Dating in Spokane, Washington (WA): Resource Guide for 2019

Interested in dating in Spokane? Located in Eastern Washington, Spokane is a vibrant college town that is centered around Gonzaga University and the perennial NCAA powerhouse Gonzaga Bulldogs basketball team. While the winters can be cold and snowy, it’s a temperate place throughout the year and despite its small size the town always has something going on.

Best Spokane Dating Sites

For Singles: Match.com

MatchMatch is a great resource for singles in Spokane. Spokane is a small city compared to metropolitan areas like Seattle or neighboring Portland, Oregon. That means that the candidate pool for online dating is smaller than ones found in big cities, and as such Match is the most well-known and therefore most active online dating site.

Since Match is a trusted dating site, there are more locals on the site looking for fellow locals, and Match’s robust platform will connect you to people who share similar interests and allow you to explore at your own pace. The free site will let you search the profiles but you’ll need a paid membership to communicate with anyone you want to meet.

As a dating site, Match is one of the best services available because of the ability to upgrade to a paid account and find people who are serious about making connections. There is limited access to the site via the free version of the service, so if you’re serious it’s best to use the paid site to find people. Match offers monthly, 3-month and 6-month package deals with discounts available for the 3 and 6-month packages.

For Professionals: Elite Singles

elitesingles reviewMany Gonzaga graduates go on to achieve great success and so there are some very affluent members of the community in Spokane. Elite Singles is the perfect way to find people who share similar educational backgrounds and who are looking for compatibility based on more refined standards. While the pool in Spokane won’t be as big as other cities you’ll find that there using Elite Singles to narrow down your options is a huge benefit.

Elite Singles is a great resource for people looking for serious matches, including CEOs and other titans of industry. They use a proprietary formula to match people to 3-7 matches each day, which means you can’t search openly on your own and must wait for the site to send matches each day. However, these matches tend to be college educated (this is a selling point for the site) with a slightly older clientele than the rest of the dating sites, usually in their 30s and older, and so this site is perfect for mature business professionals.

Elite Singles offers a free service with limited resources, and different levels of paid membership that offer more perks like unlimited communication.

For Seniors over Age 50: Our Time

our time in austinOur Time is a great resource for mature relationship seekers, and Spokane is home to a very large community of retired people over 50 who have either lived there for the entirety of their lives or who moved to Spokane to retire. You’ll see a lot of those seniors out enjoying sporting events on Gonzaga’s campus or traveling to watch the team play when they’re away. Our Time is the perfect way for Spokane seniors to find people who share their interests and help them make a connection.

Our Time offers an upgraded service that offers unlimited email and messaging between matches with packages ranging from one to six months.

For the LGBTQ Community

All of the top dating sites offer the ability to search for gay and lesbian matches, with Match being the most LGBTQ friendly thanks to the site’s easy to use interface. The ability to search listings and instantly connect (through a paid membership) helps to circumvent the lengthy process of waiting to be connected to people who match your profile.

Spokane has a vibrant LGBTQ scene and using Match will help connect singles who are looking to meet people, and it helps that there are lots of gay-friendly bars and hotspots that make perfect date night settings.

For Hookups: Adult Friend Finder

Spokane is a comparatively small city so people looking to hook up will have a harder time finding matches locally. However, with these things in mind Adult Friend Finder is still a great place to find someone to hook up with for a night or weekend. The caveat is that you might need to expand your search beyond Spokane if you’re not finding what you’re looking for.

For locals, AFF offers plenty of people looking to have some fun with no strings attached. Adult Friend Finder has a free platform, but the upgraded version of the site comes with more profiles and more options to communicate with people who catch your eye.


Best Dating Apps in Austin

All of the major dating sites offer their services through an app, which is free to download and use, and it can be connected to your paid account. Both Match and Zoosk are great dating apps, as both offer the ability to search profiles and connect with people directly and that’s much easier on a smartphone than navigating questionnaires and surveys in order to meet people.

Tinder is also a popular app in Spokane, given the large number of college students living there. While some college students turn to Match and Zoosk, the trend is that Tinder definitely appeals to a younger crowd.


Best Dating Bars for Singles in Spokane

With so many amazing bars and restaurants in Spokane it’s hard to narrow down the best locations to meet singles in town. The Entertainment District is always a hotspot. We picked three of the most buzzworthy spots to meet or hang out with Spokane singles, but quite frankly you don’t have to go far because there are local hot spots all over town.

The Davenport

The Davenport is a four-star hotel that was built in the 19th century but offers all of the modern amenities you come to expect, all wrapped up in a beautiful and elegant package. The Davenport is literally the heart and soul of Spokane and it’s where all of the celebrities stay when they’re in town. There are several fine dining options in the hotel that make for great date nights, but there’s also the Peacock Lounge where people gather and socialize into the night. 

Sapphire Lounge

Sapphire Lounge is a very trendy bar located in Spokane’s Entertainment District. Since it’s in the middle of all the action there’s never a dull moment and no matter what time of night you’re there you’re sure to find someone to talk with. There is a food menu and a variety of craft beers and wines to choose from in addition to standard bar fare.

Zola

Zola is the place to go in Spokane. Ask anyone where to go to meet people and the answer is always Zola. They offer live music every night of the week, but what most people love is the fact that the whole bar is full of repurposed “stuff” that has been made to function anew. There are carnival rides made into booths and just about anything else you can imagine. Funky and inventive, you’ll always have something to talk about at Zola.


Speed Dating in Spokane

There aren’t many speed dating options in Spokane but Pre-Dating Speed Dating is one of the most active speed dating sites out there with lots of events in the city.

EventBrite offers a calendar of speed dating events across Spokane each week and you’ll find that there are quite a few events planned at any given time. The events are open to everyone but some are geared toward specific groups. These are ideal for locals looking for a meaningful connection or for anyone looking to meet new people. Keep in mind, though, that most of these events do have fees attached to them.


Spokane Dating Events & Clubs

Meetup offers a number of singles groups in Spokane, and they all offer events within their respective groups that cater to that group’s interests. In fact, they have events almost every night! One of the best reasons to use Meetup is that Spokane is a small city and attending events makes meeting people even easier.

As mentioned above in the Speed Dating section, EventBrite offers all kinds of dating events for a wide range of Spokane residents. Between EventBrite and Meetup you’re bound to find something that suits your needs.


Dating Chat Rooms in Spokane

Sometimes you just need someone to talk to, and possibly connect with, if the spark is there. Though they might be considered outdated, chat rooms are still popular with lots of people and there are a few in Spokane that offer a selection of people to talk with. Some of the top dating chat rooms in Spokane to check out are:

These are free services but be forewarned that it’s a mixed bag of people that you’ll find so be prepared to do some searching for people who meet your interests.


Personals in Spokane

Like chat rooms, most of the personals sites in Spokane are hookup sites, but the personals are often different in that some offer people who aren’t as familiar with the mainstream dating sites (or who don’t want to pay for them) and so they’re resorting to the most basic form of online dating. They also offer the ability to post free ads for other people to see.

Most personals feature very direct requests for hookups or encounters, so if you’re looking for a more substantive connection then Match or another paid service is really where you need to be.

Mingle2 and Book of Matches offer free personal ads with the ability to upgrade. There isn’t much offered by way of security because none of these are actual dating sites, and as a result they’re a mixed bag of serious inquiries and hookup requests.


Things to Know about Spokane Dating

dating in spokaneSpokane is not exactly a melting pot of cultures outside of the diverse college campuses around which the city is built. Spokane is home to two major universities: Gonzaga University, and Eastern Washington University.

In terms of demographics, according to the 2010 census Spokane had the second largest population in the state with approximately 217,000 people. Spokane is predominantly caucasian, with 87% of the population listed as white, 5% Hispanic and roughly 2% listed as African American, Asian and Native American. Pacific Islanders and Russian immigrants are the two groups that are starting to change the landscape of the city with continually growing numbers.

Spokane is not particularly a religious city. There are large groups of Catholics and Protestants, with three Jewish congregations and one mosque, which opened in 2009.

Despite its size, Spokane is considered very LGBTQ friendly and was named the third “gayest city” in the nation in 2013.


Wrap Up

While Spokane is a smaller city there are still plenty of places to go to meet people, and online dating sites like Match will offer a great assortment of people to meet. It helps that the city also has lots of fun places to go where meeting people will happen organically, making Spokane a great city to find love.

Spokane Dating Review

Summary

Spokane has the “university town” feel with two major universities and a strong student population leading to an open and diverse culture for everyone to enjoy. 

Overall
4.1
  • City Vibe
  • Diversity
  • Things To Do
  • Openness

Pros

  • Large and diverse student population
  • Accepting community
  • Many outdoor activities

Cons

  • Not much of a “city” life
  • Minimal things to do

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