The Exchange for singles

23 Feb

The Exchange Hotel
94 Beattie Street
Balmain

Percentage of surveyed men who were single: 80%

Percentage of surveyed men in a relationship who have single friends: 100%

Meat-o-metre: Connect with men over great conversations which will hopefully lead to dinner dates.

Prime time: Friday and Saturday nights

Crowd: Smaller crowd of straight, laid-back locals enjoying jugs of beer downstairs or cocktails upstairs.

Wing-girls: Maximum two. The space upstairs is quite intimate. You don’t want to overwhelm it.

Wears: Chic casual

Top tip: Upstairs is generally booked out for functions on a Saturday night. If no one’s at the bar, you’ll need to stay downstairs or move on.  

Like a Gemini, The Exchange has two distinct personalities. Downstairs is casual and familiar. Local lads relax with a beer, play pool or challenge each other to an arcade game. Upstairs is lush and loungy. Grab someone’s attention by sipping a martini in killer heels. The pub doesn’t attract the same volume of locals as other places because of the function rooms, but the crowd is relaxed, friendly and unpretentious. Men attending functions still use the main bar, so don’t write the evening off until you’ve conducted a full talent appraisal. It’s worthwhile mingling downstairs before investigating the crowd upstairs.

Manography

Ages of single men:
<20: 0%
20-30: 75%
31-40: 25%
41+: 0%

Professions: Sales, engineering, property management, IT

Interests and hobbies: Socialising; sport; film/movies

Clubs: Tennis; golf; ALF

Values: Family and friends (75%); career (50%); happiness/success (25%)

Cross Pollinate: The Oaks Hotel; The Pickled Possum

Best ‘burbs: Balmain; North Sydney suburbs (Kirribilli, Neutral Bay, Crows Nest)

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