Watch: TGI Fridays Was the Original Singles Bar

February 2, 2017

“A cocktail party that you didn’t need an invitation to”

TGI Fridays doesn’t get much recognition these days. It’s mostly thought of as a generic “neighborhood bar” chain in the same vein as Chili’s and Applebee’s. But, when it first launched in New York City five decades ago, Fridays was ahead of its time. In this video, founder Alan Stillman explains how he created what may have been the world’s first singles bar.

“The technique, at the time, was that during the week people would make phone calls, and then you would organize with a group of people and you