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How to write a review on Time Out

A handy guide to help you get started leaving reviews of your favorite local places on the Time Out site

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Hoory Henry's

First thing's first—you'll need to create a Time Out account.

Step 1: Go to timeout.com/los-angeles

Step 2: Go to the uper right-hand side of the page and click "create account." Populate the email, first name, last name and password fields. (If you already have a Time Out account, click "sign in" and enter your email and password.)

Step 3: Start writing your reviews!

How exactly do you write a user review on Time Out? So glad you asked.

Step 1: Log in to your account (see above).

Step 2: Click the red "search" button on the top right-hand side of the page.

Step 3: Search for an exact term, for example, "Grand Central Market"

Step 4: Click into the listing and look for the "Users say" tab.

Step 5: In the "Users say" tab, click "Write a review." Add a star rating and get writing!

Remember to say whether you liked a place and why.

Although it may sound obvious, we want to know what you thought about your experience. If Time Out has reviewed the venue, there's no obligation to agree with our editors, but if you do disagree, please let us know why (preferably without making it too personal!).

Pick out some details to back up your opinions.

Was your steak too well done? Did the bartender make an exceptional cocktail? Was the venue overcrowded? These are the things that will help others make an informed decision when thinking of visiting the venue.

Don't go on a rampage.

Negative or neutral comments are just as welcome as positive ones, but an expletive-ridden tirade won't lend you the air of someone whose opinion is worth listening to. If you've got beef with the manager of your local bar because they wouldn't let you hold an impromptu karaoke night, send them an email directly.

Keep it short—but not too short.

We're not asking you to rewrite War and Peace, but your review should be a bit more elaborate than "This place is great!" Aim for 50-100 words, but maybe stop writing when smoke starts coming out of your keyboard.

Add a picture to your posts.

Attaching an image to your write-up may mean it takes a little longer to appear (in the interest of maintaining a genital-free website, we moderate all images). But in addition to your written review, it will be that much more visually appealing for those heeding your advice.

Write about anything and everything in your city.

It's not just restaurants and bars that you'll find on Time Out. You can write reviews of a great movie or comedy show, or the latest gallery or museum exhibit you've been to. Don't forget about shops, parks and other things to do around town too. If it's on the site, you can write a review about it—and if it's not, you can visit the Time Out Get Listed page to submit a listing.

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