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All drink lines were so absurdly long and bartenders so slow that guests opted to go upstairs to the hotel bar and spend more money than the ticket was worth for drinks served with decent customer service. The organizers at Pros In The City do not do anything to create an enjoyable ambiance, nor do they make any effort to live up to the themes of the events they hold. Fortunately, I struck up an interesting convo with one of the other ladies attending and enjoyed that.
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The event got a large turnout and the energy in the room was noticeable. The event was well organized and a lot of fun. I loved that there were so many people to meet.
The online system they provide after the event offers a great opportunity to follow up with people you met at the event. I was pleased with the outcome of my evening. I would definitely recommend this to my friends. I'm looking forward to the next event.
However, I wanted to provide my personal feedback for anyone who may be considering trying one such event. I went after finding a Living Social deal, was highly skeptical, had read mixed reviews. The location was nice, the event was extremely well-organized, and I thought it was a good deal after the coupon. Who shows up at these things is a crapshoot, but fortunately, my event was just about even between men and women and I think I met about a dozen men. Looks like I am going to have at least one date as a result.
After the event , you get an email within two days I got it less than 24 hours later allowing you to make a mini-profile, select those you were interested in and see "mutual matches" and exchange emails through that platform with anyone from the event. Again, I find the whole thing very well organized and I had a good time. My only complaint, like others, is that the event DOES start about 30 minutes after it says at 7: Fortunately, I struck up an interesting convo with one of the other ladies attending and enjoyed that.
However, I suggest arriving at 7: I have been to several speed dating events which were ok, but their mixers are a total bust. I am at one now, and an hour and a half in there is exactly 1 woman and 4 guys aside from me surrounding her talking her ear off. Not exactly a smashing success. This is the second and last one for me. The first was almost as bad, pretty much a sausage fest, about 15 guys and maybe 4 women. I have better odds going to a bar Don't waste your time or money on this if you are male.
Then again, considering the options for women most of the guys looked like middle age government nerds. I don't recommend Professionals in the City. I went to a tennis event and when the pizza arrived, they cut the pizza slices in half. If that was not bad enough, they refilled the gallon water jugs with water from the bathroom. Unfortunately I have to give it something before I can write a review and to be honest with you I wish I could give them absolutely zero stars.
We had all been talking about doing speed dating because none of us had ever tried it and thought it would be fun to do together.
It was unorganized and a huge disappointment. They inform you to show up early, which we all did, but the event ended up starting 30 minutes late. The organizers that were running the show did not even inform anybody that it was running late and the event venue changed from the restaurant to the hotel bar lounge. We only found out because we went on a scavanger hunt to locate the people running the show.
The two girls were rude and not helpful. There wasn't a sorry we had to change venues or it's running late. They were both dismissive. Secondly, there were more woman than men. Why didn't the organizers try to get some of the men that were leaving the bar to stay? Find out if they were single? The majority of the people in the bar were woman, hardly any men. If I wanted to meet new girlfriends I would have gladly signed up for the deal, but we were there to see our options for men.
I will never do anything with pros in the city. Huge waste of time and money. In the name of all that is honest, true, and pure. The organizers at Pros In The City do not do anything to create an enjoyable ambiance, nor do they make any effort to live up to the themes of the events they hold.
For example, the event I attended tonight was a speed dating event set up for people seeking to date singles of different ethnicities, however the crowd was not diverse AT ALL. I can't blame Pros In The City for the fact that I did not have a romantic connection with anyone there, but I can hold Pros accountable for the fact that the crowd was not diverse when the claim was that the event was an Interracial Speed Dating event.
The least Pros can do is survey the ethnicity of the people who signed up. If the crowd of attendees is not diverse, the event should be cancelled or postponed because it will not live up to what people paid for.
Basically, don't waste your money here. If you want to do speed dating, try thingstododc. And no, I don't work for thingstododc. I just don't want someone reading this to assume that I am over critical and can't be pleased. I did not meet anyone I was interested in at the thingstododc speed dating event either, but I still had a good time, they had an open bar, and it was cheaper. All in all - if you're looking for a good time, look elsewhere.
I've attended many events run by professionals in the city. The events I've promoted through them have all included dance related events. Their staff is exemplary and professional. I have never experienced anything but attentive and efficient service. They company owner is often at the events himself, ensuring that quality service is maintained. The staff also put out a positive energy which just makes the event more fun.
What prosinthecity offers is a creative schedule filled with over events per year of almost anything you can imagine. While some events end up being lightly attended, other ones are packed or wait listed. This group is not afraid to try new ideas and receives proposals for events constantly from the community. You should keep an eye on their calendar. You want to cook, ride horses, do your taxes, meet new people, fly a plane, dance, hula hoop, juggle I tried many of their recreational activities and had a lot of fun.
Unfortunately, they don't have as many these days, as they've specialized on speed dating. I've gone to many of those too, and they're surprisingly fun. I haven't been to one for a couple of years, so this might not be up to date.
I did attend at least 10 before then though, plus a few at their competitors'. PitC's are the best I've gone to. They're held in restaurants or bars, and typically had 20 people of each gender. You get to sit down, which is not always true with their competitors.
You rotate through and get 4 minutes with each. Of course, that's not enough time to learn much, but you can see if there's an initial attraction worthy of a real date. You get a piece of paper to take notes, but there's almost no time to do so.
Afterward you connect a Web site where you can e-mail other attendees without revealing your actual e-mail address. You can upload your picture and write some text, but often not all attendees do, which is why those notes are important. Not a great average, but speed dating is the shotgun strategy: People with more charisma would probably do better than me.
I have been to a number of their speed datings over the past year. This group hosts speed datings every day, and has pretty much cornered the speed dating market in DC. They advertise many of their events as "more men needed" but their ratios are usually pretty close.
Sometimes there are a few extra women and sometimes there are a few extra men. I actually prefer when there are a few extra women because I enjoy the breaks. Their weekend events and their events based on age that I attended have gotten 50 or 60 people at them. But I once went to a pet lovers dating on a Tuesday, and that had only about 25 people at it. So these seem to vary in size based on the day of the week and the theme.
I judge these events based on the best person I meet, not the worst. Using that as my criteria, these events are great. Every time I go, it is a different group of people, which gives each event a completely different feel.
Sometimes I end up going on subsequent dates with 2 or 3 different guys. Other times, I end up not going out with anybody. But I would say that anybody with reasonable social skills who goes to a few of these is going to meet somebody they like.
In the interest of full disclosure, there are always at least 2 or 3 guys there that I would not ever be interested in. They are nice enough guys, but they are just guys that I would not ever be attracted to. I usually just talk to these guys about their work, so they are more likely to feel a romantic connection with some of the other women. What these events provide is the opportunity to make a connection with somebody. What somebody does once given that opportunity is up to themselves.
It is probably not going to happen by going to just one event, but if you go to a few of these you are likely to meet somebody you like here much quicker than you would through bars or online dating. The events are well run. They usually have 3 or 4 staff there, and the owner is always present. Their online follow up system is great because it enables people to be able to contact each other after the event without you having to tell anybody your last name or email address. Since , Wisdom has served traditional cocktails using some of the finest liqueurs and vermouth around.
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