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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?

443 comments Add your comment

Luvbug

May 28th, 2010
4:33 pm

Melo- You half right. My little lady aint seen a man in a while…ummm, but d@mn if it’s crusty!!

Lady J

May 28th, 2010
4:34 pm

what why I gotta be crusty geesh!

Lady J

May 28th, 2010
4:35 pm

melo that was mean we arn’t talking any more!

Melo

May 28th, 2010
4:35 pm

You half right. My little lady aint seen a man in a while

@Luvbug??

I am truly sorry for that……

My deepest commiserations! :lol: :lol:

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
4:36 pm

at Leggs: Perfect!!!

Luvbug

May 28th, 2010
4:36 pm

Yeah Lady J…Ion know who he been dealin with, but somebody needs to stay off Metropolitan Parkway.

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
4:38 pm

“Then I will start singing like Mighty Mouse. Here I come to save the dayyyyyyyy!!!!!”

ALOL I would pay to see that!

Lady J

May 28th, 2010
4:38 pm

i threw with him buv…..lol

Melo

May 28th, 2010
4:38 pm

@I am..

io hope u write to me in the privacy of ur home..at least to say hie

takpat78@gmail.com

If u dont take care of urself,nobody will (not this blog)

Trust me on that! :lol:

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
4:40 pm

Melo I will wave at you smile at you and even shout you out in a blog.

But me emailing you in the comfort of my Atlanta based home, I dunno.
Mrs. Melo may not like that

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
4:42 pm

<—-freshening up makeup

Dig That

May 28th, 2010
4:42 pm

I am- Go ahead and hook him up. Send 2 copies. One for him and one for me.

Poppa Grande

May 28th, 2010
4:43 pm

Mrs. Tazzee Mae Jenkins-Robinson

Congratulations!!

SATC

I have no plans to go to that movie.

I do admit that I enjoyed working out at LA Fitness (Atlantic Station) a little bit more than usual today. I had plenty to see while on the elliptical. :grin: For some reason, most guys’ workouts took a little longer than usual.

Lady J

May 28th, 2010
4:43 pm

i am ok bring it on see you in a few ok out to the madness of this traffic

Dig That

May 28th, 2010
4:43 pm

@luvbug- A few cobwebs ain’t never killed nobody, except the dude you finally give some too

Melo

May 28th, 2010
4:45 pm

Mrs. Melo may not like that

@I am??

phlucck her!

:lol: :lol:

Luvbug

May 28th, 2010
4:46 pm

Dig That – LOL…I’m sure BP can help me out with that. :lol:

Poppa Grande

May 28th, 2010
4:47 pm

Suisse

Drink a Grey Goose and Cranberry for me!!

Everyone have a fun, relaxing, but safe holiday!!

FYI..Billy Badazz aka Georgia State Patrol is out in full force

Luvbug

May 28th, 2010
4:48 pm

Well not the mud and concrete…but you know what I mean.

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
4:48 pm

@Melo ~ even in gist, you should type words like that about your Queen. You can disrespect verbally as well as with the written word!!!

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
4:49 pm

Even in jest….jest…

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
4:49 pm

Dagnabit…let’s start overy

Even in jest you SHOULDN’t type words like that about your Queen. You can disrespect verbally as well as with the written word!!!

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Dig That

May 28th, 2010
4:50 pm

I can’t wait to leave my office. I’m staring out the window with my feet up and I can hear every tick tock on the clock.

Dig That

May 28th, 2010
4:51 pm

Did you put her on vacation @Luvbug

Melo

May 28th, 2010
4:51 pm

she aint talking about Queen..but Mrs Melo….melo aint got a mrs

but i got u

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
4:52 pm

I can’t believe Melo just said that.
:shock:

Professor

May 28th, 2010
4:52 pm

@leggs dehydrated cougar sounds better.

Luvbug

May 28th, 2010
4:53 pm

No…I just don’t show her to everybody.

Dig That

May 28th, 2010
4:53 pm

dehydrated cougar sounds better.

U think?

Melo

May 28th, 2010
4:53 pm

@I am??

i will take a pay day loan for u..just to please u..!

:lol:

i'm swiss

May 28th, 2010
4:54 pm

PG — Tell you what, I’ll have a Jack & Coke or a brewski. I just survived a Sex & the City viewing w/ the Mrs. — that vodka & cranberry is a bit too metrosexual for me right now… :lol: Gotta rebuild my man-cred

Dig That

May 28th, 2010
4:56 pm

No…I just don’t show her to everybody

Good thing I’m not everybody. Hello my name is somebody. Wassup?

Professor

May 28th, 2010
4:56 pm

Melo :shock: Mrs. Queen is Mrs. Melo or did I miss something.

I am out like….wishing all the married folks some hot, wet, juicy, not too funky loving after y’all talk and play peek-a-boo for 14 hours loving

Luvbug

May 28th, 2010
4:56 pm

She’s not dry…I don’t think. After all, I do have to wash and keep her up. Plus, I thought cougar was at least 40-50 yrs old??

Melo

May 28th, 2010
4:56 pm

Have a happy long weekend everybody…..

Those who aint got wet in a long time..try to water that eden,if u get a chance…

Like Lady J said,”Make the most of it while its still functional!”

Luv yaa! mwaaaaaaa

Dig That

May 28th, 2010
4:57 pm

@Swiss- How did that happen? She got you pretty good my friend.

Professor

May 28th, 2010
4:57 pm

@Dig I know, I am the author of that sentence…if someone wants it to say something else they should have been the writer.

Dig That

May 28th, 2010
4:58 pm

@luvbug- I didn’t even know the age range of cougars

Dig That

May 28th, 2010
4:59 pm

Lol Professor.

i'm swiss

May 28th, 2010
4:59 pm

Dig — I got hoodwinked by the puddy… She’s getting smarter — she knows now to ask me for stuff while riding The Matterhorn… I can’t say no…. :lol:

Dig That

May 28th, 2010
5:01 pm

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
5:05 pm

I’m out and right now….like fat people in steam rooms…you don’t see me

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
5:09 pm