It’s really just a nice, normal bar with some dart boards and a pool table, although it gets pretty crowded on weekends, and it’s the sort of place where you can start a conversation with a random person without seeming too weird. And, while you probably won’t dance, it’s nice to know that you can.

Mostly, people just stand around talking to each other here, so if you need some company, stop by and grab a beer.

It’s a cross between a dive and a cocktail bar, and it almost feels as if it was airlifted in from the outskirts of Las Vegas.

Bearded Lady is a friendly neighborhood bar in Prospect Heights with a 1960′s feel.

The colors are bright, the barstools are comfy, and the small, open space encourages socializing.

It kind of looks like a cross between a cabin and a big wooden boat, and there’s also a big backyard where you can usually infiltrate a birthday party. If you’re on the Upper West Side, and you need a place to eat a burger and play Jenga, go to E’s Bar.

So the next time it’s decent outside, head out there and try to make friends. It’s a big, long space with a bunch of tables, a jukebox, and a stack of board games. And, if you get hungry, there’s a menu of things like burgers, nachos, and tacos.

That’s twice as true on weekends, when the crowd is thick and actively seeking company.

Stop by for cheap drinks and a conversation that will cost you very little but might pay dividends.

You don’t need to own the dog, but you should say that you do. Up front there’s a long bar, and in the back you’ll find darts, skee ball, and pool.

The only way to get any privacy is to tuck yourself way back into a booth, so chances are you’ll talk to a stranger.

Whether you're a newbie or a weathered vet in NYC, you've probably heard that the dating scene in this metropolis is rough.