15 Best Pickup Lines for Guys (That Actually Work!)

15 Best Pickup Lines for Guys (That Actually Work!)

Here’s a secret: Girls say they hate pickup lines, but privately most girls love them. They appreciate the time you took to come up with one, and the confidence you had to walk over and say it.

Of course, there’s a fine line between a good conversation starter and a comically-bad pickup line. To avoid the latter, you’ll want to use a pickup line that makes her laugh with you, not at you. There is no one ‘best pickup line’ but there are many that are best for certain situations and for certain men.

When you explore the science behind pickup lines, you learn that they are basically seen as an advertisement to women to showcase who you are. Therefore, they produce the best results when they are catered to individual women.

  • For women who are shy, standoffish, or feeling self-conscious pickup lines will be most effective when they demonstrate or show off a man’s best attributes.
  • Alternatively, for women who are more outgoing and energetic using the direct approach with short, conclusive one-liners will generally work best.
  • Lastly, women who are more aggressive and impulsive will most likely be looking for the more ‘bad boy’ type and respond best to lines that are more sexual in nature.

All in all, it’s best to have a few pickup lines up your sleeve to pull out and use to meet different women. To get you started, here are the 15 best pickup lines for men that will actually work to help you meet more women.

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15 Best Pickup Lines for Guys (That Actually Work!)

  • 15. "Will you stop staring at me already? You're making me self-conscious!"
  • 14. "Hi ____. Someone said you were looking for me."
  • 13. "Excuse me do you know what material this is? Boyfriend material."
  • 12. "Hi... I would like to meet you. Do you have a friend who can introduce us?"
  • 11. "Hey, you have great energy. Where do you get it from?..."
  • 10. "I can't stop looking at how gorgeous you are... If I kiss you will I get slapped?"
  • 9. "You look like trouble!"
  • 8. "I really like your (comment on something interesting she is holding, wearing or reading)"
  • 7. "Hi, I'm doing a survey of what women think are the worst pickup lines..."
  • 6. "I'm sorry, were you talking to me?" [No.] " Well then, please start."
  • 5. "Has anyone ever told you you look like (insert beautiful, famous celebrity she slightly resembles)?"
  • 4. "You look so familiar to me. Have we met before?"
  • 3. "They might ask you to leave soon... You're making all the other women look bad."
  • 2. "Besides being gorgeous, what do you do for a living?"
  • 1. "You're so beautiful, you just made me forget my pickup line."
#15

"Will you stop staring at me already? You're making me self-conscious!"

"Will you stop staring at me already? You're making me self-conscious!"
76 % Editor Score
82 % User Score
1,030 Clicks

If you're playing the eye-contact game with a girl across the room already, this is a perfect line to use. Make eye contact back and forth teasingly for a few minutes. Then when you can get a moment alone with her, walk over with a smile and say "Will you stop staring at me already. You're making me self conscious!" You can bet that a girl who is making solid eye contact with you will be able to see the humor in this approach. Plus, she'll appreciate that you are technically making the first move. 

#14

"Hi ____. Someone said you were looking for me."

"Hi ____. Someone said you were looking for me."
78 % Editor Score
83 % User Score
891 Clicks

If you already know her name, this pickup line is an easy way to get the conversation rolling. Simply walk over and say, "Hi ____. Someone said you were looking for me." She'll likely answer 'no' and from there you can start the flirting game. Just respond with 'Oh, anyways, how is your night going." It's an easy way to get her talking without coming on too strongly. 

#13

"Excuse me do you know what material this is? Boyfriend material."

"Excuse me do you know what material this is? Boyfriend material."
79 % Editor Score
84 % User Score
693 Clicks

If you're feeling confident try pulling this one off. Walk over and while grabbing your shirt say "Excuse me, do you know what material this is?" Then pause for a moment while she looks at you and thinks up a response. No matter what she says, or if she says anything at all, your next step is to simply smile and answer your own question saying, "Boyfriend material." It's flirty and bold, and, yes, borderline cheesy, but it's likely to get a smile out of her and open up the lines of communication. 

#12

"Hi... I would like to meet you. Do you have a friend who can introduce us?"

"Hi... I would like to meet you. Do you have a friend who can introduce us?"
81 % Editor Score
86 % User Score
900 Clicks

A great way to throw your personality into a conversation starter is with this line. First introduce yourself. Then say you would like to meet her, and ask if she has a friend who can introduce you. It takes some of the pressure off since you are almost talking about yourself and your interaction with her in third person. 

#11

"Hey, you have great energy. Where do you get it from?..."

"Hey, you have great energy. Where do you get it from?..."
83 % Editor Score
87 % User Score
543 Clicks

This opener is classic as it throws a few compliments into one. You first tell her you have great energy. Then you ask her what she enjoys ('to get her great energy'), which leads to a whole other conversation. You'll quickly learn a hobby she enjoys and you can use that to keep the conversation rolling. 

#10

"I can't stop looking at how gorgeous you are... If I kiss you will I get slapped?"

"I can't stop looking at how gorgeous you are... If I kiss you will I get slapped?"
84 % Editor Score
88 % User Score
929 Clicks

This one is for the guy who isn't afraid of rejection. You compliment her first, "I can't stop looking at how gorgeous you are." and then you ask the kissing question. This one puts the ball in her court and let's her respond with a flirty answer of her own. Of course, this line is better left for later nights out than talking to a girl you see in the street. Try this opener when she's in a relaxed, flirtatious environment. 

#9

"You look like trouble!"

"You look like trouble!"
86 % Editor Score
89 % User Score
775 Clicks

For a flirtatious girl this line is perfect. Say she's the one that seems to be the ring leader among all her friends or the one who just ordered a round of drinks. You can playfully go up and tell her she looks like trouble. Of course you'll want to smile, to indicate you mean 'trouble' in a good, somewhat cute way. The responses you can get from this line are endless, but it perfectly sets the tone for a very flirtatious conversation. 

#8

"I really like your (comment on something interesting she is holding, wearing or reading)"

"I really like your (comment on something interesting she is holding, wearing or reading)"
88 % Editor Score
90 % User Score
432 Clicks

This is the type of pickup line that works in almost any situation. You can always find something interesting she is holding, doing or wearing and comment on it with a compliment. From there, she'll likely say "Thank you" and tell you something about the object she commented on. This tactic works even better if you know a thing or two about the item you are complimenting. 

#7

"Hi, I'm doing a survey of what women think are the worst pickup lines..."

"Hi, I'm doing a survey of what women think are the worst pickup lines..."
89 % Editor Score
92 % User Score
692 Clicks

This pickup line, when executed correctly can work wonders. This line takes a little time to say and sink in. So, it's best to make sure you're not interrupting an important conversation or taking her away from something important before saying it. Without any hesitation, come up and ask for her 'advice' on what women think are the worst pickup lines. Name a few generic ones, such as 'What's your sign?' and then include the first sentence you just said as the last option. It may take a moment for her to get it but once she does you'll come off as beyond charming. 

#6

"I'm sorry, were you talking to me?" [No.] " Well then, please start."

"I'm sorry, were you talking to me?" [No.] " Well then, please start."
91 % Editor Score
93 % User Score
500 Clicks

This cute pickup line is sure to get her attention. You innocently ask if she was talking to you. She'll say no, and then you simply say 'Well then, please start." After you finish the second part of the pickup line she'll know you are flirting and likely laugh or have something flirtatious to say back. It essentially puts the ball in her court, and makes you look confident by using a smooth line like this. 

#5

"Has anyone ever told you you look like (insert beautiful, famous celebrity she slightly resembles)?"

"Has anyone ever told you you look like (insert beautiful, famous celebrity she slightly resembles)?"
94 % Editor Score
94 % User Score
619 Clicks

This pickup line gives her one of the best types of compliments by saying she is a beautiful as a famous movie star. If she does closely resemble a certain actress she might say yes to you, but chances are she'll say no. Either way, as long as the person you reference is attractive, you'll give her one of the best compliments she has heard in a while. After she responds to your question, simply introduce yourself and get the conversation rolling.  

#4

"You look so familiar to me. Have we met before?"

"You look so familiar to me. Have we met before?"
94 % Editor Score
95 % User Score
2,315 Clicks

If you need an introduction, a smooth way to start out is the playing (somewhat) dumb approach. Simply walk up and ask her "You look so familiar to me. Have we met before?" She'll respond no, of course. But this gives you the chance to continue to an introduction next. It's an easy way to get her name right off the bat. 

#3

"They might ask you to leave soon... You're making all the other women look bad."

"They might ask you to leave soon... You're making all the other women look bad."
96 % Editor Score
96 % User Score
633 Clicks

Say "Hey I just wanted to let you know they might as you to leave soon." Then pause for a second, to ensure you have her attention and be sure to stay playfully serious. Then, with a smile, say, 'Because you're making all the other women look bad." It's a sure-fire way to make her grin and throw an indirect compliment at her as well. If she's assertive she'll likely have a witty response, and if she's more shy, you're sure to at least get a smile out of her. . 

#2

"Besides being gorgeous, what do you do for a living?"

"Besides being gorgeous, what do you do for a living?"
99 % Editor Score
98 % User Score
841 Clicks

This classic pickup line is direct, yet charming and accomplishes two important tasks. First it allows you to compliment her indirectly, by saying she's gorgeous. Second, it sets up a conversation by asking her about what she does. It's a much better approach than simply introducing yourself and asking what she does for a living. This line shows your personality and confidence in talking about something besides her looks. 

#1

"You're so beautiful, you just made me forget my pickup line."

"You're so beautiful, you just made me forget my pickup line."
100 % Editor Score
99 % User Score
896 Clicks

"You're so beautiful, you just made me forget my pickup line." A classic way to give a compliment without coming on too strong, is the 'you're so beautiful that..." line. It's sure to make her grin and give her a little boost of confidence. If she's flirty, she'll likely have a witty comeback, or call you on on actually using a pickup line. No matter what her response it's an easy opener that isn't too aggressive. 

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