After almost 50 years in the bar and grill business, TGI Fridays knows relationships. Since opening its doors in 1965, Fridays™ has seen more dates, connections, break-ups and make-ups than any other bar in America. With such a long history, it’s fitting that Fridays would have the best insight into who is having more fun this Valentine’s Day.
Fridays was one of the first places to use popular promotions such as “Ladies’ Night,” and made Happy Hours legendary. Fridays’ handcrafted cocktails made by the world’s best bartenders are shaken or stirred into every holiday, and Valentine’s Day is no exception.
According to a national consumer poll conducted by Penn Schoen Berland in January 2014 on behalf of TGI Fridays, meeting people at a bar or restaurant is still a great way to connect. Nearly one in 10 singles said the last person they went on a date with was someone they met at a bar or restaurant, and one out of every five singles between the ages of 25-34 also said that’s where they met their last date. And this year, single gals are well-positioned to potentially meet Mr. Right on Valentine’s Day. While 10% of single women are planning to go out with friends, 27% of single men are heading out with the guys – that’s almost three guys for every gal!
Singles will be sharing the scene with couples this Valentine’s Day: 57% of men in relationships would rather go on a date instead of watching sports, playing video games or working out, and 71% of women in relationships rate a date with their significant other higher than chick flicks, girls’ night out and the gym.
Most importantly, more than one third of both men and women, singles and couples, say that Friday is their favorite day of the week to go out. To celebrate that Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, whether you want to thank your “Wingman” for introducing you to your love, go out for cocktails with the girls, share a drink with your Valentine, or just share your opinion, Fridays has something for everyone:
Fridays has witnessed enough pick-ups and connections to know that the most important person in the equation is the “Wingman.” Since the survey results tell us to expect three single men for every one single woman out on Valentine’s Day, there’s going to be a lot of Wingmen to thank. Fridays is planning to give thanks to the valued Wingman by inviting guests to buy him or her – what else? Wings – via Twitter.
To participate, guests must follow @TGIFridays and tweet using the hashtag #thankswingman for a chance to gift wings for their wingman. The first 500 guys (or gals) to tweet using the #thankswingman will receive a complimentary $15 e-gift card within 24 hours to TGI Fridays to use toward an order of wings. The program will run from Feb. 10-Feb. 14, or until 500 Wingmen have been rewarded.
Join the Great Debate
Regardless of their relationship status, Fridays is encouraging guys and gals to join the debate this Valentine’s Day. People – single or taken – can cast their vote at TGIFridays.com/CouplesvsSingles to help decide who’s having more fun: #TGImTaken or #TGImSingle.