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Social Circles

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1133 Broadway Ste 1416
New York, NY 10010
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(212) 505-9985
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Before joining this club, my friends and i used to ask, where are 30s and 40-yr olds?!? Every time we'd go out, the only other single people we see tend to be in their 20s! It's...

Worst

I have very mixed feelings about Social Circles. I met my husband through SC so that is good - actually that is great. In the time I was part of the organization (2003-2007), I ...

They ripped me off! 4/27/2009

They bill me multiple times a month for apparently random amounts. I was unable to contact anyone in Social Circles and reported the payments to my credit card company as fraudulent. This is not a trustworthy organization. Cons: They continue to bill me despite the fact my membership fini more

Has its benefits but very unethical practices, dismissive staff 7/26/2007

I have very mixed feelings about Social Circles. I met my husband through SC so that is good - actually that is great. In the time I was part of the organization (2003-2007), I felt that the attention to events and the customer services really went down hill. When it was time to end my membership, I did not renew, only to find that months later they were still charging me a monthly fee and that they would not refund any of it because of fine print in the contract. I was lectured and dealt with dismissively by the staff. Since there are now other competing organizations that don't charge the same exorbitant fees (New York Social Network for example), I would recommend looking elsewhere for the benefits that this organization provides. Social Circles had a great personal benefit for me in that I met my husband. The organization however, is more interested in making money anyway it can than they are in running a good business. Pros: Met my husband Cons: Business practices like AOL, nasty office staff more

pricey but mostly worth it 5/17/2006

I was somewhat skeptical of Social Circles since they wouldn't let me try an event first. However, I decided to join and am really glad I did. Its a great alternative to the other things out there, and I've met some great people, and done some really fun events. The staff was great, very friendly and intelligent. I always got surprisingly quick and detailed responses to my questions. The events have been especially diverse and interesting lately so I decided to renew my membership. I'm not going to lie, this isn't a cheap club by any means, but I'm a professional and make a good salary and found this to be a good investment, and just a fun thing to do. Pros: events, staff, members Cons: cost more

I am not going to join 1/13/2006

I thought about joining so I decided to check out some the feed-backs. Since they are here 50/50 I decided to check BBB too...guess what...they have 15 complaints and not even 1 resolved with customer satisfaction. Check it your self. And they are all about billing and overselling. Since I know first hand how BBB works, it must be true. I won't join for sure. more

Great for 30 and 40-somethings! 12/19/2005

Before joining this club, my friends and i used to ask, where are 30s and 40-yr olds?!? Every time we'd go out, the only other single people we see tend to be in their 20s! It's like you know that the 30s & 40s singles are out there, but if you don't want to go to some cheesey, age-appropriate 'singles party' then how do you meet them? I'm 38, and I love that social circles has enough people in my age range to hang out with. Very refreshing in this city. Pros: ages, singles, events more

fun times, good people 12/19/2005

It was pricier then I hoped for but turned out to be worth it for the most part. There's alot of fun events that I do when it fits into my schedule (which can be busy, to say the least). When you can't do events you can freeze your membership, so you don't lose the time. Its a really relaxed, and comfortably informal way to do more things and meet more people. The crowds can be varied depending on the event so your first event might not be the same as the next one, and so on. The staff is helpful and thorough when you have questions or feedback. I've recommended it to several people I know. Pros: atmosphere, people, variety Cons: price more

great for busy new yorkers 12/18/2005

i'm so busy during the week to take time out to plan stuff, that i found my wknds to be unproductive and not as social as i'd like. Social Circles has made a world of difference. I don't have to think about making plans (so time consuming), and my weekends (and weeknights, too, if i like) are packed. You have to commit for a year or longer, but it is soooo worth it. Pros: convenience, fun more

Waste of money 10/22/2005

Join Social Circles and you will be paying the equivalent of a gym membership AND additional monthly dues AND pay for each event. The people at the events are ok, but not worth paying such an expensive amount for. I went to a Laser Tag event at a gaming center which was ALL WOMEN! Afterwards, the women commented about how they signed up for the laser tag because they thought more men would be at that event. You could have done all of their events just by getting a copy of Time Out NY or another local magazine and doing things in there. Cons: expensive, not worth the cost, low quality events more

Waste of money 10/5/2005

Social Circles has a wonderful sales team. They are big on touting how very selective they are on choosing new members. Anyone who wants to spend anywhere from 1500 to 2000 dollars can become a member. Turns out 95% of those so-called professionals that the Social Circles sales people rave about are not professional and may to some degree lack certain social skills. Dont get me wrong the people I met where very nice people. Just not the level of Social that is worth spending thousands of dollars to for. A VERY BIG WASTE OF MONEY. PS: Even you when you think you expensive contract is over, trust me its not. SC has wonderful fine print in their contracts. more

Join temporarily to find friends 8/14/2005

To make a long story short: After my two-year membership finally ran out, I was left poorer in the wallet and richer with friends I treasure. (A trip to Iceland with the group was the final decisive thing that turned me against SC. It was handled badly, but I met great people.) SC is perfect if you are looking for new friends or things to do where you don't have to get bogged down by planning. The staff were total flakes, the pricing leaves you feeling like you were taken, and the events are repetitive after a while. HOWEVER, people are generally open and nice and there are gems among the groups that gather. Everyone joins with the best intentions and the cool, fun people find each other. I feel lucky to have met the people I did. BOTTOM LINE: Join for the shortest term possible to try it out. Pros: new adventures in nyc, make great friends, most ppl in 30s Cons: membership terms, overpriced, flaky staff more

What a great alternative! 12/6/2004

I've been in the city for a few years now, and where-as I don't normally write these things, I was compelled to do so in this case, as this is really one of the better things I've done in a while. I had been getting tired of going to the same places all the time etc. (especially considering how busy I am with work), but this turned out to be a worthwhile alternative. I've met some very cool girls, and more guy friends as well. The staff is helpful, and intelligent. I can't say I know of anything else like it in New York. Pros: friendly people, great cust. service, creative more

Run ...don't join 10/24/2004

Overpriced, unorganized and bad service. Events are too repetitive and rude customer service. In addition to membership fees, you have to pay a hefty service charge in addition to the cost of the event. Not good to meet other professionals. Pros: non Cons: , unprofessionalism, unorganized more

don't even touch that!!! 9/14/2004

at first great sales pitch and friendly atmosphere and then they ignore you and don't deliver. highly overpriced, don't deliver promised value, members under average, staff not responding, rude. on a sales pitch they promised I could cancel if have to relocate - they cancelled after very heavy and nasty negotiations and charged me huge $$ anyway. They even threatened me that they would distroy my credit history if I don't take the deal. STAY AWAY 100 MILES! DON'T EVEN TOUCH!!! Pros: -, -, - Cons: , b/s at sales pitch, don't deliver more

Great for busy pros 7/22/2004

I didn't realize how busy I was until I found a postcard for this place in a bar I was at. They're like my nightlife secretary, except they never call in sick. I've been doing their events for almost a year now and there's always something great going on. I always had my own friends and things to do, but my extra free time is never wasted now, I just go online and sign up for the events and they take care of the rest. Pros: easy to use, selection of events, int'l trips more

Please beware !! 5/3/2003

When I had my initial interview I was told really great things and was given this incredible sales pitch. Unfortunately, little of turned out to be true. Yes, I am a fool for falling for it. Since I only have 150 words here I can't go into detail. But the short of it is I will have paid about $1400 when all is said and done and the staff is totally unconcerned about providing the service they promised and are extremely millitant about not refunding even 1 penny for dis-satisfied customers. Cons: Callous attitude, Overpriced more

I Met My Fiancee !! 4/29/2003

Social Circles is an activity club, not a dating service, so it provides a great way to meet other fun, active singles without the stigma or uncomfortable expectations of being on a date. Everyone is so friendly! I've formed many solid friendships and dated some wonderful women, and the best news is that I am now engaged to a fellow SC member. Friends rarely share all our interests, or are too busy, and SC exists for people who want active social lives. Granted, membership isn't cheap, but it is not as high as some people are quoting and it keeps out the riffraff (i.e., the people you see complaining on this message board!). I met my fiancee, so obviously, the fee was worth every penny, and we are just one of the many couples who are now engaged or married thanks to SC! Pros: meet without pressure, fun things to do, met my fiancee! more

New to New York 4/29/2003

Great fun so far - I'm new to the states and to the city. I heard about Social Circles from a friend at work and have been out on a number of events so far - the wine tasting and hike are at the top of my list. I've met some new people who actually like to go out and do things (that's why I joined), I'm not the sit at home type like my co-workers. A good service overall! Pros: variety of people, many events to choose more

Great alternative to bar scene! 10/8/2002

All in all an excellent service. I got exactly what I expected. . .the oportunity to meet new people without using a dating service or going to a bar. The events are pretty cool in of themselves. Good job. more

Anything Once? 8/19/2002

Overall, my experience was fairly positive. Staff seemed enthusiastic if sometimes a little slow. Events were fun - lots of variety. People seemed nice - typical NYers. more

No cheese! 8/17/2002

I joined a bit reluctantly thinking it might be another round of beefy, balding guys and depressed women. too my relief, there is truth in advertising - I found other members to be people I could easily relate to and befriend. The events seemed very professional run although customer service response time was a bit lacking. Pros: Fun, Interesting, Value Cons: Slow more
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Editorial

  • Activity and social club providing more than 60 events monthly, ranging from skydiving and ski trips to chocolate tastings and picnics.

  • 12/1/2004 Provided by Citysearch

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    Midtown, Midtown South Central

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