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Meet and Greet at the Chic New DragonFly Lounge

We've been invited to join the New in Town (or Not) and 20s/30s Meetup groups for this big event. It should be a fun time!

From the New in Town description:
One of the reasons we have this group is for people that are "new in town" to meet the Clevelanders, so we decided to have a Meet and Greet so that many of the 700 or so NIT members can come out and get to know each other and make new friends. We will also be joined by the 20's/30's and Happy Hour groups as well.

We decided to have this at the new awesome "Dragonfly Lounge" in Ohio City that has just opened recently. The owners, Jeff and Ursula (who is actually one of the roller derby gals), have been gracious enough to host our event, and pretty much give us exclusive use of the place and provide us with free pizza at 6:30pm. They're offering us $2 off the extensive specialty drinks menu (normally $8) and $2 off the wine list (normally $6-$10 a glass pour with 7 reds and 6 whites) until 9pm. Domestic draft beer is $3 and they have a wide variety of other drinks and beers on the menu.

We welcome all of the members of the NIT, 20's/30's and the Happy hour groups to join us and we look forward to meeting all of you.

Plus you get to "meet" the newly appointed organizer of the New in Town!!!

Let's make this our biggest NIT meetup ever! Come & be one of the first to visit this new "gem" of a place.

Here are the links to the recent PD and MetroMix articles about the Dragonfly

MetroMix page:

PD Friday magazine article:

Dragonfly alights and lights up West 25th party district: After Dark
By John Petkovic, The Plain Dealer
January 08, 2010, 7:00AM

The newly opened Dragonfly Lounge is chic without being stuffy. And it has a martini sculpture, giant mirrors and glowing lights in the wooden bar. West 25th has been stealing partyers away from the Warehouse District for a while now. But, man, Dragonfly Lounge looks as if it could steal them away from Las Vegas.

The recently opened snazz pad -- 1865 West 25th St., Cleveland,[masked] -- reminds me of a joint you'd find in some casino on the Vegas strip.

Check out the glowing martini sculpture. The diamond lights set into the wood of the long, chic bar. The loungey atmosphere that's laid-back, not cheesy.

Oh, and you sure won't miss the three mirrors behind the bar. They're so massive that they remind me of one of those bottles with a boat inside.

In other words, how did they even get them through the door?

"Basically, I called around asking what's the biggest mirror I could get through the door," says co-owner Jeff Allison, who also runs the adjacent Garage Bar with his wife, Ursula Allison. "And the biggest one is, well, there it is -- 7 by 10 feet."

The mirrors are the most conspicuous but hardly the most mesmerizing things about Dragonfly. One look at that drink menu and I kept seeing my own reflection -- as a lush.

It's loaded with classic cocktails you rarely see in barland.

How about a Dark 'n' Stormy -- that rum and ginger-beer mix that calms the nerves and soothes the tummy. Or that infamous classic elixir, the Hemingway Daiquiri. Or a personal favorite, the Singapore Sling.

All great, and I didn't even get a nip or a sip.

You see, I fell in love with La Louisiane, a beaut that I've had once before in New Orleans. The mix of rye, benedictine, sweet vermouth, absinthe and bitters has an aroma and taste that goes down so smooth that you can drink three, no problem.

Whoa, and it glows when you rest the glass on the little lights in the bar. Snazzy.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Best turnout ever! Lots of great , friendly people & awesome new venue!

    February 9, 2010

  • Ron

    The turnout was way beyond what we expected when we started on this event and everything went pretty smooth. It was nice getting to meet many of you and a special thanks goes out to Jeff and the Dragonfly staff for doing a great job and supplying most of the free food, Cheryl also brought the popcorn, cheese and veggie trays with some of the money from the 50/50 raffles. With Cheryl's, John's, Jeff's and Kevin's help we were able to pull this off. Thanks to everyone for showing up. Hope everyone had a great time. I know we did :-)

    January 30, 2010

  • Ron

    Thanks everyone for coming out. It turned out better then Cheryl, John and I could have expected. The person at the door counting people said we probably had 250 or so people from meetup there and was up to 325 people by the end of the night. not sure where they all came from but it was a great event and Thanks goes out to everyone involved and to Jeff and the staff from Dragonfly for being so accomodating and they did a great job too. I'm sure we'll be back again sometime soon.

    January 30, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic event! It was fun to have so many groups together in one spot and to know so many people at once in a bar. I had a wonderful time. I will definitely be back to the DragonFly.

    January 30, 2010

  • Ron

    Here's the numbers so far (subtracting the duplicates): 115 (+ 38 guests) = 153 yes, 45 (+ 6 guests) = 51 maybe. A total of 204 people

    January 29, 2010

  • Ron

    This event has over 150 people signed up on 6 different groups (20's/30's. Art, Happy Hour, NEO Singles, Nightlife, NIT) so far. If your looking to meet other people from Meetup this is going to be the place to do it.

    January 28, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since several groups are coming at different times, this party could last until 2:00 am, so feel free to come anytime after 5pm.

    January 20, 2010

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