5 ways to find love in San Diego


Tired of binge-watching Netflix shows alone while scarfing down chips, pretzels and ice cream? (That’s called emotional eating, BTW.) Can’t bear another conversation about how great someone else’s boyfriend or girlfriend is? Ready to finally give up the single life for good? It’s time to get up off the couch and do something about it.

Yes, San Diego can be a tough area for dating (especially serious dating), but there is hope and opportunity right outside your front door. Don’t know where to start? When swiping just isn’t cutting it, check out these ways to meet your future love match. Get out there; Cupid’s arrow is waiting.

Match and Magic

“If love is the battlefield, Jessica Pelligra is the Commander in Chief,” proclaims this matchmaking service, which just so happens to be run by the same person that helps set up couples on monthly PACIFIC blind dates. With a degree in psychology and background in personal development and coaching, Pelligra offers three levels of services: Enquire, which includes two dates, meetings and personal coaching; Executive, which ups the date number to three; and Elite, which includes five dates, meetings, date planning and preparation, personal coaching and styling. Rates run from $1,500-$5,000.

Lock & Key events

This interactive dating event takes the idea of happy hour and blends in a unique twist, giving men keys and women locks. When you arrive, you are given the opposite key or lock and set out in a social scavenger hunt to find your match. Each key matches two to three locks, so there are several possibilities. Once a match has been made, you return and start over. The more matches you make, the more entries you receive in the night’s raffle, with prizes including cash, hotel stays and gym memberships. Interested? Sign up for their party announcement list here.

Cloud 9 Speed Dating

With locations in San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County, this dating service has Southern California well in hand. Quick, easy and fun, speed dating events provide multiple opportunities for those looking for love or just a fun night out away from the couch. Cloud 9 also offers matchmaking and personal coaching services. Head to the website to see upcoming events for 20s and 30s groups as well as 30s and 40s groups.

Singles Meetups

With a substantial list of singles options, you are sure to find a group that fits your age, style, and personality. Examples include “Single Parents,” “Single Social Introverts,” “Active Singles Adventures,” “Gay Men Singles,” “Single Lesbians” and “Tall singles.” And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Simply click on the groups you like, request to join and sign up for upcoming events. Now go to it.


Combination speed dating and matchmaking service, this British-run and inspired service states “Let’s get cheeky!” on its website. Featured on CBS, Bravo, VH1, and in the New York Times with its unique UK style, the events are understated and cater to a hip, sophisticated crowd. Guests arrive at Upper East Bar, a rooftop space at Hotel Solamar in downtown San Diego, where they are given a SpeedSD “Date-Mate” Scorecard, and participate in a series of six-seven minute dates. Head to the website to check out scheduled events and matchmaking services.