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Love: easy as A, B…

28 Mar

AB Hotel
225 Glebe Point Rd
Glebe

Percentage of surveyed men who were single: 56%

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.  (daytime); A good venue for some light-hearted flirting over a glass of champagne.  (evenings)

Prime time: Friday night and Monday trivia nights

Crowd: Locals of mixed ages and persuasions. Younger, funkier crowd enjoys the courtyard on Sunday afternoons and cocktails at night. Older crowd enjoys good food and watching the game downstairs.

Wing-girls: No more than three so you can sit on a communal table or couch.

Wears: Funky casual downstairs, glam casual upstairs at night

Top tip: Visit more than once as different times in the week attract different crowds.  

Like a sample bag from a fashion show, the AB offers a cross section of inner west male society. Cruisy and laid-back during the day, you’ll find the locals unwinding after a round of their favourite sport or tucking into a meal. In the evening, men from the broader community indulge in cocktails while listening to live music. Trivia night is popular, so grab your girls, form a team and brush up on your general knowledge. Attending regularly will help you get to know your competition. The staff are worth meeting too. Friendly, fun and cute, your champagne will taste even bubblier.

Manography

Ages of single men:
<20: 11%
20-30: 44%
31-40: 34%
41+: 11%

Professions: Trade; accounting; hospitality

Interests and hobbies: Socialising; sport; drinking

Clubs: Martial arts, soccer, ski

Values: Family and friends (78%); Drinking (33%); Skateboarding/creativity/money (22%)

Cross Pollinate: Town Hall Hotel (Newtown); Edinburgh Castle Hotel

Best ‘burbs: Glebe; Newtown; Balmain

When love came to town

21 Mar

Town Hall Hotel
326 King Street
Newtown

Percentage of surveyed men who were single: 56%

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 (evening) which turns into a good venue for some light-hearted flirting over a glass of champagne later on.

Prime time: Fridays after 10pm

Crowd: Friendly, straight, relaxed crowd of locals after work, with things heating up later on.

Wing-girls: Maximum three. Room on the balcony is limited.

Wears: Casual

Top tip: Cash in on the after work crowd between 6 and 7pm.

The Town Hall is a modest pub, overshadowed by its more glamorous neighbours. The men you’ll find drinking here are much the same: genuine and down-to-earth. The after-work crowd isn’t huge but it’s predominately male and single. In the evenings, the music’s low and the atmosphere casual, an ideal combination for friendly banter. Later on the tempo increases and the crowd thickens, drawing men who aren’t up for the more intense vibe of Bank Hotel. Don’t let the gaming room downstairs put you off. Head straight upstairs and enjoy the bounty of this hidden treasure.

Manography

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

Professions: IT, community services, finance, administration

Interests and hobbies: Live music; socialising; time with pets/reading/beach/sports

Clubs: Sports clubs; community welfare clubs

Values: Family and friends/music (60%); security (20%); pets/beer/work (20%)

Cross Pollinate: The Golden Barley Hotel; The Courthouse (Newtown)

Best ‘burbs: Newtown; Enmore; Surry Hills

Single unity

7 Mar

Unity Hall Hotel
292 Darling Street
Balmain

Percentage of surveyed men who were single: 33%

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

Meat-o-metre: A good venue for some light-hearted flirting over a glass of champagne (afternoons/evenings) which turns into a true meat-market later on. Slip on your sexiest outfit and have fun.  

Prime time: Later on Friday and Saturday nights

Crowd: Jazz-lovers and locals downstairs, guys wanting to pick up upstairs.

Wing-girls: Not too many or you might not get in

Wears: Casual downstairs, glam casual upstairs

Top tip: Take a few fun girlfriends. Some nights you might need to BYO entertainment.

The Unity is the pub people move on to when everything else closes. Because of this, the crowd tends to be on the inebriated side. If you’re not up for some alcohol-fuelled flirting, hit the taxi rank and head home. On weekends there’s usually a live jazz band downstairs. Upstairs is a nightclub which sometimes doubles as a karaoke bar. Ladies looking for the real nightclub experience will be disappointed, but the less intense vibe here is the perfect arena to show yourself off in. Loud music will limit conversation but will encourage other kinds of communication.

Manography

Ages of single men:      
<20: 0%
20-30: 100%
31-40: 0%
41+: 0%

Professions: Property management, trade

Interests and hobbies: Socialising; drinking; sport/relaxing

Clubs men belong to: Rugby    

Values: Family and friends (100%); beer (50%); money (50%)

Cross Pollinate: The London Hotel; The Welcome Hotel

Best ‘burbs: Balmain

Courting for singletons

29 Feb

The Courthouse
202 Australia Street
Newtown 

Percentage of surveyed men who were single: 60%

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 nights and Sundays. Very popular on public holidays when lots of non-locals drop by.

Crowd: Mixed crowd of locals or people who work nearby. Good blend of artistic and sporty guys who are friendly and ready to chat.

Wing-girls: Three at most.

Wears: Artistic casual

Top tip: The courtyard is a great place for dinner but be sure to move back to the bar when you’re finished, where it’s easier to approach men and be approached.

The Courthouse is the Newtown equivalent of The London Hotel. After work, local residents and employees gather around the bar to wind down. Although the crowd’s mixed, there are plenty of straight men whose relaxed and friendly natures make them approachable. The pub attracts a broad range of ages too, helpful for the more mature lady. Sport is usually on the TV screen near the bar. Why not cheer on your team with the men? The pub has a strong Newtown personality: diverse, artistic, socially conscious and open-minded. If you like the neighbourhood, you’ll love the men at The Courthouse.

Manography

Ages of single men:
<20: 0%
20-30: 44%
31-40: 23%
41+: 33%

Professions: Media, community services, mining, corporate strategy

Interests and hobbies: Sport; socialising; beer/creative pursuits

Clubs men belong to: Writing group; live music group; cycling club, scuba club, sailing club, trivia

Values: Family and friends (56%); career/alcohol (33%); books and reading (22%)

Cross Pollinate: Kelly’s on King; Gaslight Inn; Toxteth Hotel

Best ‘burbs: Newtown; Erskineville; Glebe; Surry Hills

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)

Fertile plot for singles

8 Feb

3 Weeds
197 Evans Street
Rozelle

Percentage of surveyed men who were single: 78%

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 or Sunday for the locals

Crowd: Interesting, funky, intelligent men with a sporty slant and a laid-back attitude.

Wing-girls: Maximum four. Kick the night off with a round of pool and invite a few guys to challenge the winners.

Wears: Funky casual during the day, glam casual at night

Top tip: Spend some time in each section so everyone gets to check you out.

Not convinced a Balmain man is right for you? Cross The Border (aka Victoria Road) and head to this fabulous pub, which attracts men from all over Sydney. Funky younger guys can be found in the upstairs pool room or in the courtyard if it’s warm. The older crowd heads for the front bar, which also has pool tables. The food’s delicious but don’t linger in the dining area. Mingling is tricky when everyone’s seated. Check out the talent while you eat, then suss out which room it heads to after. Music remains at a civilised volume, perfect for flirting.

Manography

Ages of single men:
<20: 0%
20-30: 72%
31-40: 14%
41+: 14%

Professions: Finance, construction, trade, healthcare, engineering, IT, entertainment, corporate strategy

Interests and hobbies: Sport; drinking; being outdoors/beach

Clubs men belong to: Rugby; water polo; baseball

Values: Family and friends (57%); work (57%); honesty/trust (29%)

Cross Pollinate: Tank Stream; Hunters Hill Hotel; Ivy Bar

Best ‘burbs: Paddington; Drummoyne

A playground for singles

2 Feb

The Monkey Bar
255 Darling Street
Balmain

Percentage of surveyed men who were single: 69%

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

Meat-o-metre: A good venue for some light-hearted flirting over a glass of champagne.  (daytime or evenings), A true meat-market. Slip on your sexiest outfit and have fun.  (later)

Prime time: Friday and Saturday nights

Crowd: Straight, fashionable, crowd-conscious guys who are ready to flirt.

Wing-girls: As many as you like but don’t create an intimidating crowd.

Wears: Glam casual

Top tip: Catch the post-work crowd on Friday then stay for the later-comers.

The Monkey Bar is true to its name. It’s definitely a bar, not a pub and for singles, it’s a playground. Although it’s known as a place to pick up, don’t be put off. The men are friendly, fun and usually not sleazy. The light-hearted mood makes it perfect for flirting. Catch the locals after work on a Friday, then stay for a dance. As the music gets louder, more and more non-locals will join you on the dance floor. Be careful not to get tucked away upstairs or at the short end of the bar. Just like in real estate, location counts!

Manography

Ages of single men:
<20: 0%
20-30: 27%
31-40: 27%
41+: 46%

Professions: Corporate strategy, engineering, trade, customer service, entertainment, finance, IT, science and technology

Interests and hobbies: Sex/sport; socialising/drinking; travel/water sports/music

Clubs men belong to: hiking, soccer

Values: Family and friends (91%); sex (36%); lifestyle (18%)

Cross Pollinate: The London Hotel

Best ‘burbs: Balmain; CBD

Marlie, manMap and me

25 Jan

The Marlborough Hotel
145 King Street
Newtown

Percentage of surveyed men who were single: 77%

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

Meat-o-metre: A true meat-market. Slip on your sexiest outfit and have fun.  (weekend nights), A good venue for some light-hearted flirting over a glass of champagne.  (weekdays, afternoons)

Prime time: Friday and Saturday nights

Crowd: Blokey, live music lovers. Younger crowd upstairs. Student nights during the week.

Wing-girls: As many as you like. The space is big enough for all your friends.

Wears: Casual downstairs, sexy casual upstairs

Top tip: Chat to guys before the music starts so you’ve got a reason to dance with them during the set.

The Marly is layered with possibilities. At street level, the boys are ready to appreciate live music over a beer. It might be too loud for conversation but bonding over a favourite song is a great way to make new friends. Venture upstairs to the Level One cocktail bar for more sophistication. If someone takes your fancy, lead the way downstairs to The Cellar where the lighting’s low and the leather couches are perfect for getting better acquainted. Check the website for events like State of Origin screenings. They’re sure to bring in the boys!

Manography

Ages of single men:
<20: 10%
20-30: 50%
31-40: 40%
41+: 0%

Professions: Sports industry, media defence, engineering, finance, IT, community services

Interests and hobbies: Socialising; sport; drinking/sex/watching Foxtel

Clubs men belong to: various sports clubs

Values: Sport (47%); work (40%); family and friends (33%)

Cross Pollinate: The Rose of Australia (Erskineville); Clock Hotel; AB Hotel

Best ‘burbs: Kings Cross; Newtown

Single men of the inner west

4 Jan

Plentiful of pubs and outdoor spaces, the inner west is a great place to search for men. More than half of the men surveyed in this area were single. That’s right ladies! Odds are that one in two men in an inner west pub will be single and more than happy to talk to you.

With its waterfront, multicultural communities and creative inclinations, the inner west offers a smorgasbord of delights for single women. On the doorstep of the city, many young professionals move to its suburbs to enjoy the convenience of a short bus ride to the CBD without sacrificing the perks of suburban life.

This is great news for single ladies. Suburbs which attract people to them because of location and lifestyle naturally create good local pubs. Regardless of your tastes, desires or hopes, you’ll find a scene that interests you. From the alternative and artistic streets of Newtown to the sporty and entrepreneurial haunts of Balmain, the inner west is so rich with diversity that different crowds can be found in neighbouring pubs. Friendly, laid-back and open-minded, this area will provide you with many delightful encounters. Here’s a good place to start…

The London Hotel
234 Darling Street
Balmain

Percentage of surveyed men who were single: 52%

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 nights and Sunday afternoons

Crowd: Straight, sincere, down-to-earth locals who enjoy sport and love their pet dogs.

Wing-girls: No more than three so you can mingle on the balcony.

Wears: Smart casual. Avoid overdoing it.

Top tip: Make sure you don’t end up tucked away from the throng in one of the rooms behind the bar.

Looking for a typical Balmain guy? Make a beeline for The London. Devout patrons pay their respects most days after work and on Sundays it feels like every man in Balmain is there. The locals aren’t territorial though. They’ll welcome you as though they’ve invited you into their home. Because it’s such a friendly pub, it’s a great place to start your manhunt, particularly if you’re shy. The lack of loud music makes chatting easy and the three-sided bar is perfect for smiling at someone on other side of the room. With a mix of ages, interests and professions, there’s something for every girl.

Manography

Ages of single men:
<20: 10%
20-30: 50%
31-40: 20%
41+: 20%

Professions: Trade, property, hospitality, self employed, advertising, sales, IT, finance.

Interests and hobbies:  Sport; socialising/women; drinking/time with dog

Clubs men belong to: football (Tigers), sailing, motorcycling

Values: Family and friends (86%); work (29%); happiness/beer/sex/pet dog (14%)

Cross Pollinate: The Welcome Hotel

Best ‘burbs: Balmain

Happy 2012 singletons!

28 Dec

Hello lovely readers,

Well it’s been an age and a bit since I last posted, which is very negligent but I hope you’ll forgive me when you hear why. The end of 2011 turned out to be a wonderful succession of good news for me. After I received my ASA mentorship, my novel and I were awarded a fellowship from the NSW Writers’ Centre. And after that I was offered a job at the Australian Society of Authors. All these events made me realise that it’s time to put manMap aside and focus of finishing my novel, which is my true (writing) love.

manMap has been a fantastic experience and although it’s ending prematurely, I don’t regret any of the nights I traipsed through Sydney alone, in search of single men. I feel more confident talking to strangers and I visited places I’d never ventured before. Over the course of my 623 interviews, I went to 55 different pubs, bars and public spaces and of course, entered the Land of Blogging. I met some great people and only had a handful of bad experiences, which goes to show that at the end of the day, we’re human beings and most of us are willing to help someone else out.

To give manMap the ending I feel it deserves, I’ve decided I’d post the sections of my manMap guidebook which I’d already written, in the hope that you’d find it useful. I’ll post once a week until I run out of manuscript. Apologies for any double-ups that occur because I’ve posted info as I interviewed over the past eighteen months.

Thank you so much for your support, comments, emails and well-wishes. I hope 2012 is a year filled with all the things you’ve been hoping for.

All the best,
Lucie.