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Single and looking? Here's where you can find love in D.C.

Thursday - 5/31/2012, 12:38pm  ET

Dating tips and advice

Christine Nightingale, matchmaker

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Katherine Flynn, special to WTOP

WASHINGTON - Meeting new people can be tough in D.C. The city is well known as a place many people flock for jobs, leaving their familiar social networks behind.

So WTOP consulted Christine Nightingale, a principle and owner of Premier Match, an upscale matchmaking service for singles seeking long-term relationships and marriage, to find out where to meet other singles.

Nightingale developed a guide to bars and restaurants, divided by neighborhood, after taking a poll of her clients. And now, exclusively for WTOP, Nightingale further divides her restaurant and bar guide based on age range. Here they are:

Restaurant and Bar Guide

  • 20s-30s: Capitol Lounge; Sonoma; Asylum; Madams Organ; H Street corridor; Russia House; Mie N Yu; Thunderburger.

  • 30s-40s: Napoleon; Proof; Degrees Bar and Lounge, Georgetown (Inside the Ritz Carlton); Smith Commons (H Street corridor); Biergarten Haus; Agora; Cafe Citron; Four Seasons; 18th Street Lounge

  • 40s-and above: Napoleon Bar; Proof; Smith Commons (H Street corridor); Biergarten Haus; Agora; Cafe Citron; 18th Street Lounge.

  • Two websites Nightingale says can be helpful for singles who want to meet others on their own are "Event Me" and Biznow's "The Scene."

    "Event me" allows individuals to sign up for activities that interest them and the site then sends automatic emails with the date and time of new events. The site is free, and provides an alternative for those who may not want to pay for pricey drinks or stay up too late in search of a perfect dance partner.

    Biznow "The Scene" provides a succinct list of future events in D.C. ranging from informal to formal.

    "Black tie events are a very effective way for a single person to meet new people," Nightingale says.

    Send us your tweets @WTOP with your favorite places for meeting other singles. Use #singledating

    WTOP's Maria Hallas contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.

    (Copyright 2012 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)