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Williamsburg Bar's Sign Mocks the Vanity Fair 'Dating Apocalypse'

By Heidi Patalano | August 20, 2015 11:06am

While Nancy Jo Sales' controversial Vanity Fair article about the 'Dating Apocolypse' has ignited a Tweetstorm and a barrage of thinkpieces on how the dating app is often used as "Seamless for sex," one Williamsburg bar is poking fun at the hysteria.


Head bartender at The Randolph, Fernando Cambeiro, 32, said that the sign was posted in order to amuse the clientele. The Vanity Fair article made no mention of the bar.

"When we aren't posting something related to our programming, we like to put things on the marquee that are cheeky and grab people's attention. We all thought this particular post was really funny and we had a good laugh putting it up," he said.

The sign has lead to serious inquiry from a few guests, he said.

"Some patrons just get it and think it's hilarious. Others, mostly 'dudes' just want to know if it's true," that there are "more chicks than dudes at the bar," Cabeiro said.

Some patrons of The Randolph believe the Dating Apocalypse is real.


Left, Katherine Howe, 24 and right Katy Syme, 24, were recent patrons of The Randolph. They are dating apocalypse believers.

"A lot of people date in the same way that they do business, which is, ‘What else can I get? What else is out there," said Katy Syme, 24, who was dining at the bar recently.

"No one wants to settle," added Syme's friend Katherine Howe, also 24. "That’s why they’re in New York, I guess."

While Cabeiro has observed plenty of dates from behind the bar, he thinks there's no need to panic about Tinder.

"I think this is just a new way that people date these days," he said. "Plenty of people still do it the old fashioned way. I don't use Tinder but I am still a big fan of spin the bottle."