Bars? Why bother?
Meet people doing something you like, or something you're curious about. The only thing you know you'll have in common with someone at a bar is drinking, and frankly, that doesn't seem to be a good basis to a relationship (in my opinion, anyway).
But if you're interested in, say, archery or hunting, join an archery club. If you're interested in plants, join a gardening or botany club. Then you know that you'll have something worthwhile in common with absolutely everyone there. Though you might not be able to find a relationship fall into your lap that way, you can expand your friends circle, which is (in my moderate experience) an awesome way to find people who have things in common, which can more easily lead to finding compatible potential partners.
Friendships first; relationships come at their own pace.