If you're tired of trolling all the Hollywood clubs and bars for “the one,” and you're sick of being set-up on blind dates by friends, OneKeyAway's next mixer might just be your salvation this year. The service aims to be “your ‘keys' to your next date” and hosts events in SoCal, San Francisco and New York where you can meet your match.
First, you visit their Web site and fill out the online questionnaire. All of your answers are uploaded to OneKeyAway's special compatibility devices known as “e-Keys.”
Developed in the late 1990s, e-Keys are the first of their kind. They contain a microcomputer chip that uses a proprietary algorithm designed by a group of university professors. The chip compares two participants' responses to the online questionnaire and gives them a compatibility rating.
When you're at the mixer, you'll be handed your e-Key as your gadget to find out if you may be compatible with a person you find attractive. The device serves as the perfect icebreaker. Whether the e-Key says you and another person might be compatible, it's a great conversation starter.
You can begin talking right away about your commonalities if you get a positive reading. If the devices say you may not be compatible, you can strike up a conversation to discuss what the rating might mean if you're genuinely interested in one another.
Unlike other online dating services, through their mixers, OneKeyAway lets you actually see other registrants face-to-face before you begin communicating with them. There are no time limits on conversations, so you aren't obligated to sit and chat to any one individual.
With its romantic waterfalls and candles aplenty, the Bungalow Club is the ideal setting for the mixer. OneKeyAway is taking over the entire second-floor, Moroccan-themed, upstairs club space, so there will be plenty of room to mix and mingle.
Once you find someone you want to spend a little more time talking with, you can venture outside to one of the outdoor bungalows for a little bit of quiet and privacy. Sip fruit-infused mojitos or an exotic martini while getting to know your new friend.
If you do meet Mr./Ms. Right you can stay and dance at the Bungalow Club until last call and begin making your Valentine's Day plans.
The Bungalow Club is located at 7174 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. The mixer will be from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Admission: $15 if paid online or $20 at the door. For more information, call (310) 872-4975 or visit www.onekeyaway.com.