July 22, 2014

The Triad Yelp Community Celebrates Its First Burstday!

Posted by Holly

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Yelpers from all over the area came out to Centennial Station in High Point on July 17th to celebrate Yelp's First Burstday in the Triad. From savory to sweet, the delicious food was flowing all night. Local and national favorites were also on hand to serve up some awesome drinks. To top it all off attendees raised a little under $400 to benefit the activities of the High Point Arts Council. For more Burstday Party highlights be sure to check out the reviews and photos! See you at the next one!

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Ventures Into Vietnamese For Tampa Bay

Posted by BrettNehls

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On Sunday night, about 35 Elite Squad members were treated to a taste of Vietnam at Green Mint Asian Grill in Clearwater. Guests chowed down on Green Mint Salad, Bun (noodle salad), and Banh Mi, while sipping on Mint Sweet Tea and other delights. Read all the reviews of the event here and check out all the wonderful photos on the Flickr page. 

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East Bay Elites Do Ditch Day Brunch At Pathos

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Even the most well-traveled Elites found something to write home about at Yelp's Ditch Day Brunch at Pathos, a family-owned restaurant offering rustic yet refined, classically inspired Greek cuisine in Berkeley, CA.

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Manhattan Yelpers Hit The Hookah at Pergola NYC


Haven't been to Pergola NYC yet? In a nutshell, it's a new Mediterranean restaurant and lounge which specializes in Mediterranean cuisine with Middle Eastern influences, specialty cocktails, hookah, and doubles as a multi-tiered event space with two sprawling stories to take in the glory of this beautiful oasis in the middle of Flatiron. To help you get a visual, check out some of their videos here. Oh, and it also used to be a flower shop way back when (hence the beautiful, relaxing foliage that dots the interior). Spend some time in nature without leaving the restaurant!

Joining us on the event were our pals at Georgi vodka. If you're a Long Islander by birth, chances are you've partied alongside Syosset's homegrown spirit in the past, and last night was no different.

Click here for reviews of the event. Click here for some snap shots of the par-tay. 

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Manhattan Oenophiles Get Schooled at Premier Cru Wine Merchants


Premier Cru Wine Merchants is a unique and inviting place to purchase and learn about wine. As a small boutique they have the opportunity to be very selective with what they choose to put on their shelves. The result is a personal and well edited selection of wines from around the world. If you recognize many of the labels they're not doing their job well enough! They want to bring in little known and under-heralded wines that represent great taste and great value. 

For this event, we dove into a some serious wine education. With 4 different stations covering everything from the systematic approach to tasting, the concept of "Terroir" or the impact of climate on how grapes are grown and how the resulting wine tastes, key wines from important wine regions, and helping to develop a vocabulary for describing what you like and dislike about wine - guests walked away much more knowledgable about wine and viticulture than ever before. 

Check out pictures of the event here and reviews of the event here. Also, be sure to keep in touch with Premier Cru on Yelp and Facebook

Manhattan Yelpers Get A Taste Of Latin America at Yerba Buena Perry


Never had a chance to check out Yerba Buena Perry? Well, you've been missing out on their innovative take on Latin American cuisine. The team at YBP work their magic to create vibrant flavors from the cultures of Cuba, Peru, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina. All prepared in an open kitchen setting, it gives you a peek behind the curtain as the kitchen bangs out delectable dish after delectable dish. In addition to the fab foodstuffs, they also have a top notch wine program with lots of South American varietals and a fantastic cocktail program to boot.

Speaking of cocktails, we hooked up with Encanto Pisco to create the perfect tag team partner. With roots themselves in Latin America, Pisco (a Peruvian brandy) is on the verge of a Renaissance, so hop on the cool kid train and get familiar with Encanto so you can brag to your friends that you were drinking it first. 

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Trzeci Elitarny Event At Pure Jatomi Fitness Kraków Bonarka

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Last Saturday, on 19th of July we had our third Elite Event in Pure Jatomi Fitness Kraków Bonarka. At the beginning special scales calculated different parameters of our bodies. We had a chance to find out what is the weight of our bone mass! Later we had a training with a personal trainer. It was fun to do all these exercises together! The rest of the afternoon we have spent in sauna, pool and jacuzzi. We ended with a glass of champagne! Check out all of the photos and reviews!

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Yelp's On Tap: Tractor Brewery Wells Park

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On Wednesday, the YPA (Yelp's Plowed Ale) was officially untapped in Albuquerque at Tractor Brewery Wells Park. The occasion was marked with a special improv performance by Blackout Theatre troupe, inspired by Yelp reviews and businesses chosen by the audience. Elites took home a commemorative pint glass, a raffle gave away tickets to the IPA Challenge, and all proceeds from the evening contributed towards Blackout's nonprofit efforts. Reviews tell the story: this was an event for the ages. Special thanks to tap handle artist Eric Thelander and safe drive partner Uber.

Birmingham's Pure Love Of Beer

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On a gorgeous sunny Monday in Birmingham, 20 lucky Yelp Elite Squad members were invited down to Pure Bar & Kitchen's "beer cavern" to experience the best the venue has to offer. Between sampling beverages fresh from the keg, watching the "Scotch egg" masters in action and five courses of beer and food matching; it was a Pure delight of an evening! Want to find out more? Why not have a little read of the reviews and check out the fabulous photos

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NC Triangle Yelp's Sweet Perks at Bittersweet

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The newly opened Bittersweet dessert bar in downtown Raleigh sure did make an impression on 60 Yelp elites and their guests Sunday evening. Yelp elites were given a sneak peak of what's ahead for this week's "Coffee Week" promotion, with tasty bites of chocolate espresso cookies and mini baked and wired cupcakes. A complimentary drink menu was printed for the guests with a choice of several cocktails and coffee drinks each made to order. Favorites included the Irish coffee with homemade whipped cream, and the Day Walker. Elites mixed and mingled while playing coffee trivia, and making DIY coffee filter flowers. Yelpers walked away with a "coffee week" punch card for specials all week long at Bittersweet! Check out all the reviews for this 5 star event and the photos  on Flickr.

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July 21, 2014

Sacramento's Gold Rush, Grub & Gamble

Posted by Alex L

To say that the newly-opened Sammy's Restaurant + Bar made an astounding impression on their 150 Elite guests last Friday would be an extreme understatement. The acclaimed restaurant celebrated the opening of their first Northern California location by allowing our best online contributors to - wait for it - order anything and everything off their entire menu at absolutely no charge! This included an extensive selection of complimentary drinks from their spacious bar. Dressed in western attire to fit the old west/gold rush theme, Elites mixed, mingled, danced to the DJ'd beats and hammed it up in a themed photobooth. Afterwards, they tried to strike it rich at the tables in the neighboring Stones Gambling Hall, a slick and modern gambler's paradise. Check out the glowing reviews or photos from photographer Chantel Elder!

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Yelp New Orleans Elites Get Home Schooled

Posted by Morgan


Despite scattered showers, a gung-ho group of Yelp New Orleans Elites came out for a Sunday funday in the French Quarter for Gray Line's exclusive trifecta tour with knowledgeable guides Etienne and Brian. The tour combined the company's top tours including history, ghost, and, our favorite, cocktail! Before, during and after the tour, Creole Cuisine restaurants including Royal House, Chartres House, and Broussard's kept our Elites happy with delicious local fare including fried alligator, oyster pastries, redfish beignets, and shrimp remoulade. We washed it down with refreshing cocktails along the way including Broussard's bartender Paul Gusting's famous Pimm's Cup. We left the Quarter with full bellies, a good buzz, and a ton of great knowledge about the city we call home! Take a tip from me, and check out the great reviews and fun photos from our journey in the Vieux Carre. 

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Madison Elites Fall For Falafel

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It was love at first Banzo, when Yelp Elites were treated to a bodacious buffet like only these guys can create, complete with falafel, grilled chicken, salad, hummus, rice and other Mediterranean accoutrements that guests packed into a perfect pita at Yelp Elites Falafel In Love. Owners Netalee and Aaron along with the entire Banzo team whisked folks away to Jerusalem (without leaving Madison) and reminded us why their restaurant space is worth spending time at. Their carts are king around these parts, but the outdoor patio and adjacent grassy area at their Sherman Ave. location is stellar for dining al fresco all summer, especially when No Name String Band is on hand providing the soundtrack. Read about what got Elites excited here and look at pics!

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Madrid celebrates (again) 10 Years of Yelp with a fantastic brunch!

Posted by Lolo R.

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Last Saturday 25 Yelp Elite Squad members had the chance to enjoy a fantastic brunch at Federal Café Madrid. As a part of the 10 Years of Yelp celebrations, Yelpers were welcomed with some sparkling wine, so we could all make a toast for 10 more Yelpy years. After that, the brunch properly said started with a full variety of delicacies: a yummy mix between yogurt, honey and muesli; ham, Emmental cheese and basil croissants; avocado and lime toasts; cheese and ham sandwiches; french toasts and muffins. They could also taste some great wines, as well as try the incredible coffee that Federal's barista makes. But that was not quite all, since the Elites could also have samples of one of the greatest ice cream shops in the entire city: Acquolina. Yelpers could taste different flavors, such as Tramontana (fudge, cream, chocolate and Oreo cookies), chocolate and strawberry among others. Do you want to know more about this event? Then take a look to the reviews and the amazing pictures!

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LA East Elites Taste Old School Eatery


On Friday, July 11th, Elites got a sneak peek at this eatery featuring a retro throwback cuisine with locally sourced ingredients. The night's tasting menu included favorite childhood dishes along with beer pairings from LA Ale works. Chef Marc's menu of Deviled Eggs, Whitefish Croquettes, and Brisket Papperdelle Stroganoff boasted old school flavors with new school appeal!

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Providence Elites Discover A Secret @ India!

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Providence Elites were treated to a spectacular evening of sweet sips, savory bites and serious entertainment at our Secret Garden Party at India Restaurant! The amazing food and refreshing cocktails were the perfect accompaniment to a gorgeous summer evening under an indigo sky. A wildly exciting belly dancing performance and generous gifts from India made this an evening to remember! Check out the reviews of this event here and the full set of photos here

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Richmond's Got Game At Uptown Alley!

Posted by Jamie


On Thursday, Elites and guests sported their game faces for an evening of bowling, billiards, and arcades at Yelp’s Got Game Elite Event at Uptown Alley. This impressive venue was the perfect place to let loose and enjoy a little friendly competition. Not only did we feel completely VIP in our private section with eight bowling lanes and two pool tables, but everyone received game cards to use in the arcade as well as coupons for a future visit! Tasty bites like crab wontons, Southwest rolls, and caprese salad kept everyone fueled and ready to bring their A-game! Thank you to Uptown Alley for hosting this energy-filled event! Read all of the reviews and peruse the photos from photographer extraordinaire, Caroline Martin.

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Manchester Yelpers Party @ The Sunshine Underground

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Last Thursday we were delighted to welcome over 100 Manchester Yelpers to Kraak for our summer warehouse party 'The Sunshine Underground' - a night in the Northern Quarter where it seemed anything was possible! 

We had everything from Pan Asian street food to drinks stalls from Aperol and Bulldog Gin while also putting on live entertainment ranging from street magic to live street art painting and a flash mob dance routine getting down to Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince's 'Summertime' and Alice Cooper's 'Schools Out' - plus amazing tunes from our Les Fleurs DJ's! 

You can check out the reviews we're starting to get here and our photos of the night are on our Facebook page. 

A big thanks to everyone who came down and enjoyed themselves - we're hoping to run another big party (in addition to our monthly Elite events) in October so watch this space for more details. 


A big thanks to all our sponsors and entertainment on the night, we couldn't have done it without you: 

Kraak Gallery (Venue) on Twitter and Facebook 

Nasi Lemak (Pan Asian Street Food) on Twitter 

Aperol Spritz (Cocktail Supplier) on Twitter and Facebook 

Bulldog Gin (Cocktail Supplier) on Twitter and Facebook

Les Fleurs (DJ) on Facebook 

Dominic Anthony (Street Magician) on Twitter and Facebook 

Arisu Street Art (Street Art) on Twitter 

Justaxi (Taxi Partner) on Twitter and Facebook 

Naomi Kashiwagi (Party Set Design) on Twitter 

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Prom night and 10th Yelpiversary in Valencia!


Have you ever been back to your teens before? We did it in our last event at Old School Pub, the perfect place to celebrate 10 years of Yelp love around the world. More than 65 Yelpers came with a date ready for dancing, having an incredible homemade punch, tasty mini burguers, splendid craft valencian beer and amazing cakes. We had so much fun listening to 90's valencian disco hits and Yelp candles were blown in the best celebrating atmosphere we could have. And we still have so many years to Yelp on! Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos by Maje Aliaga on the Flickr page.

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Toulouse's Elites off to the beach !

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The Yelp Toulouse Elite squad is a family, and what do family do during the summer ? They take off to build sand castles at the beach, duh ! So off we went, car pooling to a beautiful beach spot on the Méditerranean sea. After picnic, some sun and sea bathing we kicked off the building of magnificient castles ... and a Yelp turtle.

Up to you to appreciate our artistic skills, the pictures are on Flickr here, and Yelp pictures and reviews are there.

The Yelp Toulouse Summer festival goes on untill september, check out other events here.

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July 20, 2014

Yelp Hampton Roads Throws It Back To The 80s

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On Thursday night, Yelp Hampton Roads Elites went back in time at FM Restaurant for a throwback party to the 80s. It was a night full of games, bright lights, 80s propaganda, delicious eats and a costume contest. Game highlights include Connect Four, Hungry Hungry Hippos and the ever so challenging Rubik's Cube (solved by Yelp Elite Kimberly H). Food samples included: chicken salad sandwich bites, mini pimento cheese sandwiches, hush puppies and deviled eggs. The night ended with an 80s costume competition with attendees deciding on the winner, Yelp Elite, Nicole K. Thank you to Alan Parker, owner of FM Restaurant, for hosting us! Read up on all the reviews and browse through all the photos thanks to our very own Jason Hillian of All You Photo.

Brewery Tour And Farm Fresh Picnic At Resurgence Brewing

Posted by Alex L


Are you a fan of delicious craft beer and beer gardens? You owe it to yourself to head down to Resurgence Brewing and grab yourself a cold one. If the exposed brick wall and gorgeously laid out open brewery is not enough to entice you, their outside firepit, beer garden and finnesely crafted beer sure will. Only open for a few months, the brewery and beer garden has already made top lists for thing you can't miss while in Buffalo. Yelp Elite's checked it out and unanimously agreed of its epic nature, while munching on delicous grilled food from Plato Dale Farm. Don't take our word for it, check out the photos and the reviews!

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South Bay's Tee Party at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club

Posted by Abby Schwarz


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Summer is in full swing down in Silicon Valley, the perfect time for a "Tee" Party at a gorgeous golf course! Cinnabar Hills Golf Club hosted over 200 Yelp Elites and their guests for a swingin' good time, complete with gourmet bites, craft beer, sweet treats, and a little bit of golf! We watched the sun set on the valley and enjoyed a midsummer's night together while raising money for Second Harvest Food Bank. And on a bittersweet note, the CM baton was handed over to South Bay's newest woman in charge, Candice G. Read the reviews and see all of the beautiful event pics

Thank you to our host, Cinnabar Hills Golf Club as well as our sponsors: Anchor Brewing, Bloomsters, Bits & Pieces Bakery, Elite Entetainment, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Sweetdragon Baking Company, San Jose Photo Booth, T.W. Pitcher's Snake Bite.

A Chef's Dinner to Remember for Orlando's Yelp Elites

Posted by Andi

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Two Fabulously intimate dinners- Two fabulous Orlando evenings. On Tuesday night, fifteen of Orlando's Gold Yelp Elites (5+ years rocking the Elite badge) were treated to a seven-course Chef's Tasting Dinner at Mingos in Downtown Orlando. The following night, fifteen of Orlando's aspiring Gold Elites (still rocking that red badge) got treated to their own Chef's Dinner! The menus were specially created for the Elites and showed them the very best of Orlando's culinary delights. Every dish looked like a work of art, and had the Elites Ooohing and Aaahing (and snapping great food pics of course!). The Elites were also reminded of their first ever 5-star reviews with printouts and a lucky token from their Community Manager for many more years of 5-star experiences. It was truly a night to remember, but don't take my word for it! Check out reviews of the evening here and specatacular photography care of Jim White Photography here.

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Mingos Orlando • Jim White Photography

July 18, 2014

Yelp NC Triangle Elites Rockin' the Burbs at The Corner Tavern

Posted by Lauryn

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On a Thursday evening, Yelp elites and their guests had a chance to check out the all new Corner Tavern in Cary. Now under new ownership, the Corner Tavern was serving up an eclectic mix of bar food and Moroccan dishes. This wasn't just a tasting every guest filled up their plates with delicious food including: hummus, wings, couscous, chicken skewers, and more. It was a beautiful night to enjoy the large patio and listen to the tunes by The Red Vibes. Nothing like a cold beer on a warm summer night which New Belgium happily supplied, and for those none beer drinkers a lovely cabernet from Mad Housewife wines. Elites were treated like real VIPs with their very own backstage passes and chocolate cassette tapes and microphones. Check out the photos here and read the reviews here.

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Hartford Elites Go To Camp at Dakota Steakhouse

Posted by Emily


On Monday night, Hartford’s Elite Squad got cozy at Dakota Steakhouse for an evening escape to summer camp. From the toasty fireplace to toasted marshmallow martinis, attendees had a blast dining on dish after delicious dish in the rustic restaurant space. Culinary highlights include the magnificent brunch spread of shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon and assorted desserts, a prime rib carving station, and succulent bbq ribs. Throw in a friendship bracelet making station, camping tent, and massive bear for one memorable event indeed! Thank you to Dakota Steakhouse for a fabulous throwback to summer camp! Read on for the five star reviews and take a peek at the photos by Nick Caito on Flickr!

10 Years of Yelp, Barcelona Summer Party

Posted by Sharon


Last Wednesday we had a very, very special event. The place we chose was the spectacular terrace of Novotel Barcelona City, perfect to celebrate the 10th birthday of Yelp enjoying the amazing views of the entire city. During the party we could enjoy all kind of delicacies, from delicious "fingerfood" served by the hotel, exquisite mini-burgers of Garbizu Delicatessen, the acclaimed croquettes of Reina Croqueta with variety of flavors and ingredients or the amazing sweets of Boldú, who also brought us a cake for the 10th anniversary of Yelp. Thanks to Bodegas Torres for these excellent wines and gin and thanks to Isaac for that soft and artesanal beer Baladin, perfect for the occasion. As always, there were gifts for the Yelp Elites (panties for girls and beach paddles for them!), great music and a lot of sympathy and good vibes from all the Yelpers. From here, once again, thank you all! Do not forget to leave your review for the event or take a look at the fabulous snapshots on Flickr.

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July 17, 2014

Yelp New Orleans Elites See Red at Phil's Grill

Posted by Morgan


A handful of dedicated Yelp Elites got up at the crack of dawn to participate in the local Running of the Bulls this past Saturday in New Orleans. We prepared for the day's run at Phil's Grill, our Yelp Running of the Bulls Headquarters, by tieing on some Yelp bandanas, and enjoying KIND bars, fruit, sangrias, and bloody marys. A fleet of Bike Taxi Unlimited pedicabs chaffeured us to the route, where we then ran like Hell avoiding the wrath of Big Easy Roller Derby bulls with bats. We licked our wounds back at Phil's Grill and noshed on Kobe sliders, duck wings, and meat pies while enjoying local Abita Amber...and, of course, more Sangria, while listening to the local sounds of Scott Myers and the Os Batutas. No need to wake up at the crack to enjoy our pics and check out the reviews from this epic Elite event!

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Yelp Elite Epic Ascent

Posted by Danny Wurst


On Tuesday over 100 Yelp elites took an Epic Ascent up three floors of of awe-inspiring space and enjoyed a course along each stop. On the first floor lounge level "Ginger" and "Effen Avocado" cocktails accompanied hors d' Oeuvres including Tuna Tartar, House-Made Flatbread, and Shortrib Arancini. Next, in the midst of the beautiful dining room, select wines went very well with Hanger Steak, Parmesan Gnocchi, Hawaiian Escolar, and Kale & Mushroom Salad until finally the trip took a turn for the even more miraculous on top of the rooftop. There, guests sampled Pierre Delize champagne, Lemon Squares, and Fudge Brownie Bites to cap off what truly was an Epic Ascent up one of the most amazing spaces in town!

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Philadelphians Celebrate Ten Years Of Yelp

Posted by Michelle C


Yelp Philadelphia hosted neary 600 guests for its Tenth Anniversary Bash at The Shops at Liberty Place on Friday night. Dozens of local food and beverage sponsors provided hearty eats and heavy pours, and guests were entertained with dancing, massage, fashion sketches, a photobooth and, the cherry on top, a Yelp birthday cake from Federal Donuts. Best of all, the gift raffle table benefiting non-profit sponsor, Variety - The Children's Charity, raised more than $1200. For more party highlights, be sure to check out the reviews and photos here and here

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Buon Compleanno, Yelp!

Posted by Claudia R


Last Saturday Yelp Milan enjoyed its first official Yelper Party, in order to celebrate 10 years of Yelp and the Yelp Awards. It was a great occasion to spend some time together with business owners, as well as a funny, emotional and relaxed event for Elites before summer holidays. We tasted fresh cheeses, goose products, artisanal beers and hand made food, all from Lumbardy, and with the help of the Iberitalian team we had a wondrous ceremony for Yelp Awards, inviting more than 60 local business owners, plus 150 Yelpers. If you haven't been there... well, nothing will be the same, but you can have a look at the pics here and read the reviews at this link

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Northern Virginia Yelp Elites Walk the Plank

Posted by Gretchen

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Argh, mateys! Yelp Elites had a swashbuckling time at Heavy Seas Alehouse in Rosslyn. With colors hoisted high, we sampled great local fare and craft brews from this Baltimore-based brewery. With everything from Heavy Seas' aptly named brews ("Powder Monkey" and "Loose Cannon" for example) and seafarin' fare like Old Bay popcorn, crab-stuffed pretzels, and more, there was something for every mate on deck. Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for Yelpers! Read reviews of the event here, and check out photos here!

Brooklyn Born: Kings County Distillery

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From our roots in manufacturing to the recent renaissance of artisanal production, Brooklyn has always been a hub of creativity and industry. We want to shine a spotlight on this abundance of local ingenuity and determination, which is why we've launched the Brooklyn Born series of events. Last night, we headed inside the humble headquarters of Kings County Distillery

Located in the old Paymaster building of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, this group of local distillers is putting out three different types of whiskey: their flagship bourbon, the moonshine, and in a partnership with Mast Brothers, the chocolate. Patrick, one of KCD's finest, led us through the history of distilling in NYC, the process behind KCD's delicious whiskey, and of course, a taste of these wonderful spirits. For more on this, check out the photos and the reviews right here!

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July 16, 2014

Yelp Sydney's 10th Birthday Maritime Mixer!

Posted by Ben B.


On a wild'n'woolly Tuesday night 300 mermaids, pirates, submarine captains, seamen, scurvy dogs and shark attack victims converged on Sydney's iconic Pyrmont Bridge Hotel to celebrate Yelp's 10th Birthday Maritime Mixer. With two entire floors and a rooftop deck filled with incredible food, booze and entertainment, Yelpers got to check out some awesome local businesses in rollicking, rambunctious fashion. Check out the reviews and all the photos here and here.

A huge thanks to our wonderful sponsors...

Incredible edibles from:

Snag Stand
Pie Sociey
You Chews
Ovo Cafe
Byron Bay Cookies
Biltong To Go
Valhalla Dessert Bar
Twisted Frozen Yoghurt

Libations (and hangover relief!) by:

Little Creatures
Wirra Wirra Wines
Wild Turkey Spiced Bourbon
Revivol Hangover Relief

Entertainment from:
Kelly Ann Doll
Pix2Flix - Mobile Flipbook Studio
3 Minute Angels
Sydney DJ Hire

Board Game Night In Quebec City


Fresh Quebec City Yelpers came together for an amazing board game night at La Revanche. We enjoyed delicious bites and cocktail and then jump into games. Each team were initiated to a different game. The winners of each table affronted each other in an ultimate dice battle to win the game they played. Most of the people stayed afterward to discover new games. Check out the photos and reviews!

Yelp's Brew University at The Brew Gentlemen

Posted by Rachel Carlson

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Elites were treated to an amazing evening at the brand new Brew Gentlemen brewery in Braddock. Not only were they able to sample some beer, among the faves a cucumber wheat, but they were also able to hear from head brewer Brandon and get an inside scoop into his brewing process. What better way to top off the evening with some delicious pulled pork BBQ from Pittsburgh Smokehouse! Read all the reviews about the event here and see all the fabulous photos by Dave Dinuzzo Photography the Flickr page.

Rochester Likes It Shaken And Stirred

Posted by Breanna

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The Daily Refresher teamed up with Black Button Distilling and Apple Country Spirits to demonstrate (and sample!) how to make great cocktails. The Elites sipped on four different cocktails made with the local distillers' liquors — Black Button’s moonshine margarita, a citrus forward gin gimlet, and Apple Country Spirits’ tree musketeers and pear brandy cocktails. On the gorgeous summer evening, the Yelp Rochester Elites mixed and mingled with their Yelp BFFs in the upstairs bar and also enjoyed the city views on the outdoor patio. For more, check out the event reviews here and flip through the Flickr photo album here.

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Yelp Thrills at Kennywood Park

Posted by Rachel Carlson


Pittsburgh Elites were treated to an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the more than 110 year old Kennywood Park. Not only did we hear about the history of the park, but guests were treated to a milkshake sampling at the newly opened Johnny Rockets and then a full picnic catered by the park! The fun didn't end there, as Elites had the rest of the day to ride away, until the Nighty Night song played at the end of the evening. Read all the reviews about the event here and see all the fabulous photos by Miles Media on the Flickr page.

Yelp Perth's Local Heroes Party!

Posted by Laura

Yelp's Local Heroes

On Friday night almost 600 Yelpers came together to celebrate all things local at Yelp's Local Heroes Party, dressed in their finest superhero masks with their capes billowing behind them. Yelpers were lucky enough to try food, drink, entertainment and much from over 20 local businesses on top of the already outstanding offer of pop-up tenants at MANY 6160. Read the reviews and check out the photos.

Many thanks to our sponsors...

Food saving the day from:

Box Pizza

Hot Pot Popcorn Co

Mezcal Food Truck

Miss Tartufo Gelati

The Wagon
The Wine Store

Varsity Bar


Daring drinks by:
Custard & Co

Cocktail Gastronomy

Feral Brewing Company

EVOI Wines

The West Winds Gin

Pure Glow Cleanse


Entertainment & more from:
RTRFM - DJs Jane Azzopardi & Sarah Norton

Project BLAK


July 15, 2014

LA East Elites Taste Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot in Pasadena


Elites lined up for a flavorful evening of Yin and Yang on Thursday, July 10th at Little Sheep. Boiling broths made from 36 spices and ingredients were at the center of each table for cooking high quality meats and fresh produce. Some menu items included: Supreme Lamb Shoulder, Supreme Angus Beef, Fish Balls w/ Sweet Roe, Mixed Mushroom Platter, Mixed Veggie Platter, and Fresh Thick Noodles. To keep the spice level at bay, unlimited draft beers and passion fruit green tea start flowed throughout the night. See all the reviews of the event here.

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LA East Elites Taste ShopHouse


LA East Elites brought their appetites for a Southeast Asian culinary adventure at ShopHouse on Sunday, June 29th. The menu included ingredients typically found in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore all displayed in a DIY fashion. Elites had the opportunity to get creative with these authentic ingredients including: Grilled Chicken Satay, Grilled Steak Laab, Green Beans, Tamarind Vinaigrette, Green Papaya Slaw, and Toasted Rice. Bowls were made and garnished and beers were flowing throughout the night. Check out reviews for this event here.

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LA East At Grand Performances


On Saturday, June 28th, the LA East Yelp Elite Squad enjoyed a tasteful evening with performances by Double G's daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra, Hosted by KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox. A musical night under the stars was complete with bites including: Watermelon Caprese, Banana Cauliflower Soup, Niman Ranch Pork Chop, and a Tropical Parfait all courtesy of Local Table. Summery libations were generously poured and crafted by Greenbar Craft Distillery. Read all the reviews of the event here.

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Louisville Locals' Top Stops For Forecastle Visitors

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Forecastle 2014 will set sail this Friday through Sunday in Louisville, and it is shaping up to be the biggest Forecastle yet, hosting up to 75,000 music lovers from all around the world. With so many out-of-towners descending upon Louisville for the three-day festival, Yelp Louisville and Forecastle teamed up to survey locals about where all of these visitors should eat, drink and play in our city. The survey featured some of Louisville's highest-rated and most-reviewed places on Yelp. Write-ins were also accepted.

Check out the survey’s highlights.

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Tamarind Tastings, Wok Flipping, And Bowl Eating All In The MD Burbs

Posted by Mike Bishop


What exactly is Southeast Asian food? MD Burbs Elites jam packed a Shop House in Bethesda Maryland just to find out.  After filling bellies with Asian beers, Elites were invited to test their palettes, their wok flipping ability, and their asian slaw appreciation.  You can check out all the photos here and all the reviews here

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Columbus Likes It Hot! (And Cold)

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On Friday, July 11, a bit of magic happened when two of Columbus's most popular businesses joined forces for a five-star pop-up dinner. More than 60 Yelp Elites and guests came out to the burgeoning Near East Side, where they dined on hot chicken, mac and cheese, and coleslaw – all while guzzling spiked sweet tea. When they couldn't take the heat any longer, everyone cooled down with real-deal frozen yogurt that was perfect for the summer evening. The night was filled with good food, good friends, and loads of fun. Check out these hot photos and read these cool reviews for Yelp Likes It Hot (And Cold.)

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Ayvalık Feneryolu Balıkçısı'nda Meze Keyfi-İstanbul

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What's the best thing to do to start a fresh new week? Tasting great appetizers at a venue that makes it so special of course! Knowing this, we went to Ayvalık Feneryolu Balıkçısı for a treat on Monday, July 14th. Not only did we taste very special flavors from Ayvalık Lokumu to Kartal Yuvası, but also tried a dessert that no one could even think of. Made you curious? Read the reviews of the event to figure it out here, and check the pictures out on Flickr.

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Yelp MSP's Pursuit Of Hoppiness @ Tin Whiskers Brewing Co.

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On Tuesday, July 8th, Tin Whiskers Brewing Co. hosted Yelp's Pursuit Of Hoppiness and provided samples of their tasty beer-lixers to Twin Cities Elites. From their Ampere Amber to Wheatstone Bridge, this new brewery on the block had plenty of hops to go around. To join in on the fun, Black Sheep offered some mouthwatering meat pies, DJ Tyrone rocked this beer-thedral with old-school jams, and Melissa Mobley (Snap Yourself) held it down with photo booth fun.

It was a hoppy time, indeed, but don't take my word for it! Read the reviews and check out Future Lab's awesome flicks from this beer-tastic bash!

The MD Burbs Elite Squad Operates, Lives Life, and Crumbles To Pieces

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There are two things that brought the Yelp Maryland Burbs Elite Squad out to this party: game &pizza.  Yelpers were invited to mix and mingle over some of their favorite childhood board games while devouring personalized pizzas from the one and only &pizza.  Check out all the pics of intense gameplay here and all the reviews here

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South Bay's Splash 'n' Dash at Aloft SFO

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Together with Aloft Hotel San Francisco Airport, Yelp South Bay hosted a Splash 'n' Dash Elite Event over July 4 weekend. Attendees stopped by for a few hours, enjoyed the pool and outdoor patio, tasted some delicious BBQ and brought a homemade side dish to share with fellow Elites. A perfectly patriotic party! Read the 5-star reviews and check out the photos (courtesy of Waitman Gobble). 

Thank you to our host, Aloft SFO as well as Dickey's Barbeque Pit for providing the eats!

Yelp Detroit Uncovers The Lincoln Luxury Experience

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Last week Lincoln Motor Company rolled out the red carpet and invited Yelp Elites to a VIP event at Shinola Detroit to celebrate the all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC. Guests were invited to take a test drive and experience the seamless blend of design and innovation of the Lincoln MKC. Following their test drive, Elites were then ushered into Shinola Detroit to enjoy a special selection of hors d'oeuvres, cocktails from The Sugar House, tunes from a live DJ, and a chance to participate in Lincoln's original Date Night Program, which offers guests a 2-day Lincoln auto loan plus a $100 gift card to use at the restaurant of their choosing for a complete date night experience. To complete the evening, Elites were given gift bags filled with a complimentary Shinola journal that they could bring back for complimentary engraving. A truly exquisite evening, indeed! 

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