single but not quite so drunk?

forbes magazine recently did a ranking of the top cities in america to be single in. the rankings are in and atlanta happened to come in at #4. you can read the whole methodology here, but basically forbes ranked cities on a whole host of factors ranging from ‘coolness’ to number of online dating profiles.

when it was all said and done atlanta came in fourth behind san francisco, new york and la. honestly, i don’t think you can complain about being in that category.

having been single in both atlanta and washington dc, i agree that atlanta is definitely a better place to be single.

interestingly though, atlanta only ranked #28 on forbes list of america’s most drunk cities, i guess meaning you don’t need beer goggles to have fun as a single?

anyway, i am curious what you singles think? is atlanta a good place to be single? how does it compare with other places you lived.

discuss, please!

8 Comments so far

  1. Michael (unregistered) on September 24th, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

    If you want to stay single, yes. Admittedly, this might only hold for the gay guys, but I’ve found the boys in Atlanta to be at least as commitment-phobic as the ones in DC, and half as interesting.

    But I think the latter at least has much to do with what there is to do for ‘dating’ here – there are bars and restaurants, of course, and the Fox and other Big-Ticket Culture type places. There are fewer small-c cultural events here that are particularly conducive to meeting/getting to know someone while there. But what other places (especially New York, San Francisco, and DC) really have on Atlanta is proximity of different stuff.

    In other cities, a date can start with dinner, move next door for drinks, then another nearby spot for dancing, or coffee, etc. Here, you could still do all this (though considering how early stuff closes, time could be short), but you’d have to intersperse each step with a potentially long and mood-altering drive.

    There are lots of attractive single people in Atlanta, but the city does very little to bring us together.


  2. BTI (unregistered) on September 24th, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

    “(though considering how early stuff closes, time could be short)”

    I could be wrong, but I believe last call in Atlanta is as late or later than NY, SF, LA and DC.

    I don’t think stuff is too spread out for a good date. You just need a little planning. For example, dinner, drinks, dancing, coffee. In Virginia-Highland (or l5p, eav, etc) you can do all of these things. I think having different neighborhood clusters makes for a good singles/dating scene in Atlanta.


  3. Maigh (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 10:36 am

    I’ve been in Atlanta 11 years and never had any trouble dating or finding a place to go. It’s all in your head, your standards and your willingess to put yourself out there and have FUN.

    Because I love sweeping generalizations and the way they get folks fired up, I’ll say this: the people I’ve met who say it’s hard to date here are the ones not trying.

    Nothing to bring you together? Like going to a Wings festival and talking to a stranger? Or a Braves game, or a 5k, or a photo stroll, or or or.

    This city has treated me (and my single years, and my buddies and their single years) quite well.


  4. Rashid Z. Muhammad (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 10:49 am

    I’m a 30ish straight male and I would agree with Micheal to a point. There is no shortage of young hot women to take out and bed on any given night, but there seems to be a major dearth of those truly worthy of my time regularly. Or those with any sort of real spiritual grounding – in any non-hedonist belief that is.

    I would disagree on the “stuff to do” argument though. At least on the Castleberry Hill / Downtown / Cabbage-Reynoldstown / East ATL areas that surround where I live. Plenty of cool stuff to get into ’til the wee hours.


  5. Leah (unregistered) on October 1st, 2007 @ 3:34 pm

    I think the mentality in this town blows. From my standpoint, men don’t want to commit. I’ve never pick up lines the way I do here when I’m in other cities.

    Atlanta sucks to be single in, as far as I’m concerned. I’d much prefer to be in the North where men are a little more tolerant of independent, self-sufficient women who don’t “need” them, but more want to “be with” them.

    Not sure if that makes sense or not. I hate when Atlanta comes up on these lists.


  6. Leah (unregistered) on October 1st, 2007 @ 3:35 pm

    That should say “heard pick up lines.” Ugh.


  7. james (unregistered) on October 1st, 2007 @ 3:53 pm

    you were ranting so much you forgot a word ;-) although a post detailing the pick-up lines you have heard would make for some very fun reading over at coma.


  8. james (unregistered) on October 11th, 2010 @ 7:52 pm

    The whole “not trying” argument infuriates me. I’m neither black nor gay so for myself and others in my demographic, Atlanta is the worst city for singles I have ever experienced. The women here are uptight, unattractive, and unfriendly (or gorgeous and taken). The bar scene is shitty and overpriced. My best friend here is charming, handsome, and successful and has been single for over a year – so its not just me. Fuck Atlanta.



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