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The Place: Weather Up, a casually trendy, slightly claustrophobic, $11-cocktail lounge in Prospect Heights. The Time: Saturday night, 9:42. The Mission: Chat up every person in the bar.

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1. ROBERT BOYLE
36, Astoria, carpenter.
JULIE SANDY
29, Astoria, assistant prop master.
Robert: We met in London working in the same large, damp set-design warehouse. It was a long walk from the tube, and I used to give her a lift on my Vespa.
Julie: When we first moved here, we went out a lot more. Two or three nights a week. Sometimes I think I’m not as fun as I should be.
Robert: She’s more about going out than I am. I’m seven years older than she is, and I don’t feel that inclined to go out anymore. I sound like a grumpy old man.

2. LITTLE WING LEE
35, Park Slope, interior designer.
PAUL GALLI
36, Park Slope, furniture designer.
Little Wing: My parents named me after a Jimi Hendrix song. That’s the whole story; you can download it. We’re going up the street to hear a friend spin after this.
Paul: But we can’t seem to get our drinks.
Little Wing: We met at Oberlin and have been married for five years. Oberlin has this crazy thing—it’s like, 80 percent of people marry each other.

3. ERIC MORGAN
30, Prospect Heights, commercial real estate.
There’s a party for me in Fort Greene that I’m working my way over to. It starts now, but I’ll probably roll over there in an hour. This girl here, Kate, she’s feeling me. We exchanged numbers, but I sort of have a girlfriend. I’m committed to her, but I’m going to remain social. I’m going to go out and have fun. I think Kate is cool and fun.

4. KATE TELFEYAN
28, Prospect Heights, PR.
Rachel and I are just starting off for the night. It’s our first time here, and we’re checking it out. We were at the Brooklyn Museum earlier in the day, where we made clay animals—none keep-worthy. This guy, Eric, started talking to me, but nothing’s happening, because he has another party to go to. I got his digits, though.

5. RACHEL FERM
25, Prospect Heights, children’s-book editor. Kate and I live next door to each other in this neighborhood. I was her intern at Simon & Schuster and took her job when she quit. That guy talking to her isn’t my type, so I’m texting my friend to pass the time.

6. JESSE PYEATT
27, Park Slope, architect.
BETH JERABEK
26, East Village, advertising.
Jesse: We’ve been dating for six months, but it’s a complicated story.
Beth: We’ve known each other since we were 16; we went to high school together in Santa Fe. He was interviewing for jobs here last spring, so it just worked out. But we weren’t already dating when he moved here.
Jesse: I mean, not really.
Beth: We were friends with benefits, except we didn’t have sex.


1. DANIEL DONAHUE
30, Clinton Hill, waiter.
My favorite drink here is the Brooklyn. It’s like a darker, edgier Manhattan. I think it’s rye whiskey or bourbon, vermouth, bitters, and orange peel. I’m not looking to meet anyone tonight. Getting a phone number is pretty easy. Getting the girl to answer is much harder.

2. CELESTINE ARNOLD
29, Prospect Heights, consumer-trend spotter.
Saturday is amateur night. If I’m going to have a wild time and get drunk, it’s going to be on a Tuesday. I was out all fucking week, dude. Shana and I became friends this summer because she looks like that. Well, she’s cute—let’s be honest. If she had had a wart on her face, it would have been a totally different story. I’m kidding, I’m kidding!

3. JESSIE PASCOE
28, Boerum Hill, Web writer (right).
GABBY WARSHER
28, Gowanus, blogger.
Jessie: Gabby and I went to college together in Minnesota. We met freshman year when we were both chain-smoking outside our dorm.
Gabby: We’re both in fairly long-term relationships, but we’ve met many disreputable boys together. We both met former boyfriends at the Cherry Tavern in the East Village. Mine was a heroin addict. Her boy had a problem with thieving and got arrested for stealing a clarinet or something.

4. SHANA SANDBERG
30, Prospect Heights, architect/bartender.
Okay, I don’t just like Celestine because she’s pretty. She’s really sharp and also doesn’t take herself too seriously. I love this shawl that I’m wearing. I got it when I went to India a few years ago. Every day I’d go for a swim in the Ganges. It was ice-cold, you have no idea. And this shawl was my post-swim wrap.

5. ROSE GORDON
28, Lefferts Gardens, editor.
There was a wait at the restaurant across the street, so they sent us here. After I came in, I realized I had read about it in Time Out. The sneakers I’m wearing don’t really fit here. I feel like this place is trying to be, you know … $11-cocktail-like.


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