I run Brummies Networking, a free networking group that meets monthly in Birmingham West Midlands. We've also started branching out into doing other external events, not in our usual venue, as a way to attract new audiences via the Eventbrite directory (which has proved successful) in various venues around Birmingham.
The last one we did was an evening's cocktail networking event at Be At One cocktail bar that proved very popular with our attendees! Around 70+ came along in the end.
The only slight disappointment was that we had around 130 booked in, so our now show rate for that one was pretty high.
Other events we've done similar we've had far less of a no show rate so not sure why that happened. The event did take place only a few days after the latest London terror attack, so people's thoughts around safety and not wanting to take the risk may have played a part, not sure. I'd certainly like to combat the issue of no show %'s ongoing to try and make sure at least 80% of booked people turn up. Always welcome any thoughts!