Christmas can be a lonely time for a lot of people, especially if you've just moved to a new city, or have lost touch with old friends - finding yourself seriously in need of a new crew for 2018.
While sometimes as an adult it can seem impossible to make mates: your colleagues are boring, and there's no forced-bonding college nights where you make a new BFF over a shot of Apple Sours (that's probs a bonus, actually.)
So, how to make like Taylor Swift and find your very own squad? These fun ideas will get you out of the gaff, chatting to (hopefully) like-minded people and having the most fun you've had in Dublin in yonks.
1. 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.
2. Volunteer with a charity
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.
3. 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.
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. It might take a little while, but you just have make the first move and get chatting.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Join a sports team
Tag Rugby is particularly excellent for making friends. You can join up here as an individual to lots of existing teams across the city, and although it's competitive there's various leagues so you can take it as seriously as you like.
Bonus? They constantly do weekend trips away across Ireland to play other Tag Rugby teams.
Your phone will be hoppin' in no time.