First off check the Nightclubs. My club has 18 yr olds with black X's running around backwards all the time. I know this cuz I generally avoid picking them up as I go for the ones with wristbands, even cougars. The Bars might not let you in though but some Bars (grill and bar spots) do. The high profile bars definitely won't let you in. My first set was in a grill & bar spot that had a downstairs dance floor. They were both 20. Then hit on a 19yr old coat checker who called me a Killer Cat. Check your local listings.
Second when you score a chick's number you play the long game and go for the date unless you got the skills to pull off something faster which most guys don't. Winter is for hibernation so the Summer will be jam packed with dates, this is why I recommend you wait a while if you can't afford a date.
When you let go of your feelings you can really then embrace your surroundings
Love is a game that's why I don't worry about it anymore. When you let go of your feelings you find your meaning.