A few weeks ago my friend dragged me out to a Match.com event with her. Since I’m forever single, I figured I should really go and try and meet someone.
It was held at a Brewery. I love beer, so of course I’d love to meet someone who loves beer as well. And if I didn’t meet anyone, at least I’d enjoy some good beer, right?
The day began with a hilarious Uber ride in a swank Mercedes, quite possibly the nicest car I’ve ever been inside in my entire sad life. Of course, the driver got lost in the wilds of Etobicoke. Then, to make things more complicated, the entrance to the brewery was hidden in the back of the building, and we had to cruise around a strange industrial area until we found it.
We walked inside, arriving ten minutes before the event was supposed to start. The email said to be there right at 2 p.m., because the brewery tour would start exactly at 2!
There was nobody there. I was expecting someone from Match to be a host greeting us at the door and telling us what to do. But there was nobody there. So we went outside and hung out in the parking lot for a bit.
We decided to go back inside after awhile, and suddenly the bar area was packed! We had been sitting near the front entrance, so how did these people get here? Apparently they also got lost, and entered through the back door. Hilarious.
We stood by the back wall for a few minutes trying to figure out what to do. Eventually we put it all together and went up to the bar to get a name tag and our complimentary beer sampler. We took a seat at the large table in the middle and two men joined us. We introduced ourselves and talked about which beers we liked best. As this was our first Match event, we asked if they’d ever been to one before. They both said they go to Match events often when they don’t have any plans.
They were nice enough and I’m glad we managed to mingle a bit, which is the whole point of the event. I thought it was kinda sad that other people were just sitting alone. Trust me, I am the shyest person ever, but the whole point is to try to meet someone at a Match event.
Eventually a brewery worker gathered us together and took us on a tour of the brewery. To be honest, I’ve toured a few breweries and they’re all kinda the same. This one was interesting though because it’s still an independent brewery and the small team share duties, everything from front desk admin stuff to sticking the labels onto the beer bottles. The tour guide was really cool and fun to listen to. (Was he single?)
After the tour, the group gathered again at the bar for another drink. Me and my friend hung around the bar and chatted with one of the guys we met, and then another guy joined our group. The conversation bored me as the men started talking about condo construction, and then I had to use the restroom.
When I came back, everyone was gone!
Ok, not everyone. But practically everyone from the event had left. The two guys we had been chatting with had also left. The only people left were my friend and another guy. Who somehow invited himself out for dinner with us.
Which fine, I was okay with. The whole point of the event was to meet someone. He had driven into the city from another suburb, so he probably didn’t want to go home right away.
He had a car, but we called an Uber to take us to the Bier Markt. Which ended up being only a short walk away. Really, we could have either used his car to drive five minutes over, or we could have walked.
We all ordered some food, had more drinks, and discussed how complicated dating is.
And then, that was it.
I don’t know. Was it worth it? Sure? I mean, it wasn’t super horrible. Nothing super awkward happened. Maybe if it was more organized, like with some ice breakers, it would have been easier to mingle? Although I guess the whole point of an unstructured event is for us adults to introduce ourselves.
But I found it weird that some people were just there, and just left so easily when it was over. Maybe they just didn’t see anyone worth introducing themselves to?
I still haven’t joined Match. I really should, but UGH dating is so hard.
Me and my friend made plans to attend two other events in March, but then she broke her arm and I sprained my neck.
Conclusion: dating is HARD.
Result: I am STILL SINGLE.