Wouldn't it be great to know exactly the right thing to say to grab that certain someone's attention and create an instant rapport between you?
Whatever your ultimate intention, finding the perfect introduction line to meet a stranger can be daunting, so I asked some singles to share either their favourite or most excruciatingly worst pick up moments.
Remember, even the most witty and charming lines won't work if used in the wrong situation or to a non-receptive person, and most of the time there's no way of knowing until you try. Keep a sense of humour, have fun and don't take rejection too seriously. If you're relaxed and enjoying yourself, you're already on the right track.
Favorite One Liners
- Would you mind holding this while I go for a walk? (Offer hand)
- Do I know you? Well how about we fix that. Hi. (Introduce yourself)
- I think you're gorgeous and I would have kicked myself if I hadn't at least tried to introduce myself
- Is it hot in here or is it just you?
- Would you like to dance? (Dance, don't grind!)
- Do I know you from somewhere?
- It's entirely possible that I might like you a little bit
- Hi. (This really does work)
The Best Pick Up Lines
I was sitting on my own at a café. A guy came up to me and, casually grabbing the back of the empty chair at my table, asked, "Is this seat taken?" I said no, so he immediately sat down on it opposite me and gave me a cheeky grin. We ended up having coffee together and swapping numbers. Sometimes the simplest ideas work best.
This man wouldn't leave me alone at the bar. Even when I tried to move, he followed me and kept trying to pick me up. I thought I was going to have to leave just to get rid of him. Suddenly this other man came out of nowhere and said to me, "Sorry babe, the bar was busy. I got you a wine." It took me a moment to realise what he was doing, but then I caught on and said, "Thanks honey", and took the drink he offered. The annoying man quickly left, and I spent the evening with my rescuer. We've been dating ever since.
I met my girlfriend when she accidentally mistook me for someone she knew. She was very embarrassed and apologetic, and we ended up chatting. She eventually admitted (after we had started dating) that she did it on purpose.
I just met a guy with a group of friends, and the first thing he asked me was, "Are you Norwegian?" Then we were interrupted, but I kept wondering why he'd asked me that. Later on we got talking and ended up going home together. I still don't know why he asked me if I was Norwegian, but it was such a weird, intriguing question that it made me think about him all evening. I think that might have been his plan.
I had a woman walk straight up to me, look me in the eye and say, "You're gorgeous! Want to buy me a drink?" It was such a turn on. Best pickup line ever.
It's How You Say It
I have a buddy who is convinced that girls love foreign accents. He always pretends to put one on whenever he wants to pick up. It seems to work most of the time too.
So Bad They're Funny
- Stop, you have something on your face ... it's beauty
- Are you a beaver? Because ... Dam!
- If you were a vegetable I think you'd be a cutecumber
- You smell like trash. May I take you out?
- Are you a banana? Because I find you a-peeling
- Can I buy you a drink, or do you just want the money?
- Do you sleep on your stomach? No? Can I?
- Did you fart? Because you blew me away
The Worst Pick Up Lines
Zip, Zero, Nada, Zilch
He walked right up to me, looked me up and down and said, "Nice pants. Can I test the zipper?" Ummmmmm. No.
A guy once told me that he liked me because I had "boobs like his mom". I'm sure he meant it as a compliment, but I was just freaked out.
Apart from all the cheesy sexual approaches, the worst I ever heard was the guy who said to me, "I know I'm not the best looking guy here, but I'm the only one talking to you." I just walked off and talked to someone else.
A girl came up to me at the gym and said to me, "So, are you going to swipe left or swipe right?" This isn't Tinder, sweetheart, it's real life. Crazy!
I cringe at any pick up line that involves his body parts or mine. I've heard dozens, and not one is clever or sexy. Maybe some women like to be picked up with crude, suggestive one liners, but I think most guys who do this end up with a slapped face and go home alone. Just don't.
I was dancing in a nightclub and one guy was paying me particular attention. He seemed attractive, so we left the floor together. The first thing he said to me was, "Hey Babe! There's a party in my pants and you're invited." Needless to say, I declined the invitation.
Keep It Natural
While pick up lines can be funny, and can sometimes break the ice and get you noticed and remembered, most people prefer a genuine approach. Well known sayings can sound contrived, and those who use them can be labelled as players. This defeats the original purpose, which was to meet someone. Just saying 'hi' or engaging him or her in casual conversation is often the most successful approach.
What's Your Favorite?
Do share. If you have an exceptional pick up line, please share by commenting below. I'd love to hear your best and your worst examples. What worked for you? Which lines got you slapped? What made you run screaming from the room?
Over to you!
Person on August 28, 2018:
Pick up lines are stupid...
I Love Nerds on February 07, 2017:
You had me at "Hello World." :D
herpointofview (author) on November 26, 2016:
Hilarious, Kathleen! I must remember that one :)
Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on November 26, 2016:
Too cute! My favorite response to a pick-up line: I thought we might grow old together, but you grew old real quick.