Enjoyable evenings with lots of genuine singles
I signed up for a City Swoon Charity event at the Ivy last year and another event at a bar in Manly since. I found both events to be very positive with a lot of genuine single people. It could be a great way to meet friends as well as I couldn't help but end up chatting to some of the other ladies at both events. The charity event was a lot of fun, loud and a bit chaotic but knowing that every person there was single made it very comfortable. Kind of like a singles club. The speed dating is just one part, and all done on an app. You'll also end...up talking to other people on the night. I went to both events on my own which felt incredibly brave but turned out to be totally fine and I would encourage you to do the same if you can't convince or find any other single friends to join you! ! If you meet someone you do like you're going to need to give out your details as I doubt anyone ever checks the messaging app afterwards. It's a little bit out of the dark ages but don't let that deter you. It's the whole idea to be a bit old school.
- Verified customer
Fantastic Night Out!
I went to an event a couple of weeks ago in Manly and just want to thank CitySwoon for such a well structured and organised evening, I truly had a fantastic time.
I thought that this was going to be very similar to a dating event I went to with another company when I lived in Melbourne, so was apprehensive at the start (I only moved to Sydney 2 months ago & don't know many people here) but as soon as I arrived and the dating kicked off I realised that CitySwoon was clearly at the forefront of these sorts of events.
I was literally in a bar with...
Events ok. Online profiles are complete manipulation
They send 4 profiles per day to view and send messages. No one ever replies there. No one knows if they exist or not. No info. About the last login date. Complete waste of time, every day sending messages to non existing profiles. And also you wont see the cancel subscription button on your profile until you pay for couple of months. Another strategy to rip you off
- Verified customer
Badly organised, waste of time and money
I paid for a ticket on Mardi Gras night and there was no reminder that they booked a venue that was completely blocked off due to the parade. I had to walk for an hour to try and get past the street blockages but after being half an hour late I gave up. I complained to the host about the organisation and choice of venue and he got angry and said he had worked hard to organise the night. I felt him arguing with me was bad customer service.
Their events are always a disappointment.
City Swoon Crew thanks for a good night
So my first City Swoon dating experience began with much enthusiasm and ended with deflation.I must admire the dedication of the City Swoon staff, and their welcoming and hospitable nature.I found the event easy to navigate for the most part,but if I required assistance staff were more than happy to oblige.However finding a date remotely interested in me seemed almost impossible.Again as is the case with many events of this type the attitude of the clientle derail its ultimate progress.I will be back again,however will not be counting on dates to ensure it is a good night.Plenty of good people at the event to socialise with.This is a big plus.Well done City Swoon keep up the great work.
Good in theory. Business model is designed to take and keep your money though...
Comprehensive review ahead!!
In essence, Cityswoon offer facilitated random meetings at an organised event. Is it worth $89 full price or $59 discounted with a subscription??? You decide.
Let me cut through the PR so you can decide for yourself whether it's worth getting involved with CitySwoon.
Singles Events are essentially like being at a friend's party where the host comes grab you every 12minutes and says, "Hey, I want you to meet my friend, they are single and I think you'd get along..." - in this case however, the friend is your pho...ne. You "check in" at the start of an event and then at the appropriate times, your phone flashes up a picture of the person you are to meet next. Your picture will flash up on the other person's phone and then you both seek each other out and introduce yourselves. A general location is also given which is helpful. Hopefully you've both used recent and representative photos otherwise it could be a struggle! This phone driven process is novel and more high tech than a classic speed dating scenario... but it is almost certainly just as random as classic speed dating.
Haven't found Mr Right yet but hopeful so far
Since I had a negative experience with the first company I tried, I wanted to make sure I left a good one for the company I left them for... Haha I've been having a lot of fun. Been to 2 events so far and my 3rd is this coming Thursday. It's just good to get out there and meet people. Some dates are 'anecdotal' (to put it nicely) but it's also been good just to get out of my own social circle. It's a good night out regardless and I kinda wish I'd had the guts to try this sort of thing sooner. I was a bit tired of online dating because you waste...so much time getting to know someone without even knowing if you'll have chemistry in person. I can see myself finding someone this way. Which is nice! Also, the hosts (from the little I've spoken to them) seem nice and helpful. Events are organised well enough. No issues so far.
Great way to meet new people...and fun!
I've been to a couple of these and it's actually turning into my favourite way to meet new people. Overall the vibe is fun and relaxed, everyone I've met has been super nice and chilled, and the hosts are pretty friendly and helpful. I got to meet people I wouldn't get to meet otherwise and see if there's chemistry, which is really all you can ask for. The venues have been awesome and I've found a couple great new date spots to keep up my sleeve so thanks for picking cool bars! Some drinks are included, as well as some nibbles you get to have d...uring a break (which is a good time to get in a cheeky flirt with anyone you've been eyeing). Although I haven't found someone I super connect with yet, I'm still going to hit a few of these up since I feel it's really good value...and you just never know who you might meet! 1 night with 8 dates versus weeks of endless chatter on an app (that never seems to materialise in a date) is a bit of a no brainer for me. Can't wait for these guys to do one at a dog friendly venue!! (Hint hint)
- Verified customer
Worst date night company I have ever used
This company do not provide you with 'matches' they allow paid members whether they are your match or not to contact you, and the same goes for the date nights. All it is is random members paying and then being thrown together. They do not check the identification of the males (or the females) to make sure they are within the age range they say they are.
The organiser on my event was 15 mins late, and I to go find her, because they had moved the event without notification to indoors, because it was 'rainy'. Her excuse was it is organised by ...
Huge waste of money
The description of the event itself is completely misleading. We are told it is $89 for unlimited drinks all night and delicious canapés and then you have time after the speed dating is over to hang out and mingle more. The "delicious canapés" was a cheese and cracker platter. When we asked they said this venue doesn't serve food - not sure why they cant update the description then? We also thought you received open bar for a bit of time afterwards to mingle. A soon as the last date officially ends, the bar ends. You don't even get a chance for...one drink after unless you pay. And they only have 2 bartenders, so unless you want to miss your date or have it waiting online at the bar, the only time you can get a drink is during the food break. At least theres not food to eat so you don't have to choose between food or drinks! During the dates we also found out a large amount of men that were there only came because they got last emails and texts with minute deals due to lack of numbers and and figured it would be something to do. Easy to say, we didn't find any good prospects! The matches that we got didn't make much sense either - not sure how that was worked out.
Not good value. Wouldn't recommend.
Good. 10 min dates is the perfect duration, not too short and not too long. Venues are spacious. Mobile interface is good, allows for them to have and move more people, but requires Phone and Internet which can be a negative.
Good. A lot of people in attendance at the event, so even if your dates didn't go well, you could converse with other hopefuls.
Bad. Number of dates, 6 is too low for the night, and some girls had to have 'friendly dates' with other females due to lack of numbers. People I spoke to afterwards, agreed it wasn't enough value...
Not worth it at all
Went to a Canberra event recently for $89 and ended by with only 4 dates with Women. The numbers were extremely lopsided. I don't know the exact numbers; but it was something like 6 Women to 12 Men. Cityswoon match you guys calling them "Wing Men". On the night, I got matched to other guys 3 times.
I am not paying such a high amount to meet other guys. I would have much more preferred the night was cancelled (even at a late stage) than show up for this farce of an event.
Zero talent and average hosts!
Ok so where do I start?
What I found at Cityswoon is it's nasty and too much for what you get! There are a couple of other speed dating organisers that charge half the price with double the quality.
If you're after reasonable looks or more in a partner with some sanity venture elsewhere.
It is exploring vulnerabilities in single people and advertises falsely in their pictures, if you think they look like that then you'll be more disappointed!
My advice is try others and you may just be pleasantly surprised....
Well organised and a fun night
I was really nervous about my first time speed dating but the nerves soon passed on entering. Chris greeted me with a warm welcome and all nerves faded. All the guys were friendly and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. It was nice to have the opportunity to engage in conversation with compete strangers in a relaxed environment.
Too expensive, poor quality of men, no variety of drinks on tap.
My first ever Cityswoon date night. The guys were already drunk by 8 pm. I couldn't figure out whether it was the alcohol talking or dating jitters. Phew!. A great way to mingle but poor quality of men and they didn't offer ciders. I had to pay for it. The online matching is even worse. I have responded to so many questions without any replies. Frustrating to say the least. I am a single Perth lady ready to mingle.
November 11th 2018 Update: Poor matching criteria!
What criteria do you use when doing the speed date matching? I attended my...second cityswoon recently and i was disappointed with the quality of the men available. Nothing in common with all the guys i was matched with. Majority of them have grown up kids - i don't but looking forward to having some in the near future. Do something about the men to women ratio. Secondly, do your matching based on common values and interests available on profiles.
Great Relaxed Way to Date
After being to many other speed dating nights I found City Swoon the best way to meet new people. The relaxed atmosphere and venues are on point. The Staff running the event and the app used make it very easy to find your next date. I would recommend this over any other speed dating company due to the fact you get more time with each date and dont feel rush in a straight line.
Great fun and well structured
After trying both speed dating and online dating previously, this was a great experience. I was matched with like minded people in a fun and relaxed environment. I met my partner through city swoon and have been with her for 8 months. We are both still amazed that we found each other and are so thankful. Thanks City Swoon
Questions & Answers
Hi. I have been reading many reviews around your business Unsubscribe option. Some are from tech savvy people as well as other challenged tech people. As a business who repeatedly states it has its clients best interest at heart and that you are not just about the money, wouldn't CitySwoon respond to feedback by placing a single tab named Unsubscribe with the same tab line up as Profile, Home, Events etc. Then clients can just hit the tab, end of issues between clients and yourself. You may like to add a pause membership tab, which would be attractive to clients...nitrate a fee if you want to reactivate their membership after preselected time slots. Membership recruitment and retention would improve. I also read you were a small business competing with other larger companies...so why mimick them when you can trailblazer a truly new and exciting upcoming change in your services as suggested above?
Transparency and good customer service in a timely manner is what will put your business in front.
Good luck. But until changes like the above suggestions are made, you are no different or more appealing than all the other online dating sites.
Customer Care C.Cityswoon
Hi Nat, thanks for the suggestions. We're making some great additions to the memberships. We are actually very different to any dating site in the world since we offer live matched dating. This is unique and effective and it's the reason we've grown so fast and members get a big discount on tickets :)
Thank you for your response,a lthough I think it is quite generic.
I can tell from your reviews that people have a lot of fun at events, making friends and socialising with others in their age group. But your service seems to provide more of a purpose for individuals to go out because they know they belong to a group invitation. Individuals may be more hesitant to simply go out to pubs and bars where live bands or other events are put on by proprietors of venues. Your service meets that niche. However, the reviews track poorly with regard to actual matching people of similar comparability. Comments?
Also, I find your options for events demographically narrow. I can assure You, given the right venue and event that you would have people above the age of 46yo interested in comparability matching services you advertise.
Hello Cityswoon, I just attended my first online speed dating event via Zoom. Just wondering as to what happens next. Do we get a follow up email on how to contact potential daters?
Disregard this message, I have received a follow up email on how to contact potential daters. Thanks.
Customer Care C.Cityswoon
Hey Boyd, glad you got it:) Please let us know if you need any further assistance - we are much more responsive on our customer email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I went to a video speed dating yesterday night. Two of my female friends already had access to matches but even now 12 hours later I don't despite being promised immediately after.
I've emailed and tried to ring CitySwoon from 9am which is when it said it was open according to Google Places. https://www.google.com/search?channel=trow2&client=firefox-b-d&q=cityswoon
However I haven't been able to contact CitySwoon.
A bit disappointed that you get my money and then have poor after event service. I was thinking of doing it again in the next few weeks but this has me thinking again?
When does CitySwoon open?
Customer Care C.Cityswoon
Hi, I believe this was resolved for you now. Thank you for your patience. we understand that would have been very frustrating for you. We are doing our very best to work with new tech and processes and actually built a new page yesterday to enable you to communicate. This is all very new to us. Best of luck catching up with your new connections :) Thank you for being with us though this big transition.
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