The idea for the Offline Society was hatched in Columbia Heights by three roommates the morning after a particularly fun house party. While sipping coffee and laughing about the romantic connections they’d witnessed the night before, they were struck by the contrast between how quickly people connected in person versus online.

As twenty-something women, they had grown accustomed to the many dating apps out there, but those weren’t cutting it.The excitement of catching someone’s eye across the room, hearing a hearty laugh or feeling the graze of a hand—all of that was missing. And the apps had actually turned out to be more work than anything.

The Offline Society informally started in 2012 with private parties in their DC rowhouse and then was officially launched to the public in summer 2015.