|Dating in the Dark Vinopolis London|
Where: Dating in the Dark, Vinopolis, London Bridge, 7pm to 11.30pm
When: Friday 23rd September 2011
Cost of ticket: £49
Age Group: N/A
Vinopolis is London’s wine and spirit destination. Practically everyone in London knows Vinopolis and as such it enjoys an enviable reputation. It was on this basis that my flatmate and I decided to sign up.
My flatmate and I attended the event last Friday. Wine tasting together with a five course taster menu were both included within the ticket price. We both took the online compatibility test prior to our visit and we were genuinely intrigued to see how the event panned out.
|Registering for dating in the dark.|
We arrived at 7pm. After registering, we were given a slip of paper which contained a letter and a number. Mine was marked B7.
We sat down in the reception area and started guessing as to what our numbers could mean.
Once more people had arrived, the boys and girls were led into two separate rooms.
On entering the large room, we were given a drink. We sat together in little groups perched on tall tables wondering what would happen next. We sipped our drinks and wondered what the boys were doing.
Unfortunately the boys never showed. The girls stayed in the large room for over two hours. We were given wine and prosecco followed by a formal wine taster lecture.
My flatmate and I didn’t pay much attention to the wine tasting. By now it was nearly 9pm, we were all glammed up, hungry and more importantly there were still no boys.
|Wine glasses for wine tasting.|
Group ‘A’ were taken to date in the dark while group ‘B’ sat around talking and drinking
After 30 minutes groups 'A' and 'B' swapped. We were taken to another room and told to sit on long benches with tables. The girls sat on one side with the boys
There was some type of DJ at the front of the room playing music and shouting out instructions. The instructions were to the boys who were asked to move along the benches every few minutes. In essence it became a speed dating in the dark type thing.
We were only given a short time to actually date. In this time I only managed to speak to two boys before the lights came on. Both were in their early 20’s and both confessed to having received free tickets due to their connections with the Vinopolis event organiser.
Overall the evening was very disappointing. It also wasn’t ‘dating the dark’ but more ‘dating in the twilight’ as you could 'see' your date in front of you. The five course taster menu was only a plate of anti-pasta. This we tried to eat with as much dignity as possible while trying to date in the dark. There were also more girls than boys which meant that both groups of girls shared the same boys.
The darkness coupled with the background music and the overall humming of voices in a large room made it very difficult to hear what was being said.
We were all left disappointed with the dating, the food and the overall lack of organisation. After the event my flatmate and I wrote to complain and we were given a refund.
Vinopolis is a great venue; however their dating in the dark event needs some attention. It’s a good idea providing they can get the execution right. Vinopolis being Vinopolis I’m sure this’ll only be a matter of time.
It’s probably best to wait until then before attending this particular event.