Each pairing gets two minutes, before everyone swaps partners.
Some couples seem to hit off instantly, while others are shy and conversation is muted.
It's not everybody's idea of romance: meeting a rapid succession of people from the opposite sex, with bare minutes to make a connection before a bell signals it's time to move on.
But speed dating parties, as such events are known, are proving increasingly common in many countries.
Capitalising on the anxious hearts looking for love, matchmakers in Hong Kong have seen a thriving business in the digital era despite the prevalence of free dating apps that supposedly revolutionised how this generation could find romance by simply swiping right.