Hello. Sorry if this thread is redundant.'
I have recently going to a few nearby bars to try to meet women. Note that it's a college town so that tells you about the demographics (and I'm just a little over college age and work at university so don't worry, not a weird old guy hitting on teenagers). Trouble is, I'm not really sure how to start conversations with strange women in bars.
Also, I have to go it alone since the few friends I have in the city are married and not the bar-going type. I'm a rather taciturn person, but I like to believe at least that I can be a decent conversationalist once the conversation is started. Trouble is, how to start it? I've tried a few times, usually asking some innocuous question, like "what's that you're drinking", if her drink looks like a weird color or something and I am justifiably curious. Generally she'll answer and seem fairly nice but pretty quickly go back to talking to her friend or something.
So what kind of thing do I say to initiate a conversation with a woman in this setting, keeping in mind that I am by myself (which I am aware is a disadvantage but an unavoidable one)?
Secondly, how do you decide what girls to approach? Just intuitively, I usually will just sit and maybe order a drink or wait in line, and if I see a girl sitting or standing alone, I'd go and sit or stand next to her, and hope she isn't just waiting for her boyfriend. I generally avoid groups of them as I'm not sure how I'd handle a group of women. Any thoughts on how to decide who to approach? And of course, what to say to them to start the conversation?