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Marc Mc Donald, 34, and Katie Wasowski, 28, talk at Eventide Oyster Co. The couple live together in Portland and have been together since February of 2013.Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer Among the young and single, Portland’s dating scene has gotten an unfortunate reputation.But for Robinson, meeting her boyfriend through mutual friends posed its own problems.

The percentage of those people with profiles on makes most of the rest of New England look like an online-dating desert.

And as for the number of bars per capita – a figure that’s often used to rate the best cities for singles – even nightlife hot spots like Las Vegas and New Orleans can’t hold a cocktail to Portland, where there’s a drinking establishment for every 1,000 residents.

There’s no question that Portland is ripe for unplanned run-ins.

Just ask Katie Wasowski, 28, and Marc Mc Donald, 34.

Her concept was to take the guessing out of the dating game and get people together who are single and looking.

Stefan Apse, 33, who attended the event, said he appreciates the honest approach.

He tried online dating with some success, but exhausted that option without finding the perfect match. “I think people get disheartened really easily,” Apse said.

“There’s lots of awesome people in Portland, beautiful women and people who are engaged and excited about life.” FOR ONE SINGLE, MOVING NO HELP Emily Straubel, 30, had to learn that the hard way.

“They’re active, they’re artistic, they’re well read, they’re interesting,” she said.

Straubel – a sex blogger for her own website, The Red Lipstick Project, and for the Portland Press Herald’s sister site, Maine – has some advice about dating in Portland that she wishes she could have given to her younger self: “Get over yourself. “We get so caught up in the mindset of our dating life that we forget to actually date.” HIGH PORTLAND USE OF MATCH.

“There are lots of people who are trying to meet people,” he said.