Dating is a delicate dance, balancing along the line of "getting to know the other person" and "coming on like a big creeper creepy creep." Sometimes, all it takes is a big swing to get that big hit, and people online are quick to share their lines that worked.
Reddit user, u/birchburk, wanted to know what you fell for when they asked:
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"What's a pretty girl like you got to cry about?"
I was at a bar, got into a fight with my sister and she left me there. I was outside, crying on the curb and he hit me with that.
That night, we slept together. When I woke up, we didnt know each others name. 9 years later, we're husband and wife.
Even today when I cry about something he will say "oh looks like I'm getting laid tonight".
Wingardium Leviosa In More Ways Than One
"Want to come upstairs and see my wand?" He literally proceeded to show me his actual Harry Potter magic wand he got at the Universal theme park. And that my friends, is the start to the story of how I lost my virginity.
Honesty Is The Best Policy
Was a barmaid for 13 years, back when I used to be a model, so heard quite a few pick up lines.
Best one I've ever heard, hands down:
"Well f-ck me if i'm wrong, but you want to kiss me"
Think About It...Think About It...
A girl sat beside me in a bar ran her hand along my face and asked "is this seat taken"
Quite Some Misdirection
I was playing a guy in a amateur rock opera and met him for a date after rehearsal one evening.
He seemed really quiet and I'm never really one to shrink away from a challenge so I decided 'f**k it' and asked if he wanted to see my panties.
He raised an eyebrow and agreed.
I pulled out my love heart costume boxers and he burst out laughing.
We've been together for 10 years this coming February, and have been married for almost five.
Whatever Floats Your Boat
"I need some help with the Micro Economics assignment, can you help?'
Was It The Arm?
I was standing outside a bar one night and I heard this really beautiful, deep laugh, I turned around and caught eyes with a gorgeous 6'5" man, with a huge smile and twinkly eyes. He walked right over to me, put his arms around and me and said 'who the hell are you?' and laughed again. I was hooked.
We dated for a while, it was fun. No one has ever said anything remotely close to that since but it sure as hell worked!
A Little Misdirection
"Hey my friend thinks you're cute and by my friend I mean me, I think you're cute, anyway i'm *insert name*"
Sometimes It's Only About Clarification
I was at a British pub in japan. A guy I met was trying to set me up with a girl there, but he was failing. Then this one Japanese girl comes up to me and says "they only like Japanese men." And I said "does that mean you like American men?" We lasted several months.
Direct. To The Point. Perfect.
"Hi, you are really cute and I want to know you. Can I have your number please?"
Simple and very effective.
Sometimes You Say More With Actions Than Words
Not necessarily a pick up line, but this guy I was seeing was walking with me after a party we attended. He noticed that I was walking funny cause I had been wearing heels all night long and my feet were hurting like hell. So he took off his shoes, gave them to me and carried mine.
Super cheesy, but so sweet. We walked around a bit chit chatting, him barefoot, and me in my party dress and his way-too-big-for-me bright green sneakers. It led to me spending the night at his place for the first time.
I have bright blue eyes, that apparently look great if I wear a blue.
So, out in a blue shirt, a girl came up and said "Oh my god your eyes are beautiful!"
Having just painted my room the same color blue as my shirt, I replied "You should see how good they look in my bedroom!".
I guess both of our pickup lines worked, even if mine was totally unintentional.
Not So Much A Line As A Move
This happened yesterday.
This guy who clearly likes me (has been hitting on me for weeks) was like "hey, you need to hold this" as he had his hand curled in a fist, hiding whatever would be in his hand. He then grabs my hand to put whatever it is in my hand, but just ends up uncurling his fist and interlocking his fingers with mine.
I died laughing. It was quite charming.
Not Everyone Has The Same Luck
Not me but I saw my roommate get laid once by saying "so do you have a bed?"
She said "yeaaaah? you want to like, see it?"
They disappeared and met us later at a different place.
I tried a few times, never worked out.
Sometimes, A Hail Mary Works
I saw this girl going through tinder on her phone. I said 'I've got a tip for your tinder' and when she asked what it was, I said 'delete it and go out with me'.
We went on a couple of dates.
Glad You Caught On
Went to a party. Had my top couple buttons undone. Girl came over and unbuttoned one more and said she was trying to help me get laid.
Happy I took up on that hint
They Flipped It Back On You
I was chatting to a girl in the bar at uni, she was wearing very tight skinny jeans. I asked her "How do you get into those?"
She smirked and said "buying me another drink would be a good start."
Much fun ensued.
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I was at a dive bar wearing a shirt with Link (Legend of Zelda) on it in an action pose.
There was a small dance floor at the bar, but I had absolutely zero interest in dancing. I was mostly at the bar to play pool with my friends, and polish off a pitcher or two.
I lost a game, so I was standing off to the side watching my buddies play their game, and glancing around this sh-tty dive bar as I was "people watching".
A girl approached me, looked towards the dance floor and said, "It's dangerous to go alone... take this" and held out her hand.
Her pick-up line definitely worked.
Ve Vill Be Asking Ze Questions
One time a girl hit me with a string of communist themed pickup lines. That made me laugh. I honestly feel like the purpose of pickup lines is just to show you have a sense of humour.
I'm inclined to agree, anything you can do to make the other party laugh greatly increases your chances.
Some You'll Hold Onto For Forever
A cute 20-year-old walked into the music store I worked at in the late 80's, chewing on a straw. I'm normally shy but pulled it out of his mouth and said "may I help you?"
He left his number and "let's split a bottle of champagne" on the receipt.
I called...after marriage and two kids and 21 years...he died. I wish I had that straw.