New Friends Week: 6 ways to make friends in Edinburgh

Ever since Facebook‘s redesign, we’ve found it harder to pay attention to the friends we actually care about. Friends, where would we be without them? They see us through thick and thin, helping us to navigate first loves, heartbreak, late night parties in Rose Street or Cowgate… It’s Old Friends and New Friends in Edinburgh Week this week (2 – 9 February) so what better excuse to get out there and meet new people?
  1. Join a social group

    These days, you can’t turn on your computer without being bombarded by adverts for the latest dating app. But what if you’re just looking to make some new friends? There are a few answers out there bringing Edinburgh social groups bang into the 21st century with their online platforms that make it really easy to keep in touch and arrange socials.

    Where: Edinburgh Social Events
    Edinburgh Social Events run fun and unusual socials across Edinburgh ranging from Friday Night Social to night outs, language exchange, murder mystery nights and more.

  2. Learn to play the guitar

    You know that guy in the restaurant serenading you with a guitar that looks like it’s been zapped with a shrink-ray? Guitar is not only one of the more sociable musical instruments, but it is also moderately easier to learn in comparison to the piano for example. Most learners can pick up the basics and even play a few songs within their first lesson.

    Where: Morningside School of Music

  3. Join a Pub Crawl

    Edinburgh’s Pub crawl with a difference No trip to Edinburgh is complete without a visit to a boozer and a good old-fashioned quiz. But do you know your Scientology from your scatology? Join this organised pub crawl with a difference, for intellectual conversation (at least for the first hour!: ) and, er, a guided tour of the local toilets.

    Where: Pub Crawl Guide

    Pub Crawl Guide runs their pub crawl on the last Friday of the month, which takes in a short loo tour with several stops along the way!

  4. Join sports clubs

    Why not catch two birds with the one stone? and get your weekly exercise in whilst also making friends. And by sports clubs, I don’t mean donning your tennis whites and popping to your local lawn tennis association. or read article about best societies in Edinburgh

    Where: Edinburgh University Sports Union


  5. Have a go at a comedy workshop

    If you are interested in learning improvisational skills or honing the ones you already have, join one of their workshops. Reckon you can face the hecklers head on? Then an improv comedy workshop could be for you.

    Where: The TBC Improv Workshops


  6. Set up your own business “Seriously!”

    Entrepreneurs really know how to network. The start-up scene is a bit like a university, with loads of inspiring people sharing great ideas, and even the occasional free beer.

    Where: Edinburgh Creative Network
    Events at different locations, Chat with budding entrepreneurs, get inspired and enjoy a hard-earned drink or two.