"It takes away the awkwardness and uncertainty as you know you're all there for the same reason."I'd encourage people to be brave afterwards and get in touch with the people you'd like to see again." After almost two hours of auditioning new besties, I've exchanged digits with five people."Basically we are helping people make friends." Conventional wisdom may hold that you can choose your friends but not your family.
Just like speed dating, it involves chatting to a conveyor belt of complete strangers for mere minutes, before exchanging numbers with those who tickled your fancy at the end of the night.
Dotted at tables around the room was around two dozen men and women of all ages and nationalities looking just as eager to impress.
Like me, my first 'date' had read about the speed dating with a twist online, and tottered along on her own for "the craic".
As quarter-life coach Paula Coogan later explains to me: "We tend to make close friendships at very early stages in life and hold on tight to those friends during our awkward years when all we want to do is belong.
"However, when we grow up, we start becoming more independent, developing our own interests, dating, going to different colleges and the detaching begins.