THE BEST BERLIN MEETUP GROUPS FOR MEETING NEW PEOPLE
It’s hard to believe that way back in December 2013, I spent a chilly Friday night in December at home writing this post, How To Make Friends In Berlin.
Little did I know, the post would become really popular or lead me to start a meetup group with my buddy Adam. While that meetup has long 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 they newbies 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 new Berlin life.
Even though our group no longer exists, we know the Meetup community in Berlin is strong and that Meetups are an indispensable way to meet new people in Berlin. That said, we want to spread some big old love to the other groups in Berlin who have a similar to ours once was, which is to help people find ways to connect with fellow Berliners and form meaningful friendships.
THE TOP BERLIN MEETUP GROUPS
Berlin tends to be filled with a largely transient population, as many come here to work or study and leave after a short time. Many people said we talk to admit to they feel extremely lonely here and have a hard time making friends. That said, we really hope that you find this list of Berlin Meetup groups for meeting new people helps you forge quality new friendships that will be long-lasting.
That said, 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, art, and music-loving groups.
Some of our favourite Berlin meetup groups for meeting new people include:
1) Around Berlin in 80 Restaurants
The perfect meetup for foodies, this group of about 3,000 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.
8) Berlin Cycling
With two cycling events taking place each weekend, locals come together as a group to cycle around Berlin and its suburbs often stopping at restaurants for meals and great conversation.
9) Berlin Expats
With more than 16,000 people in the group, Berlin Expats welcomes newbies 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 80,000 members.
11) 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.
16) Berlin Runners
If you don’t want to run alone, join this group which regularly practices 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.
17) 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.
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 involve paying a small fee.
19) Culti Meetup Berlin: New in Town, Language & Social
This group promises casual and friendly events, including German language exchanges, rock climbing, and more. Join 12,600+ others to start expanding your social circle and having fun in Berlin.
20) 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.
23) International Activities Berlin
This group focuses on the bar scene and hosts frequent events in different bars around Berlin. They’re massive, with almost 30,000 people, but most events attract crowds of 30-40 people, making it easy to meet new people in Berlin in a more intimate and quiet setting.
27) 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 that meets for even more than dancing – they go out for dinner together, take swimming lessons, and more.
28) Internationals in Berlin
A big hitter among the Berlin meetup groups for meeting new people is Internationals in Berlin, with close to 23,000 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.
29) Modern Jive in Berlin
Jive combines several dancing styles like swing, jive, salsa, ballroom, and more. Come out and get your dance on at this meetup. Those with or without partners are both equally welcome.
33) Sketcherei – lifedrawings
This meetup group is for those who like life drawings and attending related events. Supporting sex workers, they also collaborate with the Berlin Strippers Collective – I’ve attended their events, and they’re really fun. Join one of their events to improve your skills and enjoy drawing the human body.
34) Smell Lab
Interested in learning how to make perfume? Then this is the meetup for you. Note, the meetups aren’t free, but not only offer the chance to create your scent but also meet like-minded scent creators.
Did we miss any other good Berlin-based meetup groups? Let us know in the comments.
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Hi, I’m Cheryl. My mission is to help you move to Berlin and find work.
A Canadian in Berlin for 10+ years, I have the unique experience of moving to Berlin – not once, but twice. During my time in Berlin, I’ve had five different visas and worked as both a freelancer and a permanent employee for numerous Berlin companies. I even managed to find a new job during the pandemic and again in 2023, during Germany’s recession and massive layoffs in tech.
My day job has involved work as a hiring manager, overseeing the recruitment of countless people, as well as a team coach helping teams and individuals work better and find happiness in their careers. Through my side projects, I’ve also shared my personal experiences by publishing a series of helpful blog posts, creating a thriving community of job seekers, and hosting events to help people find work in Berlin. In 2021, I decided to put my coaching and recruiting talents to use by creating The Berlin Life, bringing my existing content and community together in one spot.
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