30. Austin Sports and Social Club

In the interest of expanding my social circle, I willingly signed up for summer kickball when my friend, Juliana, was putting a team together.  For 8 weeks, I’ve committed to playing the game with my co-ed team against a new team every week.  It’s fun, light-hearted competition that makes socializing with different people every week inevitable.  We chose to play kickball because basically everyone who went to an American elementary school knows how to play the game, meaning anyone can play.  It gives us all a reason to get out after work, enjoy the outdoors and laugh – get a bunch of your friends together over a playground game like kickball and you’ll laugh a lot!  What I discovered is that meeting men in this setting is so easy.  The games are fun and the atmosphere is playful.  Best of all introductions are expected so the pressure is off.

Austin Sports and Social Club offers a variety of sports at varying skill levels from which you may choose.  If meeting great guys is your objective, start a team with a handful of your girlfriends and have them recruit male friends for your team from their social circles.  Instantly, there’s a new group of guys for you to get to know in a place where it’s easy to do so.  Eight weeks means 8 games and 8 scheduled opportunities to meet someone new.  Go out and play!


29. 24 Diner – North Lamar & 6th Street (The Counter)

I don’t mean to write about so many restaurants, but when I find a great Hot Spot I’ll share it.  Think about it, though.  When you’re single and you’ve got a lot going on, you eat out a lot because you don’t have time to cook – at least that’s how it goes for me.  My haunch that single guys eat out more than they eat in.

24 Diner is yet another eatery.  The best part of this place is not the food, it’s the counter.  When I was waiting with friends for a table, we were standing near the counter waiting for a few minutes.  During that short period of time, my friend Kelley and I struck up a conversation with 3 different single men eating breakfast for dinner at the counter, two of which were complete strangers and totally handsome.  Had I not been with 4 other friends, I would have joined them.  Oh, well!  Next time I’m hungry, I’ll definitely belly up to the counter at 24 Diner and go it alone.  By the way, Kelley met one of those guys for a bicycle ride.  We’ll see. . .

28. The Gym?

Forgive me for stating the obvious but, yes, the gym.  Ever since I was in high school, I had a membership to my local gym.  To be completely straight about it, I was so intentionally aloof that I wouldn’t make eye contact with anyone while I was there.  Any man who dared to strike a conversation with me was met with my own version of the Heisman.  In fact, to many of them I was outright rude.  Yep.  I was that girl.  Nice, huh?  My goal was to work out and then get out.

My goal now is still the same, but my attitude is much different.  When I went to Pure Austin with my friend, Jane, I was far more aware of my surroundings than I have ever been.  As I was looking around, I noticed a lot of guys there working out too (I know, I know.  Big surprise!).  It made me ask myself, why wouldn’t this be a great place to meet a nice guy?  Then, I remembered all of the men who had tried to talk with me and I didn’t give them the time of day.  The reality is the gym is a great place to meet a nice guy!

So, this ends up being a Hot Spot and Relationship Tip rolled into one.  The Hot Spot is:  ladies, join your local gym and go work out there.  Although I love the place and know a ton of great guys who work out there (hint, hint), it doesn’t have to be Pure Austin.  If you don’t already have a gym membership, pick one that’s convenient to either your home or office (except a place like Curves that’s for women only).  Then, go.

The Relationship Tip is:  be approachable.  Actually, I already wrote about this (see Relationship Tip #6).  I’m taking my own advice, by the way, but that’s a post for another day.

27. Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q on 620 (Lunchtime)

Whenever I go to Rudy’s I get their jalapeño sausage (They call it a “hottie!”  How appropriate!).  So far, it’s the best I’ve ever had.  I never thought of it as a Hot Spot.  Yet, there for a business lunch with a bunch of guys, I probably shouldn’t have been so surprised to find that I was really outnumbered by the men at the Rudy’s on 620.  Every table in this place is a long, family-style, picnic table with lots of chairs or picnic benches if you sit outside.  What that means is that you’ll likely sit beside someone you don’t know.  That’s okay though because the atmosphere is really homey, comfortable and social.  You can’t help but notice the noise level when you eat here for lunch.  It’s easy to take a seat at any table and make friends with the people around you.  In fact, there were plenty of folks walking around introducing themselves to people at other tables and saying, “Hi!” to friends they knew.  Keep in mind, if you’ve never been to a Rudy’s before there’s a beverage and condiment hub, of sorts, that makes conversation inevitable.  I’ll tell you, make this your next stop for lunch if you happen to be in the neighborhood during the week.  This is a terrific lunchtime Hot Men Hot Spot.

Special Invite From YMBL To My Readers

It’s finally starting to get warm enough here in Austin to wear pretty dresses and strappy sandals when we hit the town.  YMBL (Young Men’s Business League) is the #22 Austin Hot Men Hot Spot and they’ve invited us to their annual Spring Fling on Thursday, April 21st.  This is your ideal opportunity to get dressed up for an awesome social event hosted by some really cool, ambitious, fun, handsome men.  Buy your ticket early; they’re giving us a $10 discount when we use this code:  SF@YMBL. Round up some of your girlfriends and head on out.  See you there!

26. Oak Hill Golf Range – Highway 71, west of MoPac

Finding this Hot Spot was a stroke of luck – pun intended.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven by during the day and there was nobody there.  Sunday evening, just before the sun went down turned out to be key.  Oddly enough, I just put my golf clubs back in storage last weekend.  After all, the winter’s over and I no longer need the coat rack.

When I showed up at Oak Hill Golf Range, the place was packed.  Nearly every slot on the range was occupied and the only other woman there was sitting in a chair beside her husband’s space watching him whack at the little yellow balls.  Once I was in the office, I spoke with one of the instructors, Jimmy, who wholeheartedly agreed that this is a Hot Spot.  “I met my wife here,” he said with a smile.  One can’t argue with results like that.

Jimmy explained that times to go here are in the mornings and the evenings after work, especially as the summer draws closer and the days get hotter.  I suggest Sunday evenings, for obvious reasons.  There are lights so, daylight or not, you can practice your swing.  Incidentally, they hold a Ladies clinic on Thursdays at 7pm.  For $20, you get professional instruction and a bucket of balls.  You don’t even need to have your own clubs because they have some you can use on site.  I suggest you hit the head before you come out here though; if you need to pee, you’ll have to use the port-o-let.

25. Hopdoddy Burger Bar – 1400 South Congress

What do beer, burgers and fries have to do with men?  Apparently everything.  That’s why I’m adding Hopdoddy Burger Bar to my list of Austin Hot Men Hot Spots.  If you’re hungry and don’t mind eating out of paper containers with plastic utensils, plop yourself down at Hopdoddy Burger Bar on South Congress and grab a beer, burger and fries; that’s pretty much all that they serve here.  This place keeps it simple, which is probably the appeal for its patrons, and what they do they do well.  One of my best girlfriends loves this place and all things on the menu, including the beer.  There for a late dinner on a Thursday night, she and I were 2 of probably only 10 girls in a space that was otherwise packed with men of all sorts, thereby making this a great Hot Spot.  I’ve been there once before with her on the weekend a tad earlier in the day and this was not the case.  So, as with other Hot Spots, it would seem that timing is everything at this place.  The entire wait staff here is flirty and fun, lending itself to the light-hearted, social atmosphere.  When you’re starving for a burger after a long day at work, make the most of your late dinner during the week and head over to Hopdoddy Burger Bar.