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 (http://www.meetup.com/SFFBookClub/boards/thread/42446702) 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 hold these happy hours before speed dating a couple times a year, and we have had an absolute blast every time.
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.
We will be returning to Pentagon Row for this event (and for the speed dating after). With the winter being as apocalyptic as it's been, outdoor patios are not likely to be a feasible option, so we'll be holding our happy hour at Champps Americana (a few doors down from the speed dating venue). Champps is a fun restaurant and sports bar. Check out the menu here (http://www.champps.com/Portals/0/menu/pdf/OnlineMenu201403.pdf).
Directions and parking information for Pentagon Row can be found here (http://www.pentagonrow.com/directions/).