Before online dating, lots of folks met possible mates in a bar, and now one online dating service is doing their part to start making that happen again.
The online dating app Bumble is opening a coffee/wine bar in New York to help people meet each other. Bumble Brew is expected to open in Manhattan’s SoHo area in the fall, and will serve as a coffee house during the day, and then switch to a bar with food at night, with the options geared specifically toward the dating crowd. “No spaghetti—nothing that would be awkward on a first date,” Bumble’s chief of staff Caroline Ellis Roche shares.
And Bumble Brew isn’t all about dating, although there will be a lot of two-top seating which will be perfect for couples. The hope is that it will help Bumble expand from just dating to networking, with the establishment set to offer a variety of programming, including BFF parties, networking events, chef demos, date nights and more. There will also be some communal tables to satisfy groups.
As for why the Austin-based company decided to open their first spot in Manhattan, the company says it’s because New York has the most active market, with over 40% of their 60 million-plus users residing in the Big Apple.