Please join us for a happy hour and get-together, aimed to fortify the resolve and expand the awkwardness-tolerance of any members attending the Speed Dating for Science Fiction and Fantasy Lovers event immediately afterwards, and to provide everyone else with general entertainment at our expense. You do not have to attend the speed dating in order to enjoy this happy hour. We held a happy hour before speed dating last November, and we had an absolute blast.
Speed dating can be a bit stressful or intimidating if you've never given it a try, so relaxing with your friends from the group beforehand should help everyone go into the speed dating event with a little more ease and confidence. And for our single members, whether or not you think you're seriously interested in meeting someone, we do urge you to come out to the speed dating event (treat it as an anthropological study into the courtship rituals of our people); at the very least you'll probably end up with some amusing stories, and who knows, you might meet someone awesome.
Nando's is a great South African casual dining chain with a Portuguese-Mozambican theme. The sangria and wine and beer lists are quite good, and the food is delicious. Check out the menu here. Happy Hour pricing (including half price pitchers of Sangria) will last until 6pm, so please try to arrive on time to take advantage of it.
UPDATE: Nando's has generously reserved their entire outdoor patio for us, so we'll have plenty of space to circulate and enjoy the happy hour. But the weather is likely to be between 85-90 degrees (though we'll be in a courtyard with some good airflow), so if you're planning on speed dating afterwards, you may want to plan your makeup and outfits accordingly.
Directions and parking information for Pentagon Row can be found here.