17 Best Pick-Up Lines To Try Online

November 3, 2018 by  
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Despite attempts to create algorithms permitting otherwise, online dating is hard - but it's a lot harder if you can't even get people to talk to you. Here are some of the best pick up lines we've found.


​How we Picked Our Lines

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Before we get to the list of best pick up lines, however, we'd like to take a moment to try and cover our process for selecting these. As a general rule, relevant pick-up lines work better than generic ones. Once someone (of either gender) is interested and involved, they're more likely to keep things going and give you a chance.


On the other hand, if nothing is prompting a response, they may just grin and ignore it.
Ladies, we're sorry, but guys are probably lying if they say you're the only one they've tried a specific line on. They're just trying to make you feel unique and important. Men are usually encouraged to "play the numbers" and keep trying to meet people until they find someone who will accept them.


Men usually initiate the contact for dating, so even if you feel overwhelmed with messages, remember that many of the people contacting you don't. Anyone who's serious about a relationship will stop sending out messages once they're convinced you won't be dumping them right away.


Both genders may also want to know what people look for in mate selection - that can help you portray yourself in the best light.


Our Best Pick Up Lines

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Here are our best pick up lines to try online

​#1: [Food] sometime? Check yes or no.

best pick up lines: [Food] sometime? Check yes or no.

The food in this pick-up line should be something casual and easy. Tacos are a popular choice - especially if there's a nice food truck in the area. It doesn't pressure people for a serious commitment (even if they pay for themselves, they won't be out much), and encouraging them to pick an option helps you quickly sort through interested people.


If someone picks yes, then congrats, you have a date - and you can select a time that won't overlap with anything else. If they say no, they're probably not seriously interested, and you can move on.

​#2: What's the weirdest message you've gotten here?

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best pick up lines: What's the weirdest message you've gotten here?

This is one of the best pick up lines because this encourages someone to tell a story - and at that point, you become someone who knows about one of their experiences and can start relating to them. It's also good for getting a laugh - and from there, you can spin it somehow to make yourself more approachable.


For example, if someone mentions feeling pressured by a weird message, you can go back to our #1 line and suggest meeting in a friendly, well-lit public place.

#3: [Series 1] or [Series 2]? There can only be one.

best pick up lines: [Series 1] or [Series 2]? There can only be one.


This is a way to get to know someone - and find out if they enjoy certain hobbies as much as you do. Star Wars and Star Trek are a popular choice here, but it could also be Marvel/DC, Game of Thrones/Downton Abbey, or any other series that you think the person may be interested in.

This line is most effective when you know something about them - usually from their profile. For example, you should only mention Marvel and DC if they mention liking comics or superhero movies.

Most people are willing to spend a lot of time talking about their interests, and this encourages them to share and help you find some common ground.

You may be able to spin this into a date. It's not 100% effective, but if you can bring in a relevant movie, a local convention, or some other activity, it's a great way to meet up. It's also a good excuse to let someone bring friends along.

​#4: I can't wait for your mom to say "You could do better" after meeting me.

best pick up lines: I can't wait for your mom to say "You could do better" after meeting me.

This is a joke - although a little self-depreciating in its approach. The idea with this line is to present yourself as imperfect but also entertaining and a little impulsive; that's why it's one of the best pick up lines. It tends to work better on people who are more interested in fun than a serious relationship - although it's always possible for a long-term relationship to grow out of some fun.


Remember, you don't need to be thinking about getting engaged on the first date - no matter how desperate you are. Take your time, have some fun, and see what happens.

​#5: What sort of opener would get you to talk to me?

best pick up lines: What sort of opener would get you to talk to me?


This line goes straight to the heart of things - and encourages a response that can tell you a lot about someone and what interests them. For example, you may find that a lot of the people you match with like corny jokes - or they might want a straightforward date offer instead. Even if you don't connect, you'll probably learn a lot from the responses to this question.

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#6: What was the most random class you ever took and were really into?

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best pick up lines: What was the most random class you ever took and were really into?


This is another fishing question - focused on their education and what sort of things they like. Aside from being great material for stories, it gives the other person a chance to recount some genuinely helpful information.


In most cases, you'll want to spin the response into a more extended conversation. For example, if they mention enjoying a class on archaeology, you can ask which part they found the most interesting. At the same time, you can look up any relevant sites in the area (like a museum), and potentially spin it into a date.

​#7: What's your favorite day of the week, and why?

best pick up lines: What's your favorite day of the week, and why?

Here's another inclusion to our list of best pick up lines; a revealing question. It can help you learn a lot about what they prioritize. The days aren't as important as the reason for choosing it, however. If someone says Saturday because "they're done with work," they may feel stressed and appreciate people who bring fun and relaxation.


On the other hand, if they say Friday because they "hang out with their friends" then, they probably value the other people they know. You can then suggest dates that won't take them away from time with those people - or even encourage it by suggesting those friends come along.

​#8: Drink of choice?

best pick up lines: Drink of choice?

​Short, simple, and straight to the point. People tend to enjoy drinks that match their personalities, and it's easy to spin these into a suggestion to get them - unless they're hideously expensive, at least.


There are a few things to pay attention to here. First, not everyone enjoys alcoholic drinks - and that, all by itself, can help you decide if you want to keep pursuing them. Second, it can tell you a lot about someone's lifestyle and priorities.


If someone says that they love fruit smoothies, they're probably health-conscious and would enjoy a lot of walks. If they mention coffee, they probably feel sleepy in the mornings and like feeling more productive. Once you get a response, seriously consider the reason for it and move on from there.

#9: What's the best compliment you've ever received? I want to beat it.

best pick up lines: What's the best compliment you've ever received? I want to beat it.

​This is mostly focused on getting a laugh from someone - but at the same time, it's a serious question. Women tend to receive the pick-up lines, and many of those involved with online dating have heard a lot of them.


Asking for their best compliment gives you something to try on others - and saying you want to beat it portrays you as someone who's looking to put some real effort into trying to make a relationship work. At the very least, it will help you stand a little further from the rest of the pack.

​​#10: I'm writing a book and need some help. It's a phone book, and it's missing your number.

best pick up lines: I'm writing a book and need some help. It's a phone book, and it's missing your number.

​Phone numbers are still relevant - and so, more importantly, is getting them. If someone gives their number, chances are they're relatively serious about a first date. More importantly, it helps you avoid situations like getting a number during a meal and thinking things were going well, only to find out it's a fake and that you paid for everyone for nothing.

​#11: Tell me a story.

best pick up lines: Tell me a story.

​This is an open-ended invitation, and how well it works often depends on the person's mood. That said, outgoing people are more likely to respond with a good story. As with most of our best pick up lines, the follow-up is the part that matters here. In particular, you should try to give a good response to any story you hear.


If it's funny, laugh. If it's sad, sympathize. If it's crazy, emphasize that you're normal. Either way, it's encouraging them to get involved and spend time on you - and that does help.

​​#12: Who do you want on your team when the zombies attack, and why?

best pick up lines: Who do you want on your team when the zombies attack, and why?

Another engaging question - this is among the best pick up lines because it focused a little more on the silly. However, as usual, answers tend to be quite revealing. If somebody mentions an action movie star, they might want to feel safe and protected. If they mention a video game character, they probably enjoy gaming. And so on.
Have a brief response of your own (preferably someone well-known and of the same gender as you). Don't dwell too much on who you'd like, though, because you want them to spend more time talking than listening.

​#13: If I asked you to coffee, food, or a movie, which would you be most likely to agree to?

best pick up lines: If I asked you to coffee, food, or a movie, which would you be most likely to agree to?

​The direct approach can be surprisingly effective - and educational. When people are honest, it's relatively easy to spin into a date. Even if they don't agree to anything, the answers can help you settle on something else to ask people. Either way, you're going to come out ahead.


Just be sure that your tastes in movies match if you see one - it should always be something both of you will enjoy.

​#14: You look fun to sit next to in bed while we both stare at our phones.

​#14: You look fun to sit next to in bed while we both stare at our phones.

​This is a joke on modern behavior with smartphones - with some truth to it. A lot of people spend a whole lot of time with their devices - and this particular pick-up line suggests you aren't going to be too controlling. Instead, you're acknowledging that they have things they want to do - and you would be doing similar things.


This particular line works best on people who want to maintain a comfortable distance in their relationships.

​#15: What's something no one would guess about you from their first impression?

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​#15: What's something no one would guess about you from their first impression?

​Another fishing line - and one that's good at reeling in answers. This is an opportunity for people to start talking about themselves. Most of the time, people begin talking about their hobbies or the things they like. They may say things like "I'm a massive Game of Thrones fan and have tons of merchandise" or "I once spent two weeks camping just to prove I could."


The question isn't nearly as intrusive as it might sound at first because the person answering is free to decide what they want to mention. Since they're still in control of the flow of information, they won't feel as pressured as they otherwise might.

​#16: Let's go do something fun.

​#16: Let's go do something fun.

​While this isn't a question, it's good for engaging people. Those who respond well are demonstrating that they're willing to go on at least one date - and those who refuse probably won't work out anyway. Either way, the response puts you in a better spot than you were before. Try to have a few options available, with a few for the same day and a few more taking place over the next week.

​#17: Dogs or cats?

​#17: Dogs or cats?

​There aren't many things people like more than their pets - and figuring out whether they're a dog person or a cat person can be make-or-break for a relationship. After all, you certainly don't want to give up on existing pets! And if you happen to have a pet they'd like - particularly a dog - you can offer to bring them along on a date and introduce them.


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