No doubt you’ve already got a collection of pickup lines you keep on hand, right? Maybe you drag one out when you meet a woman and need something to say. “Is it hot in here, or is it just you?” And maybe it’s even worked — once? Maybe twice?
Or maybe, when it comes right down to it, you just don’t feel it enough to pull it off. If you can’t say it with conviction — “Hey, if I followed you home would you keep me?” — it’s just going to fall flat.
In any case, you’re reading an article about the best pickup lines for meeting women. Which suggests that you’re still in search of that magic phrase, that golden line that will make her fall all over you.
“Have you heard the one about the obese polar bear? No? Well, it’s just an icebreaker.” No, that’s not the Magic Line… but it might be a step in the right direction. The best pickup lines are icebreakers. If you plan to open with, “If you were a booger I’d pick you first”, you’d better have a great follow-up to recover from the awkward silence that is pretty much guaranteed to follow. But if your line actually invites a response, you’re more likely to get somewhere.
A humorous line can be great if you can pull it off. But the problem with all your favorite pickup lines is that she’s heard them before. And they stop being funny the second, third, or four-hundredth time she hears them. If she’s attracted to you, you might do well. But that’s because she’s attracted to you, not because of your winning pickup line. You might just as well recite the soliloquy from Romeo and Juliet. Which may, in fact, work better.
So what are the best pickup lines? Believe it or not, “How’s your day (or night)?” gets high marks for effectiveness, if not for style. It lets her respond, and invites her to start talking to you.
Also popular is the Unsolicited Compliment opening. Try to avoid the obvious, though. Everyone else will be telling her how beautiful her eyes are, how warm her smile is. So look for something unique, something reflective of her personality. Unusual jewelry, a tattoo, ideally something that might have a story you can ask her about. Again, the point is to get her talking to you.
I’ve found, too, that asking for ID can be a great pickup line. Though it works best (and perhaps I’m showing my age here) if the woman is over thirty. And buying alcohol from you. But in those circumstances, I’ve found that women respond very well. So if you’re able to use that, please be my guest.