Tough Love

Five reasons it's difficult to date in Denver—and what you can do about it.

February 2009

No. 4: Transplant Troubles
By Ashley Inman

So you left your family/job/church/sports loyalties—your life—in another state to move out here. You're not alone. Metro Denver's population is rising significantly, and has been growing at a pace quicker than the national rate since the 1930s. About 53,000 people migrated to the Denver-Aurora metro area between 2006 and 2007 alone. What that means for singletons is a tougher time connecting; with a reduced network, you'll need to start fresh to rebuild your tribe. The best way? Find something to love, and someone to love may follow. But you knew that. To help, we've rounded up a list of not-so-obvious groups where you'll find your passion, your people—and maybe a terrific date.

Common Tables
Take turns hosting dinner at home for a prearranged "table" of four to eight people organized on the basis of their different religions, spiritual beliefs, philosophies, cultures, and geographic residences. www.commontables.org, $35 annual fee

Marquee Club
Join other theater buffs for VIP events and open-bar pretheater soirées before the four Denver Center Theatre Company shows included in a subscription. Bonus: a discount at the Rialto Cafe, which might come in handy for dates. www.denvercenter.org, $500 per membership ($368 tax-deductible)

Team Evergreen
Colorado's largest cycling club hosts weekly mountain and road bike rides, social events, special trips, and general bike-related forums. Ride recreationally or compete with the racers. www.teamevergreen.org

Museo de las Americas
Denverites keen on Latin culture or improving their Spanish skills rendezvous for tapas and drinks at Spanish Happy Hour at the Museo the third Friday of every month. www.museo.org, $8 per happy hour

Irish Snug Running Club
Group runs (a manageable 5K) leave from the Snug on Colfax every Thursday between 6 and 6:30 p.m. More than 2,000 members make the free post-run pasta buffet a buzzing social scene (one time we're sure we brushed elbows with Travis, from The Bachelor). www.irishsnugrunners.com

Green Drinks
No, the drinks aren't green. But the growing crew of biz owners, academics, and nonprofiteers who imbibe at Double Daughters the last Thursday of every month (check the website for other Colorado locations) do toast to all things sustainable. www.greendrinks.org

Tango Colorado
No need to bring a partner to the weekly tango practices and milongas hosted by one of the largest tango clubs in the country. Don't sweat it if you're no Julianne Hough—it's strictly social. www.tangocolorado.org, $8-$10 per class