August 4th, 2023. The Bar Beford, Moxy Hotel, Williamsburg, Brooklyn—-The Chaotic Singles Party takes on the Moxy Hotel with Tinder as a host. The Chaotic Singles Party is the brainchild event that went viral via TikTok, on Valentine’s Day of 2022 by Actress, Event Host, and Creator, Cassidy Davis. Cassidy rounded up her single friends and had them invite their long standing crushes from a dating app to an exclusive single’s only house party. She then shared this gathering online. The post went viral, pooling in well over a million views within days. The viral video picked up so much attention that it aired on Good Morning America, the Wall Street Journal, Insider, The New York Times, The Drew Barrymore Show, and KTLA 5 News in Los Angeles among others. Thus, the Chaotic Singles Party was born.
The Chaotic Singles Parties are held monthly all over the continental US in major cities, such as LA, New York, and Chicago (with a new surprise date and location, currently in the works). On average, between 200-300 singles attend these monthly gatherings in hopes to find their summer fling or forever thing. Impressed by the idea, and being one of the major dating apps in the world, Tinder swiped right on the idea of partnering with the “Chaotic Singles Party” creator to incorporate the popular singles-mingling event into their, “Singles Summer Series” initiative that encourages singles to meet by creating in-person experiences to connect.
A research study from Tinder discovered that “4 out of 10 young singles recently split from a partner”, or typically plan to weeks before the spring and summer months hit in order to be single and available to mingle. Eager to assist their happy swiping, Tinder launched their very own “Single Summer Series” to help the “newly un-cuffed” population get back out there into the physical dating world. This time partnering with the viral dating wave made by Cassidy’s “Chaotic Singles Party”; and where better to host the NYC event, than the coolest trendsetting hotel hotspot, the Moxy, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
To attempt to simulate the full experience of the “Chaotic Singles Party”, I joined Tinder and created a user profile in hopes I’d meet up with a match. I even had my friends and family vote on the spiciest photo for my profile. I set up a Tinder account a few days prior to the event; as it was my hope that one of the 99+ potential “right-swipes” would match with me and I could find a least one to invite to the party. Unfortunately, I did not swipe fast enough to match or build a connection in my area before the event on August 4th. Luckily, there were other eligible singles there who attended and had no pre-existing match either, so my options were wide open.
Located on Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, a destination cocktail bar, the Bar Bedford, awaited a room full of enthusiastic singles. The 21 + event welcomed me and my tiny entourage of +2 who did not know much of what to expect when approaching this beautifully low-lit cocktail bar. The Bar Bedford, the bar hosting the party, was designed by Bar Lab, the creative entity behind the Broken Shaker restaurant, housed in the Moxy Hotel. Upon entrance, we were greeted by the Tinder team who gleefully handed out name tags shaped in the form of the Tinder flame logos. The customized logos, which also included LGBTQAI+-friendly customized options, represented the guests’ “swipe-preference” type. Guests also had the option of entering a rally where they could win prizes for themselves and their matches. We quickly wrote our names down, attached our Tinder flames to our outfits, and got chaotic-wit-it.
Well, not too chaotic. The event felt more like, laid back chill-vibes, meets singles mixer all in one. It was everything that represented Williamsburg on a Friday night, “low-key, no pressure, and a moderately casual” ambiance. Present was a live DJ who kept up-tempo grooves in rotation for the evening with a blend of lo-fi, house, and EDM tunes. Guests sipped cocktails and flowed freely through the lounge, exchanging numbers, Instagram, and other social media handles; mingling with their favorite matches, new and old, and indulging in the opportunity to chat with more than one potential love interest.
A few guests, myself included, were interviewed by Cassidy herself, and shared details about our “Chaotic” party experience , our upcoming date plans with our new connections, and how easy it was to meet attractive new singles in a more public setting versus one on one pressures of a first date. The idea of a plethora of available singles all under one roof, looking to meet other hopefuls alleviated a lot of the first-time meet-up jitters. It was such a breath of fresh air for many singles who feel more comfortable crawling out of their pandemic pads, apartments, and remote jobs to make human-to-human contact.
For those looking to catch the next Chaotic Singles Party hosted by Tinder, here are a few “needs-to-knows”: Tinder members in New York must be 21 years of age or older to attend due to the sale, consumption and circulation of alcoholic beverages at the party. Tinder members do receive early access to the Chaotic Singles parties hosted by Tinder, allowing them first dibs to secure tickets before they are made available to the general public. Tinder ticket holders do receive preferred entrance to the events. Additional information for future upcoming Chaotic Singles Parties is provided on the Tinder app and Tinder website. Tickets allow entry for two guests – the member and a match they’re interested in exploring a connection with. Once the tickets go live, anyone 21+ is open to purchasing remaining tickets on platforms like Eventbrite (or wherever tickets are available for sale) to attend. Though it is encouraged, you do not need a date or connection to attend.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself at this Chaotic Singles Party hosted by Tinder and highly recommend those in search of a new hottie to take the plunge and swipe right.