3) A potluck—at your place. Potluck dinner parties are great low-key events—and perfect for meeting potential dates. Host one at your place and ask your friends to bring along their favorite single guys. But be sure to tell them that it's no set-up; you just want to meet them and see if there's chemistry. Because you're not in a loud bar or restaurant, it will be much easier to really chat and get to know them, and you'll also be able to judge them on how well they cook or what wine they bring.
4) Hardware store. What easier way to start a conversation than by asking what you need to install a dispose-all in your sink? Employees at the hardware store are friendly and available to talk to. And they may not make a lot of money, but they sure can be useful. Not into the employees? Ask that cute guy in the plywood aisle if he knows which shelves you should install in your closet.
5) Coffee shop. It's in your neighborhood, which can suggest shared interests or tastes. And you can judge from the book he's reading or the computer he's typing on if you go for the same things. You probably want to go scouting on the weekends, though; guys who are there mid-week might well be unemployed.
The point, of course, is to be out and about. The more new situations you put yourself in, the more guys you meet. And, as we all know, face-to-face evaluations are a lot more telling than pics and stats on your computer screen. In the long run, you'll save a lot of time if you meet your men during everyday life, rather than on the internet. Happy hunting!