How to Build a Community in Atlanta From business networking to finding friends, the city offers countless ways to meet new people
When you move to a new city, you’re going to want to make it feel like home as quickly as possible. The key is to get out there and make new friends who can help you acclimate to your new surroundings. Fortunately, in Atlanta, it’s actually easier than it sounds, thanks in large part to the numerous community-based groups that meet regularly. Whether you want to find people who share similar hobbies, connect with individuals who work in similar industries or simply become acquainted with those who live in your neighborhood, there’s undoubtedly a meetup group that’s just right for you.
Business and Pleasure
Atlanta’s booming business community is an excellent place to start when looking to make new connections. And one of the best meetups is Nu2ATL. A professional and social community that meets once a month, Nu2ATL brings people together for job sharing opportunities, community involvement, social interaction and more. Members range from long-time local residents to newcomers, with the former serving as excellent mentors for the latter. The monthly mixers (held at various locations throughout the city) are as fun as they are beneficial, and you will meet a wide variety of business owners and professionals who can help you find your place in the city.
The Brunch Bunch
If you love brunch and meeting like-minded women, then Gals That Brunch is for you. This national brunch community is designed for women in their 20s and 30s from all different backgrounds — including married ladies, single girls, moms, professionals and everyone in between. The Atlanta meetup launched in January of 2017 and hosts biweekly brunch popups at the best spots throughout the metro area. The goal is to empower women while enjoying some truly delightful food and conversation.
Sneakers and Suds
If you happen to enjoy both running and drinking craft beer, then there’s a meetup for you too! Running for Brews Buckhead is social running club that finishes each planned outing with a cold brew (or bottle of water). Members meet up every Monday at 7 p.m. at The Elbow Room in Atlanta and head out for a 5K (3-mile) run through Buckhead. At the end of the run, everyone sticks around for great beer and even better conversation. Runners of all levels are welcome.
Worldly and Wise
Meeting people in your age range is always helpful when it comes to developing friendships. For those who are 35 and older, the 35UP! Social and Activity Group could be the perfect fit. The group hosts various social events throughout the month — from wine tastings to hikes to concert outings — to help locals expand their social and professional circles. The Atlanta group is very active and ready to welcome new members.
Mommy groups come in all shapes and sizes. For work-from-home and stay-at-home moms who want to explore Cobb County (and the surrounding areas), Moms and the City is a great option. With play dates, activities and other organized events, the group allows moms to get out of the house with their little ones and “experience the city” with other mothers. The goal of the group is to offer fellowship and support, as well as a chance for both moms and their kids to make new friends. And be sure not to miss Target Tuesday — one of the meetup’s most enjoyable outings!
Atlanta is one of the most highly regarded epicurean locales in the country. With so many incredible restaurants, the city is a foodie’s dream. So why not experience it with others who enjoy the dining experience as much as you do? Good Eats & Meets Atlanta brings people together to try the area’s best establishments, as well as off-the-beaten-path restaurants, craft cocktail classes, bar crawls, tastings and more. In this group, it’s about having a great meal with great company. So check out Atlanta’s hotspots and hidden gems with others who have a taste for the gourmet life.