After being dragged on speed dating nights and 'social events' Melanie, founder of Speakeasy Does... began to wonder if we even remember how to interact with human beings?
"The lost art of socialising is often blamed on developments in online dating; where a date, partner or friend is selected based on geographical convenience, age and how good one looks in holiday pictures. 'Chat' is a terminology now associated with Google and Facebook while Tinder has turned choosing a potential soulmate into an actual game."
In a bid to counteract this new online dating malarkey Melanie started Speakeasy Sitting Room, "the 'Antidate' to Tinder, Grindr and all things 'unsocially social'"
Taking inspiration from the last time social gatherings were without anxiety - children's parties of yesteryear, Speakeasy Sitting Room is an invitation only event where you can sit on the floor and play Hungry, Hungry Hippos with complete strangers whilst necking alcoholic sweets.
I can see how a chat up line can be more bearable if it is couched in an invitation to play Connect 4.
To get everybody interacting we were divided into two teams. I know what you're thinking but no it wasn't PE all over again and no it wasn't painful. A player from each team had to pick a Scrabble tile from a bag and depending on if they drew an A or a P played Articulate or Pictionary. I'd never played Articulate before. But reader, I RULED at it.
I didn't meet that special someone, but I feel I learned something about myself. I'm really, really good at describing something - without using the word itself.
The next Speakeasy Sitting Room dates at Manero's in Dalston are:
TUESDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2013
TUESDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2013
AND at The Other Club
MONDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2013