Movies make meeting someone new look too easy. There's no way people run into each other on a jog, take one look at each other, and immediately fall in love, right? More often than not, people meet on dating apps, through friends, or on nights out — all options that can very quickly start to feel blah if you're on a steady rotation of "swipe, meet, ghost, get set up with your cousin's neighbor, meet, fizzle out, repeat." The good news is, there are tons of places to meet someone other than a bar that are loaded with potential, sans the smell of Clorox and tater tots that infiltrates your neighborhood dive bar.
The idea that you can meet your next bae at any time can seem a little intimidating. It's pretty safe to say no one wants to be "on the hunt" for someone to date 24/7. But when you think about the aforementioned on-screen movie meet-cutes, one of the things they almost all have in common is that two people met perchance and hit it off. Whether bars just aren't really your thing, or you're sick and tired of the same scene, as long as you stay open to the possibility of meeting someone new (wherever you are), you're already on the right track. Below, seven places where that might just happen.