After you’ve been out often enough, you begin to notice patterns. One pattern I’ve noticed is that most pick-ups will occur within a short window – usually 60 minutes. Although it’s possible to meet a girl before or after the window closes – that is, it’s not an absolute, all-or-nothing window – your odds of success will decrease substantially.
Unless it’s a rave or high drug use establishment, the energy of a bar of club is going to crest, like a wave. Imagine you show up at 10 p.m. to a club that closes at 2 a.m. At 10 p.m., it will be dead, and at 2 a.m., it will be dead. In between, the club will start to pop. It will have energy, and a good vibe. Eventually the club will peak, and then the wave will break.
Although you may be at the same club for four hours, the real action is going to occur in 60-90 minutes. You might say that pick-up follows the Pareto principle:
The Pareto principle (also known as the 80-20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
If a club is open for four hours, 80% of your pick-ups will occur in one hour. As a player, you need to find that one hour.
In my old hometown, the magical hour was from 11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Trying to hook up with a girl before 11:30 p.m. usually was met with lower success, as was trying to pick up a woman after 12:30 a.m. During that one hour, however, you would always be getting numbers and making out (if your game was otherwise tight). After that hour, even tight game had little success.
I’m in a new hometown, cracking the code. What is the hour where 80% of my pick-ups will occur? Last night (my third time at this venue), I had enough data to determine that most action occurs from 12:30 a.m. until 1:30 a.m. Girls just aren’t that receptive to pick-ups before 12:30.
The principles till holds – as a player, you have about one hour to really make your money. Find when that hour is, and you’ll have far more success.