Cheesy chat up lines

The most successful chat up lines

by Eharmony Editorial Team - December 5, 2018

If your idea of a chat up line is “Is your name Jacobs? Because you’re a cracker”, you might want to consider one of these less cheesy (no pun intended) options.

Chat up lines might seem like something from the past but you might be surprised by how well they break the ice – both online and off! Here are some of the best cheesy chat up lines 

In the online dating era, chat up lines might seem a bit old fashioned. But they can still be a great way to break the ice. In fact, even cheesy chat up lines can be a great way to start a conversation with a match, either on or offline! Be careful though; use the wrong line and you could end up getting the brush-off – or  worse. You should never rely on chat up lines to drive a conversation but it can be helpful to have a few in reserve, just in case.

Cute chat up lines

1. Are you Jane Smith?

When you know someone, it’s easy to approach them and start a conversation. But what happens if you don’t? Pretending to know someone can also work. Starting a conversation with ‘Are you…?’ opens up lines of communication in a non-threatening way. And their response will help you decide whether they’re open to a conversation or not interested.

If they do seem receptive, follow up with something like, ‘How strange! You look just like the girl in my yoga class.’ This also gives you the opportunity to tell the person something about yourself that could spark further chat. If not, simply apologise and leave.

2. I love that band!

Most people can spot a pick up line a mile off, which is why personalising your opening line is best. Whether you’re commenting on their Kings of Leon tour T-shirt, hair colour, or shoes, tailoring your comment to the individual shows that you’ve been paying them attention and made an effort with your chat up line.

3. What book are you reading?

‘Props’ are a great thing to comment on. If the person you’re interested in is walking their dog or reading a book, these ‘props’ are a great ice breaker. They allow you to be quite personal, without commenting on their appearance, and shared interests often lie at the heart of great relationships. Be sure to keep the conversation going; after asking what they’re reading, ask if they’ve read anything by your favourite author, for example.

Funny chat up lines

1. I was mistaken for a Peruvian terrorist

We know someone who has used this chat up line. It stems from a long story involving an unfortunate ‘gift’ of dynamite and the receivers botched attempt to dispose of it. It’s a great story. It also shows they have an adventurous spirit. We’re not saying you should pretend you’ve been in the same situation, instead try condensing your unusual stories into a few lines to grab someone’s interest. Be careful though; it’s easy to sound contrived. Just make sure your story is true or you could be off to an awkward start.

2. How much does a polar bear weigh?

‘How much does a polar bear weigh?’
‘I don’t know’
‘Neither do I, but it broke the ice!’

Yes, it’s a little cheesy but this funny chat up line works because it’s unusual, ensures a response, and should at least spark a wry smile. With lines like this, it’s all about delivery. Show that you’re in on the joke and you’ll be much more successful.

Cheesy chat up lines

1. Do your legs hurt?

‘Cause you’ve been running through my mind all night. It’s one of the original cheesy chat up lines so you won’t get any prizes for originality, but if you can sell it with a cheeky smile, it might just work.

2. Is your name Google?

Because you’ve got everything I’m searching for. A more modern cheesy chat up line that shows you’re not just relying on old material but still have a sense of humour. These lines aren’t going to work on everybody but not everyone will be the perfect match for you, so opting for a funny chat up line without broad appeal could be a risk worth taking.

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Good chat up lines

1. Can I buy you a drink?

Simple and to the point, this is one of the best chat up lines because it’s so straightforward. It’s important to be polite, let the person choose their own drink and let them stand with you while you buy it. Be prepared for positive and negative responses and if the answer is ‘No, thank you’, acknowledge their disinterest cheerily – ‘No problem’ – and move on.

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