I did a couple of vegan meetups, it was fun, I met very nice and friendly people, and it gives the opportunity to try different veg*an restaurants. I do enjoy it. As Ira said, it nice to be surrounded with like-minded people.
Tonight's meetup was at a local Indy-type community theater showing "Planeat."
The info on meetup.com said they'd "probably be the only ones there," and not to worry about finding them, that they're "good about spotting confused people, and generally ask everyone there if they're there for ColumbiaVeg." <--The name of the group.
I showed up a half hour early to try and find the group. Slowly, the theater became packed. It had sold out. Everyone was recognizing each other left and right... It was impossible to tell who might be recognizing each other from meetups or whatever. I listened in on other's conversations, but couldn't find the group. I didn't feel comfortable asking all of these strangers if they were there with meetup.com.
They also said on the site that they'd be going to a nearby bar called The Hunter Gatherer for hummus and snacks. Guess what! The theater manager invited the whole darned theater over there! I didn't go to the bar. I sat in the theater alone drinking my beer, and I figured that I'd wind up doing the same at the bar.
Give thanks to Mother Earth for Her greatest gift...
Oh no! I'm sorry that happened to you. I have made many friends through meetup groups. Some are better than others. I have never been to one that was at a venue like that where they would be hard to spot.
If you want to try meeting them again, maybe message the organizer of the event and tell them that you couldn't find them last time and that you would like to meet them at the door.
If you are looking to meet new people, try looking up meetups for your other interests. Like I said, I have made many friends and had some great times because of meetup.
Yeah, I can't imagine going to a meetup at a theater like that. The groups down here usually meet at restaurants where you can just ask at the door for the veg group, and the host will take you to their group of tables. They also did a picnic in the park a couple of times, where they rent a specific pavilion, so you know to just head to that pavilion. It strikes me as very weird to have a meetup group meet at a busy venue like that where it'll be hard to find them.