Get free food and booze for submitting thoughtful reviews
Welcome to the scandalous lives of the Yelp Elite. The most engaged, active users on Yelp don't just bask in the smug satisfaction of publicly assessing every establishment they step foot in -- they get rewarded for it. This select set of users is given exclusive access to private parties hosted at up-and-coming hot spots in their cities.
You can't just slide into Elite status, though. To reach the upper echelons you must be nominated by a fellow user, and then assessed by an "Elite Council" that reads through your reviews for quality and consistency. It's not a tenured position either -- you'll be assessed each subsequent year once inside. Xoxo, Gossip Girl.
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Look for video reviews
Back in 2014, Yelp rolled out a new feature that lets users add 12-second videos to their reviews in an effort to better capture the ambiance of the establishment. So if you're curious if the bar you're taking your date to is quaint and quiet, or if there's a pole and disco ball lurking in the corner, queue up the video to get a better idea of the vibe.