expect At Our Events

What to expect at our events? Fun, connection, and maybe a dash of romance! Upon arrival, you’ll get your name card and scan the QR code for the Matching App 4.0. After some mingling, ladies take their seats while our friendly hosts guide the gents through rotations. You’ll have 12 five-minute mini-dates from 7pm to 9pm, with a 10-minute intermission for ice-breaker games. Use the app to select ‘Match’ or ‘Friend’, and wake up to your matches the next morning. With 40 attendees (20 men and 20 women), you’re guaranteed equal ratios and plenty of opportunities to connect. Compared to popular dating apps like Tinder or Bumble, our events offer real-life interactions that beat swiping any day!

Speed Dating Social

Speed Dating Social, founded by Darcy Todd in 2020, has been playing cupid for Melbourne singles with over 787 events and 37,423 introductions. We always ensure equal ratios of men and women, because nobody likes being the odd one out! Snag an early bird ticket for $29.90, or grab a last-release spot for $34.90. No refunds within 30 days? We’re committed to maintaining those perfect ratios, ensuring everyone has a fair shot at love. Questions? Hit us up at matches@speeddatingsocial.com.

Who You'll Meet

Who will you meet? Expect a delightful mix of local professionals, single parents juggling work and family life, university students from nearby Swinburne University, and mature singles over 40 and 50 looking for meaningful connections. You might chat with a teacher from Kew, a business owner from Camberwell, or a nurse who’s attended our events before. The diverse crowd creates a vibrant energy, with conversations flowing as easily as the drinks. Pro tip: come with an open mind – you never know who might surprise you!

Single parents, we’ve got you covered! Consider leaving your little ones at Hawthorn Early Years while you mingle. For a follow-up date, why not suggest Anderson Park? It’s kid-friendly, so you can continue your connection while the children play.

Post Event Date Night Ideas

Post-event date ideas? Take your speed dating match to Central Gardens for a romantic stroll and picnic. The scenic pathways and beautiful flora provide the perfect backdrop for getting to know each other better. For a more active date, challenge your match to a friendly game of tennis at the Hawthorn Tennis Club. The relaxed atmosphere is ideal for breaking the ice and showing off your playful side.

From singles events to Melbourne speed dating, from romantic kisses to long-term relationships, Speed Dating Social is here to help you navigate the dating scene in Hawthorn and beyond. Whether you’re fresh out of a relationship, a single parent, or an LGBTQ+ individual looking for love, our events cater to all. So why waste time swiping when you can make real connections face-to-face? Join us for a night of laughter, flirting, and who knows – maybe you’ll find your soulmate over a ‘Hawthorn Blush’ cocktail. Your love story starts here in Hawthorn, where every speed date is a new chapter waiting to be written!

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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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

Dress to impress but stay comfortable! Opt for smart casual attire. For men, a nice shirt and jeans or chinos work well, while women might choose a stylish dress or a chic top and skirt. If you need a new outfit, Country Road on Burwood Road has a great selection of modern and sophisticated clothing. For a beauty boost, head to Hawthorn Beauty Clinic for a fresh haircut, manicure, or a quick makeup touch-up. Ask for a natural look to keep things classy and effortless!

Engage your date with interesting local topics! Discuss the vibrant Glenferrie Road Shopping Precinct, share thoughts on a future visit to the Hawthorn Arts Centre, or plan an adventurous day at the Yarra River walking trails. These spots are local favorites and can make for great date ideas down the line.

LGBTQ speed dating events are a wonderful way to meet queer singles in a supportive environment. After our event, consider visiting DT’s Hotel on Church Street, a popular gay bar with a welcoming atmosphere. For meeting LGBTQ individuals, participating in local community events or joining groups like Hawthorn Rainbow Network can also be effective.

Staying fit is a great confidence booster! Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre offers excellent fitness facilities and group classes. It’s also a fantastic place to meet other singles who are into health and fitness. A regular workout routine will keep you feeling energized and looking your best.

If you love animals, talk about your favorite pets or local pet-friendly spots. Mention Victoria Park, a great local dog park where you can take your furry friends. There’s also Pet’s Haven on Burwood Road for all your pet needs. Suggest a future date to a dog-friendly bar like Rococo on Glenferrie Road, where you can enjoy a drink with your pooch in tow.

Our events start at 7:00 PM and finish at 9:00 PM. You’ll enjoy around 12 five-minute mini-dates, with a 10-minute break midway for mingling and drinks. The ladies remain seated while the men rotate tables. You’ll use our Matching App 4.0 to log your interests, and by 8 AM the next day, you’ll receive contact details for mutual matches.

 

Talking about local clubs and activities can help find common interests. In Hawthorne, mention the Hawthorn Football Club if you’re into sports. There’s also the Hawthorn Arts Society for those interested in art. For dance enthusiasts, the Hawthorn Dance Club offers classes and social events that could be a great conversation starter.

Typically, we have around 40 attendees from Hawthorne and surrounding suburbs like Richmond and Camberwell. To connect, ask your date where they live or work to find common ground and potentially local hotspots you both enjoy.

Asian speed dating events focus on creating culturally resonant experiences. For Hawthorne, the Glenferrie Road area is a good place to start, with several Asian restaurants and cultural spots. WeChat is a popular dating app among Asians that could complement your speed dating experience. Approach with openness and respect for cultural differences.

For singles over 40 or 50, consider joining the Hawthorn Over 40s Social Club. It’s a great way to meet people at similar life stages. There’s also Meetup groups focused on social activities and dining events for older singles. Dating over 50 often involves looking for meaningful connections and shared values, and speed dating can offer a refreshing alternative to traditional online dating apps.

After the event, why not take your match to Geppetto Trattoria for a cozy Italian dinner? Another romantic spot is the Lido Cinemas on Glenferrie Road, where you can enjoy a film in a vintage setting. Lastly, a relaxing walk through the Botanic Gardens offers a serene escape for a second date.

If you’re a single parent, mentioning local schools like Hawthorn West Primary or childcare centers such as Hawthorn Early Years can be a great icebreaker. Dating as a single parent involves balancing responsibilities, and it’s important to communicate openly about your lifestyle and priorities. Speed dating can provide a fun and supportive way to meet other single parents who understand your situation.