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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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August 26th, 2010
10:18 pm

What the heck……..


August 26th, 2010
9:43 pm

Oh yeah, almost forgot, that most bewildering issue of ‘where the boys are’. Hey – GO TO THE PARKS GUYS!!!! I went there many times, the suburb parks, where you can ride bikes, take a walk, just a general good time outdoors. All I ever saw were a bunch of either old ugly people or kids. Quit going to the gym and go to your local park! Having your dog with you is probably your best bet!


August 26th, 2010
9:34 pm

I know this is an old article, but ran into this today and its been awhile to be soooo entertained on the internet! Even though this “poll” is totally Meaningless, thanks to many of you posters here, I’ve been laughing all day. BTW, I’ve lived in the great ATL for 28 years minus being displaced the last 3, married for 20, but had already started ‘dating’ someone, so never had to immediately get into dating. When that relationship, already been a back/forth thing ended after 2 1/2 yrs, I did start to ‘date’ and it was one nightmare after another! My ‘degree’ would be Wisdom, and ya can’t get that at no college, nor can you attain common sense there as well. I have never been ‘picky’ unless you want to call picky wanting a man who not only is honest but wise, in shape, not necessarily ‘rich’ but financially solid and yes, GOOdlooking! Everything except the financially solid part would be my match! So, that is the Complete picture of the Real problem with any availble single men(Anywhere) – the ones you do find that are decent are ugly as a mud fence! Yes I’ll be once again heading to the ‘dating’ online sites only this time, just posting pics and if ya aint got any or any good ones don’t call!


July 14th, 2010
6:21 am

Its my Opinion that most like 99.9% of the women in the United States do not realize how good they have it. They take for granted all the liberties that women have in the United States. Then when it comes to dating they want to play the I am better than you role. Or I can do better.
I wish all these uptown women could travel to the Middle East or at least overseas and see the other 90% of the female population. 90 % of them wish they had a day off or the time to have a date. I am so tired of women that profess. Do not do this ! Do not that ! Jeez now wonder the male population is going gay !! I will continue to travel over seas until I meet Mrs. Right!! American Women I will not play your Games.

Matt B.

October 22nd, 2009
12:23 am


First of all, Atlanta is a great place to live and socialize. I’m 26 and a native, which is rare these days, and I can’t see myself living in too many other places, save for Nashville or Charleston.

I’m not against going to bars; I still go out to Buckhead and the Highlands with friends. Besides bars, I’ll go to Chastain to run, out to eat dinner with friends, hit the golf course, etc.

My problem is after you’ve been at the office all day and your done working out or whatever I end up doing after work, where’s the time to meet cool girls during the week?

I find coffee shops are a nice starter place for conversation with women. Backpacking sounds fun. Ya, and seriously, I don’t think too many cool guys would be hanging out at the Home Depot anyway…


October 20th, 2009
9:44 pm

To jayhorn, atlshirt, joe and matt,
Now, seriously if you are the “decent”, “respectable” guys, where do you guys usually hang out? Perhaps, I could swing by this weekend and see for myself… ??

and, before you guys or others make judgments, I do NOT belong to the whiny group of women about not meeting single men etc.. I only moved here a few months ago.. I am beginning to get to know the city… and really hoping to meet people and make friends..

I am just a little curious.. most of you “decent” men said bars/clubs are not your thing.. mine neither.. I don’t go to bars or clubs.. neither do I put a ton of makeup or wear designer clothes… I am simple and nice and I prefer men who are that way too…
so where do you guys ACTUALLY go? movies? games? theater? park? coffee shops? restaurants? mountains???

or perhaps if you drive a BMW or some other luxury vehicle, you don’t bother to notice a woman who drives a Corolla/Civic or some other non-luxury car, even she is good looking, works at a top firm, is 27 and single??? And what is the dating scene like?? Is sex so important before you get to know someone?? I mean I can’t imagine someone I don’t know yet or like, touching me!!!

And to jhk:
I have NEVER watched sex and the city.. and I am not looking for a six-pack, six figure salary guy, who drives a fancy car… just someone simple and down-to-earth.. now, is that too much to expect??

I don’t know what to expect.. all the comments here are making me re-think my relocation choice.. oh btw, I did NOT move here for men, my job brought me here… and if it is as bad as what the comments say, perhaps I should get out ASAP. ..

Otherwise, I find Atlanta to be a nice place.. and most people are courteous..

Oh BTW, I have been approached by “thug” like men at Home Depot and Target… and I don’t mean black men.. so, not my place to “find” someone…

perhaps I should just go on that solo backpacking trip again, just to get away from it all…