Making new friends in Salt Lake isn’t as easy as it should be.
Maybe it’s the religion. Maybe it’s the lack of a unified downtown. Maybe we need more fluoride in our water.
Whatever the reason it’s been our mission at Beehive Sports since 2011 to turn strangers into friends. We’re pretty good at it. We’re getting better each and every month. But there are others doing a great job connecting Salt Lakers and this post is for them.
But there are others doing a great job connecting Salt Lakers and this post is for them. Here are the top 5 (non-Beehive Sports) ways to make a new friend in the Wasatch Valley.
- Meetup.com. There are a lot of great meetup groups but there’s one in particular that stands out—Young Professionals of Salt Lake City. There are events almost every week and the vibe is less stuffy networking and more fun chatting.
- Utah Concert Series’. During the warmer months, we have Twilight and Red Butte to entertain us after the sun goes down. Both have great lineups and Twilight has the added benefit of being super cheap. Chat up the beer pouring staff, strike up a conversation or just take in the scene.
- Trivia nights. Is trivia as big in other cities as it is in Salt Lake? Cuz it’s pretty big here. Between Geeks Who Drink and The Trivia Factory, there’s a trivia night taking place around SLC almost every night of the week. If you’re scared to show up alone head to Green Pig on Sunday nights and sit next to Jimmy. He’s never met someone who he didn’t invite to join his team for the night.
- Volunteer. Okay, definitely not the sexiest option on this list but there are some serious social perks to doing volunteer work. It’s low pressure socializing and there’s a good chance you’re meeting high-quality people. Doling out food at the St. Vincent de Paul dining hall or some other activity through Volunteer Match are great places to start.
- Tinder. Now it’s getting sexy up in here. Download the app and make sure to note in your profile that you’re just looking for friends. If you come across Mike Martin, make sure to swipe right and keep your fingers crossed. Friends don’t come much friendlier than him.
- Call me. Seriously, do it. My cell number is 8015200708. If you call/text me I will do my best to connect you with at least two new friends. I’ve met a lot of people running Beehive Sports. They are all, mostly, very nice. Don’t believe me? Then call and find out!
If these don’t pan out then sign up for a Beehive Sports league as a free agent. We’ll place you on a team around your age and skill level. You can show up to the first week of games with 10+ new friends.