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Atlanta Yelp's Gilded Age party, The Gold Club. Photo Credit: Mike Cook

Atlanta Yelp's Gilded Age party, The Gold Club. Photo Credit: Mike Cook

When we discussed the topic of diversifying your dating options, I posed the question, how do you meet people who are a little “different” than you normally date.  Well, I think I’ve answered my own question. One word: Yelp.

Yelp.com is a website that allows people to set up profiles and review local businesses.  It’s a great way to find out what others think about places you haven’t been to.  There is also the fun social networking aspect of Yelp that makes it appealing to people who enjoy meeting new people, like I do.

From time to time, there is some fun soiree that is organized by Yelp as a way to connect people with businesses in their community.  You get to sample a little bit of everything and discover places that you may not have heard of.

Last week, Yelp held one of these soirees billed as Atlanta Yelp’s Gilded Age, at the oh so sexy Gold Club.  They truly know how to party because I walked in and the first thing I spotted was a lady standing there in a Moulin Rouge outfit.  You know it’s going to be a good night if feather boas have been spotted.

I made my way through the crowd to find Kathleen, the Atlanta community manager for Yelp.  I had met her before when we hung out at Drinkshop and chatted about Atlanta and the dating scene over cocktails.  This time, I wanted to ask her if Yelp was secretly a online dating website because everyone there seemed to be single and ready to mingle!

The crowd was diverse, which I totally loved. Imagine inviting all your friends from all different backgrounds to one place to nibble on yummy food while a DJ plays good music.  That is what the Yelp parties are always like.   A totally random, completely fun group of people who like to explore the city and all it has to offer. You mix and mingle without feeling as if you are at a meat/meet market.

Kathleen said that although Yelp is not promoted as a dating site, meeting a potential date is just a natural by-product.  When you share interests like eating out or skydiving, you seem to organically gravitate to one another.  The free event drew a great crowd of people who seemed to be relaxed and enjoying themselves.

Not to mention the delicious samples from places like Cafe Sunflower (a fave among vegetarians), High Cotton Bakery, Joli Kobe Bakery, The Melting Pot, Sheik Burritos & Kabobs, Maker’s Mark, Leblon Cachaca, 3AM Vodka, Savida Sangria, Cypress Street Pint and Plate and sponsors included Zipcar, Dames Aflame (how cool is that name?), and of course the The Gold Room.

I tried to make as many stops as I can, so believe me when I say it was a fun night of mingling and sampling. This was my first effort to broaden my horizons and think outside the box.  I am still thinking of other ways to do it this summer.  Any ideas?

What do you do when you want to mix things up and meet new people? What kind of events and activities have you lined up to get into this summer?

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i'm swiss

May 28th, 2010
3:56 pm

Lady J — I just got final clearance from Mrs. Swiss, so I will be making an appearance. So, what’s the plan? Gather at the bar? You know I don’t know what you folks look like, so just keep an eye out for me. I’ll be the handsome swiss devil with the luxurious hair… :lol:

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
3:56 pm

when I talk you talk we talk….. SOSO was just let go :-(

czBrat

May 28th, 2010
3:56 pm

sorry i missed so much. things got busy here. they are now officially reporting that he (gary coleman) has died :cry:

what’s with the meetup? i thought that was next week?

Professor

May 28th, 2010
3:56 pm

Lady J for real I wanted to know about the SATC I don’t know what that is

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
3:57 pm

I’m swiss…bring your single male friends :lol:

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
3:57 pm

DRINKS ON SWISS!!!! WHOOOO-WEEEEE!!!!!!

Professor

May 28th, 2010
3:58 pm

I could not stand SOSO :evil:

Thats Girllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll
talk v to the one 0 333333333333333333333333333333333

:evil:
:???:
:evil:

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
3:59 pm

lol at Profes

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
3:59 pm

Why it has to be a dehydrated cougar…it could be a young spring chicken…those are the ones that will be mesmerized by his sexual wit!!! :wink:

czBrat

May 28th, 2010
4:00 pm

lawd, why am i now listening to two GUYS here making plans to go see SATC :shock:

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
4:01 pm

I couldn’t stomach Ms. Sophia’s ending of girl talk. Uuggghh. I just stopped listening altogether.

Lady J

May 28th, 2010
4:02 pm

professor I was laughing at something else honey don’t mind me! lol

Lady J

May 28th, 2010
4:02 pm

leggs I like gary with a tea on RSMS he/she is much better! lol sophia got sophisticated! lol

Melo

May 28th, 2010
4:03 pm

and hotel ready 4 some action with a dehydrated cougar/lady tonight

@Proffessor??

dehydration is the running theme.so as a travel warning to all the guys coming,including myself, to 6 FT the 2 words today are:

Be Ready!!

Lady J

May 28th, 2010
4:03 pm

swiss I will be in the waiting area with my yellow shirt on and you could have brought mrs swiss!!!! ;)

Beautiful

May 28th, 2010
4:04 pm

hi bloggers! how’s ev1? :~)

how do i meet new ppl??? i attend some of the events on my FB. some of y’all prolly thanking FB for my absences. LOL! it has kept me busy with dating, blogging, activities, and hanging with the chicas. jus last w/e, i went to a dodgeball tourny given by a church that my new FB friend attends. how sweet of him to invite me, but his gf didn’t like it too much. she always letting herself be known. is he flirting with me? hmmmm. it’s nice to put faces with a page. the turn out was awesome!

2nite having drinks with the gurls, 2mrro attending two bbq’s, but only one sponsored by FB. taking the babies with me . . . should be interesting. sunday spending time with my beau and monday spending time with bff at her church bbq.

honestly, this is a lil too much for me. i’m a homegurl fa real. will def let some weeks go by b4 doing this again. but i’m loved and appreciate them wanting me to be apart of them.

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
4:04 pm

singing: “It’s my dick in a box……”

dedicated to Melo

czBrat

May 28th, 2010
4:07 pm

sounds like i’ll miss the festivities. i guess i got my dates wrong. i know, you’re all broken up about it right? :lol:

ciao! have a great time.

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
4:07 pm

I do like Gary with a tea :-)

King Kong ain’t got nothin on her!

Melo

May 28th, 2010
4:08 pm

I am??

how old are u again??

Melo

May 28th, 2010
4:09 pm

and how tall??

chocolate or light skinned?

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
4:09 pm

I will be easy to spot.
I will be the flyest chick in this piece!!!
:lol:

Dig That

May 28th, 2010
4:09 pm

It is HOT as a mf’er outside. Dayum

Dig That

May 28th, 2010
4:10 pm

LadyJ- I am going to do my best to slide thru there, but I just realized that I don’t know what nobody looks like. We have probably hung out a couple times and didn’t even damn know it.

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
4:10 pm

From dispair to jubliation and conceit…gotta love it.

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
4:11 pm

All you have to do is spot the table with an ornament surrounding. It won’t be hard to spot us.

Dig That

May 28th, 2010
4:13 pm

How bout a sign that says we over here lil buddy. Lol

Trevor0529 - Birthday weekend (I'm on vacation!!)

May 28th, 2010
4:13 pm

I am going to pass on the meetup tonight. I will be attending the happy hour next weekend. Have a good weekend everyone!!

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
4:13 pm

Ok, I’ll work on that sign right now! :lol:

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
4:14 pm

If I had a dick in box we wouldn’t be hard to spot :lol:

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
4:14 pm

Leggs put dick in the box on the sign. alol!

Melo

May 28th, 2010
4:14 pm

I will be the flyest chick in this piece!!!

@I am..

i know, im trying to see if i can snap u so we go to my hide out be4 these other jokkers start drooling!

gimme ur vitals…..stats!

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
4:14 pm

<—-PURPOSELY IGNORING MELO

Luvbug

May 28th, 2010
4:17 pm

Nah!! Jus throw the roll at him while you leavin’.

LOL

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
4:21 pm

how bout I throw my stilleto at Melo

Melo

May 28th, 2010
4:22 pm

@Leggs?

did u see my reply toi the invite??

@I am..i dont blame u..u gimme one look,ur panties will sing,”pants to the ground” like that Vietnam War Vet on Idol

:lol: :lol:

Lady J

May 28th, 2010
4:22 pm

I will be there smiling dig lol it won’t be too hard……

Lady J

May 28th, 2010
4:23 pm

it isn’t huge either……putting on my shirt now…

Luvbug

May 28th, 2010
4:24 pm

a non watered nana gets really crusty after a long time

Ewww-wee

Dig That

May 28th, 2010
4:27 pm

a non watered nana gets really crusty after a long time

@Luvbug- I use to be able to say nothing can gross me out. I can’t say that anymore.

I’m extremely sure that a sign that says dick in a box will not make me come over.

Luvbug

May 28th, 2010
4:28 pm

Dig That- I know right?! LOL

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
4:28 pm

throwing more shoes at Melo (kinda like how that dude threw them at Bush)

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
4:28 pm

LOL @ dig that!

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
4:29 pm

@I am ~ I can put some boxes on it, and you will know what’s in it…how’s that?

i'm swiss

May 28th, 2010
4:29 pm

“I’m extremely sure that a sign that says dick in a box will not make me come over.”

Dig — Agreed. Now, if they have a sign that reads “Have box; need dyck” — that’s a whole ‘nother ballgame…

Trevor0529 - Birthday weekend (I'm on vacation!!)

May 28th, 2010
4:29 pm

@I am, Melo is breaking you down, isn’t he??
:lol:

Luvbug

May 28th, 2010
4:29 pm

Actually Dig, I bet Melo can make any subject gross…tweety birds…babies sleeping…anything. :lol:

Melo

May 28th, 2010
4:30 pm

Ewww-wee

@Luvbug??

i know baby..when u get back in the game,u dont wanna be with a truck driver fo show..they are not patient..and a crusty nana needs/ requires some smoof opperator at least..and time and patience!

u hear me Lady J…so be careful of that! :lol: :lol:

Dig That

May 28th, 2010
4:31 pm

Now, if they have a sign that reads “Have box; need dyck” — that’s a whole ‘nother ballgame…

@Swiss- Exactly my brother. Then I will start singing like Mighty Mouse. Here I come to save the dayyyyyyyy!!!!!

Dig That

May 28th, 2010
4:33 pm

I know I have said this one other time but it is worth repeating…..
IT IS HOTTER THAN A MF’ER OUT THERE