FAQ FOR INDIVIDUALS
What is THE DATEVINE?
We organise awesome events and dinner parties at restaurants in Sydney, (and soon in Victoria and Queensland) for bunches of like-minded single people. The atmosphere is very relaxed and social - because it's much more fun meeting people in the flesh, compared to looking at an unreliable profile pic and messaging for weeks on end.
How many people will be there?
It varies depending on the restaurant; it can range from 8-20+ people. There will always be a minimum of 8 people.
Who else will be at the event?
There will be other people just like you - in the same age group and looking to have a fun night out, no pressure! Each event targets a certain age demographic, in a certain location, so you are more likely to meet people around your age who live or work nearby. The hosting restaurant will also in part, determine the type of event it becomes - some people prefer a more relaxed and casual experience, while others might want to go for a more exclusive dinner party.
What is a DATEVINE host, and why do they get a free ticket?
Anyone can nominate themselves to be the 'host' of a dinner party, and we'll give you a free ticket to be that person. It's first in, best dressed as there's only one host ticket per event. We do ask you to help us out a little bit - we need you to do things like arrive early, put the name cards out, and greet everyone when they arrive. For more information on what's involved, PLEASE READ THIS.
What's so good about a DATEVINE dinner party?
There are so many good things! Excellent food, venues and people to start! You can bring your friends along to these events so it becomes a real social occasion. The atmosphere is super relaxed and fun. There's no formal structure to the evening (apart from entrees then mains), so you've got the flexibility to move around the table and meet everyone at your leisure.
How old do you need to be to go on a group date?
You must be 18 years or older to go to a DATEVINE event, because there will be alcohol served at the restaurants. There is no upper age limit, but event availability will be determined by the number of attendees who register on our website. E.g. if there is a big demand for events for 50-60 year olds, then those are the events we’ll organise.
Why is there an 'age range' for the events?
For most events we set an age range for the attendees, this is so we can match people of similar ages, sexual preference and interests (based on restaurant choice). The age range is a guide only, we won't be checking your age on arrival, unless we suspect you're under 18.
How much are tickets?
Tickets vary in price depending on the restaurant and the cost of their set menu. As a guide tickets will range from $50 - $100 per person.
What do I get for my ticket?
The ticket price includes the cost of your two-course set menu (or banquet), plus our DATEVINE administration fees. There will also be a small Eventbrite booking fee added to each ticket when you check out.
What additional costs are there?
The only additional costs on the night are drinks and the restaurant service fee or tip. Usually you pay for your drinks on consumption directly at the bar, or you can set up your own drink tab to pay at the end of the night - you'll just need a credit card to hold behind the bar if you want to set up a tab.
Which event should I attend?
You can attend ANY event we list on THE DATEVINE website. We suggest you choose events that meet your age and sexual preference, and that are being hosted at restaurants you know, or you like the sound of – because that means you’ll have more in common with the other singles who choose to attend those events.
How often can I go to DATEVINE dinner parties?
You can come along as often as you like. There are no rules about who can and can’t go to these events. Just make sure you buy your tickets early as there are limited seats and the events will book out.
Can I bring a friend?
Absolutely! That’s one of the best parts about THE DATEVINE! You can take your friends along with you for support.
What if I have dietary requirements?
Our restaurants will always have a vegetarian option for our dinner parties, and depending on the venue and your requirements they will endeavour to cater for everyone, you just need to let us know when you’re booking your ticket. The more notice you can give us the better.
What should I wear?
You can wear whatever you like. We suggest you put a little bit of thought into your appearance, e.g. taking a shower and brushing your hair is a good start. Smart casual is our standard dress code - you just need to feel comfortable and confident to make a great first impression.
How early should I arrive at the event?
Always plan to arrive about 10-15 minutes early; this will give the restaurant time to check your name off the guest list, and for you to have a drink and meet the others before you sit down for the meal.
What do I do when I arrive at the event?
When you get to the restaurant tell the staff your booking is under THE DATEVINE. They’ll need to check your name off their guest list, and then they’ll either take you to the table, or offer you a drink in the bar area while everyone arrives. Just think of it like any other group booking at a restaurant, and greet your new friends with a smile!
What if I can’t make the event, after I’ve purchased a ticket? Do you give refunds?
It’s really important that you keep us informed as early as possible if anything changes with your situation. We can offer refunds, but only if you give us more than 72 hours notice. If for any reason you can’t go, the best thing to do is find a friend, who is the same gender and approximate age as you, to take your place. Either way, please email us straight away on firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try to find a solution for you.
*** If you no-show for an event, without a suitable explanation, then you will be blacklisted and you will not be able to attend any future events for at least 3 months.
What do I do if I’m going to be late?
If you know in advance that you’re going to be late (e.g. more than 24 hours) then email us at email@example.com and we’ll inform the restaurant.
If it’s the day of the event then please call the restaurant directly and let them know how late you’ll be, that way the event can start without you, but the restaurant will keep some food aside for you.
What happens if I don’t show up to an event?
This is NOT cool. We don’t condone unreliability at our events (that’s what swiping apps are for). If you no-show for an event, without a suitable explanation, then you will be blacklisted and you will not be able to attend any future events for at least 3 months.
What happens if an event doesn’t sell out?
We will do everything we can to sell ALL tickets. We already have a lot of interest from people, and because seats are limited at each event, we’re confident they will always sell... but you should definitely share us with your friends to help spread the word.
If for any reason we don’t sell out, but there are at least 8 people confirmed with 48 hours until the event, then we will contact all attendees and inform them of the reduced numbers, but we’ll keep selling tickets right up to the afternoon of the event, so we imagine it will still get to capacity by then.
If there are less than 8 people booked for any event within the final 48 hours, and ticket sales have been slow, then we will need to reschedule it for another time. If this does happen then you will automatically receive a ticket for the rescheduled event, and a $10 credit to use at any event after that.
What happens on the night - is there a structure to the evening?
There is no formal structure to the evening, we want it to run just like any other dinner party you would have with your mates, except this time you’re making new friends.
If we did have to create a beginning, middle and end, it would go something like this - Introduce yourself to everyone at the start of the night. Swap seats in the middle of the event (around the time the mains are served). And then perhaps go to a bar or have a nightcap in the restaurant at the end of the night.
NOTE - There will usually NOT be a DATEVINE ‘host’ at the restaurant, once we’ve organised the event we think you guys can enjoy yourselves without us looking over your shoulders.
What happens after the dinner?
It’s totally up to you. In the lead up to the event we will send you suggestions for bars or venues that are open later if you feel like having a nightcap somewhere else. It’s also up to you to exchange details with anyone you’re interested in seeing again.
What if I’m too scared/nervous/shy to ask someone for their number?
We understand it can be a bit daunting to make the first move, or to ask for someone’s number – although we think being brave will make a great impression and get a positive response. If you really can’t do it, then email us the following day firstname.lastname@example.org and we will attempt to get in touch with your crush on your behalf. Please note, we will never give out contact details without the owner’s permission. And remember you need to get their first and last name, in case there are multiple people with the same name at the event.
How successful is THE DATEVINE for singles?
We can’t guarantee you’re going to meet the person of your dreams, but we CAN be certain you’ll get to meet a whole lot of new people, enjoy a fabulous meal and have a fun night out. And when all of those elements come together, the chances for meeting Mr or Mrs Right increase exponentially.