Best Berlin Meetup Groups for Meeting New People
It’s hard to believe that in December 2013, I spent a chilly Friday night in December at home writing this post, So I Moved To Berlin. Just How Did I Make Friends?
Little did I know, that the post would become one of the blog’s most popular ones, or that it would lead me to starting a meetup group with my buddy Adam from Travels of Adam. While our meetup’s long since been closed, our Make Friends in Berlin meetup group grew to more than 7,500 members! We started the group to help people connect with other Berliners, be it expats or locals, in a casual, friendly, and most of all, fun setting. It was great watching people from the meetup form new friendships and get settled more into their Berlin life.
Now that our group’s closed, we thought this would be a good chance to not only expand the expat life content here on the blog but spread some big old love to the other groups in Berlin who have the same mission as we did (and still have). Most of the meetups listed here are social in nature, with a mix of sporty themed ones thrown in, as well as some language exchange groups. We’ve purposely avoided listing any professional or tech related meetups.
Best Berlin Meetup Groups for Meeting New People
1) Around Berlin in 80 Restaurants – The perfect meetup for foodies, this group of 2,800+ people come together for dinner together at various restaurants around the city, take picnics in the park, attend food festivals, go on market excursions, and more.
2) Berlin Badminton Group – Play badminton with other fans of the sports. With more than 2,000 people in the group, the group plays 1-2 times per week and welcomes people of varying skill levels.
3) Berlin Board Gamers – Meet fellow board game lovers at different venues throughout Berlin like The Muted Horn and The Castle.
4) Berlin Book Swap – Book lovers can meet to exchange books and talk about those books to their heart’s content with other like minded individuals.
5) Berlin Craft Beer Lovers Meetup – For those who appreciate a good craft beer, meet fellow beer lovers who love to hang out to sample new beers and support local breweries.
6) Berlin Cycling – With two cycling events taking place each weekend, locals come together as group to cycle around Berlin and its suburbs often stopping at restaurants for meals and great conversation.
7) Berlin Expats – With close to 13,000 people in the group, Berlin Expats welcomes new expats and despite their name, friendly locals. They’re unique in the sense they offer curated events that don’t always take place in the same bar or restaurant. Looking through their event history, comedy clubs, beers by the canal, and BBQs seem to be the norm. They also have a Facebook group with more than 53,000 members.
8) Berlin: Girl Gone International – Sorry, boys. This Berlin meetup group is for the girls only. With more than 100 chapters around the world, there’s around 2,500 lovely ladies in the Berlin group. They host brunches, bike rides, picnics, and even a book club. You can also find them on Facebook where the community is more than 17,000 strong.
9) Berlin Hikers – We might not be close to the Alps, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some fantastic places to hike around Berlin. This meetup organizes local hikes, as well as more long distance ones and welcomes newbies (not just experienced hikers). I’ve heard talk that romance blooms in this group from time to time.
10) Berlin LGBT Social Club – This LGBT friendly with more than 3,800 members group helps connect you to locals for the express purpose of socializing and having fun. Pro tip – read these reviews about gay dating apps that you can use to meet even more people in Berlin.
11) Berlin Runners – If you don’t want to run alone, join this group who regularly practice running along the Spree, through parks, and more. Their events include meeting for meals, taking on marathons together, and running various short and long distance routes throughout Berlin.
12) Berlin Singles Meetup – If you’re like me and are super tired of Tinder, this group might be for you. Meet other singles (there’s just over 3,400 in the group) for drinks and see if there’s a chance for romance.
13) Berlin Wild Swimmers – If you’re into swimming in one or more of Berlin’s beautiful lakes, this group is for you. They even organize trips to the Baltic Sea! Swimmers of all skill levels are welcome.
14) Cards Against Humanity – Tuesdays for Terrible People – Hang out with Berlin locals and play one of the funnest games around. The group typically meets at a chilled café in Prenzlauer Berg.
15) Cook-Tandem – Connect with other Berliners over your shared love of cooking. The events sometimes take place at someone’s home and other times in a local park. Note – most events have a small cost.
16) Culti Meetup Berlin: New in Town, Language & Social – This group promises casual and friendly events, including German language exchanges, rock climbing, and more. Join 12,500+ others to start expanding your social circle and having fun in Berlin.
17) Discovering Berlin Together – Experience the cool vibes of Berlin nightlife by joining more than 4,700 fellow Berliners for drinks. Most events seem to take place at Klunkerkranich.
18) Fine Dining In Berlin – If you’re fancy and seek to indulge your inner foodie at some of Berlin’s most elite dining establishments, join this group. They host many private supper clubs and regularly hit up Michelin star restaurants.
19) Friday Evening Drinks – This social group meets every Friday at different bars around Berlin for drinks and conversation.
20) International Activities Berlin – This group focuses on the the bar scene and hosts frequent events in different bars around Berlin. They’re massive with more than 20,000 people, but most events seem to attract crowds of 30-40 people, making it easy to meet new people in Berlin in a more intimate and quiet setting.
21) International Cocktail Party – If you like drinking cocktails, join about 10,000 other Berliners who converge together at the same bar each week to get hang out and drink cocktails.
22) International and Social Events Berlin – These guys host a recurring meetup called “That Famous Boat party” each Wednesday at a hostel in a boat anchored in the Spree.
23) International Salsa Meetup – Looking for a hot night out dancing the night away to salsa, bachata, or merengue? Then join this very active and tight knit community who meet for even more than dancing – they go out for dinner together, take swimming lessons, and more.
24) Internationals in Berlin – A big hitter among the Berlin meetup groups for meeting new people is Internationals in Berlin, with close to 16,000 people in the group. Like many others, they do all sorts of things like go to comedy shows, BBQs in the park, drinks on a boat, and more.
25) New Berliners Meetup – With around 11,000 members, this group keeps it simple and hosts a recurring event at a bar in Prenzlauer Berg. They too attract smaller crowds of 20-50 people.
26) Over 30s Social – This group meets on the regular for wine, trips, walks, and more. Events are on the intimate side, usually attracting 10-20 people.
27) Saturday Afternoon Coffee and Talk – This weekly meetup gives you the chance to meet locals each Saturday and bond over your mutual love of coffee. Join more than 11,000 others to interact with locals and expats in a chilled locale.
28) Spre-chill: Speak German While Chilling In Berlin – People from this meetup come together on Sundays to play games, chat, and practice German.
29) Terrible Beach Volleyball Berlin – If you like to play beach volleyball, but really suck it, join the people from this meetup for a good time hitting around a ball. Anyone and everyone is welcome.
30) viaNumo: International Language Fun Social & More – With more than 9,000 members, join this group to meet new people and practice your German. They organize several events per week.
31) Yoga In The Park – Join other yoga lovers at Volkspark Friedrichshain and pay what you feel is appropriate for the session.
Good To Know
1) Check out some of the very best things to do when you’re living in Berlin.
2) Need somewhere to stay in Berlin. Check out available options on booking.com.
3) If you’d rather Airbnb, book an apartment. First time Airbnb users can use this link for a €34 credit.
4) If you’re road tripping through Germany, rent a car.
5) We’ve plenty of other Berlin life and Germany related posts on the blog:
- 15 Exciting Day Trips From Berlin (As Recommended By A Local) – Experience more of Europe with these day trips from Berlin. Expect quirky architecture, postcard scene Old Towns, and plenty of food and drink tips.
- How To Spend A Wonderful 24 Hours In Warnemünde – Only 3 hours from Berlin, Warnemünde is the perfect escape for Berliners. Think seafood restaurants, a long sandy beach, therapeutic spas, & the Baltic Sea.
- Moving To Berlin Guide: Tips From Someone Who’s Done It Twice – This moving to Berlin guide is the most comprehensive guide out there. Find where to learn German, find a job, secure a flat, open a bank account, & more.
- The Cost Of Living In Berlin (Personal Details From a Local) – Many wonder what is the cost of living in Berlin? One local (me!), reveals average personal expenses for things like rent, electricity, phone plans, & more.
- Vabali Spa in Berlin – Escape life and spend a day at Vabali Spa in Berlin. One of the largest spas in Germany, it has saunas, pools, relaxation areas, a restaurant, and more.
6) For even more Berlin related content, take a look at my Berlin archives.
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