Grouper (www.JoinGrouper.com) is a dating/social app that introduces groups of friends to new groups of friends by setting them up for drinks at a local hangout. They call these outings “Groupers.” They were founded in 2011 and currently operate in 25 cities throughout the country.
I first heard of Grouper when I was over at a friend’s place for a dinner party. It was a typical Wednesday night; we were all trading stories from college and our post-grad escapades while drinking a bit too much, when one of the guys said to us:
“Hey guys, have you heard of this new dating app Grouper?”
It caught my attention – this was the kind of guy you wouldn’t expect to use any kind of online dating. He was successful, charismatic, and had no trouble meeting women out in the bar scene. What would he need from a dating app?
“I’m thinking about signing up. Sounds pretty legit.”
The next night I went out with some friends to our local bar scene. We were having a good time, sharing some laughs, flirting with the girls who were entertained by our attempts at charm, when I ran into an old buddy of mine from college.
After catching up for a bit, he tells me he just came from a Grouper earlier that night.
“Yea man, the girls were awesome. We had a great time.”
Like my other friend, this one was a surprise as well. He was successful and good-looking with a great social circle, and he was excited about this new dating app too.
After hearing about it two nights in a row, I had to see what it was all about. I downloaded the app and applied for membership that next morning.
Here is my experience.