Unconventional Dating Apps

With the variety of dating apps available today, there’s no shortage of ways you can find a partner. However, chances are you’ve tried and exhausted the apps everyone seems to be using—Tinder, OkCupid, and Coffee Meets Bagel. But not all hope is lost, for here are 10 unique dating apps that may carry the golden ticket.

1. Hater

Hater’s the app that finds you a date among your hate mates. Individuals first rank various topics according to like, dislike, love, and hate, then the app matches you with people who are on a similar wavelength as you.

You can chat as per normal or break the ice with virtual card games à la Cards Against Humanity.

2. Bite

Bite works like a personal blind date matchmaker. Users can not only chat with others online, but also offline with the Broadcast function. After all, food seems more enjoyable when you’ve got someone to share it with. Simply decide on the dining location, payment preference (even if you’re splitting the bill), date, and time and voilà! All you need to do is wait for someone to take a “bite”.

3. Happn

If you’ve ever wanted to find out who’s that cutie you bumped into on the streets, Happn’s just the app for you. It registers fellow users you’ve passed by, and they’ll appear on your timeline. The app also keeps track of how many times you’ve seen them, especially if they work in the same vicinity.

If the incoming traffic gets too overwhelming, you can also turn off the app for eight hours and take a break.

4. Peekawoo

The Filipino app for dating women, Peekawoo, also has topic-specific chat room and lets users know who viewed their profiles (Friendster throwback, anyone?). Individuals can even add tags to their profiles to state what they’re explicitly looking for.

Moreover, the app’s creators also organise offline dating events for singles to meet and interact with others off the internet.

5. Mat & Minah

Mat & Minah, exclusively targets Malay/Muslim men and women in the dating scene. Besides having the same swipe-and-chat function as Tinder, the app also has additional features such as the Peek & Seek function that allows you to chat with people who liked your profile.

You can also select your interests for the app to pair with better matches, the country you’d like your match to be from, and sort potential partners according to categories from last updated profile to popular profiles.

6. WeChat

While it’s predominantly a messaging app, features such as Shake, People Nearby and Message in a Bottle allows the app to function like a dating app.

You can shake to make new friends with people who shook their phones the same time you did, and chat with people in your area through the People Nearby function. A fun element is being able to throw and collect virtual messages in bottles and interact with others at random.

7. Ivory


Ivory claims to be the dating app for Singapore’s elite—or as quoted, “a curated group of ambitious and high-achieving Singaporeans, Overseas-Singaporeans and Expats”.

While it hasn’t been launched yet, Ivory is slated to launch in early 2017 and has an online waiting list on its webpage.

8. Sweetring

If you’re ready to put a ring on it, Sweetring’s made for you. It claims to be a global dating app for serious daters with marriage in mind.

Upon filling up your bio and key stats—age, height, income—ideal matches will be proposed. From there, you can simply “like” people and chat with them. The app also prompts users to ask questions to ensure the party you’re talking to has compatible values as you.

9. Blindfold

If you’ve always wanted to try dating apps but you’re too afraid to reveal your public profile, welcome to Blindfold. This app allows you to create your profile anonymously by blurring or masking it. The mask only comes off when you want to reveal your identity.

The home-grown dating app’s also accredited by the Social Development Network that checks users’ identities against Registry of Marriages records—preventing married parties from lurking on the app.

10. JustDating

Like a hybrid of Coffee Meets Bagel and Tinder, JustDating recommends potential dates based on your interests and location. There’s also a page where men can publicly list down their available dates for single ladies to take up, and whether they’ll be paying for that Ya Kun breakfast or high tea at Raffles Hotel.

Dating in Singapore

Finding an ideal partner’s no easy feat and first date horror stories don’t help. But if you’re ready to leave singlehood and bid Carousell rental boyfriends goodbye, these 10 apps are a good place to start!