It can be hard to meet people, let alone make friends in a new place. One thing is certain: you won’t meet anyone unless you make an actual effort to ‘get out there.’ Once you do, you’ll find that this city is filled with people that are friendly and welcoming – despite what negative Nancy’s might say. But where to go? Read our list and get out there!
8 Dog Parks
Hit one of the dog parks in the city and let your fur baby break the ice for you. If there’s one thing that Vancouverites have in common, it’s our love for dogs.
Rock, paper, scissors 2.0. This super ‘hands-on’ competition is wild and hosted by some seriously funny dudes every Monday night at The Corduroy in Kitsilano. Arrive solo and leave a champion or at the very least, with some newfound friendships. Everyone’s a winner here.
For more on this event, check out our video
When| Monday Nights
Where| 1943 Cornwall Ave
Our favourite rooftop city escape, this chic garden terrace on the 4th floor of the iconic Hotel Georgia is a great post-work hangout to grab a cocktail and a few snacks and get your mingle on.
When| Friday (best night)
Where| 801 W Georgia St
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5 Lobby Lounge at Fairmont Pac Rim
One of the most lively spaces in the city, Lobby Lounge is where you go to see and be seen and strike up conversations with complete strangers that could end up becoming more than just strangers after a few cocktails. Incredible live music, cozy sofas and a sushi bar. What more could you ask for?
When| Thursday (best night)
Where| 1038 Canada Place
Super friendly staff and equally friendly patrons is what makes The Cambie in Gastown a popular hangout for visitors and locals alike. The place to come for a cheap beer and drinks, above average pub food, great music and a good mix of people. A little rough around the edges but that’s a part of the allure of this venue.
Piece of advice: Check your attitude at the door. #AintNobodyGotTimeForThat
When| Friday Nights
Where| 300 Cambie Street
We refer to the JJ Bean on Davie and Homer Street as the ‘friendliest corner in the city.’ This cafe is a hub for coffee lovers and self-employed Vancouverites just waiting to strike up a conversation! ‘Hello’s’ are abundant here.
When| Any day
Where| 402 Davie Street
Like craft beer? Exploring Vancouver’s diverse craft beer scene on a brewery tour is a fun way to share your love of beer with fellow enthusiasts! A serious must-do in the city!
When| Thursday – Sunday
Where| 601 W Cordova Street (meeting spot)
Quite possibly the most unique experience in the city, the weekly drum circle held at Third Beach is definitely an event to check out. Bringing together cultures and celebrating inclusivity to the beat of the bongos every Tuesday evening. Everyone is invited to participate, whether it’s drumming, dancing or just hanging out.
When| Every Tuesday evening
Where| 7495 Stanley Park Drive
And last but not least, if you’ve exhausted options, there’s always Tinder.
Did we miss any? Let us know!