About Only Lads

Only Lads is a renowned gay and bisexual chat and dating service for men. Find new friends and dates in your area. We have over a million members chatting and dating on our gorgeous apps and our website. We are gay owned and operated, made by gay men for gay men.

Dublin Gay Scene

Dublin is the capital city of Ireland, all LGBT life revolves around the city centre area, mostly around Temple Bar, Georges Street and Capel Street area. For more about The George Bar or Boilerhouse Sauna select them from the map above.

We have selected a list of hotels near the Irish gay scene below, click on them to book.

Dublin Gay Scene

Chat-Room

WELCOME TO OUR CHAT ROOM – THE BELOW CHAT ROOM IS VERY BUSY BUT NEEDS JAVA INSTALLED TO WORKLEAVE THIS WINDOW OPEN WHILE CHATTING!

NOTE – WE WILL BE ADDING AN IMPROVED CHAT ROOM HERE SOON – STAY TUNED!

WELCOME TO OUR CHAT ROOM GUIDE – THE BELOW IS A GUIDE TO CHAT ROOMS ON THE INTERNET

HOW TO BEHAVE IN CHAT ROOMS – A GUIDECyberspace chat is a great way of connecting people with similar interests be they gay or straight. Chat rooms come with their own etiquette, or “netiquette”, which may confuse or even intimidate a novice. Here are some suggestions on how to take part in web chat without causing undue offence. This online guide to Internet chat rooms behaviour range from creating a persona, clarity, grammar, web abuse, and the safety element.

Step #1 – Find the right chat room.Whether you are interested in unusual pets, sex, horoscopes or dance music there is likely to be a chat room, discussion board or forum that caters for your needs. Have a search on the internet to find a discussion room you like the look of.

This site has rules while others have a frequently asked questions page, read them carefully. Many sites are very specific about what is allowed and what isn’t, and you don’t want to start off on the wrong foot. As a rule of thumb, this site does not allow anything illegal or immoral to be discussed. By entering this chat service you agree not to discuss any illegal activities.

Step # 3 Create a join in the chat fun you will need to input a User name. It’s not necessary for this to be your real name – use any you like. Many websites also like you to create a profile, this gives you a chance to let the other Users know a little about you – however it’s not the place to enter any personal details, not even your surname. Your town is as specific as you need to be, as are your preferences (but keep it clean!)

Step #4 – The ins and outs of lurking“Lurk” before you leap. Before you post a message, or jump into any conversation, ‘lurk’ a little. This means that you should get a feel for the topic being discussed and the tone being used. This also stops you from repeating another User’s posting. Happy lurking boys!

Step #5 – It’s cool to be clear!Be clear. When you are ready to post a message keep it to the same topic and be concise. No one will read a long involved block of text. On the same note, don’t waste peoples time by posting gibberish or by repeating yourself, this will make you very you are making a specific comment about an earlier message, include that part of the message as a quote with your response below.

Step #6 – Mind your internet mannersUse your manners boys! Dominating the conversation is a never a good thing, nor is making rude comments. If you wouldn’t do it in real life, don’t do it on the internet.

Step #7 – Respect grammar.Although the internet is less formal than other forms of written communication the same grammatical rules only exception may be the use of acronyms such as BTW – ‘by the way’, LOL – ‘laugh out loud’ or FYI – ‘for your information’. These acronyms change and develop all the time, so keep up with the using excessive punctuation. You may think it emphasises your point but it can make your comments appear sarcastic, or even condescending.

Step #8 – Smiley Face ?Use emoticons and smilies on occasion. Online communication lacks the tone and body language that we use to express ourselves in face to face conversations. Therefore the use of smilies, or emoticons, are often applied to clarify the meaning of a posting. There are thousands of variations of these, if you are not sure of a particular smilies meaning have a quick internet search. Use these sparingly, a posting littered with smilies can make it difficult to read.

Step 10 – Keep Safe Hunty!Don’t give out any personal details – this includes your address, phone number, bank details, full name, passwords or work place. Be suspicious of people who ask to meet you in person. There is no guarantee that they have been honest about who they really are.

Step 11 – Enjoy your chat time.Approach chatting to friends online with a good sense of humour, a desire to make and maintain friendships and to discuss topics actively and calmly.

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IS THIS WHY YOU’RE SINGLE?

Our new series of podcasts, featuring input, thoughts and opinions from well-known contributors, is now live! We wanted to bring our experience to bear, not merely on the broad topic of dating, but also on those little nuances where the real details are. What are the obstacles for people when finding a romantic partner and why do these obstacles recur time and again? What has been the experience of others and how does this overlap with the experience of our celebrity interviewees? This and lots more in our new podcast series!

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Finding gay men to date can be difficult so we’ve made a list of our top 5 places to meet guys

Gay dating in Dublin can be tough if you don’t know where to find a man to date. Our Irish summer is drawing to a close and cuffing season is about to kick off.

So with gay men looking for relationships, we’ve decided to take the work out of finding a man to cuddle up next to as the weather cools off.

So if finding a cuddle-buddy sounds like something you’re interested in, read on to see where you can meet a man.

Finding gay men to date can be difficult so we’ve made a list of our top 5 places to meet guys

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GCN has been a vital, free-of-charge information service for Ireland’s LGBTQ+ community since 1988.

During this global COVID pandemic, we like many other organisations have been impacted greatly in the way we can do business and produce. This means a temporary pause to our print publication and live events and so now more than ever we need your help to continue providing this community resource digitally.

GCN is a registered charity with a not-for-profit business model and we need your support. If you value having an independent LGBTQ+ media in Ireland, you can help from as little as €1.99 per month. Support Ireland’s free, independent LGBTQ+ media.

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GAY DUBLIN BARS

The gay scene in Dublin boasts several full time gay bars and a number of clubs happening on different nights. Check listings for details

Note – Many other bars are very gay friendly and attract a large number of LGBT+ party goers!

All of the above bars have club nights depending on the night of the week, the George opens late every night during the week, different venues are busy depending on the night.

GAY DUBLIN CLUB NIGHTSSome other Dublin LGBT club nights include :

Mother on Saturday nightsMother has been running weekly for over 10 years, its a great mix of electro pop and dance music. It also hosts huge parties throughout the year in some of Dublin’s most interesting venues. Visit the Mother facebook page for more info. 

Sweatbox on Friday Nights,Phromo on Thursday Nights,Dragged Up holds regular party Nights,Sunday Social on Sunday nights..Bukakke on Bank Holiday WeekendsDaddi bear club on different weekendsFurry Glenn on different weekends

Most clubs get busy from 11pm onwards – Check listings for details

DUBLIN SAUNAS For gay saunas visit The Boilerhouse bath house on Crane Lane, which opens 24 hours non-stop at weekends and late every weeknight, it is one of the biggest gay saunas in the world with four floors. It is busiest on weekends (towards club closing time).

Also open but less busy is The Dock sauna on Ormonde Quay.

Dublin Pride is growing more each year, shaking off its amateur past and getting a little more professional each year. The pride party takes place in late June every year, Dublin Pride 2020 will happen in June.

Dublin pride takes place in late June every year, the parade is one of the biggest in the country, with a huge turn out every year and still has a very community feel, rejecting big commercial sponsorship over the years. The gay pride parade kicks off at Parnell Square (Garden of Remembrance) every year, goes down O’Connell Street, thru College Green and finishes with a large free outdoor party at Merrion Square. Later in the evening all the local gay bars and clubs go wild with big parties, some can get very busy so plan your night well. Many venues expand to take up outdoor space and even some straight venues across Temple Bar and beyond go gay for the day. Dublin Pride 2020 will happen in June.

Dart/Train journey to the coastal village of Howth or Bray

More Tourist ideas – Where In Ireland – coming soon!

Dublin (Ireland) cruising map with gay areas and spots where to practice cruising and to have casual NSA encounters

If you are gay and you want to practise cruising and to have casual NSA encounters in public places in Dublin in an anonymous way, here you can find spots such as beaches, parks, forests and other spaces next to urban areas, as well as every kind of public toilets and rest areas of highways where you can practise cruising in Dublin, Ireland.

Below we show a Dublin cruising map with all cruising areas and spots that shared our gay community. Click on the map markers for details of each spot.

In the tab for each zone you will find a location map with directions to the place: driving, walking, public transport or bike. You can vote the area and leave a comment for the rest of the community guys know your opinion, and if you want people to know you’re in the area, do not hesitate to check in.

Support GCN

GCN has been a vital, free-of-charge information service for Ireland’s LGBTQ+ community since 1988.

During this global COVID pandemic, we like many other organisations have been impacted greatly in the way we can do business and produce. This means a temporary pause to our print publication and live events and so now more than ever we need your help to continue providing this community resource digitally.

GCN is a registered charity with a not-for-profit business model and we need your support. If you value having an independent LGBTQ+ media in Ireland, you can help from as little as €1.99 per month. Support Ireland’s free, independent LGBTQ+ media.

We and our partners use cookies on our site to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features, and to analyse our traffic. You can learn more by reading our Cookie policy and our Privacy policy. Click below the I consent button to consent to the use of this technology across the web.

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Support GCN

GCN has been a vital, free-of-charge information service for Ireland’s LGBTQ+ community since 1988.

During this global COVID pandemic, we like many other organisations have been impacted greatly in the way we can do business and produce. This means a temporary pause to our print publication and live events and so now more than ever we need your help to continue providing this community resource digitally.

GCN is a registered charity with a not-for-profit business model and we need your support. If you value having an independent LGBTQ+ media in Ireland, you can help from as little as €1.99 per month. Support Ireland’s free, independent LGBTQ+ media.

There’s a lot to be said for Irish men and women once you start dating in New York

The notion of “dating” recalls, at times, feelings of adventure and excitement. Getting dressed up; butterflies in your stomach; opening the door to a new, attractive person with new stories and jokes. That buzz you get from mutual interest and flattery.

At other times dating is a hopeless chore. A daunting, frustrating and confusing affair. The guy sitting across from you is coming on too strong. He has no sense of humor. And when you finally meet a great catch, he doesn’t call you because by next weekend he’s already found a new date via a phone app.

As a 20-something-year-old New Yorker living in Dublin, the first scenario sounds more like dating in Dublin. The second, New York City. Of course, there are outliers, and I’m speaking generally. But there’s more to dating beyond the date itself, and I’ve noticed some cultural differences between courtship in Dublin and New York City.

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Sophisticated Simplicity

Our virtual speed datingmatchmaking services offer fresh alternatives for Dublin singles. Whether you’re looking for a night out with fellow singles, prefer a night in with our virtual events or find one-on-one matchmaking to be your cup of tea, we bring just the right amount of flirty to suit any need.

Like a private club, not every dater is for us. We routinely screen those daters whom appear to be nice-challenged, while for those that tend to see the good in everything and everyone, the world of cheeky is theirs! With complimentary events and matchmaking opportunities – being lovely has all the perks.

In-Person Speed Dating

As a reporter for LA Talk said, “I walked through the venue without even noticing the tables of daters; events are so chic and low key you might just walk right by.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Devoid of traditional party and event trimmings, we prefer a subtle, comfortable and relaxing environment.

Virtual Speed Dating Events

All the fun and efficiency of in-person speed dating events brought to your doorstep. Why wait to hear back from potential matches on traditional apps and websites when you can meet a group of singles just like yourself all from the comfort of your living room. A lovely host to guide you through your virtual event, there to assist you with anything or anyone.

HOW IN-PERSON SPEED DATING WORKS

We offer a low key, sophisticated approach to dating in Dublin. We prefer a ‚less is more‘ environment devoid of typical event trappings. Gone are the name-tags, shouting and over-the-top party trimmings. Meeting your special someone shouldn’t be anything but a comfortable and relaxed experience. We endeavor to create a private club atmosphere while recognizing our clients are also our product – we reward lovely daters with discounts and complimentary events and refuse service to anyone we don’t think you’ll fancy meeting. This is where being lovely has it’s perks!Simply choose the speed dating event you wish to attend and purchase your tickets online. Any questions, concerns or advice can be called upon anytime simply by e-mailing ;The night has arrived! Go to the venue at the published start time for the event. There is no official start time to the speed dating portion of the evening – we like to wait for all daters to arrive, to have a moment to settle in with a refreshment and mingle should they wish. Our personable hosts will assist you with your SpeedDublin ‚Date-Mate‘ Scorecard. Flirty and fun, your Scorecard is just the beginning. Chat up our hosts for tips or simply to ask, which direction the bar is in! After being shown to your table, the ladies will remain seated for the duration of the event. The gents move from lovely lady to lovely lady every six to seven minutes. Simply jot down your potential ‚Date-Mates‘ at the bottom of your Scorecard and we’ll take care of the rest. For those who garner matches, you will be notified via e-mail within 24 hours of the event ending of your ‚Date-Mate‘ results. Alas, the event is over but the night has just begun. Feel free to stay as long as you would like to mingle further. All we need are the ‚Date-Mate‘ Scorecards to determine if love is in the air for you. With a British sensibility and simplicity, we offer uncompromising value with unparalleled service. Lovely venues and our lovely hosts to assist you with anything or anyone. Mingle, Mix & Match – Dublin Style!

IN-PERSON SPEED DATING FAQ

What is SpeedDublin Dating? We offer traditional Speed Dating with a modern twist. Relaxed, comfortable and always civilized. Most speed dating parties are a bit like being at a college job fair. Complete with stop watches, whistles and a footie captain yelling „times up“ in yer face! We at SpeedDublin Dating, do things a wee bit differently. We don’t find anything romantic about name tags, microphones and whistles – so we don’t use them!

We reward lovely daters with discounts and complimentary events while saying no thank you to anyone we don’t think you’ll fancy meeting.

What type of people can I expect to meet? We tend to draw a crowd that is confident and amusing, diverse and adventurous, while always being cheeky. Daters that tend to set the trend rather than follow it. We are in part defined by our venues and our crowd reflects such.

How do I reserve my place? Simply select the Event Schedule for a listing of our events. Register online and you’re all set! No paper tickets are required. You will be sent a confirmation from us and your name will be noted on our Guest List.

Do you screen your speed daters?In the 14 years we have had the pleasure of serving daters we’ve noticed the nicer a dater is to us, our hosts and each other, the more matches they get. Much like a private club, not every dater is for us. Those that tend to see the good in everything and everyone – are just what we and our daters are looking for. If we don’t think a dater is someone that fellow daters would get on with – we’ll respectfully decline service and reserve the right to do so.

How do I get invited to complimentary events? By being as delightful and lovely as you can. We don’t judge by looks or your match results; Instead, we look at your interactions with our staff, hosts and fellow attendees. When daters stand out for being the best version of themselves and found to be just what others fancy in a mate – the world of cheeky is theirs! They can expect complimentary events and matchmaking opportunities at no additional cost to them. It is where lovely meets value – SpeedDublin style.

How do I get banned? While we appreciate dating is highly emotional, we have zero tolerance for any behavior that upsets your fellow daters, our hosts or our staff. We place a great value in the feedback we receive from daters about fellow daters. While singles may have differing opinions in whom they find attractive, what they are looking for in a mate or their personal goals – finding someone nice and lovely is universal. We don’t tolerate any less and don’t believe you should either.

Are you affiliated with any ‚Meet-Up‘ groups?We think ‚Meet-Up‘ is a lovely free service that gives those of similar interests the opportunity to connect. We do question businesses that promote their events through „Meet-Up“ groups – only to redirect you to their own website. Some companies tout that they partner with many organizations including Craigslist offerings and ‚Meet-Up‘ groups for their events. We do happens if the event is sold out? We wish we could accommodate everyone! Unfortunately, the fun goes quick! You can email for information as to the process of being added to the wait list.  Also, it is a good idea to keep checking back on our website as sometimes reservations become available at the last minute. We are continually updating our event calendar.

What time should I show up for the Event?Published start times can be found in the event description. Please try to avoid doing anything unsafe in your attempt to arrive to the event on time – we do like to wait for all participants to arrive. This may cause an event to start late but we feel a perfect opportunity to chat up the hosts, have a lovely refreshment and settle in. There is no set start time for the speed dating portion of the night – we like to wait for all daters to arrive, settle in and grab a refreshment before the speed dating portion. 

What is a SpeedDublin Dating ‘Date Mate’?A ‘Date-Mate’ means you have a match! You listed each other on the Top 5 portion of your scorecard and the email address you registered with will be exchanged with this person 24 hours after the event. Only daters that garner matches are notified approx. 24 hours after the event. Should you wish to be notified if you do not garner matches or have any inquiries after the event – feel free to email us at We’re here 24/7.

How long will I chat with my Prospective ‘Date-Mate’? Chat up your prospective ‚Date-Mates‘ 6-7 minutes at a time. Sometimes, for our larger events, this may be shortened by 1 or 2 minutes to accommodate all of the mini-dates in a timely fashion.

So Little time; So much to say. Don’t worry. In today’s world we tend to know in a matter of minutes if we ‘click’ with someone. You can also chat further with your prospective ‘Date-Mate’ at intermission or mingle after the event. Just have fun and go with it!How will I know I have any SpeedDublin Dating ‘Date Mates’ and how do I contact my SpeedDublin Dating ‘Date-Mate’? For daters that garner matches, you will be notified via email of your ‘Date-Mate’s’ first name and email within 24 hours of the event ending. Your ‘Date-Mate’ will also receive your name and email.

Can I return for free if I don’t get a match at an event?Unlike other speed dating companies that offer free spots to those that don’t receive matches, we take a different approach to returning guests. Those whom are delightful and absolutely lovely – are often invited back with discounts or with our compliments. This encourages a fabulous pool of daters others want to meet.

Is Food included with my SpeedDublin Dating ticket price?From time to time venues may provide light nibbles for the guests. This is at the venue’s discretion.

How long does a SpeedDublin Dating event last? The length of an event is based on the number of daters in attendance. Generally, our events last about 2 hours including intermission.

What Happens when the Event is over? That‘s up to you! Most Daters say this is when the fun really starts! Feel free to stay and mingle for as long as you want.

How Many People Will I Meet? SpeedDublin Dating events vary in size, anywhere from 16 – 40 singles register for any given event. 

Can I pay without doing it through the Internet? Register/Info Payment can only be accepted through the website. We only accept payment via our secure and encrypted checkout systems. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us directly at 1-866-WE SPEED.

What Should I Wear? Well the British always like to dress it up. However, dress how you feel. No riff-raff please.

I Am Older or Younger than your age ranges – may I still attend? Of course you may. Our age ranges are merely suggestions. We offer many age range categories. Please feel free to select the age range most comfortable for you. If you don’t see a range suitable for you please check back or let us know.

Will I be photographed or filmed? You will absolutely not be photographed or filmed without your prior consent. While we and our daters are often called upon for special filmed events, they are scheduled as private events and are by invitation only.

What if I don’t have the ability to act like a lady or gentleman?Oh dear – how unfortunate. We do have a zero tolerance for any rudeness – of any sort. We attract such great daters but find – as in life – not every dater is ideal. Our daters are also our product and we go to great lengths to ensure everyone meets lovely daters. We want the right daters not just any daters. Behavior short of lovely will result in a dater being banned from the company. This may upset some but we feel our daters as a whole appreciate the extra effort and we hope you do too.

Can you tell me more about your promotion for Cancer Awareness?We are super excited to announce our partnership with The Joan Gaeta Foundation for Lung Cancer Awareness. Our ‚Nights For Suzanne‘ is a great way to give back and have fun while doing it! Donate to any Cancer charity of your choice in the amount of your purchase – let us know you did – and we’ll add you to the guest list of your desired event. It’s that simple. For additional questions, feel free to contact us at

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STILL OPEN. STILL DATING. STILL NO. 1

If you’re thinking that nothing is happening during lockdown, think again! We are matching more couples than ever, who are ready to meet in person ASAP. to get started and make sure you are not at the back of the queue

The intention

It’s no secret that young New Yorkers are some of the busiest people around. Juggling long work hours, projects, networking groups and the like, there’s hardly time for a big fat relationship. New York City is a frontrunner in one night stands and casual sex; a typical Tinder date is scheduled for 9 or 10 PM at a local bar. With that said, the NYC dating pool is so massive that people are less likely to want to settle down before seeing more of who’s out there.

Dublin moves a little slower, and people are generally looking for something a little more serious. Whether that means consistently dating one person, finding someone to shack up with for the dark and cold winter, or someone to bring home to “Mam.” If an Irish guy digs you, he’s more likely to just tell you. He’ll play far fewer mind games than the typical New York male, which may lead to an actual relationship much sooner.

The publicity of your fling

In Ireland, one casual aspect of dating is the guy’s approach to bringing you into his circle. Men here would be more willing to bring you home to meet the almighty Mam or siblings at the start and would have no reservations in introducing you to his friends – depending on if you can have good “banter,” of course.

Maybe it’s the endless movie plots surrounding the subject, but “meeting the parents” is a far more serious ordeal in the US, signifying the “next step.” Additionally, the typical New York male might have reservations in introducing you to his friends until you can label your relationship. When he does invite you out for a night out with his pals, he’ll probably ask you to bring your girlfriends along.

The Mam

How can I not mention the force of the Irish mother? Here in Dublin, it, unfortunately, matters what your guy’s mother thinks of you. These days, if you’re dating in New York, you’re likely dating someone from Elsewhere, U.S., and so hangouts with your S/O’s family aren’t common because they don’t live nearby.

While being genuinely lovely and hospitable, Irish mothers may, behind the scenes, be skeptical or wary of your intentions with their beloved son – especially if you’re not Irish. To use a personal example, my partner’s mother (who I now spend time with regularly), has told me numerous times that she’s relieved I didn’t turn out to be “a typical American” (I’m still not really sure how to respond). However, she also says she’s relieved I’m not like his typical South Dubliner ex-girlfriend, “who was materialistic and wore too much makeup.” I guess it’s the mother’s way of saying “I like you,” while also saying “I have some expectations.” No pressure!

STILL OPEN. STILL DATING. STILL NO. 1

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1. Dating Apps

Ok these gay dating apps (or hookup apps as some people refer to them) may attract a certain clientele who are looking to get their rocks off – and quick – but it may also be where you meet the man of your dreams.

Profiles with a face picture. This one may seem obvious, but the seemingly never ending sea of headless torso profiles that populate the app are probably not going to be looking for a relationship.

Don’t despair! Hidden in between the torso profiles titled ‘NSA Fun’ and ‘Masc4Masc’ could be a diamond in the rough.

So, look for a face and start a conversation with something more interesting than “Hi”.

Think about it, if you’d rather have someone message you and complimenting you on the info on your profile, then someone else is going to feel the same way. So make an effort because first impressions are tough to break.

2. Gay Bars

Gay bars like The Front LoungeThe George can be a great place to meet new guys. You’re almost guaranteed that the men frequenting these places will be gay, so the chances of approaching a straight man and having an awkward moment are lower, and even if that does happen the man is in a gay bar so he’s probably going to take it as a compliment.

Having a drink or two can even help to lower your inhibitions and make approaching a guy that catches your attention easier.

Ok, so three pints in and you’re still not comfortable going up to the guy you’re interested in? Buy a drink for him and get one of the bartenders to deliver it to the guy. It’s romantic, makes breaking the ice that much easier, and sets you back by a tenner, tops.

3. LGBT Activities

From BeLonG To for LGBT youths, to the Emerald Warriors, to the Gloria LGB Choir, finding an LGBT activity that caters to your interests has never been easier.

That makes them the perfect place to meet a gay man who definitely shares at least one of your pastimes, which means that you’ll at least have one thing you can talk about on a date.

Keep an eye on GCN’s directory for info on when and where groups meet as well as contact details to enquire about joining in.

You can read GCN’s directory in our current issue which is available to pick up in all the usual locations, or you can read GCN online and on iOS here.

4. LGBT Groups At Work

If you work for a big enough company, you’re in luck. They probably already have an LGBT group for employees which you can join to meet gay men who share your passion in the professional sphere.

If your employer doesn’t have an LGBT group, and you’re feeling proactive, be the one to set it up. Contact someone in a company that already has one set up to find out the best way to go about it.

Certain professions like teachers, doctors and lawyers have dedicated bodies that provide a place for like-minded LGBT professionals to meet one another, so you might just find your future boyfriend at one of their meetings.

5. Gay Club Nights

Even though the Dragon closed it’s doors last year, Dublin’s gay nightclub scene has pulled through, with the Hub in Temple Bar now hosting some of the nights that used to be in the venue which is now home to Soder & Ko, and new nights like Sweatbox.

It’s 1am, you’re a wee bit intoxicated and you’re hoping to meet that special guy. Lights are low, bass is banging and you’re dancing up a storm.

But meeting the guy of your dreams in the middle of the dance floor is unlikely. The reason here is because when you can barely understand what the guy you’re grinding up against is saying, it’s hard to make a proper connection.

Our advice is to take things outside to the smoking area (even if you don’t smoke), where you can talk without shouting at the top of your lungs.

Tell the lucky guy that you’re going outside for some fresh air, and ask him if he wants to join you. That way you can get to know each other a bit better.

Once you’ve found a guy to date that you can bear to be around, you’ll need to go on a date with him.

For some tips and ideas, check out our Top 5 Romantic Date Ideas: Dublin guide.

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