Ice House

Looking for Love in All the Right Places

Forget Tinder and OkCupid. These niche dating sites are where you need to be.

By Marianella Orlando January 23, 2017 Published in the February 2017 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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Need a Valentine's date? Forget swiping right on Tinder. Our favorite dating sites are the ones that go niche…super-niche. Whether you're into bacon, beards or basset hounds, there's a partner out there who shares your passion.


Who uses it: Foodies who believe bacon is life
The ideal date: The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, for deep-fried bacon
The perfect gift: Bacon-flavored toothpaste from Kuhl-Linscomb
Your first couple's trip: Austin, where Bacon offers a completely bacon-filled menu

Equestrian Dating

Who uses it: Horse owners and riders
The ideal date: A polo match at the Houston Polo Club
The perfect gift: Stud Muffins horse treats from Charlotte's Saddlery
Your first couple's trip: The Inn at Dos Brisas in Washington-on-the-Brazos, for a luxury equestrian weekend


Who uses it: Lumbersexuals and the women who love them
The ideal date: Satellite Bar, for craft beers and live music
The perfect gift: Beef jerky from Pete's Fine Meats
Your first couple's trip: Big Bend National Park in West Texas, for a hiking adventure

Hot Sauce Passions

Who uses it: Anyone with hot sauce in their bag
The ideal date: The Houston Hot Sauce Festival, where things get heated fast
The perfect gift: Bravado Spice Co. hot sauce set
Your first couple's trip: Avery Island, La. for a behind-the-scenes look at Tabasco

Fetch A Date

Who uses it: Dog owners looking for friends for Fido, too
The ideal date: The West Alabama Ice House, for longnecks and bowls of water
The perfect gift: "Pupcakes" from Treat! in Vintage Park
Your first couple's trip: San Antonio, for its dog-friendly Phil Hardberger Park

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