12 Ways to Meet New People (That Don’t Include Online Dating Apps)

Did you know that the majority of relationships made today are now done through dating apps? It’s great for people who rock at online dating, but sometimes, you just want a connection with someone without having to swipe left or right.

For most of us, online dating is a drag. Thankfully, there are other ways to meet new people. Whether you want to make new friends, network with colleagues, or find your next partner, these options might be better for you than an app.

bars and clubs

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People have bonded over drink and dance since time immemorial. Bars and nightclubs have been a staple for socializing since they first opened up back in ancient days.

Contrary to popular belief, there are nightclubs open for almost every age group. As long as you’re a regular and make an effort to chat people up, you’ll be able to meet new people.

On The Job

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While some might argue that it’s not the most professional way to meet others, the truth is that workplaces are a great place to meet new friends. Work friends can become lifetime friends as long as you both nurture that relationship.

As far as romances go? Well, it’s not approved by HR, but 52 percent of all workers engaged in a workplace romance. Heck, that same study noted that 22 percent of all married couples met at work. If you do this, tread carefully. It can blow up in your face.

Friends’ Parties

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If you already have a large group of friends, you might want to go to the next shindigs they throw. Most people have their own unique circles that they can introduce you to.

That friend of a friend might end up being your new bestie. If you do end up befriending them, just make sure to “poach” them respectfully and include your main friend.

Hobby Conventions

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Right now, you could be hanging out with a bunch of people who share your interests. Whether you choose to go to an anime convention or a cat convention doesn’t matter. What matters is that you could potentially meet people with whom you already know you have stuff in common.

Conventions happen in almost every major city in the country. Go to one that resonates with you or focuses on something you enjoy. You might be surprised at how easy it is to bond with people there.

Sports Teams

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Looking back, there always seems to be a reason why football jocks were the most popular people in school. Part of that reason is because sports force you to work as a team for a goal. The other part? Well, a wide range of people enjoy sports.

Most towns have adult sports teams for casual players, or at the very least, a gym where you can pump iron. Bonding over that can be a surprisingly effective social lubricant that requires neither booze nor a sense of rhythm.


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Do you have a local community college near you? If so, you’re in luck. Going back to school, even if you’re just auditing classes, can be a great way to network with others in your area. This is doubly true if you want to meet people in a particular field.

Not all classes have to be boring, either. Two-day or multiweek classes on cooking, art appreciation, or painting are usually available.

Religious Venues

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Love it or hate it, religion is a huge indicator of your beliefs and morals. It also happens to be one of the fastest ways to find a community in your area.

Whether it’s a synagogue, a church, or a local pagan meetup doesn’t matter. What matters is that you’d be around a bunch of like-minded people who might also need companionship.

Community Events

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When was the last time you went to a local fair? What about the most recent local park cleanup or the most recent food festival? Those community events are wonderful places to meet new people and get a sense of the neighborhood.

Even if it seems like an event that’s not your typical cup of tea, go out to your local fair or attend some farmers’ markets. You might be surprised at how many people you can chat with.

Dog Parks

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If you have a dog, you are in luck. Pet owner meetups and dog parks are quickly becoming the most popular way to meet new people. After all, nothing opens up a conversation like a compliment on a pup or a cat.

To make this meetup work for you, make a point of asking about a person’s pet or if they’re new to the area. It’s a quick and easy way to get people talking.

Professional Events

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Most people know how important it is to network with people in your field. It can help you find a new job, level up your skills, or just give you a better sense of where your industry is headed.

Believe it or not, plenty of people have found lasting connections by going to industry-oriented networking events. Next time your colleagues tell you to attend one, listen to them. You’ll be glad you did.


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Not sure whether or Multiple sites and social media platforms have their own meetup groups. These groups are typically centered around a hobby, activity, or even a demographic.

Going to meetups is a lot like a cheat code. It’s like getting into a party where you don’t know anyone, but everyone is ready to befriend you. The right group can be an amazing experience you can enjoy on a fairly regular basis.


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Wrapping up our list is a good way to build better karma and also meet altruistic people: volunteering. Right now, there are tons of organizations that need your help to make the world a better place.

Animal shelters, hospitals, senior centers, and homeless centers all need helping hands. If you have free time, you might as well give it a try. A lot of socialites volunteer in their free time, so if you’re looking for a way to get a good reputation, this might do the trick.

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