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Published August 28th 2014


All over Brisbane, strangers are forming new communities and connecting via Meetup.com

Meetup.com is Brisbane's best kept secret as its community has grown to thousands in the past few years. No matter what your circumstances, interests, age or gender - Brisbane's meetup groups have something for you. Meetup complements our digital age and smart phone addiction as it runs completely over the internet via the website or the app.

Don't be shy! Every person there is friendly as you all have a common goal - meeting up with people to spend time with, doing the things you love.

Why meetup? There are many reasons. You're single but all your friends are in couples, you're recently single and need to start over, your partner and/or friends don't like hiking (or insert relevant activity), you've just arrived in Brisbane and don't know anyone, you'd like to expand your social circle, you want to build on your business connections, you want to learn a new skill, you'd like to try something new but nobody you know is free... Brisbane is your undiscovered oyster because of its meetup community!

How does meetup work? Groups are set up by 'organisers' who pay a fee to host the meetup group starting from around $65 every 6 months. Organisers do not get paid and this is not their job. They have decided to host their group in order to provide meetup opportunities to others in their situation. Usually organisers don't charge fees though some groups feel that this is appropriate.

Some groups then have additional 'event organisers' who will organise meetups ad hoc or on a regular basis. They do not have any monetary commitment to the group. Once again these aren't professionals but people who enjoy getting together with others to enjoy a certain activity. Event organisers put a lot of time and effort in to planning their events by researching and communicating with the venues whilst getting the best deals for you.

Then there is you. Browse through the many meetups and events choosing those that you would like to be a part of, sign up and connect with the other members. With some groups there is an approval process though most don't have this.

When you RSVP to an event, you will see everyone else who is also attending and after the event you can send a quick "nice to meet you" email, by clicking the button next to their name that will appears after the event, in order to connect with them in the future.

Meetup is your social calendar at your fingertips.

Meetup etiquette.

1. RSVP. Remember that this is a free service and therefore RSVP to the events that you are planning to attend, let the organiser know when you can no longer attend as a "no show" is very frustrating when they have let a venue know how many to expect, on the flip side turning up without RSVPing is also frustrating as other members can't connect with you after.

2. Introduce yourself to the host. They will be extremely busy making sure all of you are looked after and communicating with the venue so a quick "hello, nice to meet you" is really appreciated.

3. Use the comment section to ask questions and to coordinate with other meetup goers. Some organisers do give out their mobile numbers but don't expect it as some events have over 100 attendees, therefore give them some slack and put a comment up on the event page as others might have the answers for you.

4. You will need internet on your phone to communicate with your meetup group.

5. Be respectful. Meetup is completely online and has tools in order to get to know the people in the group. Respect their privacy, post a greeting on their profile page and see how they respond.

6. Have fun. This is an amazing tool to grow communities and your social life. Have fun with it.

Most popular Brisbane Meetup Groups by activities
(Please note that events will have between 5 and over 100 attendees, check out their events pages to find out more.)

Friendship Communities


Brisbane Social 20s and 30s
Activity: Building friendship groups
Number in group: 2,672


Flirty 30s
Activity: Building friendship groups
Number in group: 1,147


All my friends
Activity: Building friendship groups
Average age: 40
Number in group: 2,805

Singles Community


Brisbane Social Singles
Activity: Socialising with other singles
Number in group: 3,448

Activities Communities


Bucket List
Activity: Everything and anything
Number in group: 2,184


Brisbane Outdoor Adventures
Activity: Bootcamp, Running, Boxing, Golf
Number in group: 1,623


Hiking ETC
Activity: Hiking
Number in group: 1,454

Music Communities


Brisbane Live Music
Activity: Live Music Gigs
Number in group: 1,225


Brissy Tribute Bands
Activity: Live Tribute Gigs
Number in group: 1,123

Food Community


Gourmet Adventures
Activity: Dining out
Number in group: 1,224

Movie Community


Brisbane Movie Club
Activity: Going to the movies
Number in group: 1,170

Coffee Community


Coffee Lovers
Activity: Explore Brisbane's funky cafes
Number in group: 1,153

Expats and Foreign Language Communities


The BBC
Activity: Socialising with poms
Number in group: 1,424


Brisbane Japanese Language and Culture Group
Activity: Japanese sharing, connecting or practicing
Number in group: 1,396


Brisbane Spanish Language Meetup
Activity: Improve or share your spanish
Number in group: 1,272


Brisbane French Language Meetup
Activity: Speak french every weekend
Number in group: 1,049

Business Communities


Brisbane Web Design Group
Activity: Free seminars and networking for website designers, web developers and web business people
Number in group: 1,703


Brisbane Property Networking Group
Activity: share information, ideas and experiences related to property investing
Number in group: 1,493

Brisbane Business Owners & Entrepreneurs
Activity: Networking and seminars
Number in group: 1,083


Silicon Beach Brisbane
Activity: Start up technology networking
Number in group: 1,070

These are just a few groups, other groups in Brisbane are tailored towards young women, photographers, riders, personal growth, new mothers, suburb specific, skills specific and so much more.

Can't find what you're looking for? Set up your own meetup and start building your community. Have fun.
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