super friendly hosts, good conversations, warm hostess, great location, really awesome couple people, poor customer service, expensive drink
Attended the DC branch a couple of times. The first time I guess I did pretty good because they invited me back at a discount because I got a number of matches. My first event was at a spot not too far from me called Wisdom. Cool spot. Great drinks. Nice vibe. The second time I went to a spot in Adams Morgan called Grand Central. I went to a office party here so I knew it well. It's a good place too but the service can be hit or miss. If your popular at these things it's fun. I'm guessing less so if you aren't. I find the company to be accommodating and professional. Both nights the crew, crowd and atmosphere were cool, comfortable and casual. My type of scene.
An interesting night. Good restaurant. Nice people. It seemed enjoyable for everyone in involved, myself included.
Okie dokie! So what's it all about.
Well, let me tell you. :-)
I finally managed to book an event with this company. The events sell out really quick so you have to the use the force to get into this place. But finally I got in. A little nervous but what can do you? Liked the whole british angle and their relaxed approach I've never been speed dating before but like everyone else, I've seen it in the movies and tv and such. Okay. So I head on down there to get it on so to speak. I was late but they didn't seem to mind. I missed the touch ups they do before the event so I elected to have a drink to ease my worries. The crew is all very nice and very laid back. I was expecting stuffy brit s with b ad teeth but to my surprise, they were very chill (i didn't get a chance to check their teeth). When everything finally settled down, we began. It's kinda funny cause I knew who I liked right away and unfortunately for me there were down the line a bit so I kept glancing over to see how they were getting on with the other ladies. Probably not entirely fair to my current dates, but I couldn't help myself. Yada yada ...what do you do...yada...oh really...yada yada. This happened about 10 times before I got to the guys I really wanted to talk to. By now the drink is settling in and I am loose as a goose, witty and flirty. There were a total of 3 guys I really liked. Two worked in diff fields and one was out of work but I didn't care. I need a housekeeper anyway so what the hell :-) The venue was nice, the dishes they brought out yummy and the drinks super, super strong but what the hell right? The next day you anxiously await an e-mail to let you know if the guys you wrote down , also w rote you down. It's fun. It's weird. But it's fun.
The good and bad of speed dating. My best friend and I thought we needed to get out of the apartment and meet some cool dudes. We checked out speed la and thought it looked like the spot to get our groove on. We registered and attended an event at bagatelle in west hollywood. A very chi chi spot that we both loved. We arrived late because of traffic but the hosts were nice and helpful in getting us set up. The event was just starting so we grabbed our sheet, got the low down and next thing we knew there were real life guys vying for our attention. Or something like that. It goes by super fast. In the middle they stop for a short break so everyone can catch their breath or make a run for the restroom. We returned and there were really nice appetizers for everyone. It's kinda funny because there were a couple of dudes my friend and I both liked but because they attacked the food tray like they hadn't eaten in days, we rethought our decision about them and noted their grubby hands on our sheet. We were introduced to about 20 guys which was cool and confusing all at once. They started to blend in to each other after about an hour and a couple of drinks. When time was up we each selected two dudes. Luckily not the same guys which would of been weird for us, probably not for them. There's definitely an excitement that is addicting. Talking and flirting is a ton of fun. If you have a bestie that you can go with, you def should.
This service is a very bad one to get involved with. They will lie to you and then they will defraud you. They are constantly cancelling their events and changing location at a seconds notice. When you make a complaint then they try to bully you as well and make you look like the bad person. They even threatened to bad list me on multiple sites. These guys are very bad news.
1/1/13 Update: As other Yelpers
note...they are bullies. I had a poor experience and they cannot graciously apologize and accept it. They continue to harrass me by email and are now threatening to defame me by posting that I am a bad customer. How is that possible since I never even used the service...I only felt they had the worst customer service ever...and it should be obvious to you all.
ZERO stars. I filed a complaint on behalf of my friend with the Better Business Bureau. Then I get an email, apparently from one of the partners, Jon Laurent. In my opinion he was not sincerely apologetic and basically tried to make me look like I was "bullying" the company by filing a complaint. This is absolutely the worst company I have ever dealt with in my entire life. MY RECOMMENDATION: DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY. God forbid you have a complaint...they totally make you feel like you did something wrong for complaining...THEN...this Jon Laurent would not stop emailing me after I requested that he not. I'm filing a second complaint with the Better Business Bureau on this harassment.
They did not listen to anything I had to stay, accused me of bullying, and did not honor my request, twice, when I asked that they no longer contact me. Steer clear!
Interesting night. If the question is does speed dating work? I don't know. If the question is did I have fun? I did. I met some nice guys and met some nice girls for friends. Liked the restaurant and enjoyed the service. Whether it is better than typical online dating - I am mixed on. If you want a fun night out with friends - you should def. try it.
My first time there:
4 out of 19 women canceled, so there was some gender imbalance and downtime. Each date was only 3 minutes, and it was too damn loud to have a good conversation. All but 3 of the women were ugly. If one picked a random cross-section of women in Santa Monica they would be better-looking than this, but there appears to be a problem of adverse selection, which is to be expected given the total lack of any pre-screening of the participants.
According to the organizers, this always sells out for women months in advance, but men can still sign up until the last minute. My freakonomics-ish theory as to why that happens is that they don't stagger the age ranges. On average, women tend to prefer older men and men tend to prefer younger women. On average, a 30 year old man is more sought after than a 30 year old woman. So if the signups are ages 25-35 on both sides, then women have more of an incentive to sign up than men. They could fix the gender imbalance by staggering the age ranges to be like women 20-30, men 25-35.
Been to two locations in LA; one at Beso in Hollywood and the second at STK in West Hollywood. Both are just great. I went alone the first time and the second I thought I would go with two girlfriends. We all had a bunch of fun. It's super fun to get your make-up touched up before, the hosts were all super accommodating and the attendees fun as well. I live in the Southbay so it's a long drive for me to get to the events so I would love it if they could add more Southbay and OC events. To me, you have as good of a time as you want to. The fun is there you just have to let go and enjoy yourself. The restaurants are top notch, the service the same and fellow daters nice just like me! If your single, it's a must do. Ciao!
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A TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY !!!!!
We purchased a LivingSocial deal back in June and have signed up for 3 different events of which all of them have been cancelled. With this last event, I got in touch with Jessica, who has actually been the only nice person in this whole ordeal. Jessica told me that the event was still going on. At the last minute, they cancel the event. Since this was the 3rd time, I replied to Angela's email informing us of the cancellation. I explained that I was upset by the cancellation and inconvenienced, especially after confirming there were no issues with the events. Diana wrote me back and thus started the issue. Diana asked that I explain how I was inconvenienced and how they were unprofessional. She claimed she had no knowledge that we had had events cancelled on us. It was as if she had no record of us at all. She made a comment about the fact that we paid less than their regular paying customers and that my friends and I were the only ones who had had that many events cancelled on us. No one else had a problem. She even sent 2 of us a stock email about how successful they are. I asked to speak with a superior to Diana and she refused. I wrote an email to corporate and got the same response as Diana from Tina. I told them I didn't want a response from them and Tina kept emailing me! All they needed to say was sorry and how can we get you onto another event or even recognize the inconvenience. Instead, they made it seem like the rest of their daters were more important and they couldn't be bothered by us. Do not use this company!!!!!
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