December 21, 2014

Wellness Week: Mind, Body & Spirit

Posted by Heli M.


'Tis the season for shopping local! Yelp Dallas combined its passion for supporting local businesses with a little bit of pampering during its first annual Wellness Week. Focusing on mind body and spirIt, this series of events and giveaways helped Yelpers relieve the stress that sometimes comes along with the chaotic holiday season. Attendees enjoyed restorative yoga and meditation at Cosmic Cafe; complimentary hair blowouts courtesy of DryBar Northpark; a luxurious spa day with Riviera Spa; an intense workout with Flywheel Sports; and a high-energy African dance class with Bandan Koro! Add in 7 lucky daily winners, check-in offers and prizes all from Crisp Salad Co., Flywheel Sports, Arty Water and Riviera Spa, and you've got the makings of a memorable first Wellness Week. Read up on the reviews and check out the official photos for more recap.

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Elites End 2014 In Style At Hyatt Place

Posted by Will

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Omaha's Yelp Elite Squad celebrated a year-well-done at Hyatt Place. Not only were they treated to a tour of this fantastic, chic hotel that's located in the heart of the Old Market, they also sampled a variety of bites from the Hyatt kitchen. All this in between decorating Yelp cookies, sipping craft brews, playing Xbox on the the big screen and reliving the memories from all the amazing Elite Events of 2014 via a photoreel. Yes, a year-well-done indeed. For more, check out the reviews and photos. Cheers!

A big thanks goes out to to Hyatt Place and to Andrew Lachance Photography.


December 19, 2014

Elites Splendid Gifts At Jeni's

Posted by Scotty

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Last night, the Yelp Charleston Elite Squad came out to Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream for our final elite event of the year. We gorged on unlimited samples, scoops, and sundaes filled with Jeni's decadently unique flavors. On the way in, yelpers donated to our charity beneficiary Lowcountry Food Bank before heading over to the spiked hot chocolate station where Scotty C was serving up cocoa creations with T1 Tequila Uno! At the end of the night, Yelpers all received a holiday gift ranging from a felt taco to tickets to The Rose Ball for new years eve! Read more about the event here and check out all the photos on Flickr too!

Edinburgh Newbies Meet Innis & Gunn

Posted by Jody B


Serving up some excellent craft brew & Christmas cheer, Innis & Gunn proved to be the perfect end to the Edinburgh Yelp event season and a great introduction to the wacky world of Yelp events for some of 2014's newest Yelp folks! Our brew master extraordinaire Claire, led us through the homegrown world of Innis & Gunn's old favourites and new staples. Scotch Whisky Porters anyone? Check out the reviews & photos and keep your eyes peeled for more newbie shenanigans in 2015!

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Sacramento Elites Soak In Second Cinema Social

Posted by Alex L

15426383743_634564f90f_o'Tis the season for ugly sweaters, elves on shelves, mistletoe, holidays movies, drinking and merriment. All that and more was in store for our squad during the latest Cinema Social at the new Public House Theater. After sipping on complimentary beers and wines in the front bar, Elites carried their drinks into their unique theater for a viewing of "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." Before the film began, they were schooled on fun facts about the movie and the lucky couple that found the "elf on the shelf" were awarded a $50 restaurant gift certificate. See the reviews or check out the photos on Yelp's Flickr page!

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Preholiday Beer Vacation At Community Beer Works

Posted by Alex L


For our last hurrah before the year ended, Buffalo Elite's got together and enjoyed tasting a plethora of beers from nano-brewery Community Beer Works along with a homebrewing demonstration. Dinosaur BBQ joined with a generous spread of Creole Style Devil'd Eggs and Memphis Style BBQ pork. The night ended with a group toast and a long round of trivia where Yelpers gathered 'round and answered Buffalo trivia. After an intense 10-question round, we had a 3-way tie that was eventually broken and the winning team took home a full growler, 3 Dinosaur BBQ sauces and Yelp thumb drives! Check out the photos by Tiffany Manson and the great reviews here!

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Yelp Rochester’s Nifty Under $50 Gift Guide!

Posted by Breanna


Hark! The herald yelpers sing... and what the devil are they crooning about? The merriest gift giving locales in the Flower City, of course! Yep, we're making it easy to take on the holidays with this handy dandy guide to hometown shops where you can find a gift for every yelper on your lengthy list. The best part? All these showcased items are under $50 and can be found in either in their brick and mortar locations or in their online store. Local, unique and thrifty? Can't be beat!

Check out our Yelp Shops Local landing page for all the details plus info on some fab craft and holiday fairs that we've partnered with this season! Now you have no excuse not to keep your money in ROC this holiday. 

As you hit up these local spots, share your pics & posts with #YelpShopsLocal & tweet/IG us at @YelpROC.

Click on the links below to take you to each business' Yelp page to learn more! 

Nifty Under $50 Collage3Gifts For Her:

Scarves at Archimage // Herb-decorated kitchen towels at SJ’s Boutique // F. Oliver’s olive oils & balsamic vinegars // Stationary and greeting cards at Parkleigh

Nifty Under $50 Collage4Gifts for Him:

Cocktail set at Abode // Socks and ties at SJ’s Boutique // Brooklyn Brine Co. Whiskey Sour Pickles at The Little Bleu Cheese Shop // Handmade chocolate and candy at Stever’s Candies

Nifty Under $50 CollageGifts For All:

Jewelry at Peppermint // Literary baby onesies and tees at Archimage // Library of Flowers True Vanilla Bubble Bath & Kits at Parkleigh // Ornaments, gifts, and flower arrangements at Stacy K Floral

Nifty Under $50 Collage2Gifts For All:

Incense at Archimage // Cheesemaking Kit at The Little Bleu Cheese Shop // Little Barrel Bourbon (while supplies last!) and Bourbon Barrel Aged Syrup at Black Button Distilling // Cacao gift baskets and bars at Cocoa Bean Shoppe

Happy shopping!


Hanover Celebrates Pikkujoulu

Posted by Lina O.

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On Thursday night, a handful of Yelp Elites from Hannover met to celebrate the last event before the end of the year by visiting the Christmas markets in the city of Hannover. Each Elite received some special and personalised gifts and we explored the markets together. We drank Glühwein and Glögi, ate salmon and reindeer rolls. 

The activities included some special games and some of us made their own candles. Overall it was an eventful night and the Elite squat 2014 is looking forward to many new additions in 2015! All reviews can be found here and and the pictures on our Flickr page.

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December 18, 2014

Merry Christmas with the Yelp Barcelona Family

Posted by Sharon



Last week we had our last Yelp party of 2014 in Barcelona. The event took place in the Domino Bar, we were around 30 Yelpers and we celebrate Christmas in the best possible way: drinking delicious cocktails prepared by Jessica, the business owner, and her team of professional bar tenders. We also could try two homemade potatoe omelettes (thanks to Lidia, Sharon's mother! she prepares them every Christmas with all her love), also pizzas with original ingredients and very tasty empanadas. There were also several classes of nougat and a big cake with the faces of the attendees. We didn't miss the amazing live music of Dany House-Dj nor the Christmas gifts for the Yelp Elites (personalized craft beer, Yelp gloves, candies ...), because you deserve that and more! A hug to all of those who made it possible and happy Christmas guys! See you in 2015. Do not forget to leave your review for the event and take a look at the fabulous snapshots on Flickr, ¡thank you Fran!

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Last Minute Shopping in Vancouver!

Posted by Ayla Collins

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The new permanent location for Luke's General Store is a two level, super cool space with amazing art, clothes, food, soaps, and vinyl - there's something for everyone in this eclectic, fun store! On a not-so-cold December night over 60 Yelpers gathered to do some last minute shopping, fueled by a great spread of local cheese, bread, olive oil, meats, doughnuts, and pickles. To quench their thirst we had spiked mulled cider, local beer, and coffee! The guys from Beast and Brine were on hand to explain their incredible spread, and the Club Mate reps in Vancouver made sure everyone got to sample their delicious energy drink. Elites and their plus ones had a blast, and the atmosphere was humming! Check out the photos by and the awesome reviews!

Yelp's Holiday House Pop-Up In Wilmette!

Posted by Angela S

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On December 13-14, Yelp North Shore popped up in Wilmette's Linden Square at the Light Opera Works office building and rehearsal space for its second annual Holiday House. Transformed into a giant gingerbread community house, 400+ guests stopped by for a holiday hang and interacted with local business participants. Together, families built a giant Lego tower, threw *snowballs*, made Chilean masks, cooked gingerbread doughnut balls, decorated cupcakes, made a KIND thoughts tree, played in the Little Yelpers Club house, enjoyed free gift wrapping, live storytelling and music. Guests participated in a raffle to help raise scholarship money for the Light Opera Works kids music programming. Raffle prizes were donated by local North Shore businesses. Visit the event page here for guest photos and reflections, and check out photos by Lee Klawans right here.

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Winter Party At Karaoche

Posted by Agnes Lindberg


Wednesday December 17th was the day of the last Yelper Party in Stockholm. Elites and Yelpers got together at Karaoche to sing, drink Prosecco and celebrate the end of a great year. Delicacies, Briska cider and Birra Moretti were served as the Yelpers made new friends and overcame their fear of performing in the classy Karaoke rooms. To burst everyone's new year's resolutions you could make a promise to Yelp and win prices or why not upload a #Yelpfie?

The Yelpers of Stockholm showed once again what a fabulous group of people they are and this will be a sparkling night to remember. Read the reviews, look at the photos and especially these photos! Just keep singing!


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All I want For Yelp 2015 is you @ BAM Karaoké

Posted by Lucie


To celebrate the new Year holidays the Elites were invited to discover the BAM Karaoke Box, a new place dedicated to the karaoke and cocktails.
In this bar, very nicely decorated, inspired by the 50's, the Yelpers tasted in preview two new cocktails which will be present on the new menu in 2015. 
The Passion Martini with Ketel One (vodka),vanilla, passion fruit and the Black Caïpi with Johnnie Walker Black Label ( 12-year-old whisky), red fruit juice, lime, sugar.
Divided in 4 rooms, the Yelpers started to sing the most famous rock, rap, and 80's songs !
Huge thanks to the whole BAM Karaoké Box team !

Find out more about this event by clicking here and the photo album there.


Pour les fêtes de fin d'année les Yelpeurs Elite ont découvert le BAM Karaoké Box, un nouvel endroit dédié au karaoké et aux cocktails de qualité. 

Installés dans ce bar, très joliment décoré, d'inspiration 50's, les Yelpeurs ont dégusté en avant première deux nouveaux cocktails qui seront présents sur la nouvelle carte du BAM en 2015. 

Le Passion Martini à base de Ketel One (vodka), liqueur de vanille, liqueur de passion et purée de fruit de la passion et le Black Caïpi à base de Johnnie Walker Black Label (whisky 12 ans d'âge), jus de fruit rouge, citron vert, sucre de canne.

Divisés dans les 4 salles, les Yelpeurs on pu ensuite pousser la chansonnette sur les plus grands titres rock, 80's ou rap !

Pour tout savoir sur cet événement cliquez ici et là pour découvrir l'album photo.

Un immense merci à toute l'équipe du BAM !

Merci à nos partenaires / Thanks to all our partners :

BAM Karaoké Box • Photos @ Elisa D et Philippe B 


Yelp Osakaお披露目パーティー!

Posted by Shuhei Tanigawa



Dec 16th, despite very cold windy day, more than 50 local Yeplers gathered at Italian restaurant “3 mani” in Tengachaya to celebrate our first ever official Yelp event in Osaka. Yelpers enjoyed “Find yelper who is... bingo” and those who checked in at the event had fun doing Yelp O’ Wheel and won Yelp prizes. 2 hours passed so rapidly. Check out the reviews and awesome photos taken by Kenichi Hisaoka

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December 17, 2014

Dining Out & Helping Out In Calgary

Posted by Dale E.

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Buy a meal at a great local restaurant and you'll buy a meal for someone at the Calgary Drop-In Centre - that's the simple philosophy behind Mealshare. This holiday season, Calgary Yelp Elites got a chance to participate in both sides of the Mealshare story by volunteering their time serving up meals at the Calgary Drop-In Centre, and then sampling the new menu items at Mealshare partner restaurant - Oak Tree Tavern. With delicious food, a special cask Last Best Brewing beer, live holiday music, cookie decorating and a surprise visit from Santa, complete with stockings filled with local goodies, Yelp's Dining Out & Helping out was one holly jolly evening. Read the Reviews and check out the photos.

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