How can I politely end a conversation with a stranger whom I don't want to speak to? Particularly one that seems to interested in sparking some romance?
This happened to me last weekend and it's happened to me before a few times. I'm a 20 something guy who has lived in NYC for many years now. The sit I'll be at some social gathering with my friends in a reasonably public place, bar nightclub etc. I am always there with friends and I never make an effort to speak to members of the opposite sex since I'm happily in a relationship. However, there are usually girls who come up and speak to me, usually interrupting a conversation I'm having with my friends. I don't mind speaking with strangers and am generally a fairly jovial person, but I have zero interest in speaking in a drunk stranger I don't know who started a conversation with me.
I don't want to talk to them for too long since that seems to be equated to interest in that person and alternatively I don't want to tell them to go away immediately. What's the best way to cut these conversations short without any bad feelings?