Making friends as an adult just isn’t the same as it used to be. Whether you’re new in town, drifted away from your old pals or just fancy some new faces, meeting new people can be nerve-wracking. Not everyone is comfortable starting up a conversation at a bus stop or going to pubs on their own, so we have asked our readers of the friendliest city in the UK to have their say. The list is focused on things you can do IRL, but there are plenty of apps and Facebook groups one can join as well. So, check out below what the people of Glasgow say are the best places to make friends (and some of them were rather specific)!
1. Start singing your heart out by joining a choir
Apparently, not only will you polish those vocal cords, but you will also meet plenty of new people. As coordinated singing requires teamwork, you will be forced to talk to fellow members anyway. Rock Choir and VOTT were some of the choirs mentioned where anyone is able to try out.
2. Go to a mac and cheese night at Sloan’s
The Scottish Macaroni Appreciation Club is real and it’s in Glasgow. Every last Wednesday of every month, macaroni lovers gather together at Sloan’s for all things mac, to eat and to chat. You will literally have to pledge your allegiance to mac and cheese, and loyalty goes a long way in friendships.
3. Dust off those running shoes and join a running club
For jogging enthusiasts that will be going for a run anyway, joining a running club can be both motivating and easier to make friends. Bonding over a hobby has always been an easy way to make friends, and with the friendly weegies it will be like a ‘run in the park’. Achilles Heel Run Club has been mentioned for its friendliness.
4. Become good at roller-skating by joining Glasgow Roller Derby
Roller-skating is just as fun for adults as it is for the little ones. At Glasgow Roller Derby, no prior experience is needed, you pay what you can and learn how to skate as you go. Upon joining, you will be taught how to play roller derby and make friends while at it. GRD is an organisation run mainly by volunteers so you’re sure to find some like-minded people and avoid corporate politics.
5. Mingle, drink speciality tea and listen to live music at Tchai-Ovna
This one is for people with an immense love for tea, vegetarian and vegan food and music. Drink Thai-Ovna’s very own Fairies Blood while chatting away with new people. The venue’s very own Tea and a Tune weekly nights are a great way to meet people and support this local business that invests in the community.