Matchmaking services have been around since ancient times. Whether it was orchestrated through family, friends, a yentl or, in modern times, by a business, the idea of arranged dates has evolved along with technology, customs and lifestyles. The concept of “SpeedDating” was actually trademarked by Rabbi Yaacov Deyo of Aish HaTorah. In 1998, at Peet’s Cafe in Beverly Hills, the first recorded speed-dating event was held. Speed-dating has its supporters and its detractors, for obvious reasons, but it has become a mainstay of contemporary urban dating rituals. The reason – it provides a face-to-face opportunity for busy singles to meet others looking for romance in a controlled, time-limited manner, allowing daters to meet many more prospects than they would through old-fashioned or virtual means. Speed-dating events abound in Philadelphia, as they do in other major metropolitan areas. Before signing up for a speed-dating event, check online reviews of the sponsors of events being considered. Ask friends, associates and acquaintances who have experienced the process for advice. Then get out there and go for it.
HurryDate Philadelphia Speed Dating
Fire & Ice Restaurant, Bar & Lounge
312 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(267) 273-1003

Dates: July 25 and Aug. 1, 2013

HurryDate sponsors various speed-dating events. In July and August, there are two events at Fire & Ice Restaurant, Bar & Lounge. The one-night events each feature 10 to 15 five-minute speed dates. For more than 10 years, the HurryDate company has hosted speed-dating events for thousands of singles. As with most speed-dating events, daters are supplied with a score card, on which they can request to see certain individuals twice. Event officials will match interested parties, and then the choice of making arrangements for an actual date are left up to the individuals involved.

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Date & Dash Philadelphia
Bleu Martini
24 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 940-7900

Dates: Click here for events

Date & Dash in Philadelphia sponsors parties for singles throughout the year. In July and August, events are being held at Bleu Martini in Old City. Following each speed-dating event, there is an after-date party held. Dress is business casual, with no hats or gym shoes permitted. All guests are provided with a number tag and a match card for the dating portion of the event. Each date lasts between three and eight minutes, and a 15-minute break is held to allow visits to use the restroom or to make drink runs. Results are emailed to customers within 48 hours of the event.

Venue TBA – Old City
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(877) 215-7464

Date: See website for specific events specializes in providing a variety of speed-dating experiences for a variety of age groups and special interest groups, such as fitness lovers or older women seeking younger men. Each event is designed to be as stress free and relaxing as possible. It provides a safe environment operated by experienced staff. Guests receive a pen, a match card and a card to participate in an ice-breaker game. A mixer is also part of the agenda. Dates last five to seven minutes.

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