Making New Friends in Brisbane is Easier than You Think

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By Tamille Head

Making new friends as an adult can be tricky business. We get set in our ways and find ourselves keeping to our old cliques. If you’ve recently moved cities or are just looking for a new BFF to grab brunch with on the weekends, Bumble BFF exists to help connect us to our soulmates. And by ‘mates’ we mean actual mates.

So, now, you’ve matched with your new BFF. You both enjoy similar interests and have a shared sense of humour. Here comes the fun part: taking your new-found friendship offline and meeting IRL. We’ve narrowed down five fun first-friend-date options for you.

Head to a gig

We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to live music venues here in Brisbane. Most nights of the week, you can catch some quality talent – be that international, Aussie, or local acts – at one of Brisbane’s most-loved live music venues. There’s no better way to expand your music knowledge and Spotify playlists.

Our picks: The Tivoli, The Triffid and The Foundry

Learn a new skill

For the creative types (or even the not-so-creative types) why not try your hand at a paint and sip class. Cork and Chroma, for one, allows you to enjoy a wine while you paint in their studio. Group classes are held seven nights a week, along with morning and afternoon sessions every Sunday. Even if you’re no Van Gough, you’ll still walk away with your own masterpiece and a fun memory with your BFF.

Have a hit

Much like your new friendship, playing a round of mini-golf is fun and exciting. You’ll really get to know each other while you weave around rocky terrain, hilly slopes, and challenging obstacles. Nothing shows your true personality quite like missing that hole for the fifth time in a row. Plus, a little competition never hurt anybody.

Our pick: Victoria Park Golf Course

Take a hike

Is there anything better than getting out in nature? Here in the River City, we’re not short of mountains to climb and trails to hike. Plus, hiking with a BFF is ideal because you’ll have someone to cheer you on when your legs get tired and you want to retreat back to the comforts of your car.

Our picks: Mt. Coot-tha, Kangaroo Point Cliffs and Mt. Tambourine

Grab a drink

There’s a reason why grabbing a drink is a classic first date option. Friend or otherwise, meeting someone for the first time can be nerve-wracking, and there’s nothing quite like a glass of wine (or three) to take the edge off.

Our picks: Gerard’s Bar, Riverbar & Kitchen and X-Cargo

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