Social Groups to meet people
So, you´ve arrived in Barcelona and found a flat. Or maybe you haven’t. It´s time to go out, meet people, and start making some new friends! There are countless social groups and resident groups in Barcelona. These include hobby-related meet-ups, business networking events, and bar crawls loosely disguised as language exchange groups where by the 4th round you are already speaking Spanish “fluently,” and have met your new best friends. There are many free language exchanges in Barcelona, and the quality of the experience really depends on the people you meet. Many guys treat them as a dating platform, and of course many girls are only too happy to respond... and if you learn some Spanish that´s a bonus. After all, having a good reason to want to speak a language provides undeniably strong motivation for applying yourself with the commitment necessary in order to handle the grammar and new vocabulary required for progress. And sometimes a Spanish course alone doesn´t cut it! On that note, there are also plenty of dating sites, and speed dating events in both English and Spanish taking place regularly in Barcelona.
Other popular residents groups are centred around sports and activities. There BIFL Barcelona International Football League counts with a strong hand of teams, usually sponsored by a local pub or other business. Excursion groups welcome those who like going for weekend walks in the countryside or mountains, and often also double up as winter sports groups when the temperatures dip and the peaks are covered in white powder. In the summer, groups meet up to practice anything from circus skills to Pilates or yoga in the park.
Another good place to meet people is at the many different events in Barcelona. Whilst the large international music festivals like Sonar or Primavera Sound count with a large audience that´s just come for the weekend, small local events such as theatre shows or comedy in English attract a local crowd. It is easy to start up a conversation, and this is also a good way to pick up tips on other activities that are happening in Barcelona. Students in Barcelona are well looked after, with social events organised by their school, and student discounts are sometimes available.
Barcelona nightlife includes many different bars throughout the city. The Born, Raval and Gothic areas are especially popular with international residents, as well as the seafront districts of Barceloneta and Port Olympic. It´s worth venturing away from the centre to areas like Poble Nou to find some hidden gems! Gracia and the Eixample are also big nightlife hotpots, where you can find a lot of clubs, from hip-hop to hardcore, and cha-cha to commercial. The left side of the Eixample, colloquially referred to as the Gaixample has the highest concentration of gay bars in Barcelona.