If you’ve ever moved to a brand new city, you'll be familiar with the feeling of having a ton of new places to see and having absolutely no squad to accompany you.
Luckily, Dublin hasn’t been voted one of the friendliest cities in the world for no reason.
There are plenty of newbies and locals alike are out there ready to meet you and here’s our guide to avoiding the loneliness and getting connected.
Try online meet-ups via Girl Crew or Meetup.com
Girl Crew is a hugely successful online community for women that provides a way to meet new friends and meet up for events like brunches, hikes, workouts, or whatever else your heart desires. There's also a forum for mixed events so the guys aren't left out!
Meetup.com provides a similar concept for both men and women. Want to meet a group of people who love photography, art, movies, or dance? Click a few buttons and go do your thing. Find your hobby soulmates.
Make friends while helping your new community. The Dublin City Volunteer Centre has countless opportunities on their website. Interested in working with children or assisting the elderly? There will be plenty of options for you.
Attend fitness classes
You can meet new friends, all while working on a killer body and feeling those endorphins. If you’re into yoga, you can try YogaHub or Yoga Dublin. Platinum Pilates also offers a wide range of Reformer Pilates and Ballet Barre classes. FlyeFit has a ton of options from Body Bootcamp to Boxing.
And for something a bit unique, Awesome Walls rock climbing gym hosts a Social Climbing session for climbers of all levels every Tuesday from 5-8pm. Why not?
Head to a wine tasting
What better way to meet new friends than over a glass of Chardonnay? The drinks and conversation will flow. La Cave Wine Bar offers an informal, relaxed weekly wine tasting programme to teach you some of the basics of wine varieties and regions.
Olesya Wine Bar also hosts wine tastings on the last Tuesday of each month. Check out their websites for more information and be sure to book a spot in advance. Sláinte!
Learn something new
Sign up for a photography, art, or language lessons. It’ll give you a chance to meet people with similar interests, as you bond over a new skill.
For photography, try Dublin Photography School or Dublin Camera Club. For art and dance, check out MyArt Dance and Art School in city centre. And for language classes, you can reach out to Olé School of Languages, also conveniently located in city centre.
Hangout at a museum
It won’t even be weird if you’re by yourself, because everyone will be walking around semi-aimlessly looking just as lost as you. Perfect.
Checkout the Little Museum of Dublin, National Museum of Ireland, Natural History Museum, National Wax Museum, Irish Museum of Modern Art, or the Dublin Writers Museum. You’ll be oh so cultured.
Take advantage of local festivals
Keep an eye on the Eventbrite calendar and of course, check Lovin Dublin often for the scoop on upcoming events. Here's a taste of a few coming up this season:
Ireland Festival of Nations - 15 October. Mountjoy Square Park.
Uprise Festival - 20 October. RDS Ballsbridge.
Whiskey Live Dublin - 5 November. The Printworks, Dublin Castle, Dame Street.
Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair - 23-25 February, Convention Centre.
By the time the holidays arrive, you’ll be surrounded by a bunch of new buds.
And honestly, in Dublin you’d have to try hard to NOT to meet some friendly faces. Hats off to you for settling in the right city.