One popular question we often get is where to make friends and meet new people in and around town. Now, the Mile Square is chock-full of places to mix and mingle, from salons to fitness classes, there are tons of opportunities to expand your social circle. We’ve decided to round up the best ways to do so locally. Read on to find out where to make friends and meet new people in Hoboken.
Mingling in Hoboken
Hoboken can be a scary place when you don’t know many people at first — many people have mini-networks from college and high school in and around NJ that are hard to break into. Or, perhaps you’ve had a big group of friends and they’ve slowly migrated out of Hoboken to the burbs. Luckily, with the plethora of fun activities and exciting events, there are a ton of ways to meet some new friends.
Where to Meet and Mingle
1. Join a Fitness Class
If you enjoy running, you’ll always catch joggers running along the piers. It’s a good area to be around people with similar interests. See our list of running clubs here.
Yoga is great, but you have to be very quiet, aka it’s hard to chat it up during class. Most likely classes where it’s okay to laugh and talk are a better way to make a good friend connection. But you never know — so of course, had to list it, as we have a few HG Team members who have met their very best friends at local yoga spots.
2. Join a Networking Group
Hoboken Lean In and WE of Hudson County are circles of professional women from Hoboken and the surrounding area. They support the improvement of women in the workplace and would be a great group to get involved in. See our list of Hudson County-based networking groups here.
3. Get a Mani/Pedi
Team HG has met some very nice strangers in the pedi chairs and drying area at a nail salon. Just make sure they are not trying to majorly relax and recharge before initiating a convo.
4. Find a bar you like and park it there, SOLO.
Hoboken is home to dozens of bars, many of which host fun theme nights like trivia, karaoke, and more. Plus, happy hour always draws in large crowds. You never know who you’ll meet hanging solo for a cocktail. See our list of theme nights here and our list of the best happy hours in Hoboken here.
5. Get a Dog.
We don’t suggest getting a dog solely for social purposes – they’re truly a blessing! However, it’s a ton of work, so it may not be the best option for those who don’t spend a lot of time at home (you may want to ‘borrow’ a friends’ dog) – but taking a walk with a four-legged friend is a totally fun and a great way to strike up a convo with other dog parents in the area.
6. Join a Meetup Group for an interest of yours.
There are a lot of groups on Meetup.com such as photography, blogging, fashion, makeup artistry, etc. Hoboken is a hub for creative individuals. The world is your oyster, depending on your interest.
8. Take a class you wouldn’t normally take.
Maybe it’s cooking, maybe it’s sewing, maybe it’s wine tasting, maybe it’s writing, maybe it’s meditation — the sky is the limit. See our list of cooking classes here, our list of writing groups here, and our list of other types of creative classes here.
9. Explore all that Jersey City has to offer.
Let’s face it – the world is bigger than the little bubble of Hoboken. In fact, Jersey City is pretty amazing for endless reasons – some being that it’s the most diverse city in the world, the food is truly next-level, and it’s a major art hub. There’s so much to do in Chilltown! See our Jersey City bucket list here.
10. Read our Events Guide posts to stay up-to-date.
Every Wednesday evening we post a round-up of the best of Hoboken, Jersey City (and beyond) events happening on the weekend — some of which are great for making new friends.
11. Join Zog Sports.
If you have any athletic ability, it’s the perfect outlet. If you don’t, it’s the perfect way to make new friends. Beyond Zog, check out other local intramural clubs that can be found locally here.
12. Join a local club.
13. Volunteer in town.
Hudson County is full of volunteer opportunities, many in Hoboken. Volunteering is always a positive way to get engaged in the community and make a difference and meet new people while you’re at it. We publish a seasonal list of volunteer opportunities in Hudson County but see here for a list of nonprofits to give back to all year round.
14. Join our Hoboken and Jersey City Facebook Insiders’ Group.
Our insiders’ group is a great place to connect online with other locals and an excellent resource for local news, happenings, and more. We have over 14k members and counting!
Regardless of how you try to make new friends, take advantage of every opportunity and follow up with people you meet (if you like them). It can be so easy to get into a rut or routine of feeling like you don’t have many friends in the area and just come home and watch TV + order takeout. Say hi to your neighbors, strike up a convo with a dog’s owner, chat with your local restaurant waitress…you never know where you’ll make a new connection.