While I very much like doing meetups, in pretty much every city in the US, I have no idea what the local venue options are and am therefore depend on reader assistance. Without that, I can’t do them. And to be blunt, I haven’t gotten the help I need for the Atlanta meetup next week. That suggests there may not be much local interest, and that I will wind up having incurred unnecessary expenses via stopping in Atlanta and having to spend a night in the hotel due to setting up a meetup when there was no local interest.
I have barely gotten any suggestions regarding the Atlanta meetup next week. Reader Peepers suggested Manuel’s Tavern, which sounded like a fine idea. But they were astonishingly slow to respond to my repeated requests to book their private room (which I should have regarded as a bad sign). They told me only today that it is taken. They offered as a fallback giving us a group of tables. That will work only if Manuel’s Tavern is not that noisy and if our group is not too large. I think we’ll have at most 25 people and could have as few as 10. Note that we have in the past simply gotten a restaurant to set aside a bunch of tables for us, and that worked reasonably well in Dallas (the noise level was low, bu one reader complained that the “sitting at tables” part made it hard to mingle, which is true, and that’s why I prefer a room or at least a clearly defined section of our own, which we get, for instance, in San Francisco).
Another option is a hotel lobby. That worked extremely well in Chicago, where the hotel served drinks in its very very large lounge. It was only sort of OK in Los Angeles, where were were lucky that were were able to commandeer enough tables and chairs to work for our group. But there was no service, so participants occasionally wandered off to snag a drink.
I hope readers will give input on Manuel’s and suggest other options.