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Atlanta tops Daily Beast list of places to meet single men

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Is it the company, the view or the booze? The Daily Beast gave the Glenn Hotel's rooftop bar a nod as it lists top places to meet single men. AJC file photo

After The Daily Beast crunched the numbers on population, eligible guys, four-year college degrees, nightlife and the number of gyms, Atlanta topped its list of best and worst cities to meet men.

As with any of the lists Atlanta shows up on, data rarely equals reality. This list mentions single gals who are searching, but doesn’t seem to consider Atlanta’s significant gay population, or how it could affect the data it used. It weighs all the bars, restaurants, clubs and theaters  — much of what we do for fun — as equal to places where we sweat on the treadmill. To keep the list tidy and uncomplicated, they couldn’t consider that where you meet people in Atlanta might be different than where you meet them in Columbus, Ohio or Los Angeles. Really, if I had to recommend a place in Atlanta for the single-and-searching, I’d instruct them to put Bella or Buddy on a leash and head to a dog park.

Then again, the Daily Beast only promised that you’d meet single men, not that you’d date them.

So, why Atlanta this time? Our Census data, and a social scene that “cooks.”

Whether it’s the Southern hospitality or the sub-tropical breezes, something about Atlanta is attracting all the right men: the doctors training at Emory, the junior executives at Coca-Cola, and the musicians and artists that make up one of the country’s most vibrant music scenes.

The list gives nods to the Graveyard Tavern in East Atlanta Village and downtown’s Glenn Hotel Rooftop Bar.

Rounding out the top 10 are Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Washington, D.C., Austin, Miami, San Diego and Denver. Last on the list: El Paso, Texas.

So what do you think? Where are the best, most fun places in Atlanta to meet singles?

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October 20th, 2009
1:54 pm

I am in my mid-forties. I met my sweetie at work and we became best friends. However, at that time, he was married but his wife did not appreciate having a good man and tried to control him as so many Black women do in their relationships. He divorced her. We are both college educated, successful, athletic and have similar backgrounds and interests. We support each other. We now have a family and are very happy. It is hard sometimes balancing time with both sets of children.

Before you judge us, we were friends until he separated from his wife and I didn’t encourage him to leave her. Do I worry about him leaving me? No, because he is very happy and taken care of at home.

I didn’t have a problem dating in Atlanta. However, I knew on the first date if I was compatible with someone. Women in Atlanta tend to rush relationships. Take your time when you meet someone new. There isn’t a rush to get serious, have sex and move to the next level. The key is finding someone compatible with you and not what you think others will be impressed with in your choice of a partner.


October 20th, 2009
12:43 pm

All the men that have written comments about this article have hit the nail on the head. It’s not the men that are the issue, it’s the picky women in this town. Ladies you can’t have your cake and eat it to!


October 20th, 2009
12:37 pm

This article was a good read, but is very misleading. I’m 22 years of age, college educated, straight, employed, no baby mama’s, home and all the rest and a minority. Being a single man in Atlanta is harder than most people especially women think. Yes there are plenty of women here, but being a young black man, I always dated black women around my age and it’s always the same stuff, cheater’s, their bi, have kids, content with not doing nor having anything in life, who wants to date anyone like that? The young adult scene here is a joke and any young man in his right mind would look elsewhere to find a young woman attempting to do something remotely positive with her life.


October 20th, 2009
10:07 am

jhk, man you are telling the TRUTH!

Also, I wanna add that I am starting to see what women really want. I used to be a “nice” guy, wondering why I was not respected for my qualities. But once you start becoming a “dog,” and doing things the way YOU want to do them, not giving a damn about women or what they say they want on the surface, you have MUCH better results.

It is SOOO weird why this works! When you pick up a girl, take her out, treat her nice, etc, you are “too easy” or “too accommodating” and the like. Start by not answering questions, kicking women to the curb, not calling them back, etc, they will be all on your jock. Women HATE to be ignored or made to feel that something is wrong with them, and they are constantly looking for validation. Give them this validation, and they run from you like the plague. Treat them like they are a number, you’ll need to hire help to handle all the ones who will throw themselves at you.

Dudes, I kid you not, whatever u do, DON’T do what is “logical,” but use your frustrations to fuel your desire to change. When in Rome, do what the Romans do. Same applies for the ATL. The “look” + the “attitude” + a bit of “disregard” = plethora of women to choose from here. Please make all checks and money orders payable to the ATL Dude.


October 20th, 2009
1:10 am

Used to live in ATL – now live in another major city. I am a 31yr old CPA with Masters Degree, clean cut, 5′10, work out, well traveled, work for top 10 Firm, yada yada.
The problem w/ ATL women and most women is that they think Sex and the City is real. It’s not ladies! Quit looking for the 6′+, clean cut, model looking, dark, 200K salaried, guy, who is also super nice. They don’t exist! Also need to know that once you start hitting the 30s its a whole different ballgame.

The older I get, the more money I make and the more established I become in my career and personal life, the higher my stock goes.

The older a women gets the lower her stock (yes there are exceptions, if you look like Heidi Klum or Halle Berry you won’t have problems at 40 but most of you don’t look near those two)

Also – I’m not trying to be mean or rude here. These are just market facts. And make no mistake it is a market.

I personally would not even look at a woman above 27 unles she was extraordinary!

Gentleman – As Chris Rock said, get your money straight and remember you can lose a lot of money chasing women but you will NEVER lost women chasing money.

I’m out.


October 19th, 2009
11:48 pm

I lived in Atlanta for 22 years before I moved to Memphis in July and I never went to any of those places listed and I lived right down the street from the Glenn Hotel! I’m single and if women wanted to meet me they could have done so at the GA Aquarium, Centennial Park, the High,CNN Center, etc. In other words, don’t waste your time on this article because the folks who wrote this article don’t have a clue!

Uncle Tom

October 19th, 2009
11:37 pm

Perhaps the reason why so many people seem to be single is:

I. They are tired of…
a) people that say they can’t find a decent ___;
b) some guys are freaks;
c) no one worthwhile is to be found at bars or clubs;
d) the undercover guys outnumber the straight ones;
e) the women seem to be too harsh or picky;
f) he/she doesn’t make as much as the other so we can’t be together; and,
g) he/she doesn’t have my level of education so we won’t fit.

Single in Henry County

October 19th, 2009
11:18 pm

Dating in Atlanta – lots of great places to go if you know the area and roads. ITP people don’t add up to the population of eligible single males. Atlanta is a nice place to visit for those of us OTP. Guys that visit the places women like to go, ie. meat market bump and hump dance bars, are either gay,married, or sleazy. Clearly, there are plenty of women attracted to the “bad boy” image, but not much to sustain a meaningful relationship. Single straight guys like regular places such as sports bars or pool halls, usually with other guys, and are always open to the opportunity to meeting women in such places, if women make the appearance there. Single men with careers don’t live in Atlanta, but they play in ATL if you know where to look for for them. There is also plenty to say about expectations and intentions in regards to dating, on the part of both genders, but that is another article, post, or blog for another time. . . .


October 19th, 2009
11:13 pm

As a single,good looking ,34years young,bs degree ,no children with a 65000 salary black male in the atl i find it very difficult to meet Quality women without a lot of drama and baggage. i get so tired of rehabbing women from their last relationship and dealing with all these rules.

Matt B.

October 19th, 2009
10:57 pm

I was a single, in shape, affluent, reasonably attractive male for several years in Atlanta, and I had a horribly difficult time meeting women, so, yeah, gay or not, this is apparently a great place for a woman to be extremely picky. Any woman here that complains about meeting men either needs to hit the gym or the psych couch.
Dude, you hit the nail on the head. I’m in the same boat because I don’t live ITP (inside the perimeter). I’m an attractive, educated, well-spoken male and find that most women won’t even make eye contact. If you go virtually anywhere in public in Atlanta (particularly to socialize), and take a true head count, you’ll find many more men that women.
Third. I’m 26, good-looking, athletic, great job. However, what seems to be my downfall is that I’m also a decent guy who doesn’t act like a narcissistic d-bag. I’ve taken several girls out on dates that have gone well; even one where we hit it off. It never ends up working out though; I get excuses like “the date was a bit overwhelming”. Women reap what they sew in this town.