“We’ve all been there. There you are, sitting at the bar, a cute guy walks up to you and….says the worst pick up line you have ever heard. So bad, in fact, that you want to throw a drink in his face. Or, that cute girl that was staring at you from across the bar finally gets the nerve to come up and say hello, but instead says something awkward and uncomfortable. Attraction gone.

So, how do we know what are good pick up lines and which ones should never be uttered again? And, more importantly, do these lines ever work? On anyone? Here is a list of some worth trying (and some best left alone.) If any of these work for anyone or have worked for anyone out there, please leave me a comment about your “pick up” experience.

Five Lines to Try:

  •  ”Excuse me, I think it’s time we met.”

This one isn’t too bad. It actually is a cute way of introducing yourself without coming on too strongly.

  • ”You look like you could use some company.”

I don’t know how effective this one would be, but if they have the right tone to their voice (and an offer for a drink) I think it could be the start of something.

  • ”So, do you know any good pick up lines?”

This line might actually make someone laugh. And, being funny is sexy, so that’s a good start!

  • “Mind if I buy you a drink?”

Most people wouldn’t mind, so I would think this could get the ball rolling in the right direction.

  • “Hi, my name is _____________.”

Sounds obvious enough, but what is wrong with a simple, polite introduction? Nothing.

Five Lines to Never Use:

  • “I’m here, what are your other two wishes?”

This just sounds arrogant and right out of a bad B movie. Next!

  • “Do you mind if I flirt with you for a while?”

Ew. Actually, I do mind.

  • “Are you as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside?”

I don’t understand why someone would start off with an interrogation. Already, the person feels as though they have to defend their character. Not the best way to start off a conversation.

  • “I’m rich and I don’t believe in prenups.”

Once again, this comes off as arrogant and trying too hard. Plus, talking about money is just tacky (even in jest.)

  • “I miss my teddy bear. Would you sleep with me?”

And the answer to that would be, “No”.”