Single in the City: How to meet people in Boston

Ah, Valentine’s Day. An annual reminder to show the ones you love just how much you love them with a cheesy Hallmark card and a box of Russell Stover’s.  For others, it’s just another annoying holiday that rolls around once a year to remind you of your single status. Maybe you’ve tried online dating with no avail and the bar scene just isn’t cutting it. What’s a single guy or gal got to do around here to meet people, anyway?

offline-romance-love-date-internet-valentines-day-ecards-someecardsBoston is a tough city to break into for people who are new and looking to expand their social circle or meet potential dates. Many people have turned to online dating to meet new people in their city, but the fact is that good old fashioned “meet cutes” still happen, and with our connections to tens of thousands of active professionals, we’ve got a few ideas for you.

Many Bostonians have come to appreciate the more organic (“throwback”, if you will) social platform that BSSC provides: put together a group of people with similar interests, provide an activity around that interest, and let them take it from there. For some inspiration this Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d provide you with a little BSSC love story!

Liz and Courtney BSSC love storyWhen Liz Barry moved to Boston from Philadelphia several years ago, she was set adrift in the post-college world where, for the first time, there was no built-in community to rely on. Liz tried meeting people in bars, but had difficulty striking up true friendships there. A year after her move, Liz wanted to learn how to snowboard, so she joined a BSSC weekend ski trip that would change her life.

Liz and Courtney Dean Wedding BSSC love storyOn that trip, Liz met her now-husband, Courtney.  Liz’s BSSC membership has created her entire social circle here in Boston and has provided a gateway to real friendships. “The people I met through BSSC are quality people with the same interests and lifestyle as me,” says Liz, 28, who now leads ski trips for the organization. “And we now do activities outside BSSC events, like going out for lunches or hikes.”

Rock the Boat party cruise BSSC friendsBSSC provides a wide variety of well-organized sports leagues and activities like skiing, travel, zip line & rappelling, volleyball tournaments, Sox games and pub crawls, but for many, BSSC’s greatest value is the people they meet. By virtue of being social and active, the events spark a sense of camaraderie and community that go beyond the activity itself.

Coed Newton Indoor Soccer champs“That’s the most gratifying thing about my job,” says Nancy McGeoghegan, BSSC’s sales & marketing director. “BSSC organizes thousands of events annually, but the best part is seeing life-long friendships, and even romances, develop and evolve from people being passionate about what they do.”

So don’t let Valentine’s Day get you down (and don’t spend it surfing for your next date, either). Check out the social activities at BSSC and challenge yourself, have a great time and make a friend or a romantic connection!


BSSC’s Winter Warrior Pub Crawl Brings Together Boston’s Bravest!

Winter Warrior Pub Crawl_2013Going out and staying social in Boston during the winters is not for  the faint of heart. With the shorter, darker, colder days dragging out for 6 months, trekking out in subzero temps can seem far less appealing than a night curled up in your Snuggie catching up on your DVR. Well, we at BSSC challenge the winter blues! For those brave enough to still look for things to do in Boston this winter–our Winter Warriors, so to speak–we’ve got the perfect opportunity to jumpstart your social life and shake off that Snuggie!

Group on StreetLucky for us all, Boston’s got many bars and pubs in close proximity, making a pub crawl the perfect antidote to a sluggish social life–even in the dead of winter. The historic Faneuil Hall area boasts over 30 bars alone, and all within mere steps of each other, making it a perfect pub crawl spot. A quick walk between bars will certainly lessen the blow when that brisk February air hits you, and that is precisely the reason we chose Faneuil as the location for this year’s Winter Warrior Pub Crawl.

We’ve partnered up with the fabulous Jim Beam to bring you an outstanding lineup Winter Warrior Pub Crawl_2013 (5)of drink samplings & shots. For those of you who aren’t in-the-know about this global corporation, Beam has many liquor & spirits brands under their umbrella, including: Red Stag Bourbon, Kilbeggan Whiskey, Pucker Vodka, Sauza Tequila, and Skinny Girl products to name a few. So what does that mean for you, dear pub crawlers? Variety, and lots of it. Here’s the scoop:

  • Winter Warrior Pub Crawl_2013 (17)When/Where/Time: Sat. February 23rd, Faneuil Hall, starting at 1pm (meeting time, 12:30pm).
  • Crawl Itinerary: 1 hr stops at Ned Devine’s, Sissy K’s, Wild Rover (formerly Trinity), Black Rose, Coogan’s and Jose McIntyre’s
  • What’s Included: Winter Warrior Pub Crawl T-shirt, drink specials, apps at 4/6 bars, swag & glowsticks, a wicked awesome day out
  • How much?: $15 for BSSC Members, $20 for Non-Members, and GROUPS save big when you buy 5/$50!

Click here to sign you & your friends/teammates/coworkers up for this slope-alternative day of winter fun, or invite them on Facebook here!  It’s an amazing deal- besides, can you think of anything more fun to do on a Saturday afternoon in February? Didn’t think so.

Get Snowcial at Waterville Valley & Wachusett!


This winter sure seems to be making up for the dismal end to last year’s ski season, doesn’t it? Every mountain in the New England area is booming with business and open trails, with nearly all of their trails open for skiing and riding and TONS of snow- and pretty great snow, too! Sure, you can hit up just about any mountain in the New England area solo and have an amazing day of skiing/riding, but riding solo can get boring after the first couple of runs and lift rides on your own.

Skiing & riding with friends is a great way to stay active and social throughout the long winter months, but what if your friends aren’t so keen about slope-side activities? Meeting new people in Boston can be tough, but when you share a common interest in snow sports, the ice is immediately broken and you have something to talk about–and do–all day!

We think that the social aspect of skiing and riding is the best part of the experience of a ski trip, which is why we’re introducing BSSC’s Snowcial Events! Snowcials are BSSC trips for those looking to meet new people in Boston who share their love of snow sports  (and an après beverage or two!). We’ve come up with some new events this season that are tailored specifically to enhance the fun social experience of skiing  & riding. Here’s what we’ve got in store this season…

  • BSSC Feb Apres Ski Party 031Snowcial on the Slopes: An all-day event that includes skiing/riding, games, après ski party and more! Feb 10 & Mar 3, @Waterville Valley.
  • Friday Night Party Bus: Unwind after a long work-week with a quick bus ride to hit the slopes & the slope-side bar!  Mar 8 @Wachusett Mountain.
  • Après Ski Parties: Your chance to head downtown for a drink & an app on us, win some cool prizes (free lift tickets, anyone?) and meet some fun people to hit the slopes with! Feb 6 @McGreevy’s, Mar 6 @The Greatest Bar

Click here to sign up for any of these fun events and for a list of all the great day ski trips we have coming up this season, and be sure to check out our social page here for a full list of the great events we have coming up!