A man’s hookup guide for New Year’s

by GK on December 25, 2009 · 4 comments

Usually it’s other guys living vicariously through me, but for one night I’m counting on you bachelors. 

In years past, I’ve relished being a single guy on New Year’s Eve. It’s a night when the tables are turned and single women become the aggressors. Not all, of course, but many of them. For some reason, they can’t stand the idea of not kissing a guy at midnight, and even the young ones can turn into temporary cougars. Some will cry at midnight if they can’t make it happen. I’d feel sorry for them, but it’s a fair trade-off for the other 364 days when we need to take more initiative.

I discovered this on NYE 2002, when I hadn’t kissed a woman in about two years and was hanging out with one girl I’d liked but shown no interest in. My dry spell might have continued had she not asked me after midnight, “So are you going to kiss me or not?” That kick-started a fun year for me, and meeting randy women on New Year’s became something of a tradition.

This time when the ball drops, I’ll be attending my cousin’s wedding, dateless (it’s a long story). I can hope for a cute bridesmaid on the non-family side, but I’m not holding my breath. So it’s up to you to carry the torch for me. But I’m here to help. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Read my club survival guide: A lot of the same principles apply. New Year’s parties are typically high-energy affairs, so you’ll want to be prepared for that. And it’s even more important to consider logistics when cabs are scarce and some venues may get sold out in advance.
  • Plan a pre-party and afterparty. The pre-party is for friends and girls you might be interested in. The afterparty is for … well, I hope you know what it’s for. Try to have an even number of guys and girls at the afterparty, just so no jealousy issues arise. Make sure you have some snacks and drinks on hand, and have your gatherings near the party venue. If you have no other choice, spring for a hotel room. You might be glad you did.
  • See who’s checking you out: This is good advice on any night, but available women have a game plan on New Year’s especially, and they won’t waste time making their interest clear if you just look at them. So make and keep eye contact! If you like what you see, send her a smile and she’s bound to smile back. Do this in one or two laps around the venue, and you’ll have an idea of who’s available.
  • Act fast when the party starts. Not that you can’t meet a girl after midnight, but a lot of the good ones will get taken or get drunk by then. For reasons I’ve already stated, though, you should have no problems rounding up some prospects. In fact …
  • Don’t necessarily go for the first girl to hit on you: This can trip you up if you’re not used to it. If you like Girl A but Girl B is somehow thrust upon you, don’t feel obligated to make her your kiss (at least not your only one). Talk to her for a while, but politely tell her you’re going to keep mingling some more.
  • Wingman rules go out the window: Again, there’s a bit of a time constraint on New Year’s, so while I might help my friend with the spare girl for a little while, I can’t take a bullet for him the entire night. Your friend should understand, and he probably won’t need you all night. Still, I’d make it up to him if necessary by helping at the afterparty (which you have planned, right?).
  • Make your intentions clear to save time: If you’re not sure whether she’s on board for kissing or anything else, make sure she knows what’s on your mind. Just saying, “I hope you’re a good kisser — midnight’s just 30 minutes away,” can suffice.
  • Kisses alone don’t mean much: Club/party makeouts have a lower exchange rate anyway, but this is magnified on New Year’s. Sure, she kissed you, but chances are that’s all she wanted from you if you haven’t built any rapport. Now it’s time for you to lead, unless you want to risk her going back to her friends. In fact …
  • Consider NOT kissing her: This is my usual policy when meeting women I’m interested in dating. I found it interesting that last year on NYE, I made out with two girls, but I ended up dating another whom I didn’t kiss that night.  I don’t think that was pure coincidence. Finally …
  • If you’re seeing someone, bring her out: Sure, the lure of kissing a stranger can be fun a time or two. But it’s just cheap fun, usually, and it doesn’t compare to kissing someone I know and like. So don’t be afraid to make a date of it. My favorite New Year’s memory, in fact, is telling my then-girlfriend that I loved her for the first time as we danced to 80s music. Oops, that doesn’t support my playboy persona! Forget I said that! Kiss strangers!

I hope that helps you. Make me proud.


1 Andy December 25, 2009 at 1:52 pm

thats a nice one 😀

good job

2 MJ January 3, 2010 at 4:55 am

Good stuff – it’s the easiest night to get laid – bar none! I love it. Girls will just come up to you and ask questions like “how long till midnight?” etc. Have a quick 2 minute chat and if the vibe is good, kiss her, voila. It’s actually possible to move around and kiss a few different girls then return to your favourite or the one who really likes you will come find you 😉

3 JC January 4, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Gk, I want to thank you for this article. I was at a wild party on NYE and made out with the hottest girl there. A lot of that was because of your spot on tips here. Thanks man!

4 GK January 4, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Woo hoo! Thanks for making me proud, JC! It makes dancing to “La Vida Loca” with my family on NYE worthwhile.

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