Happn Meeting new people can be awkward and intimidating — especially when you're just arriving in a new place. Whether you are traveling, or moving to a new city, the idea of going up to random people and striking up a conversation can be terrifying. They connect you to people you can share a meal with, locals who want to party with tourists, and even people who share your same taste in music. They help you find real friends who you share deep common interests with. And, of course, there are a few that have found innovative ways to get you a date. BonAppetour is an app that connects travelers — or even locals — to great home restaurants in a city. A home restaurant is when a chef or skilled amateur cook gives you a restaurant-quality dinner in their home. You share food, conversation, and get to know the local cuisine a little better.
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The app spans from rooftops in Rome to Paella-making workshops in Barcelona. A lot of apps like Tinder simply show you people within a few miles of you. Happn goes one step beyond: When you open it on your phone, you're greeted by a collection of other users with whom you've physically crossed paths with throughout your day. You can then reach out to people who caught your eye, and if they're interested, you can message each other and take things from there.
Party with a Local connects travelers to locals and expats nearby who — you guessed it — want to party. You can even check their profiles and reviews. This app makes it easy to know which random strangers around you are actually open to grabbing a drink with a tourist. Wildcard is a bit like Tinder for networking. You create a card which shows who you are and what you are looking for, and then try to match with others.
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If matched, their card goes into your virtual Roledex. You can also join and create decks, which are collections of people based on events or locations, and serve as a shortcut to finding potential connections. Grouper diffuses the awkwardness of a first date by setting up groups of friends with one another. You anonymously choose friends-of-friends to meet, and when you both pick yes (like Tinder), the app plans a grouper for you, which is drinks with your friends and theirs. MeetnGreeted is an app for getting a local travel concierge.
It is more commercial than apps like Party with a Local, but it's still a way to get help with your travel needs while actually meeting an interesting person in the process. It's like having your own personal fixer who can help you with all the little annoyances of traveling. It's sort of like Cragslist Missed Connections, but you can search by your flight information. Sure, it's a long shot, but what do you have to lose? But Bumble's twist is that the woman has to be the one to start the conversation — and matches disappear after 79 hours (though there is a feature where men can extend one match per day a further 79 hours).
Beer? ! Is an app with a single purpose: to ask your friend out for a beer. Like the app Yo, it's a little silly in its simplicity.
The only message you can send is Beer? This app is for when you really just need to get a drink with someone.