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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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Uncle Tom

October 19th, 2009
8:47 pm

I’m so glad you didn’t say Lil Wayne.. You say these women want their guy to look like Young Jeezy. Let’s even the playing field a bit shall we? You mean to tell me they don’t want their guy to look like Bubba Sparxxx?


October 19th, 2009
8:42 pm

I’m sorry, I simply do not agree with this. Maybe it’s the best city for Gay men to meet but not if you’re straight!


October 19th, 2009
8:36 pm

Atlanta turned into cheesy niteclubs, tight black shirts, gold chains and fake body parts some time ago – there are less and less places to just go get a drink, turn up the jukebox and just get drunk and have a good time. The women I used to meet seemd to be looking for the fattest wallet they could find and someone to get them into “VIP” spots where they could get their picture taken. Actual conversation hovered somewhere around nonexistant.

I grew up in Atlanta and lived downtown for 11 years, from midtown to the Highlands, downtown to Inman Park and L5P; I gave up, got out and headed to Alabama. I live on the Gulf Coast and its a whole different ballgame and I could be more pleased. If you are fed up, get out and find a town with some heart and soul left in it – the ATL lost that luster in the mid 90’s.

Uncle Tom

October 19th, 2009
8:29 pm

I’ll tell ya a goooood place you can meet a decent guy… Oklahoma or Kansas. See, all you do is move out there and you’ll be getting away from this city where you claim you can’t find “a good man.” It’s probably a good idea though to do the online dating thing. This way, you can do your searching from the comfort of your home or office. Then, you can move out there where he is (you know, once y’all get all the living arrangements established). When that’s done, you can start your new life with him…on the farm. Besides, doesn’t every woman wish they could be a housewife?


October 19th, 2009
8:13 pm

I believe their are undoubtably a large group of straight men in Atlanta. The problem is, women here are too picky to recognized a honest, hardworking man who does have morals and integrity to treat a women with respect and dignity. I agree with a previous post, who says that unless you have a thug mentality and walk around looking like young jeezy, then you’re left out of the loop. Also, if you don’t drive a particular car or your fashion is subpar, then you’re simply not good enough. I understand there are a large population of gay men in Atlanta, but there are also men who are overlooked simply because they are the good guys who never get a chance to prove their worthy for the ladies attention and affection.

Uncle Tom

October 19th, 2009
8:06 pm

Why do you need a college degree to be a good guy?


October 19th, 2009
7:52 pm

This is a joke! I agree with most of the female posters on here today. The quality of men in Altanta is very poor (sorry 2% good men). I have been divorced over 2 years and all I keep meeting are fakers, liers, other women’s bored husbands and men looking for someone to take them in and feed them like strays. What would help if men would date in their league and if you do not have yourself together stay out of the dating pool until you do. Don’t seek out a dime when you are a penny. And whatever happened to chilvary and manners?


October 19th, 2009
7:50 pm

Stacey, you are correct. Most of these earlier comments obviously come from women who fall into the Mary J. Blige category. They make horrid decisions in men and blame the men for their wild lifestyles and decisions. The numbers speak for themselves. Atlanta has been on top singles lists for years. I moved here from Washington DC almost two and a half years ago. I believe the singles’ scene is amazing. I am single and about to be engaged.

However, I have NEVER been in a city where women complain and cry so often. They make bad choices in men and then blame everyone except themselves. Many of the posters on this board should put their Mary J. Blige “I Made Bad Decisions in Men” card.


October 19th, 2009
7:43 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.


October 19th, 2009
7:31 pm

Boston.. The best city to meet a girl with a beard.